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the Cottages at hickory crossing


Central Dallas Community Development


Dallas, TX

LEED Consultant:

Chip Henderson



Green Rater:

Project Goal:

Permanent Supportive Housing is a cost-effective strategy to help the chronically homeless population of Dallas, Texas. Studies have found each chronically homeless person cost the taxpayers between $35,000 and $150,000 a year. Continuously cycling the homeless population in and out of hospital beds and jail cells is an expensive business. A single night at Terrell state hospital costs $400. A day in jail costs $56 dollars. The City of Dallas plans to build up to 700 units in 2014 to support the chronically homeless. The Cottages at Hickory Crossing aims to reduce the cost to taxpayers to just $34. That’s a 40% reduction in cost over jail.


The Cottages at Hickory Crossing is a start in the right direction. This project includes 50 individual dwelling units at 400 square feet each to help house this population. Located less than a half mile from downtown, the Cottages will provide housing and on-site care to some of the most vulnerable homeless individuals in Dallas. The Cottages will be a model for sustainable urban living. Site development will balance building orientation with maximizing open space and the project will incorporate on-site solar energy production, rainwater collection, and passive solar technologies. A 3,000 square foot building will be located on site to provide management and tenant services.

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