Representatives from the Canadian and Ontario Governments, the City of Kingston administration, and local community partners gathered at the Homes For Heroes Kingston Veterans' Village site to commemorate the commencement of construction on the new facility. The Homes For Heroes Kingston Veterans' Village is poised to open its doors to clients on November 1, 2023, and it is projected that the facility will be able to provide services to over 150 veterans in Kingston and the surrounding areas.
The Homes For Heroes Foundation is dedicated to facilitating the successful integration of all homeless military veterans back into their respective communities through the provision of housing and support services. This new facility will serve as a testament to the organization's unwavering commitment to this cause.
“Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, our Government is investing in affordable housing in Kingston and across Canada to help create jobs and improve the quality of life for those who need it most, including our veterans. With our partners in the province and the city, we are providing a helping hand for individuals and families in need, and in doing so, we are contributing to the economic and social well-being of those who have fought for and defended this country. This is the National Housing Strategy at work.” - The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion
The upcoming Kingston Veterans' Village will encompass 20 tiny homes, a resource center, social service offices, community gardens, and a recreation area for the community. Each dwelling will be 300 square feet in size, fully furnished with all the amenities of a standard-sized house. The arrangement of the homes is purposeful, allowing residents to engage in peer-to-peer support while facilitating a sense of community.
The Homes For Heroes Foundation was created in response to the concerning rise in homelessness among military veterans returning to civilian life. The organization's mission is to provide a solution to this crisis by constructing and managing tiny home villages dedicated to veterans.
In 2019, Homes For Heroes Foundation opened ATCO Veterans Village in Calgary and in 2021 opened the ATCO Veterans’ Village in Edmonton. Since that time, twenty-four Veterans have graduated from the program. These Veterans came into the program, worked on the issues that led them to the streets, entered the workforce, moved into more permanent housing, and have become mentors for the current group of tenants.
“Congratulations to the Homes for Heroes Foundation for breaking ground on its new Kingston Veterans Village. They’re doing vitally important work to provide housing, counseling services, and many other supports to help Canada’s Veterans live independent lives. I’m proud to have supported them through the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund.” - The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defense
Homes For Heroes Foundation currently operates Veteran Villages in Calgary and Edmonton. The Kingston Veterans’ Village is now entering the construction phase and the Winnipeg Kinsmen Veterans’ Village is in the final planning stage.
The Government of Canada was able to provide financial support of over $2M through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund and the SEED program.
More information on Homes For Heroes and charitable donations can be made by visiting their website.
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