Tiny houses have become a huge trend lately, and in times when there are so many homeless people in our country who have served to defend it in the military, this trend can become an even greater idea. We’re talking about putting homeless veterans and tiny houses in the same sentence, but a group in Missouri is already taking this idea to a whole new level.
An organization called Veterans Community project has built an entire village of tiny houses to provide homes for homeless veterans. This idea is both cost effective and empowering, and has potential to be replicated from coast to coast.
It is a shame that men and women who have served to protect us in times of war and peace have been cast aside and left to fend for themselves with no support from society beyond occasional handouts.
That’s why VCP have decided to do something about it. The group was founded by three veterans who saw the gaps in services that veterans needed to survive in civilian life after experiencing the trauma of combat followed by life on the streets.
Working on a site of about four acres, they are constructing fifty tiny houses that will serve at least as many homeless vets. They are doing much more than just putting a roof over their head. VCP will also be offering peer counseling and job training as a way to help reintegrate veterans back into the broader community.
According to their website, VCP says
“The goal would be to get veterans straight off the streets and hand them the keys to their full furnished tiny house (stocked with food), without the veteran having to go through the hassles of waiting for gas, electric, deposits, inspections, and voucher processes. We would then stabilize them to educate and support them on reintegrating into society all while treating and addressing their housing barriers as we move them into permanent housing.”
Each house is 240 square feet and is being built by volunteers and with donations from business and private individuals, reports American Web Media.
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