Right now there are nearly 50,000 homeless veterans* in the USA. One man has a big TINY house plan to change that.
Herman DeJong, RA, has come up with an exciting plan to provide housing for homeless veterans in Delaware. His design, called “Beau Village,” can best be described as transitional housing in an Eco Village for 12 deserving homeless Veterans in a Memorial Sculpture garden setting. The veterans will own the homes and be able to take them with them should they get a job in another location.
This concept could be replicated anywhere in the country.
As an architect, Herman has designed these tiny houses on wheels to be efficient, strong, and affordable. They will have traditional plumbing and receive energy from solar panels on the roof and windmills on the property. The solar panels also act as an awning over the door. They are removable for travel. Herman’s unique plan will place the homes on an angle, so they will get ample light from large windows, without being able to see into the homes next to them, and have maximum solar exposure. Each house will be on a concrete pad and will have a parking space by the front door.
Beau Village will be located in Augustine Beach, DE, which is about 20 minutes from Wilmington.
The property is within easy walking distance of a VFW post, which could provide support and services for the veterans living at Beau Village.
As with many places, Planning and Zoning is a challenge, but Herman is getting great support from neighbors and the local community, including the 4 local Vo-Tech schools which may provide much of the building. The University of Delaware has also expressed interest in the project, as have IKEA, Bed Bath and Beyond, Lowe’s, and Home Depot.
Herman will be glad to share this concept and hopes that in the future there will be many more communities like this throughout the country.
His website is verdantarchitect.com
He can be reached by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Herman is a member of our Meetup group, Tiny Houses and ADUs in NJ PA