Micro Homes Coming To Penn Hills To Aid Homeless Military Veterans

Lynne Hayes-Freeland
July 05, 2019 - 4:36 pm
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PITTSBURGH (News Radio 1020 KDKA) – Fourteen micro homes are coming Penn Hills to help the homeless military veterans in the area.  Veterans Place Micro Home Village on Jefferson Road will be on four acres of land, which was donated two years ago by the Penn Hills mayor and council.

Marlon Ferguson, the Executive Director of Veterans Place tells KDKA Radio’s Lynne Hayes Freeland, “We are going to have seven one-bedroom and seven two-bedroom homes, they are going to vary between 400 and 800 square feet.  There will be a lot of natural light, very modern, super high efficiency, super high sustainability, very green.”

Ferguson adds that they want the village to be a healthy, inviting, and secure place for our veterans to go and get the services they need to move on. 

The village has the 14 temporary-transitional houses, but it will also have a 7,000 square foot veteran’s resource center.

Ferguson says this is where we will have, “workforce development opportunities, entrepreneurial opportunities, and opportunities for the veterans and community to get together and talk about issues.  This will be a communal space, educational space, and a workforce development space and I think the community will really proud to have it hear.”

The total cost of the project is about four million dollars, and they are more than halfway there.  They just recently got a grant from the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County. 

Sponsorships and donations can be made to www.veteransplaceusa.org or you can call 412-363-0500.

Building is set to being in Spring 2020, and the homes will be ready for occupants on Veterans Day 2020.   

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