A model for housing first

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. This report demonstrates that the village was a success for both the residents and the surrounding neighborhood.

People who were previously unserved are now housed

  • Despite that fact that most had been chronically homeless, 10 of the 12 original residents are still housed 9 months after the launch of the village 

  • Of these 10 initial villagers, 3 have moved into permanent housing to be replaced by new residents of the village

Villagers are more stable

  • The village has contributed to a statistically significant decrease in anxiety and an increase in satisfaction

  • By the end of the 9-month evaluation, all of the residents were either employed or in school, 
    with one person on disability

  • Villagers valued the increase in social capital and the opportunity to be part of something larger than themselves

Tiny Home Villages Make Good Neighbors

  • Nearly 80% of neighbors interviewed reported no impact or a positive impact on traffic, safety, and noise

  • Nearly 90% of neighbors reported no impact or a positive impact on the sense of community

  • No increase in crime near the village


Denver’s village of tiny homes has not only persevered, it’s become a model project for a housing first solution to homelessness in the Mile High City.
— The Denver Post
We need to find a way to permit many more tiny home sites, much quicker, including on our city land, and including our city funding
— Denver Councilwoman Robin Kniech
It was a no-brainer for us to make our underused land available to do something that is good for the community.
— Kyle Zeppelin, President of Zeppelin Development

Congratulations on receiving the Fair Housing Award presented by Denver Metro Fair Housing Center. It is my privilege to recognize your achievement, which reflects your significant contributions in our community. This award is a testament to your efforts to ensure that everyone in Denver has equal access to housing.”
— Congresswoman Diana DeGette