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Glendale Plans To Move Forward With Building Of Tiny Homes For At-Risk Veterans

by Pleasant View

Developmental plans for a small housing community for military veterans in Glendale, is progressing.

In the near future, a vacant plot located at 63rd and Grand avenues is set to provide housing for 50 veterans who are facing difficulties in finding a place to live.

The dream of the city leaders was made a reality as they adopted an interlocal agreement with Maricopa County on Tuesday. According to officials, the temporary residents will have access to a range of services, in addition to the homes provided for them. All agencies involved believe that providing shelter is not the only important aspect in helping individuals find a home. It is also crucial to establish a connection to necessary services. Along with housing, this particular location will offer intensive case management services. It is anticipated that veterans will stay at this transitional housing for approximately 18 months before moving on.

The strategy involves teaming up with the Veterans Community Project, which has successfully built several villages in various cities around the nation. These villages consist of compact houses and shared spaces for the community.

According to Jason Kander, the president of national expansion for Veterans Community Project, their wraparound services have resulted in an impressive 85% success rate in transitioning individuals out of homelessness and into permanent housing. This achievement is considered to be unparalleled in the field of assisting homeless individuals.

The VFW Post 1433 Sandy Coor is located right next to the project and those who run the post feel it will be a privilege to support the 50 veterans living nearby.

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The total cost of the project is estimated to exceed $15 million, and Glendale will contribute almost $4 million through the land. Maricopa County is also contributing $3 million from the American Rescue Plan Funds, while the state is providing an extra $3 million.

According to Mayor Weiers, there is a remaining $5 million that needs to be secured from external sources. He also mentioned that there has been interest expressed by individuals who are willing to contribute to the project.

Construction is anticipated to commence next year.

 

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