According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, 332 veterans were homeless in Wisconsin in January 2018.
In order to improve the lives of America’s war heroes and to give back the courage and sacrifices those heroes showed us and the country for years, the city of Milwaukee took serious steps. The city is set to turn a 7-acre plot of land into a tiny village, a collection of small houses that homeless veterans or risk becoming homeless can live in for free.
The village will be located at the land on 6767 N 60th St in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It would consist of 42 houses, each about 240 square feet. A 10,000-square-foot community center for doing laundry, cooking, socializing, and other activities will be built as well, according to ABC News.
Mayor Tom Bartett authorized zoning for the construction project at a ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day.
Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin spearheaded the campaign in an effort to help struggling veterans get back on their feet.
The houses in Milwaukee are set to open in the summer of 2020.
“We wanted to really provide them with a key to their own home. However, the real recovery doesn’t begin without human connection,” Fiona Murphy, director of development at Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin, told ABC News on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Veterans Outreach previously built another village of tiny homes in Wisconsin, in the city of Racine, about 20 miles south of Milwaukee.
That community has already seen nine veterans “graduate” out of the community after hitting certain benchmarks such as repairing their credit or finding a job, Murphy said.
“It’s not enough with just the little house. It’s everything that happens around and after that is the true recovery,” she said.