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Some homeless veterans in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, will soon be getting roofs over their heads thanks to a new initiative. WPDE-TV reports that the Veterans Welcome Home & Resource Center is building a community of 25 tiny houses to help alleviate veteran homelessness in the Myrtle Beach area.

Each 144 square foot tiny house will include a full bathroom, a futon bed, and a mini fridge. It’s hard to fathom that people who served their country wouldn’t even have those basics, but that’s the reality in America. We need to do better by our veterans and military families.

Randy Dorenbos, owner of MD Roofing, who is roofing the tiny homes for free, says the project will give veterans a chance at a fresh start. “I think the greatest goal here is to take these folks that are living in their cars or living in the streets with no real reason to wake up in the morning, with no purpose, and putting them into a community,” Dorenbos says.

The 25 tiny homes are the beginning of a larger $3-million project. The next phase will add a common building with a kitchen and laundry facilities, as well as eight additional duplex homes. Project leaders expect the tiny homes to be completed by November and hope to have them occupied before winter. Veterans Day is November 11th.

What’s encouraging about this project is not only the shelter being provided for the veterans, but also the establishment of a new community. Hopefully, this will lead to healthier and better futures for the residents.