A few Canadian cities have been building tiny house villages for homeless veterans. These villages can be found in Toronto and Calgary and are providing a temporary shelter for the area’s homeless while they get back on their feet. Construction of the tiny home villages was coordinated by an organization called “The Homes for Heroes Foundation.”
One of the charity workers involved with the effort, Don Mcleod, says that it is helpful for homeless veterans to have a support system of people who understand them.
“The idea behind the village is to bring the veterans together so that they can interact and support each other,” Mcleod told CTV’s “Your Morning Friday.”
“We find them, we’re going to house them, and we’re going to give them the opportunity to engage with programs we’re going to provide for them. The program… will give them a place to stay and sleep, and then we can work together as a team to move them forwards… in their lives,” he added.
Mcleod said that many of the veterans he interviewed for the community had mental health or substance abuse issues. He said that many local charities and even some businesses helped donate to the cause, including, “The Homes for Heroes Foundation.”
“We’ve had so many different organizations working so hard to assist in this project, which is why I say this is going to be such a wonderful success,” he said.
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Mcleod estimates that many of the veterans to come through these villages will take about two years to fully integrate back into the wider society.
Last month, Truth Theory reported that the city of Austin, Texas began paying the homeless $15 per hour to clean up the streets.
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report of 2018 estimated that about 553,000 people were homeless in the United States alone. Luckily, it does seem like things are improving, at least for homeless veterans in the US. According to the annual Homeless Assessment Report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the number of veterans who are homeless fell by 2% between 2018 and 2019.