WICHITA FALLS, TX - Tiny homes are being built in Wichita Falls to provide homeless veterans a place to get back on their feet.
The North Texas Veteran's Relief Fund announced the location and name of the tiny home village today on Aug 10. The land to build the homes was donated by an anonymous donor. The village named Base Camp Lindsey will be located off Old Windthorst Road across the street from Sunnyside Baptist Church.
"Base camp for a military member means safety. A place for refuge. A place for rest. A place to get reequipped to go back into the battle and that's really what the village is for. To solve their problems, let's get them back on their feet and back into life," Board Chairwoman for North Texas Relief Fund, Chris De La Garza said.
The base camp is named after Felix L. Lindsey.
"A long time resident of the east side of Wichita Falls, but he was also a veteran. He was a buffalo soldier in the Indian Wars. We are just honored to have is family give us the permission to use his name," De La Garza said.
De La Garza said the village will have a club house area that will help veterans find jobs. The location is conveniently located across the street from a bus stop.
"That was one of our key points in the location, making sure that the veterans had access to transportation. We are also going to be utilizing the DAV and other local resources and doing whatever we can to get our veterans where they need to be," De La Garza said.
The fundraising started about a year ago. She said they were expecting it to take about five years to get to the point they are at today. There is still a long way to go. Each tiny home is expected to cost at least $10,000. They hope to kickoff building the homes by next June.
"It's going to take the whole community to make it happen. There's no government funding going into this program it's going to be grants, donations and fundraisers," De La Garza said.