Dec 14, 2018
By Michelle Whitman
Fourteen brand new “Tiny Houses” at the Veterans Village on the Sonoma County Campus will soon become home to 14 homeless Sonoma County veterans.
Completion of Veterans Village has faced some challenges, including last year’s catastrophic Tubbs fire which created a greater demand for construction materials and services, leading to higher prices and a budget shortfall.
“This is where the heroes appear in our story,” explained Paula Cook, Community Housing Sonoma County's Executive Director. TheCity of Santa Rosa and the school board waived impact fees.
Then Michael Wolff of Wolff Contracting, himself an Iraq war veteran, accepted the Tiny Homes contract knowing the project faced a deficit.
“Michael promised he would be our partner to guarantee we could get 14 homeless veterans off the streets by Christmas. He secured generous contributions from subcontractors, consultants, material suppliers, and has waived most of his costs on the project,” Cook added.
CHSC, Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane, and Wolff Contracting are asking the community to support our veterans by donating what they can to help meet the funding needs of the project so that 14 veterans will receive the gift of a secure home. Donations can be made via CHSC’s website athttps://www.communityhousingsc.org/support-us/
A large number of vets continue to struggle with the physical and emotional wounds of war while living on the streets of Sonoma County every night.
Current statistics show 200 veterans in the county without a home.
“I never lost faith that we could do this because my father, John Zane, a WWII Marine Veteran who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, taught me something about tenacity. Never, never forget the sacrifices military veterans have made to protect our freedoms," Supervisor Zane said.
Veterans Village is located at 665 Russell Ave., Santa Rosa.
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