Through contributions and partnerships, we are creating Veterans Village; a specialized community of tiny-homes and onsite services that will provide housing stability and treat the underlying cause of the Veteran’s homelessness. The combination of housing stability and onsite services will lead to more successful permanent housing outcomes. Once ready, the Veteran will transition to other, existing programs. Veteran’s Village will provide the Veteran with a sense of community support as they transition back into society.
At the heart of Veterans Community Project is a belief in community. Through the power of community, VCP will provide Veterans the tools necessary to achieve a stable and prosperous civilian life. Housing and services are provided at no cost to the Veteran, therefore the success of Veterans Community project is contingent on the generosity of the community.
Each home is used as transitional housing for homeless Veterans. In contrast to traditional homeless services, a tiny-home provides the Veteran with privacy, a sense of security, and the ability to reintegrate at a comfortable pace. Veteran services are facilitated through an onsite community center that provides the Veterans with mentoring, case management, counseling, and linkage to other programs and services.
Each Veteran will have the opportunity to customize many of the items in the home. We believe this increases an individual’s sense of pride and ownership. When a Veteran is ready to transition out of Veterans Village they will be permitted to take everything from inside the home with them.
The Veteran’s Village Community Center will host classes that will teach the veteran day to day living skills and provide professional counseling services.
VCP believes that providing onsite mentoring, case management, professional counseling, and linkage to existing programs will lead to successful housing outcomes. The goal of Veterans Village is to place Veterans in situations that best meet their needs, while treating the issues that have created their housing barriers.
Free Fares on RideKC
Honoring Our Veterans
Free Fare on all RideKC routes for veterans with identification.
In late April 2017, Kansas City area veterans can receive a RideKC Veteran’s Pass with photo identification at the Veterans Community Project Outreach Center, 8900 Troost Ave, KCMO 64131. The pass allows veterans to travel on any RideKC route for free.
As of now, RideKC will accept a valid ID from the Department of Veterans Affairs, active military service ID cards, or photo ID from the state of Missouri showing veteran status for rides.
Program includes all veterans; it is NOT limited to disabled or decorated veterans.
There are an estimated 115,000 veterans living in the metro Kansas City area.
Free rides for veterans are made possible through the sponsorship of the Greater Kansas City Labor Unions/AFL-CIO and Veterans Community Project. By reducing the cost barrier to riding transit, veterans will have improved access to jobs, healthcare and recreation. With this sponsorship, the program is expected to be budget neutral, as veterans will be able to use existing RideKC routes to get to jobs, healthcare and services.
This program includes all RideKC service in Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.
Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
Veterans Community Project
Kansas City Veterans Administration
Greater Kansas City Labor Unions/AFL-CIO
Veterans Community Project
Johnson County, Kansas
Unified Government of Wyandotte County / Kansas City, Kansas