Continuing Denver's Tiny Home Movement
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church has been hard at work for the past couple of years with partners like the Dolores Project and Radian, Inc. to develop a tiny home village for homeless Women and the Transgender/LGBTQ community in Denver. This work is the extension of St. Andrew's 100+ year history of care and relationship with their marginalized and oppressed neighbors. For 100+ years, parishioners from St. Andrew's have made themselves available to the poor, and the proposed tiny home village would be the next step in that process.
Following the precedent of the Beloved Community Village, St. Andrews joined forces with the Colorado Village Collaborative and on March 22, 2018 the organization filed paperwork with the City of Denver's Landmark Preservation Commission to create Denver's second tiny home village. The proposed village would consist of 8 tiny homes, 1 community space, and 1 shared bath-house. Like the Beloved Community Village, this village will be run by its residents - the Women and Transgender/LGBTQ beloveds who make their life there.
Centering Women and the Transgender/LGBTQ Community
Women and the Transgender/LGBTQ community are especially vulnerable on the streets, so this village is for them. Of homeless youth, over 40% identify as LGBTQ. Not only is this disproportionate to the overall youth population, LGBTQ individuals are often further rejected by faith-based homeless shelters. Not so at the tiny home village at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. This Village will center Women and the LGBTQ Community because it will be built by and for that community.