Durango officials are considering long-term housing options for the city's homeless population.

The Durango Herald reports that homeless advocates told the Durango City Council Tuesday that long-term housing would let homeless people focus on putting their lives back together and lessen the strain on social services.

Director of Community Development Greg Hoch says it may be possible to build 30 to 40 housing units on city land near other social service providers. Social service workers would live in the buildings to help residents find services.

Similar housing models have been successful in Utah and other parts of Colorado. Hoch says it can provide a stable place ot live without ultimatums.