Group Builds Village Of 'Tiny Homes' For Homeless Vets

| by Ray Brown
A ribbon being cut for the start of the Veterans Community ProjectA ribbon being cut for the start of the Veterans Community Project

A village of tiny residences to house homeless veterans is planned to be built in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Veterans Community Project, which was started by four veterans, is building 50 homes that are 20 feet long and 240 square feet in area, reported WDAF.

“These are my brothers and sisters out there on the streets and we didn't want to see any veterans suffering,” said Veterans Community Project founder and Marine Corps veteran Kevin Jamison. "We want to give them something they can stay in, call it their own and then socialize and re-integrate at their own pace.”

The project is just getting underway after being announced in May. Chris Stout, president of Veterans Community Project, said the homes are being built to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“We identified too many veterans suffering from PTSD and addictions who were going untreated and not doing well in traditional shelters,” Chris said in a news release, according to the Kansas City Star. “We decided as vets that we had to do something to help.”

“The good news is veteran homelessness is declining thanks to programs like this one,” Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said in a news release. “The Veterans Community Project not only creates homes for our veterans who have already given so much, but it creates hope and a new beginning.”

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, there were nearly 50,000 counted homeless veterans in 2014, which was a 67 percent decrease from the homeless veteran count in 2009.

Each tiny house is estimated to cost about $10,000 and the Veterans Community Project is currently raising money online through its website, 

Sources: WDAF, Kansas City Star, National Alliance to End Homelessness, Veterans Community Project / Photo credit: Veterans Community Project/Facebook

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