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 being 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 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. At present, 12 of the 15 villagers are employed, and 4 of those have gained employment since moving in to the village.
Partners: Denver Homeless Outloud, Interfaith Alliance, Beloved Community Mennonite Church, Everence, Bayaud Enterprises, Denver Food Rescue, Mennonite Disaster Services, Urban Land Conservancy, The Buck Foundation, Encore Electric, Legacy Mechanical, Christopher Concrete, Parkway Electric, SBP Restrooms, Redd Iron Inc., Contractors Equipment Center, Mobil Mini, Proline Supply, Lowes, MTech Mechanical, Aggregate Industries, 5280 Waste
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