Tiny House Village Project

 

PRESS RELEASE

DATE:  June 26, 2017

CONTACT:  Ally Dodge

PHONE:  303-883-8420

EMAIL:  allyincolorado@gmail.com

 

St. Andrew’s Awarded $30,000 grant for Tiny House Village Project 

 

June 26, 2017 -- St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church announced today that they were recently awarded a $30,000 grant from the United Thank Offering, which will go towards their planned Tiny House Village Project. The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry within The Episcopal Church and grants are awarded for innovative missions and ministries that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally in The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. This year, St. Andrew’s was one of 35 grantees to be awarded funding out of hundreds of applications from across the US and in some non-domestic places.

 

Upon hearing the news, the Office of the Bishop of The Episcopal Church in Colorado commented “United Thank Offering was founded to support innovative mission and ministry. The Episcopal Church in Colorado is excited that St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Denver has received a UTO grant of $30,000 to serve people in the Denver community who are experiencing homelessness. This grant will provide a foundation of resources to accomplish the building of these tiny homes and providing services to this community. We are excited that the mission and ministry of St. Andrew’s is working tirelessly to meet this great need in Denver and advocating on the front lines for those experiencing homelessness.”

 

“We are deeply grateful for the funds provided by UTO which will allow St. Andrew's to provide tangible evidence of our mission to seek renewal of the world through our Tiny House Village.  This project will provide homes for several women, allowing them to become members of a community, begin repairing their dignity, and move forward towards their life goals” says Deacon Elizabeth Garfield, of St. Andrew’s.      

 

St. Andrew's started exploring the idea of installing a Tiny House Village in January 2016.  Since then, the tiny house movement has continued to build momentum in Denver.  The City has been working with Alternative Solutions Advocacy Project ("ASAP"), on zoning and building codes that allow a tiny house village, to be installed for a six-month period on a site.  At the end of the six-month period, the tiny houses need to be moved to a new location.  ASAP is comprised of a coalition of service providers, advocates, foundations, business leaders, congregations (including St. Andrew’s), and people living on the streets.  The first tiny house village is called Beloved Community Village after its sponsoring church, the Beloved Community Mennonite Church and it is about to open at 37th and Walnut.  St. Andrew's will be the second location and first church to host a tiny house village on church property in Denver.  They hope to have the village installed, constructed and occupied by no later than the end of 2017.   

 

St. Andrew’s felt the Tiny House Project could be a perfect fit for the UTO after reading a particular grant mission:  'Following Jesus' way of creating loving, liberating, and life-giving relationships with God, each other, and all creation.' Per Mike Ogborn, vestry member and Tiny House Village Team Leader, “Funding the project marries our goals to that of UTP: to follow Jesus' way of creating a loving, liberating, and life-giving relationships with both between the people of St. Andrew's and the unsheltered, in a loving way that provides them the liberty to rejoin society and renew relationships, both with each other within the village and the community.”

 

About the United Thank Offering (UTO):  The UTO is a ministry that, encourages people to give thanks to God when they have been blessed, not only in prayer, but in a monetary offering.  The amounts are intended to be small, frequent reminders and recognition of the small wonderful things that happen to us on a daily or weekly basis. Offerings are made into a blue box and when the box is full, the amount is sent to the UTO.  The UTO then oversees an annual grant program which financially supports missions and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Community.  www.episcopalchurch.org/page/united-thank-offering

 

About St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church:  St. Andrew’s was founded in 1874 and has long stood as a sanctuary in the bustling urban core of Denver, surrounded by economic and ethnic diversity. Our members come from downtown Denver and across the metropolitan area to be a part of this unique community that values Anglo-Catholic liturgical practice, beautiful devotional music, inclusiveness, and engagement with the world beyond our doors. We are located at 2015 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO 80205. Phone: 303-296-1712 www.StAndrewDenver.org

 

 

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 June 9, 2017 --  St. Andrew's started exploring the idea of installing a Tiny House Village in January 2016.  Since then, the tiny house movement has continued to build momentum in Denver.  The City has been working with various organizations, including St. Andrew's, to craft zoning and building codes that allow for the construction and installation of temporary tiny house villages.  This approach allows a tiny house village, which meets the zoning and building codes as currently written, to be installed for a six-month period on a site.  At the end of the six-month period, the tiny houses need to be moved to a new location.  

In the Spring of 2016, Alternative Solutions Advocacy Project ("ASAP"), was launched by some long-time advocates for homeless rights and housing.  ASAP is comprised of a coalition of service providers, advocates, foundations, business leaders, congregations, and people living on the streets. Convinced that Denver needed a new and better policy, ASAP has been instrumental in its work with the City to bring about the changes to zoning and building codes which now allow for the temporary installation of tiny house villages.  ASAP will continue to work with the City to develop zoning and building code changes to allow for the construction and installation of more long term tiny house villages.    

The first tiny house village, is called Beloved Community Village after its sponsoring church, the Beloved Community Mennonite Church.  It is currently under construction at 37th and Walnut Streets and is estimated to be fully occupied by mid-June.  St. Andrew's joined ASAP this spring and will be the first church to host a tiny house village on church property in Denver.  We hope to have the village installed, constructed and occupied by no later than the end of 2017.   

This is still an active, evolving project and we will keep you up-to-date as plans progress.  

 

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