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Tiny house development to help homeless vets in Kansas City

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Veterans are joining together for a project to help homeless veterans. (Brandon Richard/KCTV5 News) Veterans are joining together for a project to help homeless veterans. (Brandon Richard/KCTV5 News)
They plan to build tiny houses for homeless veterans on a strip of land they purchased for $500 near East 89th Street and Troost Avenue. They're calling the site Veterans Village. (Brandon Richard/KCTV5 News) They plan to build tiny houses for homeless veterans on a strip of land they purchased for $500 near East 89th Street and Troost Avenue. They're calling the site Veterans Village. (Brandon Richard/KCTV5 News)
The first house, a demo model, will be dedicated during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday morning. (Brandon Richard/KCTV5 News) The first house, a demo model, will be dedicated during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday morning. (Brandon Richard/KCTV5 News)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Veterans are joining together for a project to help homeless veterans.

They plan to build tiny houses for homeless veterans on a strip of land they purchased for $500 near East 89th Street and Troost Avenue. They're calling the site Veterans Village. 

The first house, a demo model, was dedicated during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday morning.

Kevin Jamison, a Marine veteran, is the co-founder of Veterans Community Project. Jamison teamed up with fellow veterans, Chris Stout and Mark Soloman and others for the project.

They joined forces after working for nonprofits and realizing many veterans were being turned away and denied service because they didn't qualify for assistance.

The federal government said, on any given night, 47,000 veterans have no place to go.

"We started this to help those veterans that we had to say no to because we didn't want anyone falling through the cracks," said Stout.

They worked with the city to find a vacant four-acre strip of land where they plan to build 52 tiny houses for homeless vets. Each house costs $10,000 to build and that includes a year’s supply of food for the veteran who lives there.

At 240 square-feet, the houses are the size of storage sheds but will provide all the basics of living, including electricity, a refrigerator, stove, sink, bathroom, shower and dining area. 

Each house will also include a flat-screen television set for entertainment.

Jamison said they have received a lot of support from various community groups, including the UAW 249, which pledged to provide the houses with dishes, toiletries and linens.

“This house wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the community. It’s been all private donations. The city provided the property, the city council has helped us get through the red tape,” Stout said.

Currently, only one house has been built, the demo house.

Jamison said his group is still working with city officials on zoning issues. He hopes people interested in contributing to the project will stop by to see the demo house.

There are also plans for a community center with staff to assist the veterans.

The U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development estimates one in 10 homeless people in America are veterans.

For more information on the project to help homeless veterans, click here.

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