The location was identified in 2019, and the project was proposed in June 2020. The City Council, on June 24, 2020, unanimously approved a 12-month option agreement that conveys the land to this project after our organization has raised a significant portion of the private funds necessary for construction and submits detailed plans that are informed by the community and our target population.
Lake Highlands Village is an entrepreneurial and agricultural intervention to restore lives, create jobs and ignite hope. We have identified seven human essentials that we believe are necessary to create an environment conducive to flourishing.
Lake Highlands Village will provide people experiencing homelessness with the necessary services and environment to recover while creating a sense of community that is connected to and integrated with the surrounding neighborhoods.
Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough serves as City Councilmember for District 10, which includes the neighborhoods of Lake Highlands and Hamilton Park, and the site for Lake Highlands Village. He has extensive history dealing with issues involving poverty, homelessness and neighborhoods through his previous roles as Chief of Staff for Mayor Mike Rawlings, Chief of Community Prosecution and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney.
McGough has worked closely with Bonton Farms for more than seven years, and he is known for bringing people together around complex issues and his creativity in resolving conflict. He has been active in convening partners and has designated this project as one of his top priorities moving forward.