Even after serving the country with their blood and putting their lives in danger, veterans in the US are not living the life they deserve.
According to the statistics released by the US Department of Housing and Urban Planning, more than 40,000 veterans across the country do not have their own homes.
A viable and cost-effective solution to this problem has been provided by The Veterans Community Project of Kansas City.
It all started when a group of volunteers assembled to provide veterans with tiny homes. These homes are tiny but serve the purpose for veterans.
The group has initially constructed thirteen homes. Four of these are family accommodation units while the other nine are for singles. Every home is provided with all the basic needs – including a kitchen, a bedroom, and integrated heat ventilation and air-conditioning system.
Serving the army especially on a war front can make people forget about the very basic things to live a normal life.
Veterans often fail to manage their finances, forget how to prepare daily meals and some even fall for drugs when they see their life falling apart.
The thirteen homes built so far are just a pilot and the Kansas City project is planning to construct 19 more homes as well as a community center.
The project is not only providing accommodation but is also helping the homeless veterans with their mental health issues. Logically, if they don’t have to worry about something as basic as a home, they can better work on their mental health.
The project is being funded by the amazing power of donations. The cost of one tiny home is around $15,000, and so far everything is being covered by donations.
Inspired by the idea, the Russians have also adopted it. St. Petersburg is working on the same model to build tiny, self-sustaining homes for homeless veterans.
In some areas, the idea is being implemented for beyond just veterans. The tiny homes strategy is being adopted by Springfield, Missouri, to help provide houses for the homeless. The city is utilizing non-functional trailer parks to build communities of little homes for the homeless.
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