KANSAS CITY, MO. — Atlas Roofing Corp. helped kick off the second phase of a partnership with Veterans Community Project, a Kansas City-based nonprofit working to eliminate veteran homelessness through transitional housing and social services.
The partnership primarily is focused on continuing build-out of the Veterans Housing Village in Kansas City — a specialized community of 50 tiny homes that provide transitional housing and address the underlying cause of veteran homelessness.
The first phase began last year.
Phase two of the project officially began with the Atlas Build Day, held Wednesday, Aug. 8.
Atlas employees, contracting partners and VCP leaders were on-site to begin the construction of more than 13 tiny homes, which will be added to the existing neighborhood of finished homes, a community center and resource facility of full-time staff of case managers to assist the veterans.
Officials say the addition will make more room for homeless veterans, where they can seek rehabilitation, job assistance services, and support from their peers in a safe environment.
“Our partnership with Atlas Roofing has been instrumental in the successful completion of our first veteran village development,” said Brandon Mixon, co-founder and chief project officer at Veterans Community Project. “Thanks to the high performance value that the Atlas products offer, I am confident that our residents will stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer while we keep our energy costs low.”
Atlas Build Day: Helping To Grow a Community
The Veterans Community Project is on a mission to eliminate veteran homelessness by providing transitional-housing and enabling access to “exceptional 360-degree service solutions.”
Focusing first on the Greater-Kansas City area, VCP aspires to use Kansas City as the blueprint for achieving similar successes in cities across the United States. VCP has a long-term goal of eliminating Veteran homelessness nationwide. VCP is a 501(c)(3) Missouri nonprofit founded by Kansas City veterans who were frustrated by rampant homelessness throughout the Veteran community.
Phase two of the Veterans Village consists of 13 tiny homes that will house homeless veterans and assist in their mission to end veteran homelessness. VCP has set a goal to complete the phase by Veterans Day and will rely on the support of the community, donors and volunteers to make this goal a reality.
For its role in the project, Atlas is collaborating with key partners and volunteers to provide specialized services and on-site contractor support. Partners, including ABC Supply Co. and JR Roofing, will be donating time and/or services for the construction. The Build Day event focused on the installation of Atlas EnergyShield, a foil faced polyiso continuous insulation for residential and commercial exterior walls. Meeting all building standards, the EnergyShield product allows for short term savings and long-term energy efficiencies.
The VCP will work with volunteers on a majority of the hands-on building process so the whole community can get involved. Trade partners will complete mechanical, electrical and plumbing work as needed.
During the build process, VCP will also be planning and coordinating phases three and four to complete all 49 homes and the community center in a timely fashion.