FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018
Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., and County Legislator Tony Miller presented a donation of $23,000 to the Veterans Community Project Thursday afternoon.
The money was raised during the Frank White, Jr., Invitational Golf Tournament Sept. 14 at Jackson County’s Fred Arbanas Golf Course. A field of 32 teams played in the third annual tournament.
The mission of Veterans Community Project (VCP) is to build a Veterans Village, a specialized community of tiny homes and on-site services to provide housing stability and address the underlying cause of veteran homelessness. This combination of housing stability and on-site services will lead to more successful permanent housing outcomes.
"We are so grateful for the continued support of our community in making Veterans Village a reality,” said Brandonn Mixon, VCP Co-Founder. “Veterans Community Project is a privately funded organization and we rely on fundraising events like the Frank White Invitational to help us do the work that we do to help our brothers and sisters in need.”
A total of 49 tiny homes, built in three phases, will make up the Veterans Village at 89th and Troost Avenue. Veterans Community Project completed phase one in January, providing housing to 13 veterans. Since then, eight veterans have transitioned into permanent housing. Phase two is now underway.
“These homes are giving hope to those who have given so much to us. This is the least we can do to show we have not forgotten their sacrifice,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “I really saw the impact of Veterans Community Project last year when we presented a check for $9,000 after the golf tournament. This year, we want to make an even bigger impact so our goal is to raise enough money to build one tiny home, which is about $15,000.”
White started the golf tournament as a way to combine one of his favorite hobbies with his passion for giving back to the community.
Jackson County is honored to provide funding for numerous agencies throughout the year. In an effort to maximize community impact, the goal of the tournament is to support local charities the County isn’t able to service through the legislative process.
“The Veterans Community Project is an amazing organization that we’ve had a friendship with over the last couple of years,” said Tony Miller, 3rd District At-Large Jackson County Legislator. “I am glad that the County is able to donate to such a great cause and I know the money will go to good use in helping our country’s veterans.”