AlJazeera America reports: Some fear retired Army fort in Great Plains is too isolated, while others see great potential for new state program
FORT LYON, Colo. — Darrell Valdez, Cindy Davis, John Ferentchak and
Devonie Williams know what it’s like to live on the streets, to be
addicted to alcohol and drugs, to struggle with hopelessness.
Now they’re living far from the city, with about 60 other homeless
Coloradans on a sprawling campus of historic buildings near the Arkansas
River. In previous incarnations, Fort Lyon was an Army fort, a
tuberculosis sanatorium, a veterans’ hospital and a minimum-security
In this latest chapter, these residents — along with state lawmakers,
homeless advocates and Bent County officials — hope to put their lives
on a different path.
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