LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky city may get a village of about 25 tiny homes meant to house homeless veterans as they undergo a 12-month support program.
The founder and president of Veteran’s Club Kentucky started discussing the plan several months ago and expects the $3.5 million Louisville project to break ground in spring 2020, news outlets reported. Plans for the community include a community center, offices, a spiritual wellness center and A neighborhood meeting will be held before construction begins, Jeremy Harrell said.
The project has been supported by the community, city officials and the Louisville VA Medical Center, he told the Courier Journal. The architecture firm Luckett & Farley has even agreed to design the project for free, and the land for the project was donated by developer Chris Thienema, a former Louisville mayoral candidate, Harrell said.
Donations still are needed to fund the project. Harrell said parts of the program, such as how participants will be chosen, are still under development. Currently, participants will take part in a 12-month program that consists of mental health evaluations and financial literacy classes, among other things, according to the newspaper.
“We are asking corporations and businesses and private donors to come alongside of us and help us achieve this," Harrell said. "We want this to be a Louisville project and Kentucky project, not just a Veteran’s Club project.”