The idea for the Cottages at Hickory Crossing began in 2006 with the designs for Katrina Cottages that emerged after the disaster in the Gulf States. Central Dallas CDC recognized the potential for these small, detached homes to provide an attractive alternative for housing people now homeless, both because of their relatively low cost and because of privacy and pride that controlling their own home could provide to people. When the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation brought together six key community agencies to create a model housing development for people then homeless in 2009, Central Dallas CDC, as the developer of the housing, suggested adopting the Katrina Cottages as the model housing type and that suggestion was rapidly approved by the other cooperating organization.
Fundraising for the development took more than five years, but in late 2014 the Cottages at Hickory Crossing broke ground and construction began.
The Cottages at Hickory Crossing is significant not only for its housing type, but as well for the model of cooperation and collective collaboration between organizations. The collaboration lead to the establishment of fifty (50), 400 square -foot houses.
Intended to have the capacity to deal with challenges, the Cottages at Hickory Crossing will have a 1:6 ratio of service providers to residents and services will be provided on site in a 3,000 square-foot service building.