Tiny home community planned for veterans

Three hundred veterans in the Local 6 area could soon have a place to call their own thanks to a popular trend: tiny homes.

A proposed veterans camp in rural Williamson County, Illinois, would be made up of tiny homes made by EZ Portable buildings, and would be exclusively for veterans, families of deployed troops, and families of those who lost their lives.

"I see a multi-generational campus for all kinds of veterans, from all different circumstances," said veteran Bruce Sheffler.

The signs on the property now may say no trespassing, but less than two weeks after opening for applications, Sheffler says Vets4Vets has already received more than two dozen applications hoping to call one of these tiny houses home.

"They’re nice little standalone units in one or two bedrooms,” said Sheffler.  “The whole thing is it’s efficient."

Carl Ortale made the project possible by providing the land, and the homes are being purchased with private funds.

There are subsidies available for homeless veterans to pay the $20 a day rent.

"The idea with the homeless people is to get them in here,” said Sheffler.  “We’re going to get them the help they need with the VA, get them a case manager, and help them get a job to the point where the subsidy goes down and they’re paying their own way."

More water and electric lines will need to be in place before the campus can expand, but the first ten units will be move-in ready by Christmas.

If you would like to get on the waiting list to apply for a tiny home in the Vets4Vets campus click here.

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