Arnold Schwarzenegger Donates 25 Tiny Houses To Homeless Veterans
Arnold Schwarzenegger has donated 25 tiny houses to veterans and their pets to celebrate the holiday season.
Fox 11 reports that the former governor of California paid $250,000 to purchase the structures located in West Los Angeles.
Taking to social media, on Dec. 23, Schwarzenegger took to social media to explain the project.
“Today, I celebrated Christmas early. The 25 homes I donated for homeless veterans were installed here in LA. It was fantastic to spend some time with our heroes and welcome them into their new homes,” Schwarzenegger wrote.
“I want to thank @villageforvets for arranging the homes and being a fantastic partner, @secvetaffairs, @amvetshq and everyone who worked with us and made this possible. We proved that when we all work together, we can solve any problem.”
Speaking to The Post, Village for Vets said there were “just under 4,000 homeless veterans in Los Angeles at the last count in 2020.”
“The tiny shelter project to which Governor Schwarzenegger so generously donated is a partnership with the VA and is designed to be a transitional respite for homeless Veterans between living on the street and entering a higher level of care – ultimately permanent housing,” the said in a statement.
It said their project “make an immediate impact on the lives of the Veterans we serve,” evident in an account from one of the vets, named Bruce Henry Cooper, who told the local station that the project has been a “life-saver” for him.
“He has not forgotten us,” Cooper said of Schwarzenegger.
Village for Vets, a non-profit that started in 2016, works with retired service members living on the streets and are “on their journey to independence.”
The new homes are fitted with a bed, shelving for storage, electrical outlets, heat and air conditioning, and a locking door. They are available for veterans who are enrolled in the VA’s Care Treatment and Rehabilitative Services (CTRS) program, which is available to all eligible healthcare Veterans who are homeless.
“There are currently 78 shelters installed but over the next couple of months, it will increase to as many as 120 and could expand further if the need is evident,” Village for Vets said.
Each home costs $10,000, which includes the shelter itself as well as maintenance and repairs.