Month: May 2017

Beloved Community Village is getting Built! Yet Sweeps Continue…

Beloved Community Village is getting Built! Yet Sweeps Continue…
Saturday May 20th, 2017 was the first big day of building Beloved Community Village, the first ever Tiny Home Village in Denver. 100 volunteers including future village residents, neighborhood residents, members of Mennonite Desiaster Services, Whiting-Turner, Ridian Ink, and members of all the organizations making up the newly formed Colorado Village Collaborative, came to help build the village! Monday we continued to build with over 40 volunteers. We will continue to build over the next week (or so) and are projecting to completely finish construction by the end of June.
If you would like to volunteer to help build contact terese@denverhomelessoutloud.org. If you want to drop by with some snacks or coffee we always love that too! You can also donate at https://www.gofundme.com/denvers-first-tiny-home-village 
At the same time as the village was being built Monday morning 5/22, Denver police and city officials were sweeping about 20 people who had been staying on the side walk on 21st and Champa “away” and taking their belongings. Some folks staying out here moved to this area after being swept from the Lawrence and Park Ave area this winter and as more sweeps continued in areas along the river and elsewhere. Those swept from this area scattered to other areas outside breaking the same survival ban law everywhere they go to rest.
This village is the response of homeless people to this criminalization of survival and to the utter lack of housing poor people can actually attain. As we have seen through this building, with community we can build these homes with little money and little time. The struggle is for land and legalization of these attainable communities and homes — whether it be a tiny home, a tent, a tarp, or just a piece of cardboard.
Stay tuned for coming developments and come by and say hi as this village is build and as it becomes home for many! And talk with your council person and tell them you don’t want people to be swept and treated like trash…
Video of First Wall being Lifted!

Video by Unicorn Riot on Beloved Community Village Build https://vimeo.com/218386349

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Denver Homeless Out Loud

Beloved Community Tiny Home Village Building Starts Saturday May 20, 2017!!

Beloved Community Tiny Home Village Building Starts Saturday May 20, 2017!!

Beloved Community Village, Denver’s First Tiny Home Village, construction will begin on Saturday May 20, 2017! This tiny home village will be at 3733 Walnut St and will have 11 tiny homes, a community space, a shower building, and bathrooms. The village will be home to 14 people who are currently homeless. The village will be run by the village residents themselves with partnership with an advisory council.

 

This tiny home village has been made legally possible for the first time ever in Denver after working with City planning and zoning departments to allow for this type of village. This support is a big step forward to enable common sense housing communities. However, current zoning requires the village to move locations every 6 months, continuing to force communities to move and will prevent planting roots. Ultimately, we seek to create zoning for permanent tiny home villages to support multiple ways of finding home and community.

 

This village is the creation of a new organization called Colorado Village Collaborative, a partnership between Denver Homeless Out Loud, The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, Bayaud Enterprises, Beloved Community Mennonite Church, and village residents. Architectural plans and designs were provided by Radian Inc., Whiting-Turner will oversee construction, and Mennonite Disaster Services will oversee volunteers. The Village is made possible by more than 300 individuals, organizations, and businesses who provided funding, and who have signed up to help build.

 

Beloved Community Village is a remarkable feat of collaborative and persistent effort across many sectors of society. Given the absence of attainable housing for low or no income people in Denver and across the Nation, and given the use of laws to criminalize people for trying to survive in public spaces and push them “away” into farther away more hidden places in effort to hide homelessness, tiny home villages are one significant, unique means of creating fast, inexpensive, community based, environmentally friendly homes.

 

All are invited to visit the village being built over the next couple weeks. We currently have enough volunteers to build the village, but welcome support of coffee, snacks, or food for the workers. To donate please go to https://www.gofundme.com/denvers-first-tiny-home-village.

Thanks to all who made this possible! Homes for all!