Employees of Veterans United Home Loans have given $10,000 to each of five local charities, including the tiny houses being built by the Veterans Community Project in Kansas City.
The other local recipients are Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City, Rose Brooks Center, Harvesters and KC Pet Project.
“We are so grateful for the generous support of Veterans United,” said Chris Stout, a co-founder of the Veterans Community Project. “The donation will go a long way in helping to eliminate veteran homelessness in our community.”
The tiny houses project at 89th Street and Troost Avenue provides 240-square-foot homes for veterans who otherwise would be on the street. The first tenants moved in last month.
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In all, the Veterans United Foundation gave $1.35 million to 135 charitable organizations in 27 cities across the country. More than 90 percent of Veterans United employees give 1 percent of their paychecks to the foundation. More than $40 million has been raised since its founding in 2011. The mortgage lender is based in Columbia, Mo.