Most of us will never understand what it means to be a veteran who has returned from service.
With this comes the fact that most of us will never understand the feeling of utter dehumanization that can come with returning from war — Being unable to seamlessly mesh back into society, struggling with various mental disorders and lack of support and for many, both of these two factors resulting in homelessness.
The last worry veterans should have is where they’re going to sleep at night once they return, but for the nearly 40,000 homeless veterans that find themselves on the street each night, this worry is a disturbing reality.
But dropping struggling veterans into thriving, pre-existing neighborhoods and communities with residents that haven’t experienced what it’s like to serve can be quite counterproductive and detrimental — A slow, smooth transition is necessary for lasting success and change, much like any major life transition.
That’s why the model for Veterans Village, founded by combat veterans in Kansas City, Missouri, is brilliant.
Having previously worked with homeless veterans, the idea was born out of first-hand experience — A tiny home model seems to fit the bill perfectly for the project, as the VCP explains:
“A tiny-home provides the Veteran with privacy, a sense of security, and the ability to reintegrate at a comfortable pace.”
Veterans Village consists of 10 tiny homes (with 40 more in progress) that each veteran can customize to their liking — An option that they don’t have to take the builders up on if the decision-making process is too overwhelming for them.
Veterans Village also features an onsite community center that will offer the Veterans “mentoring, case management, counseling, and linkage to other programs and services.”
The VCP aims to treat the underlying cause of the Veteran’s homelessness while concurrently providing them with a stable, secure housing environment through the process — A definite win-win.
Veterans Village is the first of its kind in the country, and the VCP hopes to use the Kansas City model as a jump off to create sustainable and stable countries around the world.
As a non-profit organization, the VCP needs donations in order to continue production of tiny homes.
If you’d like to donate or get involved in the cause, visit here.