Do the Veterans own the homes?
The tiny houses are designed for transitional support for homeless Veterans. Our goal is to end Veteran homelessness, and the tiny houses provide stability, and the starting point Veterans need to address the underlying causes of homelessness.
How long can a Veteran stay in VOPA Village?
VOPA plans to provide each Veteran with a case manager, and together they design a plan that moves at the Veteran's pace. A Veteran is welcome to stay in the village as they continue to progress toward their goal of permanent housing readiness.
How big are the homes, and how many will you build?
VOPA's goal is to create an innovative community of 15 tiny homes for homeless Veterans. The homes will range in size from 240 to 320 square feet, meet all local code requirements, and connect to municipal utility services. Each house is stick built on a concrete slab and connected to electricity and plumbing just like any house being built today.
What is the size and purpose of the Community Center?
A separate 6,000 sq.ft. Community Center will anchor the village with a large kitchen, a dining room to serve residents, lavatory and bathing accommodations, laundry facilities, counseling and therapeutic rooms, and administrative offices.
How do you choose the Veterans who are to receive a tiny home?
To build trusting relationships, we will continually conduct street outreach to identify Veterans who are currently street homeless. Veterans are assessed and prioritized based on their vulnerability and need. We prioritize Veterans who are the most vulnerable.
What social services are provided to the Veterans?
VOPA will be there for every Veteran we serve, but we intentionally want to be different than the standard social service model. VOPA wants to be community-focused and not comprehensive.
Veterans will receive case management through VOPA a minimum of once a week, depending on need. In order to connect the community to the Veteran and the Veteran to the community, we will partner with local companies, agencies, nonprofits, and individuals to provide the wraparound support needed to address each individual situation. This keeps the Veteran from relying on VOPA while showing them that they are capable and that the community cares.
How much traffic do you anticipate?
Traffic to the site will be minimal once construction is complete. Basically, staff, volunteers, deliveries, and family during visitation hours.
What organizations will you be collaborating with?
We have met with have received support for our project for the following entities:
- Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness
- Bethesda Mission
- Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
- Dauphin County Veterans Court
- Downtown Daily Bread
- Just for Today Recovery and Veterans Support Services
- YWCA of Greater Harrisburg
- The Sherman Foundation
How is VOPA funded?
VOPA is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization and registered with the PA Department of State. The building project will be funded through a community-based Capital Campaign and on-going fundraising for operational support.
How long will it take to build the project, and when do you expect to break ground?
We are anticipating breaking ground early 2021.
How will the Veterans Village be staffed?
VOPA plans on having staff on site 24/7 to ensure the safety of the Veteran residents.