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Grace Campus Tiny Homes project takes off with help from local home builder

Gene Chaney painting a tiny home (source: KCBD) Gene Chaney painting a tiny home (source: KCBD)
Melissa Harris works inside a tiny home (source: KCBD) Melissa Harris works inside a tiny home (source: KCBD)
Harris Homes delivers eight tiny homes on August 27th (source: KCBD) Harris Homes delivers eight tiny homes on August 27th (source: KCBD)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Workers at Paul's project, Grace Campus say they are overwhelmed by community support of their mission to transform the campus from tents to tiny homes.

When volunteers placed the first tiny home from Lowe's on site three weeks ago, they never imagined the response from people and businesses wanting to help move the project along.

There are now 14 tiny homes built, and pretty soon you won't even see tents on campus.

Paul's Project originally set their goal to build all 50 homes in one year, but Harris Homes out of Plainview decided they wanted to help get all 50 built before winter.

"To see it happen this fast is well beyond our expectations," Paul's Project Executive Director Chris Moore said.

Last weekend, Harris Homes donated eight more tiny homes to Paul's Project Grace Campus.

 The workers were back at it on Monday.

"It's just amazing how people have gotten behind this. It's just kind of exploded, and we're having a ball doing this," Gene Chaney said.

They say they are determined to get the homes built before winter hits.

"I've never spent the winter in a tent and I don't think I want to. And I don't think those people want to either," Chaney said.

Gene Chaney knew he could count on his daughter, Melissa Harris of Harris Homes, when he decided he wanted to build four tiny homes.

But now the project has taken off.

"Three weeks later we've built thirteen and we're so excited about it," Melissa Harris said.

It takes a whole team to make this work, from the discounted materials at Lowe's to the funds needed to keep the project going.

"Our employees that have been with us for so long are so behind this," Harris said. "Everybody out here is so invested in this project."

"We've gotten donations from Groom, Olton, Anton, McAdoo, Plainview, Midland," Chaney said.

Through word of mouth, and many giving hearts, they've raised $60,000 - enough to build 25 homes for the residents.

"Just to see the expression on their face, how excited they are to get a 120 square foot house and get out of a tent - it's very rewarding," Chaney said.

Melissa says this is the project Harris Homes was waiting for.

"This fit perfectly in between our projects. We know that this was God's timing. We know it was," Harris said.

A community effort stretching across the South Plains, to paint a bright future for a group of people working hard to make it on their own.

"It was amazing to see the people and the way they appreciate it. Some of the people told us they were just thrilled to get a tent. And now they're getting a little house," Chaney said.

"We had one gentleman we put in Saturday. He said 'I woke up in a tent and I'm going to go to be in a house tonight.' So, that was pretty cool," Moore said.

There is no donation too small to help with this project.

If you are interested in helping out, you can donate by visiting paulsprojectlubbock.org and clicking the donate button.

Make sure to specify that you would like your donations to go towards the Tiny Homes.

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