Edirne city has outstanding architecture including mosques, religious complexes (kulliye), bridges, covered bazaars and other old commercial buildings, caravanserais, old homes and palaces. It has been a significant business and education center of Thrace throughout its history until up to the present. This paper was a part of a research project to determine the present situation of Edirne city in Thrace, near the borders of Turkey with Greece and Bulgaria. The aim of this paper is to investigate the role of minimal housing as economic processes of inhabitants of the Yildirim and Yeniimaret quarters, the ethnic gypsy group in the social processes leading to integration in society. Field research was carried out in Yeniimaret and Yildirim wards, and focused on two streets in Yeniimaret:... Kizakbayir Road and Yüzbaşi Road. Data obtained from the survey and from the face to face interviews are presented in descriptive statistics. Plans were drawn and photographs were taken of the houses, partial layout of two streets and the relative data were collected. Items were structured on the four main areas of the inquiry to determine: the demographic-social-economic data, the origins of inhabitants, the family’s ward properties and house characteristics. The study investigates the role of minimal housing as economic processes of inhabitants of the Yildirim and Yeniimaret quarters, the ethnic gypsy group in the social processes leading to integration in society. The courtyard clustering is also a response to the requirement of minimal houses for family ties and communication. At the same time, these courtyards provide privacy and seclusion and encourage social support among the residents.