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The first of it's kind and  evidently more are already being built.


Published Monday, October 28, 2019 10:23PM EDT

A Canadian organization is looking to help homeless veterans by building communities of tiny homes where they can get the help they need.

The Homes for Heroes Foundation is planning to open up new communities for veterans across Canada, starting with a village that has just been completed in Calgary.

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Tiny homes give shelter to homeless veterans


  • Calgary Herald
  • 29 Oct 2019
img?regionKey=zpx5gB8ePwTVadTY7II4mQ%3d%3dAZIN GHAFFARI The Canadian flag is raised at 908 ATCO Village, a Homes For Heroes Foundation project creating a tiny home community for veterans experiencing homelessness, during the grand opening ceremony on Monday.

A new cluster of tiny homes in the city’s southeast will do more than provide housing for homeless military veterans, says a general who at one time commanded some of these individuals.

The housing will also be a reminder to those ex-soldiers of their earliest days of service and the camaraderie available to them, said Brig.-gen. Stephen Lacroix, who commands the 3rd Canadian Div.

“If you look at the setup of the village, it’s not a fluke. It’s deliberate attempt to reproduce what soldiers know,” said Lacroix, while gazing at the 15 homes arranged around a flagpole where a Canadian flag snapped in a brisk wind.

“We go through training and courses in our careers in places like this … We benefit from each others’ help, encouragement and challenges and come out better at the end.”

Most of the 280-square-foot homes will be occupied this coming weekend by military veterans who’ve had a difficult time adapting to civilian life.

Post-traumatic stress is a factor for some and they’ll have access to counselling at the 908 ATCO Village spearheaded by the Homes for Heroes Foundation.

“Simply building a home was not going to solve the whole problem; we need a full support system to ensure tenants do not end up back on the street,” said foundation president Dave Howard.

Some of the units, he noted, are built to accommodate those with physical injuries.

Each of them bear the name of a Canadian soldier who fell during the Afghan combat mission.

“It goes to show the Calgary and Canadian communities care deeply about those who have stood on guard for Canada,” said Howard.

The foundation hopes to have similar villages across the country, with land already procured for one in Edmonton, he said.

That’s because the need is great, considering an estimate of 3,500 homeless veterans is almost certainly a conservative one, Howard added.

“Veterans are proud and they do not self-identify,” he said.

“This will not be an easy task. We will have our critics, but as you can see today we are very proud of what has been built.”

Veterans comprise about 10 per cent of the country’s homeless population.

Howard said the goal of such housing projects is to put an end to veterans’ homelessness.

Built on property acquired from the city at a discount, Howard marvelled at how swiftly the project has come to fruition, noting the land it sits on was rezoned less than a year ago.

The Mustard Seed will operate and provide counselling at the village, which has received major financial support from CP Rail and ATCO.

Considering what veterans have given the country, “it is a very small gesture … Their selfless efforts to advance global security and freedom should be cherished not only at times of remembrance but throughout the year,” said ATCO Ltd. CEO Nancy Southern.

Once village residents are back on their feet, it’s expected they’ll make way for other needy veterans.

Cost of constructing the villages, which include a resource centre and community garden, is $3.5 million to $5 million.

In an unrelated development, a residence for 40 homeless veterans is under construction in Ottawa.

The Andy Carswell Building, named after a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot, is expected to open a year from now.

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So cost is between 3 and 5 million for 15 homes.   Hmm using 4million for 15 or 8million for 30 / 3000 homeless vets only comes to 800million to house all 3000 homeless vets or using the F35 at current cost of 95million as  a gauge ..... about the same as 10 of the jets.....   Me thinks the Veterans are a better investment.

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