KC nonprofit plans to build tiny houses for retired veterans

1 year 5 months 2 weeks ago Monday, May 02 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 11:20:00 AM CDT May 02, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY - A group of military veterans has started a program to build tiny houses for struggling and homeless veterans on a vacant piece of land in Kansas City.

The Kansas City Star reports that the nonprofit Veterans Community Project hopes to have 50 tiny homes on a four-acre vacant site it purchased from the Kansas City Land Bank. The first 240-square-foot house was dedicated Monday morning.

Each house costs about $10,000 to build and equip. The organization is seeking private community donations and is challenging each branch of the military to donate at least one house. United Automobile Workers has agreed to donate basics, such as dishes, linens and toiletries.

Army veteran Chris Stout, retired Marine Corps veteran Kevin Jamison, Navy reservist Mark Solomon and others started the nonprofit.

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