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Housing for homeless veterans in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - There are many homeless veterans in the Myrtle Beach Area.

Local vets are pushing to end homeless veterans once and for all.

The Hutton House is part of to the Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center in Little River, and it's aimed at giving vets a fresh start. The facility is officially opening its doors to its first veteran, Wednesday, and hopefully, many more to come.

The idea behind the Hutton House is to get Veterans back on their feet and into jobs. In order to actually live there, each vet needs to qualify, which includes being willing to work.

The house fits up to seven vets at a time, with no time limit to their stay. While there, the vets will get a free stay, food, and access to computers.

The only demand for staying there is that the veterans spend their time working toward the goal of long-term employment. At the house, a caseworker will help each vet to find a job, with the end result to send each veteran on their own down the road to success.

“We don’t want you to just get a job and leave here,” said Kris Tourtellotte, founder of Veterans Welcome Home. “We want to make sure you get the job, you’re stabilized and when you finally leave here, you may never have to ask for assistance again.”

The Hutton House is built on donations and volunteer time, and is one of the few around the country.

Veterans Housing Development Plans

The Veterans Housing Development, a nonprofit, wants to make homes for vets using shipping containers.

The idea is to transform these containers into a free home for veterans with the overall goal, to end veteran homelessness.

The Veterans Housing Development wants to build these by demand and sit them together as a village, and build a veteran community.

The total cost of each home, factoring in land cost, would be about $15,000 to $20,000. The VHD views this concept as affordable, structurally sound for high risk weather, environmentally-friendly, and easy to build.

The group has the concept down, the next step is to find a plot of land to build them on. The VHD is looking for a land donation in Horry County, or funds to buy the land.

They believe, veterans fought for our home and it's time we fight for theirs.

How you can help local vets

To help out veterans, you can reach out to "V.O.G.U.E," which stands for Veterans Organization Gathered in a United Effort.

It’s a group put together by the Veteran’s Welcome Home and encompasses up to 60 veterans groups. Since there are so many veterans organizations throughout the Grand Strand, it's a way to combine them all in one unit, so vets have one place to go. From there, they’ll be directed to the specific organization, which can help them. It works the same way when it comes to your help.

Whether you’re donating goods, money, or a vet just needs a ride, you can deliver your donations or services to one place, and they’ll get it out to the vets in need.

Tourtellotte said regular food donations are always needed. They’re also looking for four small televisions for the bedrooms in the Hutton House, and volunteers.

Organizers say it doesn't matter what the vets need is, the group will figure out how to get it and which group in V.O.G.U.E they need to go.

Contact: 843-427-4568

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