Purple Cliffs serves as a shelter for more than 100 Durango residents experiencing homelessness. However, La Plata County plans to move forward with its self-imposed deadline of September 30, 2022, to shut down Purple Cliffs even though it has failed to secure the alternative site it promised for the unhoused residents it will displace.

On September 27, ACLU of Colorado and the National Homelessness Law Center sent a letter to multiple Durango lawmakers cautioning against following through on the arbitrary deadline to close down the community.