It’s Move-In Day! Homeless Veterans Arrive At Their Village Of Tiny Homes

One of the most marginalized groups within many societies are military veterans. The ex-servicemen and sometimes women are often forgotten after dedicating their life to their country.

Many of which due to various circumstances are unable to reintegrate back into society and live a normal life as a result of their war experiences. Subsequently, the Canadian city of Toronto, in addressing this grave issue, has built a tiny house village that will facilitate Canadian veterans. In the town of Calgary lies the recently built village that is set to receive its first new tenants. The Homes for Heroes Foundation is responsible for this noble project which will be dedicated to struggling ex-servicemen/women through house provision.

The tiny home village built for homeless veterans in Calgary, Alberta.

According to a veteran support worker, Don Mcleod, the objective is to unite veterans with other fellow servicemen/women, so that they are able to interact and provide support for each other. Once found, Mcleod states that the veterans will be housed and given the opportunity to participate in programs that will beneficial to their lives. Mcleod reports that he had carried out an interview with approximately sixteen veterans as of now. He went on to further state majority of these servicemen have experienced mental health, financial and substance abuse difficulties.

Each unit is named for a fallen soldier, and includes a kitchen, bathroom, murphy bed and a deck.

The ultimate objective of the program, according to Don Mcleod, is to provide a safe place to stay, sleep and work together collectively in moving their live forward. The program will serve as a transition for the veterans as they venture back into independent living within the wider society. Response to the tiny community has been tremendous according to Mcleod, stating that the project has been backed and supported by many organizations, for example, the local food bank and also the Veterans Affairs that have stepped up in providing assistance to the program.

Mcleod believes as a result of the large support from som many different organizations, he is optimistic that the project will be a complete success. He elaborated that the veterans will be able to stay in the village as long as they need but ultimately his personal goal to rehabilitate the ex-servicemen/women back into the wider society within a two-year time frame. He hopes that each veteran in the program will be able to live independently after completing the project.