Alongside Mental Health America of West Central Indiana, Inc. (MHAWCI), ISU students will take part in the Tiny Homes Project, building homes for Vigo Countys homeless.

The Terre Haute City Council has unanimously granted MHAWCI rezoning approval to begin construction of a tiny home village.

The project has been implemented into the curriculum of ISUs engineering and housing development programs so that students have the opportunity to build a home from the ground up.

MHAWCI has been a well-established partner with Indiana State University. Since its formation in 1950, this organization has invested about $10 million to address the needs of those living with mental illness and promote the overall mental health of Americans while battling the growing percentage of homelessness in Indiana.

The plan will begin with constructing the first six to eight houses near North 14th and Chase Street. Each home will be equipped with a full kitchen, shower, bath and bed. 

The tiny home village will also be conveniently located near Mental Health Americas main office so residents may have access to the resources MHAWCI provides. These include support services such as counseling, substance abuse education, living education and diabetes education. 

Attorney for Mental Health America, Jeffery Lewellyn, says this is only a start to what the organization hopes will be even bigger in the future. 

The staff of Mental Health America of West Central Indiana believe this project will have a positive impact on the community and Vigo County's current homeless population.

Tiny homes will be available to those in need in the spring of 2020.