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La Plata County Fairgrounds

2500 Main Avenue

Durango, CO 81301

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Our Focus is HOW WE CAN End Homelessness!

KEYNOTE SPEAKER! Donald W. Burnes, PhD., Founder/Senior Advisor/Author - Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver.


Students, private and business sectors, NonProfits, faith-base groups, professionals, and Visitors throughout Southwest Colorado are WELCOME!

Dr. Burnes will give a very brief history on Homelessness; criminalization impacts; Housing First policy and where we are after its first ten years; the current status of Poverty & Homelessness; the causes and challenges; and, to focus on How We Can! End Homelessness. Guest Speakers will present perspectives on Homelessness (La Plata County and City of Durango). Innovative emergency/temporary/permanent shelter will be introduced by Fort Lewis College Department of Engineering Professor Don May. Humanitarian House International Architect Stuart Ohlson will present the HHi House shelter.

  • Evidence-based solutions will be discussed
  • Video Documentary on Hawaii’s Homelessness with 7,000-8,000 people experiencing homelessness and living on the streets and in unsanctioned public properties
  • Breakout Groups: A. Special Populations (Youth, Veterans, Mentally Ill, ADA, Seniors); B. What Does Home Mean: Tent Cities or Tiny Home Villages”

“Every state, on average, would have to produce 150,000 units overnight for us to eliminate the shortage of affordable housing units, and every one of those units would have to be specifically designated for those experiencing homelessness or households on the brink”- Donald W. Burnes, Co-Editor of ENDING HOMELESSNESS: Why We Haven’t, How We Can.

Morning Break: 10:00A-10:15A LUNCH BREAK: 12:00PM-1:00PM Afternoon Break 2:00P-2:15P

Program 02/17/2018 - Exhibit Hall Opens 8:15A

07:45A - 08:30A - Continental Breakfast: Speakers, Volunteers, and Exhibitors

08:30A - 08:45A - INTRODUCTION TO THE DAY by “Donna Mae” Baukat, Organizer

08:45A - 09:30A - Donald W. Burnes, PhD., Founder/Senior Adviser - BURNES CENTER ON POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS at the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver

09:30A - 10:00A - One-on-One with Individuals Experiencing Homelessness with Dr. Don Burnes and Q&A

10:00A -10:15A - MORNING BREAK

10:15A - 10:45A - Documentary Hawaii’s Homelessness 2017 (23 minutes)

10:45A - 11:00A - Professor Don May on Fort Lewis College Engineering Design and Practice Study

11:00A - 11:15A - Architect Stuart Ohlson, Humanitarian House Int’l HHi HOUSE in FLC Design Study

11:15A - 12:00P - PANEL DISCUSSION: Pros and Cons of Tent Cities / Tiny Home Villages

12:00P - 01:15P - LUNCH and BOOK SALES

01:15P - 01:30P - Megan C. Kinney, Americorps VISTA, CMP 9R Program Development Assistant—La Plata Youth Services

01:30P - 01:45P - La Plata County Commissioner Julie Westendorf (County Perspectives)

01:45P - 02:00P - Durango City Mayor Dick White (City Perspectives)

02:00P - 02:15P - AFTERNOON BREAK

02:15P - 03:00P - BREAKOUT GROUPS (A & B)

A. Special Populations (Youth, Individuals, Households) La Plata Family Services

B. What Does Home Mean—Tent or Tiny Home? Dr. Burnes and Guest Speakers


03:30P - 03:35P - FAREWELL - Announcements (FEED THE HUNGRY)

03:35P - 04:35P - FEED THE HUNGRY! and BOOK SIGNING by Dr. Don Burnes

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We wish to thank The Unitarian Universalist Church of Durango for their generous contribution to this event!

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2500 Main Avenue

Durango, CO 81301

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