It is inconceivable to think veterans that have served the nation will come back to the country and remain homeless. People that have defended our rights and freedom to live and be Americans have already earned the right to live in a nation of their dreams. Everyone surely hates the fact that so many service men are still homeless in the country. Tiny homes have been a saving grace for many in the society nowadays, and it is a much-loved housing scheme by the general public. At the moment, a Missouri group has taken this dynamic of military men and housing to put together an excellent mix.
The group, Veterans Community Project (VCP) constructed a whole village made up of tiny houses for the homeless veterans in the country. Their idea is definitely a viable one, and it empowers the beneficiaries. The project has an enormous potential for adoption in many counties and countries across the world. They have an incredible story to tell.
It is an idea that can revolutionize housing in America across all classes. The tiny house project has the possibility of eradicating a grave crisis in the nation. It is recorded that a large percentage of the homeless population in the country are military veterans. It is more than a national embarrassment that people who have given their all to serve and protect everyone in times of peace and war, locally and overseas be hurled aside and left to cater for themselves without support in any form to reintegrate them into the society.
The VCP is an organization committed to tackling this problem with all it can offer. It was established by three veterans that saw the strives of their comrades and the gaps in the services necessary for the veterans to survive as civilians after their traumatic experience in combat during service, which they try to help them get past.
The tiny houses are being constructed on a four-acre site which will take about fifty of the homes, at least enough for fifty homeless veterans and their families. The project of rehabilitating these vets does not end at simply putting a roof over their head, job training and peer counseling are also offered to them to make them part of the broader community in the society.
On the VCP website, their vision for the program is explicitly quoted, it says “Our goal would be to move veterans right off the streets, away from their daily struggle and give them the keys to the fully equipped buildings (stocked with food), without the hassles of waiting for deposits, electric, gas, voucher and inspection processes. After that, we try to give them stability in their new environment, educating and supporting them for reintegration into the society, at the same time making provisions for moving them into their permanent housing thus addressing their housing issues.”
The housing project embarked on by VCP is being constructed by volunteer workers with donations made by many businesses and private individuals. Each of the homes built on the site measures about 240 square feet.
“We get to do this on holidays, evenings and weekends, every time we are able,” said Chris Lawrence, who provides a part of the wood used for the construction of the tiny homes with the help of an organization called 2x4s For Home she helps manage. She added, “We’re all here just to try to make a difference. Board by board, one thing at a time.”
Construction at the site began in 2015, and the plan is to get the homes ready for use by winter in 2017.
“The transition from extreme seclusion to an extreme level of socialization can be a bit overwhelming for them and result in unwanted outcomes. There is a firm belief that allowing them to socialize at their own rate in the homes we hand over to them is the key to getting the best outcome we hope for.”
It is agreed on both sides of the political divide the veterans have been failed for decades now by the Administration established to provide for and rehabilitate them. From heroes returning from the Gulf War to the Vietnam War, right to the present war on terror all over the globe. Education programs, VA hospitals, and housing services are payments that can make up for the sacrifice of these men and women. It is the responsibility of everyone to ensure these heroes are welcomed back into the society whenever they decide.
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