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Denver’s tiny home ‘homeless’ village is a success a year later

Freddie Martin, a resident, enters his home, which he shares with a roommate, at Beloved Community Village on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Martin, who has been housing insecure since 2009, first came to the village about a year ago. At 44, he is finishing a history degree at Metro State despite his continued housing struggles. Beloved Community Village -- the collection of 11 tiny homes built to accommodate chronicle homeless people and get them on the path to permanent housing -- is about a year old. A recent DU study shows that it is not having a negative impact on the surrounding community, and is helping most residents build more stable lives. (AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via AP)

From the start, supporters have hoped Beloved Community Village would help people beyond the 13 residents who moved off Denver's streets and into its 8-foot-by-12-foot tiny homes last July. The village, 11 homes, a bathhouse, two portable toilets and a circular common building bounded by a brightly decorated chain-link fence, was meant to be a pioneer. It's a pilot projec…

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