By Katy Blakey
Published at 7:27 AM CST on Nov 9, 2015

Each day on his way to his construction job, Markeith passes the city’s homeless.
He walks right past tent city to a development just as ambitious as the Dallas skyline. The Cottages of Hickory Crossing are a housing-first option to tackle the city’s homeless population. When complete, the village of houses will provided a permanent home for 50 homeless people.

“We’re going to be able to take 50 individuals off the street and give them a safe place to live and return the integrity and dignity that they so much deserve,” said Keith Ackerman, director of the Cottages of Hickory Crossing.

Markeith is one of many construction workers committed to seeing the project finished.

“There’s a lot of people that need a place like this,” said Markeith. “It’s going to help a lot of people.”

Once complete, it will house the city’s most vulnerable and most at risk of dying on the streets and provide them with on-site medical care, psychiatric care and more. The goal of the nearly $7 million project is to help people and save money in the long run by keeping this critical population out of Dallas County emergency rooms and jail.

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