By G.E.S. Gazette staff
C olorado Village Collaborative (CVC) was recently awarded a $20,000 grant as part of Lowe’s Hometowns, which looks to restore and revitalize spaces in communities across the nation.
Jennifer Forker, a spokesperson for CVC, said the grant will allow the nonprofit to build a community garden at the recently relocated Beloved Community Village in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood. The garden will be used by residents of the village and nearby neighbors.
This year is the first of a five-year, $100 million commitment from Lowe’s to the communities it serves, with this year’s projects spanning 40 states and Washington, D.C. As previously reported by The G.E.S. Gazette, in March city council approved a two-year lease agreement on city-owned property at 4201 Monroe St. with the option to extend it another two years, allowing CVC to operate a new tiny home village on the site.
The Beloved Community Village tiny home site moved to the Monroe location in May and has 24 units with the ability to house up to 30 people. The site could also add two more tiny homes later, and CVC has stated it could operate on another lot to the south that is essentially the same size.