frequently asked questions.
Do the Veterans own the homes?
The tiny houses are designed for transitional support for homeless Veterans in all of the cities we are building tiny house communities. Our goal is to end Veteran homelessness, and the tiny houses provide the stability and the starting point Veterans need to address the underlying causes of homelessness.
How long can a Veteran stay in VCP Village?
VCP provides each Veteran with a case manager and together they design a plan that moves at the Veteran’s pace. A Veteran is welcome to stay in the village as they continue to make progress toward their goal of permanent housing readiness.
How big are the homes?
There are two tiny house models; single and family houses. The single occupancy Tiny House is 240 sq. ft. The family house is 360 sq. ft. and can sleep up to 7 individuals. The houses are built with past trauma at the forefront of the design process. VCP is intentional about building communities that are mindful of homeless and military post-traumatic stress.
How many homes have you built?
Each house is stick built on a concrete slab and connected to electricity and plumbing just like any house being built today. At our headquarters in Kansas City, the VCP Village has a total of 49 houses. The community also has a Veteran Outreach Center to serve those who are housed with us and those in the community who need support. As we expand into new cities the number of houses will continue to grow.
Are pets allowed?
Yes, VCP loves animals! We believe pets have a necessary and needed role in the recovery of many homeless Veterans. Homelessness is a process that leads to isolation. Often times pets are the first form of support for these individuals.
How do you choose the Veterans who are to receive a tiny home?
In an effort to build trusting relationships, we continually conduct street outreach to identify Veterans who are currently street homeless. Veterans are assessed and prioritized based on their vulnerability and need. We prioritize Veterans who are the most vulnerable. VCP does not keep a list of those who apply. We have found that keeping a list most often leads to Veterans turning down other forms of housing and remaining homeless while waiting for a vacancy at VCP. Also, and most importantly, the circumstances for people change quickly, and those who are in crisis today may have stabilized by the time there is a vacancy.
What social services are provided to the Veterans?
VCP will be there for every Veteran we serve, but we are intentionally wanting to be different than the standard social service model. VCP wants to be community focused and not comprehensive.
Veterans receive case management through VCP a minimum of once a week depending on need. In order to connect the community to the Veteran and the Veteran to the community we partner with local companies, agencies, nonprofits, and individuals to provide the wraparound support needed to address each individual situation. This keeps the Veteran from relying on VCP while showing them that they are capable and that the community cares.
How is Veterans Community Project funded?
The organization is privately funded without government assistance.
How can we bring Veterans Community Project to my city?
VCP is actively working to expand into additional cities; however, expansion requires a significant amount of resources. Specifically, VCP's program requires substantial partnerships with local community influencers. If you are able to assist VCP in securing these resources or partnerships, please let us know.