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Carpenter's Church opening new duplexes to aid Lubbock homeless

Carpenter's Church opening five new duplexes for homeless (Source: KCBD Video) Carpenter's Church opening five new duplexes for homeless (Source: KCBD Video)
Chad Wheeler, exec. minister/director of Carpenter's Church (Source: KCBD Video) Chad Wheeler, exec. minister/director of Carpenter's Church (Source: KCBD Video)
Carpenter's Church opening five duplexes for homeless  (Source: KCBD Video) Carpenter's Church opening five duplexes for homeless (Source: KCBD Video)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Soon, several local homeless people will have a place they can call home.

Five duplexes are nearing completion and will be ready in a couple of weeks. They'll open on Sept. 8.

Carpenter's Church is hoping the new homes will provide the foundation the homeless need to succeed.

"This is a way to provide a great opportunity for people to restart," Chad Wheeler, executive minister and director for Carpenter's Church, says.

The five duplexes represent new opportunities for 10 people, who currently face life out on the streets.

It's something Carpenter's Church has been working on for years.

"It's a dream come true, it's so exciting to see," Wheeler says. "Our friends who, many of them again, have been homeless for decades have a chance like this, to start again and have a foundation to work from."

He says this is just the beginning to help combat chronic homelessness in Lubbock. They're hoping to add more homes in the future.

"We're really hoping, this is the start and will continue to grow and provide, because there's a lot more people who have the need for this kind of support," he says.

Wheeler tells us folks moving in will sign a standard one year lease agreement and will provide 30 percent of their income to pay for rent.

"Many times, we say, 'Well, why doesn't that person just get a job?' Or 'Why don't they just get the money together to get an apartment?' For some people that is an impossible task, so housing first provides people one of the best opportunities they have," Wheeler explains.

Though still under construction, the newly built homes will be ready soon.

"We're targeting the people who are the most vulnerable in our community; when they move into these units, we will help bring an end to decades of homelessness with just those 10 units," he says.

Carpenter's Church is asking for donations, since these folks moving in will only be bringing the small amount of items they own.

If you'd like to help, you can get in touch with the church by calling them at (806) 687-6876.

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