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These are some of the places our veterans are living now. 
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Haven't our veterans suffered enough? 
Don't you think they deserve better? 
It's time to give back to the veterans that gave so much to their country.

We would like to move them to a small micro home like you see below. 


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There are currently an estimated 80,000 or more homeless veterans.

Over the course of a year, about twice that number have experienced homelessness.  
While only 7% of the general population can claim veteran status, nearly 13% of the homeless adult population are veterans.

Another 1.4 million veterans are considered at risk of becoming homeless due to poverty, increasing costs of rental housing, lack of support networks and living in overcrowded or substandard housing. 


The Immediate Problem in Vancouver:  

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a family who pays more than 30% of their income for housing may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, transportation, clothing and medical care.  They are considered “cost burdened.”

Now let’s look at an example of cost burden in Vancouver, Washington:
With a minimum wage income of $9.32 per hour, or $1,616.00 a month if working full time: 
30% of income for housing :$480.00 – there are no homes in this range.
50% of income for housing : $800.00 - cost burden, and very few homes are in this range
60% of income for housing : $1,000.00 - severe cost burden, which will lead to homelessness 

The LOWEST RENT in Vancouver found recently was $ 1000.00 a month.  However, a renter also has to pay first and last month’s rent, a deposit of $500.00 and a credit check  of $200.00.  
Adding it up: 1000+1000+500+200= $2,700.00. 

With that initial outlay, how will a renter have enough money to eat and pay other bills?  Even after paying the cost of first month’s rent, a minimum wage worker who is working full time will have only $616 left over each month to pay all other bills. 

Rental home vacancy in Vancouver is currently about one percent, and the homes available have a very long waiting list.  No public service agencies will have homes available for a year or longer. 


The likelihood of becoming homeless is high with this cost burden.

Rental prices continue to rise, a challenge for people on a fixed income. 

If you are ill and unable to work, your chances of becoming homeless also increase.


Most families living in poverty and fixed incomes today are just one paycheck, accident, or sickness away from homelessness. 


People become homeless for a variety of reasons, and we should not generalize about the reason the reason or stereotype them.

The top priorities for homeless veterans are secure, safe, clean housing along with a supportive environment free of drugs and alcohol.

Veterans Village will meet these needs by providing:

Secure housing as each veteran will have their own small house.
Nutritional meals with the help of their own gardens.


The Department of Veterans Affairs will provide basic physical health care, substance abuse care and aftercare, and mental health counseling.

Clark College will provide personal development and empowerment through education.

Veterans will also receive job assessments, training and placement.


Remember, veterans are the ones that fought for you and your rights. 

It's only right to give back to those that gave so much.

Thank a veteran today with the help they need now.


Why name it Veterans Village? 

In 1942 Henry J. Kaiser established the Kaiser shipyards to build U.S. Navy Liberty ships for WWII service. He needed homes for all his workers so he built Vanport which became the second largest city in Oregon.

When the war ended in 1945 many people left Vanport. The Vanport housing authority built a small college with the hope it would bring people to live and attend school there. The school later became Portland State University.

This attracted men and women veterans of World War II.  Vanport homes rented at a low cost, and they could go to the college on the GI Bill.  Many veterans moved there and because of this is it was popularly known as Veterans Village.

Vanport was completely destroyed by the flood of 1948.

Founder of PureKraze Michael Stacey relates: “Veterans Village has special meaning to me because my parents worked at the shipyards in Vancouver, Washington.  The location of one of the shipyards in Vancouver gives the construction of Veterans Village a tie to Vancouver also.”
  
​That is the reason we choose to use the name Veterans Village for this wonderful community we are going to build.