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The Field’s Edge Tiny Home Community for Homeless


Remember the Community First Village we told you about? Well now we want to tell you about The Field’s Edge, founded by a group of people who interned at Community First for four months so that they could replicate the awesome community-based system in Midland, Texas.

This group has been raising funding while finding RVs to house some of their homeless neighbors. They now have the property for their village and everything is coming together!

Construction began on Phase I in March 2021. Phase I includes the Mabee Foundation Community Center which houses The Field’s Edge offices, a behavioral and physical healthcare clinic space, a market, and a multipurpose great room. Also included in Phase I is the first “pod” of homes which includes 9 single-occupant tiny homes for the chronically homeless, one missional home, and a commercial bath, kitchen, and laundry facility that we lovingly call the Bathhouse. Construction of Phase I will be completed in June 2022.

The Village sits on 23.5 acres inside of the city limits of southwestern Midland and will eventually have 10 “pods” of homes, 90 homes for the chronically homeless, and 10 homes for missional residents who voluntarily live on site to help cultivate community.

This is so great! Could your community use a village like this?

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Midland, Texas Homeless Community Set to Open June 2022

Here you can see the first “pod” coming together

The barn-looking building is the bathhouse.

Here’s the tiny home they have been using to raise awareness/funds for the project.

One of the RV homes for their formerly-homeless neighbors.

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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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  • jerry dycus
    May 19, 2022, 2:36 pm

    Sounded good until the word missional kept coming up. Reforming people with religion rarely works as just one crutch for another.
    They need foundational change in how they think about themselves and their self worth which take methodical work over months, yrs helping them develop their self worth, not a belief in magical beings that tells them they are failures that can only be helped by god.
    I help them by helping them make hand cart, bike trailer, boat homes. These are legal and at most they can only be told to move on.
    Yet they always have a safe weather tight place to stay, 3’x3’x8′ or larger, with a small solar panel, battery has lights, fan, cellph, laptop power making life so much better generally under $250.

    • Alison
      May 19, 2022, 6:24 pm

      Jerry, do you have a website with plans or photos of your bike trailer and hand cart homes?

  • jerry dycus
    May 19, 2022, 8:44 pm

    No I just do them according to material available and the person’s needs. For instance 1 lady we built a 13′ boat she could sail the islands in.
    I like a 12-14′ sq back canoe, wheel boggie with a tent top, pulled by a bike/Ebike
    Others are just light plywood boxes with side or end openings.
    Others are like the wheelchair beds of 1900 with a bed that raises to sit up, a pair of larger wheels, legs close to the wheelbarrow like handles. It can have a tent or ply box.
    Google homeless shelters, bike RVs, under image.
    If you need a specific design I’d be glad to help.

    • Alison
      May 20, 2022, 8:05 pm

      Thanks, Jerry!

  • Eric
    May 20, 2022, 7:51 pm

    The barn-looking building is the bathhouse.

    Jeepers, is EVERYTHING larger than large in the States? LOL

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