Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg to visit KC’s tiny home village for veterans

Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg will be joined by Mayor-elect Quinton Lucas and Jason Kander Wednesday morning on a tour of Kansas City’s tiny home community for veterans.

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Kander, are both veterans.

Earlier this week Veterans Community Project, a local nonprofit focused on ending veterans’ homelessness, announced Kander will lead a national expansion of the nonprofit into eight more locations.

The organization constructed the 13-home village at 89th and Troost where veterans can live rent-free while receiving comprehensive assistance and work to find permanent housing.

In October, Kander withdrew from the Kansas City mayoral race to focus on his mental health.

Lucas was elected mayor last month.

Buttigieg is among more than 20 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination. The top 20 will take the stage July 30 and 31 for the second primary debate.

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Katie Moore covers crime and justice issues for The Star. She is a University of Kansas graduate and was previously a reporter in her hometown of Topeka, Kansas.