The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act defines youth homelessness as young people who cannot live in a safe environment with a relative/guardian and who have no other safe living arrangement.

Oak Tree Youth Resources believes young people have the right to safe, stable housing they can live in daily. Youth being without housing is a problem in rural SW Colorado. Family restorative assistance and recommendations are available. We believe preventing teens from becoming homeless means educating and supporting parents to build safe, structured environment for teens. Our team works with local resources to offer parents, guardians and youth a supportive mentor and programming to increase knowledge of their developing teen. Together, we can walk with SW Colorado youth into a safer future.

Do you need to talk?

Call or text-Oak Tree Youth Resources 970-335-9667

SASO sexual assault services-If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual violence and you need additional support or resources please contact the 24 hour hotline or the SASO office at 970-259-3074

Axis Health System (970) 259-2162 24/7 Crisis service 970-247-5245

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

National Runaway Safeline 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)

Students at-risk of Homelessness

McKinney-Vento Durango District 9R Liason Vanessa Giddings 970-247-5411 ext 1457

McKinney-Vento Colorado Charter School Institute-Animas High School/Mountain Middle School in Durango Betsy Jane Basch, Psy.D. | Mental Health Programs Specialist O: (303) 866-3299 C: (303) 532-7395

McKinney-Vento Bayfield Liason Leon Hanhardt 970-884-2496

McKinney-Vento Ignacio Liason Norma Conley 970-563-0500 ext 2239

McKinney-Vento Montezuma County Liason Trina Lee 970-565-8282
The Homeless Education program is authorized under Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 USC 11431 et seq.). The McKinney-Vento Act was enacted to address the numerous barriers homeless children face in obtaining a free, appropriate public education.

WESTERN COLORADO 2-1-1 Services Help Line

HOURS: 24 hr/7 days
211 – Call 2-1-1 from service area 
(888) 217-1215 – Alternative Number
(970) 244-8400 – Alternative Number 
(800) 659-3656 – TTY or 7-1-1 

DESCRIPTION: 2-1-1 information and referral service for the following counties in Colorado: Archuleta, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, La Plata, Lake, Mesa, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, San Juan and San Miguel.

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