MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — A neighborhood meeting is scheduled to be held at a residence on North 900 West Monday evening at 6 p.m. where locals are invited to gather and discuss a proposal to build a “tiny home village” that will house homeless individuals and families in need on a 20 acre parcel of land located at the northwest corner of 400 North and 900 West.
Homeward Bound, Inc., a non-profit organization in Michigan City proposed the idea for the project as part of their organization’s vision to fight homelessness in LaPorte County. That vision includes raising funds to support the Homeward Bound Village where they can offer needy families and the homeless affordable housing and job opportunities.
The organization is looking to raise $100,000 for the project that will pay for the land purchase and development of the property where an early site development plan shows an estimated 53 tiny homes will be constructed.
Residents surrounding the property where the organization hopes to break ground received a letter from the organization’s founder on July 27 stating that the organization will need to apply for a zoning variance before they are able to continue with the project.
The upcoming meeting which will be held at 4842 N. 900 West in Michigan City at 6 p.m. on August 13 will allow residents who may have concerns about the project or the zoning variance to voice their concerns.
Some residents have already shown support for the project on Facebook, such as Tom Krauth who posted, “This is maybe the most outstanding project proposal I’ve heard of for this area! This is something the community should really get supportive of! Projects like this have been phenomenal successes in a lot of communities nation-wide, and I never, in a million years would have guessed that MC would ever be progressive enough to even consider it.”
Other residents have shown concern stating that the property is prone to flooding and that the presence of the homeless may devalue homes and property in the surrounding area.
This story has been corrected from its original posting. The meeting is being hosted by concerned residents living near the proposed build site and is not hosted or sponsored in any way by Homeward Bound, Inc.