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Paul's Project Grace Campus begins transition from tents to tiny homes

First tiny home built by Lowe's at Grace Campus (source: KCBD) First tiny home built by Lowe's at Grace Campus (source: KCBD)
First tiny home built by Lowe's at Grace Campus (source: KCBD) First tiny home built by Lowe's at Grace Campus (source: KCBD)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Exciting changes are coming to Paul’s Project Grace Campus, formerly known as Tent City.

The tents are several years old and worn from extreme weather conditions.But instead of replacing them with other tents, Grace Campus is transitioning to what they’re calling tiny homes.

The first one, built by Lowe’s, is nearly complete.

“My family lost everything when my grandparents passed away. And, it just went downhill from there,” Tyler Bailey, a Grace campus resident, said. "It's just a big tent, military tent with a bed and that's basically it. This is where we sleep."

Tyler lives with his fiancé in one of the tents at Paul’s Project Grace Campus.Regardless of his circumstances, he is thankful.

“I’m very proud of it. It’s a place to lay my head. A place for my fiancé to lay her head," says Bailey. 

The tents provide a living space for 95 residents working to find jobs and get out of homelessness. But on freezing winter nights, or in the heat of the summer, the weather can surely be felt.

“It’s hot, you can’t really do nothing much about it,” Bailey said.

This weekend marks the beginning of a yearlong transition into replacing the tents at Grace Campus, with tiny homes.

“They’re going to be quieter. It’s going to be better when it rains, when it snows,” executive director Chris Moore said. “They’ll be able to lock their doors. Their belongings will be secure. And they’ll feel better at night I’m sure.”

For Moore, seeing the first tiny home on campus is surreal.

“You know it’s one thing to talk about doing something, and plan on doing something. And it’s like a completely different thing to actually see it come to fruition,” Moore said.

He says it’s something they planned on doing from the beginning, and a major step forward in the mission Grace Campus works toward each day.

“We’ve tried to build a community atmosphere you know where people care for one another and help each other out,” Moore said.

“I’ve seen people come in and out of here that get jobs and they move out. That gives me a lot of hope, and a lot of faith knowing that I can do the same thing,” Bailey said.

“It’s almost going to be like a graduation process. You know they’re going to go from being completely homeless in the streets to a little tiny home and then hopefully into you know their own permanent housing,” Moore said.

Each tiny home costs $1,000 to build, and if you or your organization are interested in donating or getting involved you can visit their website at http://www.paulsprojectlubbock.org/

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