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The Good News
2016 December/January
Pg 4 - The Sunshine Express
CHFA is pleased to be a part of this unique oppor-
tunity and historic achievement,¡± said Cris White,
CHFA executive director and CEO.
In addition to the positive impact on vulnerable
residents, the South Towaoc Supportive Housing
project will help address the shortage of housing on
the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation that cur-
rently has more than 130 households on the UMHA
waiting list.
¡°We have come together with the state to address
a critical issue facing our community. Working with
a broad group of partners and supporters in this
endeavor we have the opportunity to transform the
lives of individuals and families in crisis and put
them on the road to stability,¡± said JoAnn Lemmon,
Director of the Ute Mountain Housing Authority.
Enterprise Community Partners provided grant
funds to UMHA for technical assistance used to
contract with LeBeau Development LLC, a Denver-
based consultant specializing in Permanent Sup-
portive Housing.
Supportive services and case management based
on Housing First and Harm Reduction principles
will be provided by the Ute Mountain Ute Depart-
ment of Social Services, the Indian Health Service,
the UMHA, and the Ute Mountain Ute Counseling &
Treatment Department for substance abuse ser-
The building will include a laundry facility, parking
lot, basic furnishings, and an office space for on-
site service provision.
Ute Housing Project (continued from pg3)
National Forest Christmas tree permits
on sale
Nov 22, 2016: Christmas tree permits, which
allow you to cut your own holiday tree, are now
on sale for $8 at San Juan National Forest of-
fices and selected retail outlets in southwestern
Colorado. A permit allows you to cut one tree up
to 20 feet tall for personal use until December
31, 2016. Permits come with a brochure with
safety tips, information on which species of tree
to harvest, and the best places to find trees.
The Forest Service is also offering one free
permit to fourth-grade students who hold a valid
Every Kid in a Park pass or paper voucher down-
loaded from:
The free permit is good only at agency offices,
and the participating fourth grader must be
In addition, the Durango & Silverton Narrow
Gauge Christmas Tree Train will run on week-
ends from November 26-December 11. Go to:
train to find out how you can ride the train into
the National Forest to cut your own Christmas
tree, with help from the U.S. Forest Service,
San Juan Mountains Association and South-
west Colorado Firewise.
National Forest permits are now on sale at:
* BAYFIELD: Columbine Ranger District, 367
Pearl Street (8a-4:30p, Mon-Fri)
* DOLORES: Dolores Ranger District, 29211
Colorado Highway 184 (8a-4:30p, Mon-Fri) or
Dolores Food Market - 400 Railroad Avenue
* DURANGO: San Juan Public Lands Cen-
ter, 15 Burnett Court (8a-4:30p, Mon-Fri) or
Kroeger¡¯s Ace Hardware, #8 Town Plaza
* LEWIS: Cox Corner Store, 18794 Hwy 491
* MANCOS: Cox Conoco, 201 E. Railroad
* PAGOSA SPRINGS: Pagosa Ranger District,
180 Pagosa Street (8a-4:30p, Mon-Fri; some-
times closed for lunch 12-1p)
National Forest roads are not plowed for snow
removal, and icy or snow-packed conditions
may exist. For information on road conditions
and Christmas tree harvesting, go to: www. or call the National For-
est office closest to your destination.
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree