240 square feet and 20 feet end to end. That's how large the tiny homes in Veterans Village - a project started by the Veterans Community Project in Kansas City, Missouri - will be.
Kevin Jamison, a Marine Corps veteran and founder of the Veterans Community Project, said, "These are my brothers and sisters out there on the streets [...] We didn't want to see any veteran suffering." He also added, "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 empty plot near 89th Street and Troost Avenue has enough room for 50 tiny homes. Team Rubicon and the Wounded Warrior Project have also joined to help with the construction. The project hopes to be done by winter of 2017, though the first ten should be ready by October of this year.
Chris Lawrence, who provided the lumber for the homes through her organization, 2x4s For Hope, said, "We do this on weekends, holidays, evenings, whenever we can. We’re just trying to help make a difference. Little by little, one board at a time." The donated boards also all had positive messages signed on them.
"We’re going to see how we can work into the interior design a way [that] the veterans can see some of these messages on the studs," says Jamison. "Like maybe in a closet? That would be cool."
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H/T: America Now