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February 20, 2019

Take a look at tiny houses for homeless veterans that are turning into inspiring small town

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The Tiny Homes Village on 89th and Troost has gained a lot more attention since an additional 13 new homes were built for the homeless veterans.

Kansas City has got a lot of good going on, especially with the "Veterans Community Project" which targets military veterans who are old or just homeless, and shelters them, as long as they follow the requirements of the program.

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The CEO of the project, Chris Stout, says the vets can stay in the homes provided, for as long as six months to one year depending on the plan they agreed to, with the VCP, before moving in.

Stout also explains that the program and inmates agree that the village is more than just providing shelter, it goes beyond that. Many of these veterans are either struggling financially, suffering from mental issues, recovering from a broken marriage, or struggling with drug addiction.

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As such, the program involves scheduled courses on drug rehabilitation, job training, financial empowerment, psych counseling or any other program that meets their needs. Even fitness programs and other vocational courses are allowed.

Might we add that they do all this, without paying rent or utility bills? Everything is being sorted out, from utensils to bedding, detergents, plates, towels, furniture, and even scented candles.The residents also get to interact with one another like as though they were on a mission.

The plus side of the project is that it encourages self-sufficiency in the residents and as such, they get to be transitioned out after they have secured a permanent shelter, curbed their addiction, and earn a stable income. That is quite amazing, right?

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The amount of work done by this village has received worldwide recognition and people sometimes drive down there to find out how they're doing, or learn more about what they do.

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During its inception, 13 residents went into the shelter, and as at now, eight of them have fully transitioned and have moved out of the homes to their permanent residences.

One of the co-founders of VCP, Mark Solomon, says the project plans to extend to Boulder, Colorado by summer. We look forward to seeing this fantastic work grow.

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Solomon also says that the aim of the project is that the housed veterans who get to leave do not come back into the homes, thus ensuring that the program works, and as such fewer veterans are left homeless on the street.

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