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Work progresses on new neighborhood for homeless individuals

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Published: Mar. 17, 2017 at 9:43 PM CDT
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Dozens of people could soon get a new outlook on life thanks to a local outreach that's on a mission to combat homelessness.

On East Division Street. you'll find a big empty field that's full of hopes and dreams. Until recently, the plot was just an abandoned trailer park. That's before

, an local outreach to homeless individuals, entered the scene. The area is now being transformed into a special new neighborhood called

.

"I stepped back after we cleaned it up and said this is amazing," said David Brown, executive director of The Gathering Tree.

Brown explained Eden Village will help instill a sense of community and pride for chronically disabled homeless people.

"It is going to take us- the people- to solve the problem. Not the government, not the city, and nobody else.

The development includes special housing for people who are homeless and disabled. This project represents a growing trend across the country, which is placing homeless people in communities instead of shelters .

Thirty small homes are being built in Texas, and will be trucked here. The first arrives in just weeks.

Brown stated, "It will be a model home. And, if you can drive by and see that, it will peak your interest more. I think it will make it a lot easier for us."

Each unit costs $30,000. The outreach is raising the money and preparing these homes designed to make a big impact on so many lives.

"The obvious thing to solve homelessness is a home. It is kind of a no-brainier really. But that is what it takes," Brown said. "It takes a home and a community."

The development will also include a community center where case workers and medical staff can meet with residents.

Brown expects it to take about a year to build-out the neighborhood.

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