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Nonprofit raising money for Goldsboro tiny home village to help homeless veterans – WRAL.com

Summary

Goldsboro, N.C. — A Goldsboro nonprofit is working to build a tiny home village to help homeless veterans get their lives back on track.

The project is hoping to fill a pressing need in the community and led by someone who knows all too well the struggle of living on the street.

Thomas Rice’s nonprofit Mirakal’s Love for Lives is plan…….

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— A Goldsboro nonprofit is working to build a tiny home village to help homeless veterans get their lives back on track.

The project is hoping to fill a pressing need in the community and led by someone who knows all too well the struggle of living on the street.

Thomas Rice’s nonprofit Mirakal’s Love for Lives is planning to build 40 tiny houses on a site at 2001 South Slocumb Street in Goldsboro, ranging from one to three bedrooms each.

The project aims to be a transitional plan to help get veterans off the street and give them access to healthcare, on-site job training and a dog park. Though Rice is focusing on helping homeless veterans, the tiny home village is open to anyone. About 1.6% of North Carolina’s total population is experiencing homeless as of 2020, according to federal data.

“We’re bringing a new thing, and a new design to housing the homeless,” Rice said. “Because we’re going to try to have basically everything for their needs here to work with.”

The housing project, called Restoration of Hope Village, aims to place people with job and secure housing within 180 days.

SOS Management President David Simmons has been helping to renovate the current buildings on the site into an office and gathering space.

He told WRAL News the entire project would be estimated to cost up to $4 million, and organizers had already raised around $500,000.

While the village would be open to anyone experiencing homelessness, there’s one group in particular that leadership was hoping to help.

“We are what you call a military community,” Simmons said. “Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is less than a mile just down the road here.”

Project leaders said many veterans in Goldsboro fall into homelessness after leaving the military.

Around 660,000 veterans live in North Carolina and 7% of them live in poverty, according to an estimate from the Housing Assistance Council. Between 10 to 14% of residents in Wayne County are veterans, HAC data shows.

While Rice never served, many of his family members did. He’s also had his own battle with homelessness, living on the street as a teenager before spending 14 years in prison.

When people ask why Rice has dedicating his life to serving others now, his answer is simple — he’s been there himself.

“Let’s show [veterans] that we appreciate what you did, and because you did that for us, we’re doing this for you,” Rice said. “We can get a lot of people off the street and help them get back on their way to life, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Organizers have been …….

Source: https://www.wral.com/nonprofit-raising-money-for-goldsboro-tiny-home-village-to-help-homeless-veterans/19975914/