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.
Unauthorized Camping Ban becomes law
Denver Homeless Out Loud (DHOL) forms
2013 - 2014
DHOL begins building tiny homes
DHOL convenes first Tiny Homes Summit
Resurrection village is built by DHOL activists and immediately torn down by police, leading to 10 arrests
Alternative Solutions Advocacy Project forms under the leadership of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado
Land becomes available via Urban Land Conservancy
December 2016 – February 2017
City support is generated through meetings with Mayor Hancock, Community Planning and Development, and several other city departments.
Colorado Village Collaborative is formed
July 21, 2017
Beloved Community Village, Denver’s first Tiny Home Village opens!
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