TORONTO – The recently-built village of tiny homes for Canadian veterans in Calgary is set to obtain its new tenants right this moment, because the Homes for Heroes Foundation marks the start of a pilot venture to present housing and different assist to struggling ex-servicemen.
“The idea behind the village is to bring the veterans together so that they can interact and support each other,” mentioned veteran assist employee Don Mcleod on CTV’s Your Morning Friday.
“We find them, we’re going to house them, and we’re going to give them the opportunity to engage with programs we’re going to provide for them,” he mentioned.
Mcleod mentioned he had interviewed round 16 veterans to this point and located that “the majority are coming from the homeless environment,” with monetary, psychological well being or substance use difficulties.
“The program… will give them a place to stay and sleep, and then we can work together as a team to move them forwards… in their lives,” mentioned Mcleod, including that the “ultimate goal” will likely be to transition the veterans again to unbiased dwelling in the broader group.
Mcleod mentioned that the response from the group has been “incredible,” with organizations just like the native foodbank and Veterans Affairs “stepping up” to present assist.
“We’ve had so many different organizations working so hard to assist in this project, which is why I say this is going to be such a wonderful success,” he mentioned.
Mcleod mentioned that the veterans can keep in the village so long as they want, however that his private aim is to rehabilitate them again to unbiased dwelling in the group “within a two year period.”