Recap: Beloved Community Village Donation Tour
On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, DAF partnered with RADIAN | PLACEMATTERS to offer free (donation suggested) tours of Denver’s Beloved Community Village. Tim Reinen, Executive Director of RADIAN | PLACEMATTERS, and Cole Chandler, with Colorado Village Collaborative, led the tours. As part of the “season of thanks,” and in lieu of charging for admission, we requested that each attendee donate a $20 gift card from King Soopers, Target, or Walmart to be used by the residents of the Beloved Community Village.
In response to Denver’s housing crisis, RADIAN | PLACEMATTERS partnered with the Colorado Village Collaborative to move forward and scale creative approaches to housing vulnerable members of our community. Beloved Community Village, a tiny home village for people experiencing homelessness, is a viable mechanism that was implemented in July 2017 to house people in a temporary and transitional way so that they can take that next step towards permanent affordable housing. The village consists of 11 (8’x15’) units, a shared bathing unit (2 showers, 2 hand sinks, and 2 toilets), and a community space that helps support 15 residents.
As a result of existing zoning code requiring the village to be temporary, RADIAN | PLACEMATTERS designed Beloved Community Village to be off the grid, but at the same time responsive to the power, sanitary, and fresh water needs of the residents. The structures were designed to be easily deployable and transportable but also standing up to the necessary building code requirements. In the first two and half months the village has seen absolutely no turnover in residency, compared to the high rates in a traditional shelter system. Since the opening, the RiNo, Cole, and Curtis Park neighborhoods have welcomed the community with open arms. – Description courtesy of RADIAN | PLACEMATTERS.