SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Eden Village, a future neighborhood of tiny homes for chronically disabled homeless, is coming along. The Gathering Tree announced its plans for the village a few months ago in November.
Eden Village finally has a sign up announcing its future home along Division but it isn’t the only progress for the gated community.
“We will be placing our first home there this month. It will be more of a model home for now,” said Ron Duncan, The Gathering Tree Board of Directors President.
Duncan said Eden Village is moving right along.
“The city is working with us as well getting all the permits, things, zoning. They’re doing a fantastic job helping us with that,” Duncan said.
Thankfully Duncan said there haven’t been any major hang ups.
“We’re getting the sewage all set up, plumbing, water get final sign-offs from the city so we should be good to go,” said Duncan.
He said the homes for the chronically disables homeless are needed now more than ever.
“You’ve seen all the news lately with homeless being displaced. Homeless counts. There’s a lot out there. I do think the homeless count was low. I think there’s a lot more out there,” Duncan said.
The first home was donated by Judy Huntsman with Coldwell Bankers back in November but donations are still needed to complete the gated community.
“Now since the holidays have passed funders are starting to get their priorities aligned for the next year and also making donations for the ending tax season,” said Duncan.
Duncan said the tiny homes will be brought into Eden Village in phases.
“We’re going to do it in increments in 10 house segments work out all the kinks first see how that goes then add more and more,” Duncan said.
The hope is for those 10 tiny homes to be replaced by this summer. Then The Gathering Tree will begin taking applications for future residents.
“I’d personally liked to see this full and ready to go by next Christmas. What a great Christmas present that would be for our homeless friends. We’ve got some money to raise but we can do it,” said Duncan.