The Cottages at Hickory Crossing arrive for Dallas' homelessThe Cottages at Hickory Crossing arrive for Dallas' homelesshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=113002015-12-02T06:00:00Z2015-12-02T22:00:00Z

​​​DALLAS - Fifty homeless men and women are set to move into basic, 400-sf cottages on the edge of downtown Dallas beginning in February 2016.

The Cottages at Hickory Crossing, a new model of permanent housing in North Texas, cost $6.8 million to build, including $1.1 million for the purchase of land.

More than 3,100 people are homeless in Dallas and Collin counties, according to one count this year by Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance.

Of those, 615 were chronically homeless — meaning they have been homeless more than a year and have a disability, such as mental illness, drug addiction or a physical issue. The number of chronically homeless people rose by 26 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to the alliance.

Over the past decade, the alliance has worked on a plan to end chronic homelessness in Dallas and Collin counties by this year.

The cottages will have on-site medical care and round-the-clock security. They will provide intensive support for 50 people who are in danger of dying on the street.

Much of the money to support the cottages and their residents will come through the federal government. Some will come through donations and other private assistance.

Dallas Morning News
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
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