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Nonprofit plans to construct tiny dwelling group for homeless veterans in Harrisburg – WGAL Susquehanna Valley Pa.

Help could soon be on the way for homeless veterans in the Susquehanna Valley.Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania wants to build a tiny home village specifically designed for homeless vets.”There’s a lot of processes, a lot of engineering work that needs to be done before we build the community,” said Tom Zimmerman, the founder of the organization.Sitting on five acres of donated land along the Susquehanna River just south of Harrisburg, the community will include 15 so-called tiny homes. “With having just the tiny home, where it’s their place, their home, their roof. They have somewhere to put their head on a pillow,” Zimmerman said.Each home will have a bed, bathroom, desk, refrigerator and television. There will also be a 5,000-square-foot community center where veterans will have access to services to meet their specific needs.”We want to be that piece that’s not out there, but yet we’re going to work with the existing infrastructure that is already out there,” Zimmerman said.The goals are to provide a physical space for veterans to call their own, and use that space as a motivator and a source of pride. “What’s really great here is there’s that ability to have that space, but at the same time, there’s this connection to all of these services that are going to help you learn to cope without necessarily having to live apart or live alone or be homeless,” said Bill Reed, the director of veterans services at the YWCA Greater Harrisburg.Each home costs about $50,000 and can be sponsored by an individual or business.Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania is working to raise about $3.5 million before it can break ground.The organization hopes to have the community completed by this fall.

Help could soon be on the way for homeless veterans in the Susquehanna Valley.

Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania wants to build a tiny home village specifically designed for homeless vets.

“There’s a lot of processes, a lot of engineering work that needs to be done before we build the community,” said Tom Zimmerman, the founder of the organization.

Sitting on five acres of donated land along the Susquehanna River just south of Harrisburg, the community will include 15 so-called tiny homes.

“With having just the tiny home, where it’s their place, their home, their roof. They have somewhere to put their head on a pillow,” Zimmerman said.

Each home will have a bed, bathroom, desk, refrigerator and television.

There will also be a 5,000-square-foot community center where veterans will have access to services to meet their specific needs.

“We want to be that piece that’s not out there, but yet we’re going to work with the existing infrastructure that is already out there,” Zimmerman said.

The goals are to provide a physical space for veterans to call their own, and use that space as a motivator and a source of pride.

“What’s really great here is there’s that ability to have that space, but at the same time, there’s this connection to all of these services that are going to help you learn to cope without necessarily having to live apart or live alone or be homeless,” said Bill Reed, the director of veterans services at the YWCA Greater Harrisburg.

Each home costs about $50,000 and can be sponsored by an individual or business.

Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania is working to raise about $3.5 million before it can break ground.

The organization hopes to have the community completed by this fall.

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