The G.I. Village consisted of small, prefabricated homes for veterans and their families. These buildings originally housed servicemen at Camp Maxey in Lamar County, northeast of Commerce. The homes, or "huts" as they became known on campus, were delivered to Commerce and hastily reassembled in order to accommodate students under the G.I. Bill. A shortage of construction materials delayed the opening of the buildings until the spring semester of 1946, when the first twenty families moved in. Additional units opened in 1947. As the post-World War II housing crunch began to wane, the huts were slowly removed from the site. Several were converted for academic purposes by the late 1960s. The G.I. Village occupied two blocks south of the Heritage House. The G.I. Village was bound by Stonewall and Walnut Streets to the north and south respectively, and Bois D'Arc and Campbell to the west and east, respectively.