The Kansas City Council on Thursday will consider rezoning and a development plan for a village of 50 tiny homes for homeless veterans.
The council’s Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Committee on Wednesdsay voted unanimously to recommend approval of the measures. If approved by the full council, they will allow a local nonprofit called Veterans Community Project to develop the village on four acres it purchased southeast of 89th Street and Troost Avenue from the Kansas City Land Bank.
Kevin Jamison, a retired Marine Corps veteran and one of the organizers of the Veterans Community Project, said the village is designed as a transitional opportunity for veterans who have fallen through societal cracks and don’t qualify for other veteran housing programs.
Each of the 240-square-foot tiny homes planned for the new village will cost less than $10,000 and will be built as fundraising allows, Jamison said. In May, the first tiny home was completed for the project with financial support from the city, county and the Carpenters Regional Council. The carpenters also will provide free labor through its apprenticeship program for the construction of additional tiny homes in the village.
More information on the project can be found at veteranscommunityproject.com.
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