Homelessness wasn’t caused by homeless people


We did not always have mass homelessness in this country. It began when the economy polarized and government support for housing was slashed. Income and wealth inequality shot up to pre-Great Recession levels since the 1970s - particularly for people of color - at the same time funding for public housing all but disappeared. Housing and land values, however, have continued to appreciate. 

CVC History

PHOTO CREDIT: Kevin Beaty, Denverite

PHOTO CREDIT: Kevin Beaty, Denverite

May 2012

September 2012

2013 - 2014

  • DHOL begins building tiny homes 

July 2015

  • DHOL convenes first Tiny Homes Summit 


  • Resurrection village is built by DHOL activists and immediately torn down by police, leading to 10 arrests

May 2016

November 2016

December 2016 – February 2017

  • City support is generated through meetings with Mayor Hancock, Community Planning and Development, and several other city departments.

March 2017

  • Colorado Village Collaborative is formed

July 21, 2017

July 10, 2018

  • Denver’s Landmark Preservation Commission Review Board denies an application to build an 8 unit tiny home village for self-identified women at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

October 26, 2018

  • Denver’s Public Works Department denied an application to move the Beloved Community Village to the Taxi Campus