Colorado Village Collaborative's Beloved Community Village Evaluation Findings

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From July 2017 – April 2018 the University of Denver’s Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness conducted a comprehensive evaluation of Colorado Village Collaborative’s Beloved Community Village, Denver's first tiny-home village.

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Press Release

For Release: July 16, 2018

First Year of Tiny Homes Village a Success for Residents/Neighbors
Results of comprehensive evaluation release to the public

DENVERThe Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at the University of Denver today released the results from a study of Colorado Village Collaborative’s Beloved Community Village. The comprehensive evaluation was conducted by the Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work.

The results of the evaluation indicate that the Village is a success for both the residents themselves and for the surrounding community.

Tiny homes for the homeless are an experiment in Denver. The Beloved Community Village is the first of its kind: a village of 11 one-room houses with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, located at 38th and Blake Streets in the RiNo neighborhood. When the Village opened in July of 2017, sceptics questioned whether the approach would keep people housed or whether the neighborhood would accept the village as part of its increasingly trendy landscape. 


Executive Summary

The results from this evaluation, conducted by the Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness (Burnes), demonstrate that over the course of the first nine months, the Beloved Community Village (BCV) has been a success. In July 2017, when the evaluation began, there was no certainty that BCV would still be operational come May 2018. Yet, by all accounts, BCV is operational and widely considered a fully-functioning and productive community. Importantly, understanding BCV’s “success” is complex given the developmental process of an alternative solution to homelessness using an intentional community model, which does not arrive at a fixed destination but rather continues to evolve, change, and grow. However, all reported findings indicate that BCV is a demonstrably positive effort operated and supported by an intentional community of individuals largely working for the betterment of those involved, chiefly those living in the Village. 


Key Findings

Beloved Community Village has had a demonstrably positive impact on local community

• Previously underserved people are housed
• Neighbors report very few concerns with village
• No increase in crime near the village

Improved outcomes for villagers in the areas of:

• Education & employment
• Health & well-being
• Reduction in theft

Villagers report:

• An increase in social capital
• Increased feelings of safety

 

 


A Closer Look At The Findings


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