Jason Kander to Lead National Expansion of Nonprofit Working to End Veterans' Homelessness.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2019
Kansas City, MO -- Veterans Community Project, a nonprofit founded and run by combat veterans that has worked to end veterans' homelessness in Kansas City, today announced that former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander will lead the organization's national expansion.
Having effectively eliminated veterans homelessness in Kansas City and rescued thousands of local veterans from a frustrating maze of federal bureaucracy, VCP has plans to expand to eight more locations around the country by 2022. The organization's long-term goal is eliminating Veteran homelessness nationwide.
"When I decided to suspend my political career and seek treatment for PTSD, Veterans Community Project was there to help me through the process. Like they've done for thousands of veterans, VCP made sure I got the services I needed," said Kander, a former Army intelligence officer who served a tour in Afghanistan. "Veterans' homelessness is a national crisis, so I'm proud to join an organization that has created a model to end it. By expanding nationally, our goal is for VCP to both end veterans' homelessness and help millions of other veterans get the services they've earned."
Through donations and partnerships, VCP will create two entities in each expansion city: a VCP Village and a Veteran Outreach Center.
VCP Village: A specialized community of tiny homes combined with wrap-around, onsite services to get homeless veterans off the street and transition them to permanent housing. Built by veterans for veterans, VCP Village is specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of veterans while recreating the stable support network last offered to them before they left the service.
Veteran Outreach Center: A walk-in center to serve as a one-stop-shop for every type of veteran facing every type of problem. Regardless of time in service, discharge status, or any other traditional qualifier, VCP staff is ready to assist. All services are free of charge – whether you’re homeless or a millionaire.
"Taking a simple, straightforward approach, VCP constructed a village of tiny houses in Kansas City with comprehensive, on-site services tailored to the needs of homeless veterans and a walk-in clinic to serve as a one-stop-shop able to fill gaps in services offered to all other veterans," VCP co-founder and CEO Bryan Meyer said. "We're proud that our success in Kansas City will allow us to expand nationally, and are excited to have Jason Kander on the team to help us accomplish our goal of ending veterans' homelessness nationwide."
Founded in 2016, VCP has served thousands of veterans in the Kansas City-area, both by connecting them with existing community resources and by escorting them through the VA process to ensure they get the services they earned. The nonprofit organization has constructed a village of 49 tiny houses that veterans can live in rent-free as they receive comprehensive assistance from VCP to find a permanent place to live, secure a quality job and get any medical care they need.
For more information about Veterans Community Project, visit http://veteranscommunityproject.org.