Tiny House Community Providing A Place To Live for Homeless Veterans
Homelessness among veterans is a persistent and unacceptable problem throughout the U.S., but one group in Missouri is doing something about it in a way that can be a model for communities all over the country.
Veterans Community Project is taking the trend of tiny houses and using them to solve the problem of homeless veterans. On a four-acre patch of land in Missouri, VCP is constructing a village of 50 tiny houses that will be able to provide a home for veterans who are without a place to call their own.
The non-profit group was started by a group of veterans who wanted to provide services for their fellow veterans that weren’t previously available.
VCP calls their plot of land filled with tiny houses Veterans Village. Veterans in need of a place to live not only receive a tiny house with food and utilities included, but they also have access to job training and peer counseling to help them adjust to life as a civilian.
The close proximity of the houses also provides them with a place to socialize with other people, although having their own house gives them plenty of privacy if they want to ease back into civilian life.
Each veteran is allowed to decorate and customize the inside of their house however they please. VCP believes this helps each individual to feel a sense of ownership and pride over their home. On top of that, having a permanent residence makes it easier to receive the benefits they’ve earned from the VA.
After getting settled into their tiny house and having enough time to find a foothold in society, each veteran will then take over financial responsibility of the home. Ultimately, they will be able to move to a more permanent residence, opening up a spot in Veterans Village for another vet in need.
The tiny homes, which are 240 square feet, are being built thanks to donations from people and businesses and the work of volunteers.
VCP has come up with a simple idea, but one that has a chance to benefit dozens of homeless veterans in a given community. It’s also an idea that communities from coast to coast can potentially replicate as a way to solve the problem of homelessness among veterans.