A new pilot project to provide homes for homeless Canadian veterans has welcomed its first residents.

A village of tiny homes created by the non-profit Homes for Veterans is about more than just bricks and mortar, as support worker Don McLeod told CTV.

“The idea behind the village is to bring the veterans together so that they can interact and support each other,” he said, adding that the residents will get access to several programs that will be provided.

The homeless veterans that have been interviewed so far typically have financial, mental health, or substance use difficulties.

The 15 homes in the Calgary development are each less than 300 square feet but provide sleeping, cooking, and bathroom facilities. Homes for Veterans also provides essentials such as cooking utensils and linen.

CTV News reports that the veterans’ fallen colleagues are also remembered at the village with a plaque outside each home in their honour.

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