Veterans Jobs & Housing Initiative
America’s affordable housing crisis has left millions at risk of losing housing. Over five hundred thousand, including many veterans, are without shelter. What if veterans facing homelessness are the solution, not the problem?
Veteransvillage.org, a program of Patrick McCaffrey Foundation, is participating in the implementation of a replicable model for helping veterans (and others faced with homelessness) build micro-housing communities that create good jobs (in construction, green-tech industries, and artisanal manufacturing), and participant-owned and financed affordable housing.
Each veteran who becomes a member:
—Starts a paid job on day 1;
—Temporarily lives in a tiny house on wheels to reduce living expenses;
—Saves up a down payment via a rent-to-own agreement;
—Cooperatively finances one new unit of affordable housing that he or she will own.
Key features of the program design:
—A membership benefit plan treats participants as leaders, not as aid recipients;
—Tiny house villages are managed by non-profit social-service providers;
—Uses a collaborative system for developing owner-occupied affordable housing communities.
Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles
Patrick McCaffrey Foundation
Self Determination Reentry Initiative
Don Wheeler Construction
Energy Independence Group
Plug & Play Tiny Homes and Buildings
Carl Welty, Architect
Makes A Village, LLC
Patrick McCaffrey Fdn. Revolving Loan Fund
Provides financing for the construction of mobile temporary housing units (the tiny houses) for veterans facing homelessness. There are currently no private, or public funding options available to meet this need.
The Patrick McCaffrey Sr.