Over the past few years, we’ve provided you with plenty of info and amazing stories on one of the hottest trends in homes–tiny houses. We just can’t get enough of the stylish, pint-sized abodes, but what we love most about them is that their utilitarian functions have recently helped out a whole lot of folks, particularly those who part of the homeless community. Yep, these economical, little residences have certainly changed the way we think about what it means to be a homeowner.
A perfect example of this on a large-scale is what is currently happening in Kansas City, a place that just recently announced that it had nearly eradicated homelessness in its local veteran population. It’s an incredible proclamation, but the reason behind it is thanks in large part to tiny homes.
You see, an organization by the name of the Veterans Community Project has been hard at work for some time, creating functional and efficient homes for its city’s homeless veterans. What makes this project especially unique is the fact that it was created by a real-life veteran, US Army Corporal Chris Stout.
While serving a tour in Afghanistan, Stout was injured and was subsequently sent home. Once back Stateside, he struggled with PTSD but found solace in working with vets. It was then that he realized that far too many of his comrades weren’t getting the help they had been promised by the government.
In an interview with CNN, the veteran discussed why he felt so moved to help secure–and create!–housing for his fellow servicemembers. “We are the place that says ‘yes’ first and figures everything else out later,” Stout said. “We serve anybody who’s ever raised their hand to defend our Constitution.”
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In addition to providing the vets with a roof over their heads, Veterans Community Project also ensures that these heroes get all of the assistance they need to eventually transition out of the tiny homes and get back on their feet. “Tiny houses are the sexy piece,” Stout said. “But the meat and potatoes of what we do is connecting them to the services. … We’re a one-stop shop for all things veteran.”
Currently, there are over one dozen tiny homes on the site, but the organization has plans to expand it. It also hopes to plant similar communities in cities like Denver, St. Louis, and Nashville.
To learn even more about the Veterans Community Project and to get an idea of how much this organization is helping those in need, be sure to watch the video below. What a fantastic idea!
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the Veterans Community Project! Do you think it’s a good idea? Have you ever built a tiny house before? Are you a veteran who has received help from a similar organization before?