Each week, nearly 1,000 people are moving to the City of Denver alone, in search of many things. What some of them won’t find is adequate, affordable housing. As a result, the population of people experiencing homelessness in and around Denver and Colorado is higher now than it has ever been.
At the same time, development in Denver is happening at a breakneck pace. The criminalization of homelessness with the so-called “camping ban” in Denver, combined with the pressures of the demand for space, has led to a crisis for people sleeping and living without housing. Police have been enforcing “sweeps” and other measures that disrupt and destroy communities of people, and with winter fast approaching many people’s lives are in the balance.
A variety of institutions and organizations–including communities of faith–have been working to assist people experiencing homelessness for a long time in Colorado. But with the number of people in need of housing at an all-time high, there is a greater need than ever before for us to band together and truly engage with our brothers and sisters without homes. What can people of faith do to help save the lives of our fellow community members?
HOMELESSNESS ACTION NETWORK AND HOMELESSNESS ACTION GROUPS
Homelessness Action Network is the Interfaith Alliance’s program linking congregations to opportunities for service, charity, and justice, advocating for people experiencing homelessness in Colorado.
We are asking each congregation and faith-based organization to create its own Homelessness Action Group, to join in our Homelessness Action Network. As a Homelessness Action Group, you will have access to resources, programs, education, and tools to guide your congregation’s efforts to make a difference. Some of these initiatives include:
- Serve free coffee and tea at Network Coffeehouse while striking up conversation with people experiencing homelessness;
- Invite your fellow congregants to spend a day volunteering at Delores Project, a shelter that specifically serves women;
- Learn from homeless and formerly homeless activists working in Denver at our Fall Collective on Homelessness and Tiny Homes in October;
- Inspire people in your own congregations to take action by providing space to house people in the coldest months of the year.
Register your congregation’s Homelessness Action Group now below. Don’t miss this opportunity to live out your faith by action. People in Colorado without housing need our help now.
INTERFAITH ALLIANCE IS SUPPORTING THE EFFORT TO DEVELOP TINY HOME VILLAGES
There are several initiatives underway in Colorado to establish a model for a series of tiny home villages to support the homeless community. Many cities around the United States have already achieve some form of self-determined, self-governed tiny home village for the homeless, and many believe it is time to make it happen in Denver and Colorado.
The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado supports the efforts of groups aiming to build and manage self-determined and self-governed tiny home villages. Tiny home villages create an alternative way of existing for some people experiencing homelessness.