LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — We are continuing the conversation on the homeless problem in central Arkansas.
Just over a week ago, the Arkansas Department of Transportation announced the removal of homeless camps near Little Rock and North Little Rock interstates.
With overcrowded shelters, there aren't a lot of options for those who are in need of a bed. However, Pulaski County leaders are planning on adding an alternative option for unsheltered people.
The concept has never before been seen in the state, but there's already a successful model in Texas. It's affordable housing in the form of tiny homes for those who don't have a place to call home.
In Austin, Texas, it's called Community First! Village. It houses dozens of people who otherwise wouldn't have a home.
People pay rent with the money they make through entrepreneurship or taking on duties within the village.
Pulaski County leaders, like Judge Barry Hyde, have designated land for a community village similar to this concept in Texas.
Errin Stanger, the advisory council chairman, explained that there will be about 100 homes.
"It's not transient. You're not going to be there for a month and then move on. When you come into the village you can stay there forever," said Stanger.
While the official blueprint of the village is still being finalized, there will be a bus stop that will allow people transportation and work opportunities.
They hope to have the village completed by the end of next year.
While Pulaski County owns the property, they will have an RFP (request for proposal) to select a non-profit to manage it.
Once the village is closer to completion, residents will be selected through an application process.