Jan 31, 2019
DENVER – The City and County of Denver has identified a new location for the “Beloved Community Village,” a pilot of 11 tiny homes that provides stable housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness.
Following the end of The Village’s temporary lease on privately owned property, where it has been for more than a year, the city is proposing a lease at a nearby, vacant parcel at 4400 N. Pearl St. The cost will be just $10 a year. The Beloved Community Village is currently home to 12 residents, 11 of whom are employed or in school. Four previous residents have transitioned to permanent housing since the village opened. The new location will allow the village to add up to nine additional sleeping units and a community building with plumbed bathrooms, a kitchen and meeting space.
“I’m thrilled that the city is able to offer this land that will allow the Village to continue providing a unique and dignified housing option to people who have experienced homelessness,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “The Village has proven to be a tremendous success. I’m looking forward to strengthening our partnership and working with the Globeville neighborhood to continue the success of this community.”
“The village’s residents are excited to stay so close to where they’ve called home for the last 18 months and hope to quickly integrate into the vibrant Globeville community,” said Cole Chandler of the Colorado Village Collaborative, which operates the village. “This lease represents a deepened partnership with city leadership as we continue to work together to seek creative, dignified solutions to address the housing and homelessness crisis.”
The proposed city-owned site meets a number of important criteria, including:
Denver City Council must approve the city’s lease of the land to Colorado Village Collaborative. The lease will be reviewed by Council’s Finance and Governance Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 5 and the full Council on Feb. 19. If approved, the lease would have an initial term of one year, with options to renew for up to four years.
“An inclusive city is one where everyone has a place where they belong. This pilot project is a great example of the city working in partnership with local nonprofits to address issues of homelessness and affordability, creating a sense of belonging in the process,” Councilman Albus Brooks said.
The city will host a community meeting for neighbors to learn more about the village and provide input.
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7
Birdseed Collective – Globeville Rec Center
4496 N. Grant St., Denver
Spanish interpretation provided
Learn more about the Beloved Community Village at www.coloradovillagecollaborative.org.