One Community Is Stepping Up to the Plate Building Tiny Houses for Their Homeless Veterans
Lifestyle| | By Margo Gothelf
The Veterans Community Project in Kansas City, Missouri is going out of their way to make sure all veterans in their community have housing. However, they are literally putting a tiny spin on their project. The houses from Veterans Village will be just 20-feet from end to end. All together, the houses will measure 240-square feet in total.
“These are my brothers and sisters out there on the streets,” Marine Corps veteran and founder of the organization, Kevin Jamison, told WDAF. “We didn’t want to see any veteran suffering.” He continued, “We want to give them something they can stay in, call it their own and then socialize and re-integrate at their own pace.” Team Rubicon and the Wounded Warrior Project will help clear the land that was set aside for the project. All together, about 50 homes will be built on the land. According to the Kansas City Star, the first 10 homes will be ready by October 2016. The organizers hope to have the rest done by the winter of 2017. “We do this on weekends, holidays, evenings, whenever we can,” shared Chris Lawrence. “We’re just trying to help make a difference. Little by little, one board at a time.” Lawrence previously “provided lumber for the homes through the organization she and her husband founded in Quincy, Illinois, called 2x4s For Hope.” The boards that will help build the houses have short, encouraging messages on them. “We’re going to see how we can work into the interior design a way the veterans can see some of these messages on the studs,” shared Jamison. “Like maybe in a closet? That would be cool.” Follow along with the progress by following the Veterans Village on Instagram.
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