Tiny home community provides housing for veterans

RACINE, Wis. (AP) - A new neighborhood of tiny houses in southeast Wisconsin is giving homeless veterans a place to call home.

Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin has built about 15 tiny homes in Racine. The homes are only 128 square feet but come furnished with a TV, mini fridge, microwave and a couch that doubles as a bed.

A nearby community center features bathrooms, a kitchen and laundry facilities.

Jeff Gustin is executive director of Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin. He says the housing program is "a hand up, not a hand out."

The program allows veterans to stay in the community for free for two years. Residents participate in a number of programs during their stay, including money management, therapy and alcohol and drug treatment.

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