Army veteran gets new home delivered to Quincy

A new program to give Tri-State veterans their own home is showing results in the form of a tiny home.

The home was delivered to a local veteran Tuesday.

The new tiny home is located on 6th and Cherry in Quincy.

More than 100 volunteers built the home in eight hours over the weekend and now Army veteran Michelle Roberts will call it her home at the end of the month. 

"Speechless, I still am, overwhelmed," Roberts said.  

Neighbors said it’s nice to have a new home on the corner of 6th and Cherry. 

"We need to get decent places for people to live and I think it’s going to be great. I hope this program does take off," Zelda Smith said. 

This was part of the Tri-State Veterans Community Village with the help of 2X4’s for Hope, and Mid-America Military Salute to build the first ever tiny-home in the city. 

"From the concept through the planning, through the completion, it was all done in a less than 60 day period," Richard Elsenpeter said. "That’s historic." 

Roberts has been living with her sister for the last seven months and could not afford a place of her own, so when she was announced the winner on Saturday, she was shocked. 

"I got to help build my own house, got to watch it being loaded up, and I got to be with it when it was delivered and it’s just awesome," Roberts said.  

It took eight hours on Saturday to build the home from scratch. 

"That’s pretty awesome to think that we built a house, even though it wasn’t a full house, 360 square feet in eight hours, that’s pretty good," Roberts said.  

And it’s a problem that isn’t going away. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that more than 40,000 veterans are homeless on any given night.

But for Roberts, she will no longer be part of that statistic, now that she has her own home.

"Comforting, very comforting, I feel like I am at home," Roberts said. 

She plans to move in at the end of the month once they get done connecting everything.

This is the first of many to come, the next home plans to be built and then delivered on Veterans Day.

There will be open houses periodically through the week: 

Friday, September 14th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 

Saturday, September 15th from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. 

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