Homeless veterans in South Carolina get their own tiny homes

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Some homeless veterans in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina will soon have a roof over their heads thanks to a new initiative. WPDE-TV reports that the Veterans Welcome Home & Resource Center is building a community of 25 tiny homes to help reduce veteran homelessness in the Myrtle Beach area.

Each 144 square foot tiny house will include a full bath, futon bed, and mini fridge. It’s hard to imagine that the people who served their country didn’t even have these basics, but that’s the reality in America. We must do better for our veterans and their military families.

Randy Dorenbos, owner of MD Roofing, which covers small homes for free, says the project will give veterans a chance to get a fresh start. “I think the biggest goal here is to take these people who are living in their cars or living on the streets with no real reason to wake up in the morning, aimlessly, and integrate them into a community,” Dorenbos says.

The 25 tiny houses are the start of a larger $3 million project. The next phase will add a common building with a kitchen and laundry room, as well as eight additional duplex houses. Project officials expect the tiny homes to be completed by November and hope to have them occupied before winter. Veterans Day is November 11.

What is encouraging about this project is not only the shelter offered to veterans, but also the establishment of a new community. Hopefully this will lead to a healthier and better future for residents.