Local group building tiny houses for homeless veterans

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two veterans are building unique shelters in Kansas City to help homeless veterans.

They're called tiny houses, and this is the first of fifty to be built at 89th and Troost.

The group is called Veterans Community Project and for every $10,000 they raise, they will build another tiny home on this land.

These will be transitional housing for some of the 170 homeless vets in KC who are not eligible to get help from the Veterans Administration.

"I've worked with homeless people who have PhD's to those who have GEDs in high school," co-founder of Veterans Community Project Kevin Jamison said. "There's no stereotype for homelessness, and it's just circumstantial for a lot of people. Some people may have gotten into homelessness because of addiction, some may have gotten into it because of loss of a job. Most people, it's a financial reason they've become homeless."

The village will eventually have running water and electricity, and counselors will help them find a job and get back on their feet.

"We just looked at the programs and decided, what can we do to provide the correct kind of services for the veteran and it was very important for them to have their own isolated living space where they have running water, where they have their own shower, their own place to feel safe and secure," Jamison said.

If you would like to donate or learn more about this veterans village, you can go to their website at www.veteranscommunityproject.org or visit their Facebook page.

"The challenge is getting the information out there," Jamison said. "Making people aware of what we're doing. Make them aware that we are veterans, we're trying to engage the community, we're not trying to compete but we're trying to compliment what's out there and all we have is honorable intentions."