Tiny homes to help veterans in need 1 step closer to reality on Milwaukee's northwest side

NOW: Tiny homes to help veterans in need 1 step closer to reality on Milwaukee’s northwest side

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Tiny homes aimed at helping veterans in need in Milwaukee are one step closer to becoming a reality. New advancements in the project took place during a city plan commission meeting on Monday, September 30.

The plan was first introduced in late July and calls for up to 48 tiny homes.

The site is being modeled off a similar project in Racine Veteran Village that’s been up and running for two years now. Since then, they’ve been able to help eight veterans adjust back into the workforce.

Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin hopes to bring that same successful project to Milwaukee.

The purpose of the hearing was to show the board and community members what the landscape, buildings, and overall design will look like and start building.

Tiny homes for veterans

This is a project that’s received lots of support from community members and local representatives.

The project is not city funded.

“Knowing that the model has worked in Racine, bringing it to Milwaukee just proves that this is one of those national models that needs to be replicated,” said Milwaukee Alderwoman Chantia Lewis.

"To see the support that we have moving into a bigger city has been great and we're looking forward to getting these men and women off the streets,”said Jeff Gustin, co-founder for the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin.

There is still one more step of approval needed before they start building, but organizers hope to have that going in 2020.

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