Micah Homes

Longmont, CO

The Micah Project, located in Longmont, CO, seeks to provide affordable permanent supportive housing to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. Spearheaded by the Inn Between of Longmont, a non-profit organization that is addressing the need for housing for those that make less than 30% AMI in Longmont, the project will result in six 400 x 500 square foot housing units on land that was committed by the First Congressional United Church of Christ. The Inn Between of Longmont is providing all the permanent supportive housing resources such as housing, case management, and life training skills. Radian Inc. is providing the architectural and planning services to see the project through to completion.

This project is part of our larger Congregation Land Campaign initiative, which brings a creative and promising model of affordable housing development to the state, while also supporting diverse faith-based communities in advancing their values around community development.

The following design proposal was created with all the information gathered in mind. Permanently affordable and supportive multi-family cohousing with shared indoor and outdoor spaces, onsite services, and some level of sustainability which include community supported agriculture, green infrastructure, and phased out parking. Mixed income units, building to the maximum density for zoning, and alternative financing schemes proportion to income made should be considered as a method of financing the project. Also suggested is allowing for home businesses on site as an alternative form of producing income as well as establishing programs that connect to the wider community such as selling produce from the CSA or engaging with the adjacent church and high school to encourage multi-generational interaction.