Harrisburg’s tiny-home village for homeless vets gets started with groundbreaking
By Daniel Urie (Penn Live)
It’s been years in the making.
On Monday, officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to begin construction on “Veterans Grove,” a village of 15 transitional “tiny homes” and a community center for homeless veterans in Harrisburg.
The plan for the homes was first brought before Harrisburg officials more than two years ago and eventually approved by Harrisburg City Council.
For the last two years, Thomas Zimmerman Jr. and his nonprofit, Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania, have been working to raise money to operate and build “Veterans Grove.”
Officials said Monday’s ceremony will mark more than two years of fundraising, including its latest significant donation, a $500,000 contribution from the UPMC Pinnacle Foundation. The nonprofit has raised 91% of its $4.1 million goal, according to its website.