We identified more than a dozen forward-thinking Denver-area congregations that are interested in developing housing on their land, but technical knowledge and expertise are significant barriers. Most congregations do not have knowledge of housing development, ownership models and processes, nor the capacity to conduct a thorough engagement and planning process with their members or the broader community.
As a result, we developed a streamlined process and technical assistance package that will help this first set of congregations explore housing options, identify development models that meet their needs and the needs of the community, and prepare them to quickly evaluate feasibility and begin working with developers.
The Micah Project is a faith-based partnership developing affordable, permanent supportive housing for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Longmont, Colorado. Radian has partnered with the Inn Between of Longmont, a non-profit housing provider, to help create six 400-500 square foot housing units on land that was committed by the First Congregational United Church of Christ. The Inn Between of Longmont is providing permanent supportive housing resources such as housing, case management, and life training skills. Radian is providing technical assistance to the church in the form of visioning workshops, capacity building, and architectural design and planning to see the project through to completion.
We’ve engaged over 100 congregations through educational events, and plan to continue facilitating similar workshops in the coming months. We are always trying to find new congregations who are interested in moving the needle on the housing crisis. If you’re interested in learning more about how to get involved in the Congregation Land Campaign, reach out to us here.