How tiny houses could get veterans off the streets

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Tiny houses could fix a much larger problem: veteran homelessness.

Veterans Community Project is a nonprofit in Kansas City, Missouri, that's building a tiny house community just for veterans.

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The nonprofit was started by two veterans who wanted to make a difference — especially for veterans who aren't eligible for federal programs.

About 50 homes will sit on just over 4 acres of land once the project is complete. Veterans Community Project will cover living costs.

"It's going to be a home for them until they get squared away, and then they get their own place. That's dignity in itself. That key is like Superman's cape. It's like Captain America's shield," project co-founder Chris Stout said.

The number of homeless veterans in the U.S. is improving, but in 2016, nearly 40,000 veterans were homeless.

Related: Also see presidents who served in the military:

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President George H. W. Bush was a Naval pilot during World War II. 

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President Harry Truman served in combat during World War I with the Army. 

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President Jimmy Carter served in the US Navy during World War II and the Korean War. 

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President Gerald Ford was discharged from the Naval Reserve in 1946. 

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President Richard Nixon spent World War II in the Naval Reserve. 

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower was an Army General. 

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President Lyndon B. Johnson was a Navy Commander during World War II. 

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President John F. Kennedy received a Purple Heart for his combat service in the Navy during World War II. 

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President Ronald Reagan rose to the rank of Captain in the Army Air Corps. 

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President Theodore Roosevelt was Lieutenant Colonel of the Rough Rider Regiment during the Spanish-American War.

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President William McKinley served in the Army during the Civil War. 

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President Benjamin Harrison served in the Army during the Civil War. 

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President James Garfield served in the Army during the Civil War, and left the Army to serve as a Representative. 

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President Rutherford B. Hayes served in the Army during the Civil War.

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President Ulysses S. Grant served in the Army during the Mexican-American War and Civil War. 

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President Andrew Johnson served in the Army during the Civil War. 

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President Franklin Pierce served in the Army during the Mexican-American War.

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President Franklin Pierce served as a Major General in the Army.

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President William Henry Harrison served as a Major General in the Army. 

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President Andrew Jackson served as a Major General in the Continental Army and United States Army.

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