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Providence Park Tiny Housing for the Homeless in Arkansas


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The founders of Providence Park recently broke ground on a 50-acre community designed to provide permanent housing, support, and income opportunities to the chronically homeless in Arkansas and based on Community First! Model: This village will eventually include 400 homes, a community garden, a health center, a functional hall, and more.

The village goes beyond putting a roof over someone’s head. It intends to provide wrap-around care for the most vulnerable, including access to mental health support and opportunities for individuals to work “on campus” and form a community. They just completed the first home and hope to have 100 finished by Spring 2025, eventually completing 400 homes in future phases of the project.

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They Completed The First 280 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home

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This is the park design will eventually include 400 homes.

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This is the first home, complete!

Providence Park Permanent Tiny Housing for the Homeles 2

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They broke ground just last week!

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Details:

  • Providence Park focuses on building a supportive community for those experiencing chronic homelessness. It was inspired by Community First! Village in Texas.
  • It was founded by Errin Stanger, after years of research and support from key figures like Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde.
  • It’s located about 20 minutes from Downtown Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • Phase one should be complete by Spring 2025 and will include 100 homes, and the next phases will add about 300 additional homes.
  • The village will offer full support services including medical, mental, and dental care, as well as income opportunities for central Arkansas’s chronically homeless.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Faith Graichen
    May 26, 2024, 3:26 pm

    No stove, no sink, NO BATHROOM??? 400 homes without bathrooms???? I know homeless people are used to going in corners, on streets, or gas stations,, stores, if they can find them, but really. Come on. Not much of a home without those basics. A shelter, but not much else.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 27, 2024, 7:30 am

      The community will have community bathrooms and laundry facilities, as well as many other communal buildlings.

    • James D.
      May 27, 2024, 12:52 pm

      Homes don’t have to be monolithic (all in one structure) and it has only been the last 70+ years that indoor plumbing has been normalized in the industrialized nations.

      So, for most of human history and still large parts of the world, bathrooms were not in the same structure as you lived and didn’t mean a bathroom was lacking.

      Communal living is more efficient, cost wise, and is thus an ideal solution for housing those most in need…

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