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Homeless veterans to move into village of tiny houses between Thanksgiving, Christmas

Veterans Community Project collects donations
Posted at 5:50 AM, Nov 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-10 08:49:45-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Several homeless veterans around the Kansas City metro will have a roof over the heads in time for the holidays. 

The Veterans Community Project announced it hopes to move ten veterans into its village of tiny homes in south Kansas City between Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

The organization is using donations to build small houses where homeless, former military members can live for free. While living in the village, veterans will participate in community service projects. 

Co-founder Bryan Meyer said the Veterans Community Project hit a temporary road block this year when it realized its property near 89th Street and Troost Avenue didn't have the sewer infrastructure necessary for the village. Meyer said that issue has since been resolved. 

The goal is for the tiny houses to be transitional, offering veterans a place to stay while they look for a permanent home. 

The U. S. Veterans Administration reported there were fewer homeless veterans in 2016 than in 2015, a sign of progress important to those close to the issue. 

Telecommunications giant AT&T will present a donation to the Veterans Community Project this Veterans Day. The company will also launch a campaign to collect items to furnish the homes. 

Leaders of the project said they are always in need of monetary contributions. For more information, click here.