Beloved community village: Denver’s first Tiny Home community
After years of work, months of planning, and 9 weeks of construction, the Beloved Community Village officially opened on July 21, 2017. The village, complete with 11 homes, gardens, a shared shower house and common room, is a first of its kind for Denver. It demonstrates what is possible when we work across the many boundaries that divide us.
In December 2018, the Beloved Community Village was scheduled to the Taxi Campus owned by Zeppelin Development. This move was supported by Taxi businesses and residents alike, including Boa Technology, but the City of Denver denied the permit application. Now organizers are working to identify a new location for Beloved Community Village before the end of March 2019.
A Gathering Space
The new location will feature a brand new common house designed by our partners at Shopworks Architecture. The Common House, complete with showers, flushing toilets and a full kitchen, will become the heart and soul of the Beloved Community Village. It's where we will gather for meetings, meals, and community events. It's where we will host our friends, family and neighbors as we seek to reweave the social fabric of our society and build what Martin Luther King Jr. called, "The Beloved Community."
evaluating our impact
An independent study commissioned by the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise and conducted by the Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, studied the impacts of the first nine months of operations at Beloved Community Village. The report demonstrates that the village was a success for both the residents and the surrounding neighborhood.
Highlights of the Study
1) people who were previously underserved are housed;
2) those people are more stable than they were before; and
3) the village had no negative impacts on the surrounding neighborhood.