These days, every person loves tiny houses. Every person hates that there are so many homeless people in our country that have served to defend in the military. Nowadays, one group in Missouri is taking this love/hate dynamic and putting together an incredible idea.
The organization which is known as Veterans Community project has built a whole village of tiny houses in order to provide homes for homeless veterans. This idea is both cost-effective, as well as empowering, and it has the potential to be replaced from coast to coast. Read the story written here.
An idea which is time to be realized: using the tiny house revolution to actually solve one serious problem in our country. Military veterans make up a remarkably large segment of the homeless population of our nation. It is also a national disgrace that men and women that have served to protect us in the periods of war and peace should be cast aside and left to fend for themselves with no support from the society beyond occasional handouts.
The VCP or Veterans Community Project is a Missouri organization which is tackling this problem head-on. VCP has been founded by three veterans that saw the gaps in services which veterans needed to survive in civilian life after they have experienced the trauma of combat that has been followed by life on the streets.
While working on a site of about four acres, they are constructing fifty tiny houses which are going to serve at least as many homeless veterans. However, the project does not end by putting a roof over their head. They are also going to 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 main goal would be to get veterans straight off the streets and hand them the keys to their fully furnished tiny house, stocked with food, without the veteran having to go through the hassles of waiting for gas, or electric, as well as deposits, inspections, and voucher processes. Then, we would stabilize them to educate and support them on reintegrating into society all while treating and addressing their housing barriers as we move them into their permanent housing.
Each of the houses is 240 square feet. It is being built by volunteers and with some donations from business and private individuals.
Chris Lawrence, who is the person that provides some of the lumber used for building the tiny homes through an organization that she helps run, called 2x4s For Home, said:
We do this during the weekends, holidays, as well as evenings or whenever we can. We are just trying to help make a difference – little by little, one broad at a time.
They started with the construction in 2015, and they also planned to be complete and ready for residents by winter 2017.
Going from some extreme isolation to extreme socialization can sometimes be very overwhelming and can cause some unwanted outcomes. We really believe that handing the veteran the keys to their own home and letting them socialize at their own pace is the key to a successful outcome.
On both sides of the political divide, it is commonly accepted that the US Veteran’s Administration has been failing our heroes for decades. From warriors returning from Vietnam, to “Gulf War Syndrome,” right up through the current war on terror, VA hospitals, as well as education programs and housing services have been a poor payment for a debt which can never truly be repaid.
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