U.S. Navy veteran Jeffrey Lawrence, who was homeless for several years, now has a permanent home to call his own.
His home is part of tiny houses built for veterans on Sonoma County-owned land in north Santa Rosa, California, which is made up of 14 homes.
Although the house is only 250 square feet, Lawrence said it suits him just fine.
“I absolutely love it,” he said. “To have this is just a blessing.”
Lawrence shared that he was lived in a shack on the side of a hill on the river, where corrugated roofing materials were what he used to put a fireplace in so he could cook-off that every night, KRON 4 News reported.
Lawrence said he became homeless in 2012 after a divorce and a struggle with substance abuse.
But amazingly, Lawrence’s life changed, he is now a peer support specialist after getting help with his PTSD and meth addiction.
All of the residents have vouchers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and veteran’s administration supportive housing, so they pay no more than a third of their income toward rent.
Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane said it took a lot of political will to get this village built.
Each took $190,000 to build by a construction company owned by Zane’s late father, who was a World War II veteran and was an Iraq War veteran.
And the village was named in honor of Zane’s late father.
She said the United States should be obligated to give veterans support.
“It Just smacks of so much injustice—people give up their lives and are willing to risk their lives when they go into military service, so they need that support and our nation is obligated to give them that support,” she said.