Twenty feet from end to end, and 240 square feet total. That is the size of each house under construction in Veterans Village – a project started by the Veterans Community Project in Kansas City, Missouri.
“These are my brothers and sisters out there on the streets,” Kevin Jamison, a Marine Corps veteran and founder of the organization, told WDAF. “We didn’t want to see any veteran suffering.”
“We want to give them something they can stay in, call it their own and then socialize and re-integrate at their own pace,” he added.
An empty plot of land in the city will hold 50 of the so-called “tiny homes.
Veterans groups Team Rubicon and the Wounded Warrior Project joined others to help clear the land.
The project organizers hope to have the homes done by winter 2017, with the first 10 up by October 2016, accord to the Kansas City Star.
“We do this on weekends, holidays, evenings, whenever we can,” said Chris Lawrence, who provided lumber for the homes through the organization she and her husband founded in Quincy, Illinois, called 2x4s For Hope. “We’re just trying to help make a difference. Little by little, one board at a time.”
The boards donated by the group have handwritten messages from supporters signed onto them.
“We’re going to see how we can work into the interior design a way the veterans can see some of these messages” on the studs, said Jamison. “Like maybe in a closet? That would be cool.”