Volunteers hope village of tiny homes provides second chance for homeless vets

Volunteers hope village of tiny homes provides second chance for homeless vets
Each tiny home will have enough space for vets to sleep and store their belongings. (Source: KOLD News 13)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A new effort is underway to help house homeless veterans in Tucson.

Volunteers are building a village of tiny homes on the northwest side near I-10 and Ina Road.

The community will include about 15 tiny homes, each with enough space for vets to sleep and store their belongings. Residents will share a community trailer that has a shower and a kitchen.

About 22 veterans will be part of a 6-month program that hopes to get them back on their feet.

The program behind the project, Veteran Rescue Mission, said vets will receive aid in finding employment, with the goal that they will eventually move to independent living.

YouthBuild Tucson is playing a big part in the project by helping with the construction process.

Members say they have enjoyed watching the project come to life. They say they're learning life skills while giving back to the community.

"It's humbling actually. It feels good to be thanked for all the hard work that you're doing," Consuelo Cancio said.

Shaleem Petty said, "It's empowering honestly because I kind of look up to the veterans because they did a lot for this country."

The first tiny home will be placed on the property at the end of May. The organization hopes residents can start moving in by July.

Copyright 2018 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.