JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - One local company is on a mission to help local homeless veterans off the streets by building them nearly 200-square-foot homes, or "tiny homes."
Nearly 50,000 veterans are homeless nationwide. This includes Jason Crabtree, a 45-year-old U.S. Navy veteran. He said he has been homeless for several years after he was honorably discharged. After, he suffered from depression, struggled with addiction, then ended up on the streets.
"It’s frightening actually because you don’t know where your next meal is,” he said.
It’s a sad reality that Eco Relics is hoping to change with a tiny house... literally. The home is 198 square feet and it's equipped with the essentials like a bed, stove, shower and bathroom.
“To give someone a little pad that they can land on for as long as they need it,” said Ann Murphy, owner.
It would be the first totally green tiny house on wheels on the First Coast for veterans in need. The City of Jacksonville has given the green light to build a tiny house community for veterans. The company is hoping to build 15 more tiny houses, but they are in need of a partner.
“To help us secure a location and secure the necessary things that a veteran would need to do day to day activities,” Murphy said.
The first tiny house was built thanks to a collaboration of sponsors.
She said her goal is to build a tiny house community for vets in Jacksonville.
“Having a home can make the world of a difference, from that big to this big, just in a matter of seconds," she said.