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Tiny Home Communities in Development for Homeless Veterans - Nine-Line Foundation and Veterans Community Project (VCP)

Allison Friedman MA, United States 0 Ratings 334 Discussions 88 Group posts

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Tiny Homes for Veterans

The Nine-Line Foundation has partnered with the Golden Isles Veterans Village to build a new development of tiny homes for homeless veterans in Brunswick, Georgia.  Between 30 and 40 homes will be located on the property. Nine-Line Foundation already partnered with the Chatham Homeless Authority to build the Golden Isles development in Savannah Georgia, a community of 24 homes which provide temporary housing.  Both developments will have a community center and hydroponics/aquaponics centers in partnership with Georgia Southern University, where veterans can learn sustainable farming and potentially earn educational certification. Nine-Line Foundation and other organizations are partnering to provide food, clothing, and counseling to program participants.  Over $180,000 materials were donated for the first project, and 80 volunteers including high school students showed up in to build the framing.  This is clearly an inspiring, community effort.  

 

Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, Veterans Community Project (VCP) also works to end veteran homelessness through tiny housing communities and community and outreach centers. The first VCP Village was built in Kansas City, Missouri, as a transitional housing community with 49 tiny houses. The homes range in size from 240 to 320 square feet and connect to city utility services. VCP Village also includes 4 family houses which can sleep up to 7. Approximately 70% of the construction is performed by community volunteers. Veterans of VCP Village stay free of charge; all utilities and furnishings are also provided. VCP is working to expand to other cities, including Longmont, Colorado, St. Louis, Missouri, and Orlando, Florida.  

 

Nearly 50,000 veterans are homeless nationwide.  Initiatives like these do more than provide housing, offering support, community, and often valuable skills for reentering the workforce.  According to the National Coalition for the Homeless (via the VCP site), “The most effective programs are community based, nonprofit, ‘veterans helping veterans’ groups. Programs that seem to work best feature transitional housing with the camaraderie of living in structured, substance-free environments with fellow veterans who are succeeding at bettering themselves.”   
 

For more information and to see how you can support these efforts:

 

Nine Line Foundation:

https://ninelinefoundation.org/veterans-village/
 

Veterans Community Project:

https://8983a450-0ed3-4b6d-8d34-fd445ac5a3e0.filesusr.com/ugd/09f9fb_77ebd365dd504c5c95c61f1af6aedb50.pdf

 

WSBTV Atlanta (News story):

https://www.wsbtv.com/news/trending/dozens-tiny-homes-help-homeless-veterans-georgia/SHDGRA4YAFEN7BMGQMHS5G2PQM/

 

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