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Neighborhood Meeting to be Held to Discuss ‘Tiny Home Village’ for Homeless and Needy Families

Neighborhood Meeting to be Held to Discuss ‘Tiny Home Village’ for Homeless and Needy Families
Luis Izquierdo

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

For more information on the project, please visit the organization’s website at www.homewardboundcasa.com or follow them on Facebook.

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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.

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  1. Lorrie Otto

    The homeless would not be homeless anymore if they had a home. ❤️❤️

    • Kevin Wright

      People who want a roof over their head and food to eat should get a job. If you can work, you should work unless a partner is supporting you. There are programs available for the disabled.

      • Kendra Cuyler

        It can take several YEARS to get approved for SSI or SSDI following a serious illness or accident that leads to disability. Disabled people receiving SSI are part of the homeless community in Michigan City. $700/month isn’t enough for an apartment

  2. Boyd Edson

    Why so far out, this city is always trying out new shit that will not work for the people that don’t have cars. They have try some shit in this town like the Cop shop on the west side that did not last. and I could go on for so many thing’s They never think anything out that will work…..

  3. Mark

    Put the homeless on the west side of town with the rest of the people that can’t afford to live South of 94.

  4. Michel Papp

    Why would you put homeless people in the country with no access to food or public transportation. You have 500,000 sqr feet of empty mall space. Public transport and food all aound. Use some common sense people. Florida boy reporting on this has no idea how hard it is to travel in the winter to work and to the store. Great ideas no common sense.

    • Kendra Cuyler

      The Marquette Mall site/property is privately owned and priced to high for this project. I favor using the former Elston Jr/Sr high school. It has a cafeteria, locker rooms w/showers and empty classrooms that could be turned into dormitory style bedrooms with divider’s.

  5. Trina

    I love the idea it would help family in need of a good home and help them get a job I’ma homeless now sleeping in my car it’s too much for a apartment here and Michigan City the landlord wants u too pay too much I was paying $800 for a house and the landlord never fixed anything now I’ma homeless and still can’t find any thing I love the idea and would love to see it up and running I’ma praying for you and hope to hear from you soon

    • Mike Papp

      How about this if you cant afford to live there leave. Its simple math your pay minus your bills if nothings left you cant live there. You think Michigan City costs a lot you have no idea. I get it people go through rough patches I’ve been there. I also left when I couldn’t support myself. Elkhart and South Bend have very high paying assembly line jobs. Over $20 hr for laborers and bonuses to boot and a huge labor shortage. Move until you can afford to come back.

      Putting people in cabins where there are no jobs, no transportation and no food is STUPID!!!!

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