**One caveat to this article: the "circ house community," as we're calling them, may or may not be in RiNo. One property option is in that area, but two others are not. This is still to be determined.**
An alliance of nonprofit groups is deep in talks to deploy a village of yurts on a vacant lot in River North. Nothing’s confirmed yet, but the organizers are a reputable bunch, and they say they have the tentative support of Mayor Michael Hancock and the property owners.
The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado is leading the charge as part of its communal Alternative Solutions Advocacy Project, which has recently drawn hundreds of people into public conversations about homelessness. The plan now is to temporarily deploy small, sturdy homes around the city, possibly starting with an as-yet undisclosed RiNo property owned by the Urban Land Conservancy.
The land is currently sitting vacant while ULC prepares to build permanent affordable housing. In the meantime, “they’re just empty plots of land for 6 to 12 to 18 months,” said Nathan Hunt, program director of economic justice for the Interfaith Alliance.