Arnold Schwarzenegger donates $ 250,000 for 25 new cottages to homeless veterans

Arnold Schwarzenegger personally donated $ 250,000 to build 25 cottages for homeless veterans in West Los Angeles on Thursday, giving dozens an early Christmas present.

Schwarzenegger, who coordinated with the nonprofit Village for Vets, which is dedicated to providing food and shelter to homeless and at-risk veterans, as well as Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough and the organization of volunteers (AMVETS) to build the small houses.

“Today I celebrated Christmas earlier. The 25 homes I donated for homeless veterans were moved to here in LA, ”the movie icon and former California governor tweeted Thursday.

“It was fantastic spending time with our heroes and welcoming them to their new homes.” Schwarzenegger was inspired to make the donation after seeing a report on a tent camp occupied primarily by homeless veterans that was later removed by the city of LA, and its occupants were given their own little homes to live in.

On Thursday, Village for Vets tweeted that Schwarzenegger’s $ 250,000 donation to the charity “allowed” the organization “to purchase and build the remaining 25 shelters” on the Care Treatment Rehabilitative Services (CTRS) site. of Los Angeles VA.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, pictured, personally donated $ 250,000 to build 25 cottages for homeless veterans in West Los Angeles on Thursday, giving dozens an early Christmas present

Four of 25 tiny houses built with $ 250,000 in funds donated by Arnold Schwarzenegger, which were given to homeless veterans in Los Angeles ahead of Christmas

Four of 25 tiny houses built with $ 250,000 in funds donated by Arnold Schwarzenegger, which were given to homeless veterans in Los Angeles ahead of Christmas

Many homeless veterans personally thanked Schwarzenegger

Schwarzenegger personally donated $ 250,000 for the construction of small houses

Pictured: Many homeless veterans personally thanked Schwarzenegger

“Today I celebrated Christmas earlier.  The 25 homes I donated for homeless veterans were set up here in LA, '' the former California governor tweeted Thursday, pictured above.

“Today I celebrated Christmas in advance. The 25 homes I have donated for homeless veterans have been set up here in Los Angeles, ” the former California governor tweeted Thursday, pictured above.

“I did and have this great success because of America,” the Austrian-born former bodybuilder and actor told Elex Michaelson, host of “The Issue Is” on FOX 11 Los Angeles.

“If it’s not bodybuilding, if it’s not business, if it’s not show business, movies and politics – whatever I got into I managed to because of America, so for me it’s always good to give something back. “

Veteran Bruce Henry Cooper personally thanked Schwarzenegger in an interview with

“It saved my life,” said Cooper, who lives in one of the small houses, at the point of sale, adding that the former governor “hasn’t forgotten… anyone.”

Rob Reynolds, a U.S. veterans member, told FOX 11 that the tiny houses include a furnished bed, electricity, heat and air conditioning.

Donations to Village for Vets go to the organization’s tiny shelters, which “provide a high standard of living through tent camps while veterans seek permanent housing and stability, and others. programs providing essential services to homeless and at-risk veterans, according to the association’s website.

The interior of a small house, in the photo, shows the house fully equipped with a fuse box and electricity, as well as a number of other necessities

The interior of a small house, in the photo, shows the house fully equipped with a fuse box and electricity, as well as a number of other necessities

Rob Reynolds, a U.S. veterans member, told FOX 11 that the tiny houses include a furnished bed, electricity, heat and air <a class=conditioning.” class=”blkBorder img-share” style=”max-width:100%” />

Rob Reynolds, a U.S. veterans member, told FOX 11 that the tiny houses include a furnished bed, electricity, heat and air conditioning.

American flags are adorned Thursday at the tents of homeless veterans in West Los Angeles

Patriotic memorabilia and American flags adorn Thursday at the tents of homeless veterans in West Los Angeles

Pictured: Many homeless people living in West Los Angeles settlements are veterans, 25 of whom now live in tiny homes provided by Arnold Schwarzenegger

A similar village of mini-homes for veterans exists in Kansas City, Missouri, where there is an innovative community of 49 mini-homes for homeless vets.

Homes vary in size from 240 to 320 square feet, meet all local municipal code requirements, and connect to city utilities.

Similar to the VCP Village in Missouri, the on-site staff provide the sanctuary and emotional space the veteran and the support services team need to deeply tackle the underlying causes of their homelessness. .

“Together, the veteran and specially trained VCP Case Managers work to achieve progressive and lasting results in the areas of health and wellness, education, employment, financial literacy and developing a personal support network, ”the website says.

Once the desired goals are achieved, the PCV helps the veteran find a permanent housing solution. The veteran is allowed to take all of the contents of the tiny house with him during his transition to a new life.

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