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"Having a home and roof over your head aids in your recovery:" River Edge to unveil five tiny homes

Bibb County says the homes are a small solution that can help solve a big problem.

River Edge Behavior Health is getting ready to unveil five tiny homes on Maynard Street on July 26.  

The houses are made for people who do not have a home or who need assistance while recovering from mental illness or substance abuse

Cass Hatcher with River Edge Behavior Health says the homeless coalition formed by Macon Mayor Robert Reichert came up with the idea.

"It's going to put a very small dent into the homelessness problem," Hatcher said. 

"Having a home and roof over your head and being able to stay somewhere where it's warm and safe helps with your recovery" Hatcher said. 

Hatcher says people need a roof over their head to help them recover from substance abuse or mental health issues. 

Hatcher says they have already received 12 applications from people who want to live in the houses.

Applicants will be checked by the Salvation Army. If their application is approved, they would be expected to use 30 percent of their income to pay rent on the property.

If approved applicants do not have an income, River Edge has grant money to cover the cost.

Sebrina Palmer used to see overgrown grass when she looked out to her mother's front porch.

"Something to look forward to in the neighborhood and if with the elderly people I think they're looking forward to the new neighbors and new homes in the area," Palmer said. 

The project was made possible thanks to a more than $350,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing.

Hatcher says they are having a ribbon cutting for the property on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m.

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