Big hearts help construct sewers to serve tiny homes; Donations of cash, labor and materials boosts program for veterans
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 3, 2017
The City of Kansas City, Missouri, and the Veterans Community Project (VCP) on Thursday celebrated the generosity of local contractors, suppliers and manufacturers who donated more than $300,000 in labor and materials to build 1,600 linear feet of sewer mains for the Veterans Village. Once constructed, the sewer mains will support the sinks, toilets and showers needed to serve 50 tiny homes and a 5,000-square-foot community center.
The sewer infrastructure need for the Veterans Village surfaced shortly after the VCP purchased land from the City’s Land Bank program and began making plans to create a specialized community of tiny homes and onsite services to support veterans. The homes and services are offered at no-cost.
“The Veterans Village is being raised up from an enormous passion shared between the veterans who founded the Veterans Community Project, my fellow council members and from City staff,” said Councilwoman Teresa Loar. “We are grateful for the equally enormous generosity of our local contractors who have opened their hearts to bring critical infrastructure to the Veterans Village.”
Shortly after launching plans for the Veterans Village, the Veterans Community Project was informed that the 4.2 acre lot did not have sewer service. Without sewer infrastructure, the tiny homes and the supporting community center would not have functioning sinks, toilets, showers or kitchens for homeless veterans.
“The Veterans Village was created out of our passion for supporting fellow veterans. When we began making plans for the Veterans Village we knew very little about sewer infrastructure, but we did know that the success of this project could address the underlying cause of veteran’s homelessness,” said Chris Stout, Chief Executive Officer for the Veterans Community Project. “We are immeasurably grateful to the local contractors who have rolled up their sleeves to help build the foundation of this project.”
In addition to the $300,000, another $100,000 was provided by the City’s Public Improvement Advisory Committee. Construction of the sewer main began in July and is expected to wrap up in December 2017. The constructed sewer mains will serve Kansas City for more than 100 years.
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