Veteran Ohana (family) Village

$100 of $25k goal

Raised by 3 people in 28 months
Barbara Allison-Simpson   WAHIAWA, HI
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Returning veterans with combat experiences are going back home or moving into a civilian community and very often has great difficulty adjusting to post military life or off base living. On an average of 60+ active duty military and veterans commit suicide daily. The solution to helping those hurting military/veterans is to create a supportive community for individuals and families with a military experience to live among persons with similar experiences and sympathy to help them through their healing process. This unique community will be called Veteran Ohana Village. The word Ohana is Hawaiian word for family. The Veteran Ohana (Family) Village Housing will be a replication of military housing environment in a civilian community. The vision for this unique community will be a replication of the understanding and familiar "battle buddy" environment of military housing area. The Village will have large cul-da-sacs/courtyards to allow the development of close "family like" relationships that is difficult to happen among residents in neighborhoods with streets. There will be a large community center. Real estate in Oahu is a very expensive and therefore using repurposed shipping containers would make affordable energy efficient homes available for those with military experiences.

This housing will be for:
* Active duty
* Reservists
* Retirees
* Non-chronic veterans
* Gold Star Spouse/children
* Wounded Warriors with and without family
* Chronic homeless veterans
* Surviving military spouses
* Veteran former spouses who were married and lived at least 7 years during the military spouse active duty years.

The purpose of the money is to help develop the plans, process, and systems needed to complete the project so that it can be replicated in communities near other large military bases like the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard bases in Hawaii. At this point, in the process of developing a business plan, in discussion with a broker for land that is located at Barbers Pointe, a decommission naval air station on Oahu. Have identified a architect and a company that is located on Barber Pointe that transform shipping containers in to offices and homes based on the local building code. Need to complete a business plan and the architect complete drawings to be show to source of funding.

The affordable housing structures in the Veteran Ohana Village will be made from transformed repurposed shipping containers more attractive and ecofriendly than the containerized housing units the combat military lived in while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. A portion of the units will be ADA Handicap Accessible and allocated for Wounded Warriors and disable veterans. 40' X 8' shipping containers will be transformed into:
* One and two bedroom rental apartments
* Three and four bedroom townhouses for sale
* Three and four bedroom single-family homes for sale
* Large community/Activity Center will have:
* Kitchen
* Classrooms
* Theater with stadium seating
* Large social event room
* Swimming pool
* Workout station "“ High low bars, workout equipment,
* Executive suite for small business
* Mental health services
* Daycare
* Basketball court
* Tennis Court
* Large children's play gym
* VA outreach services
* Support group meetings
* Warrior to Warrior support groups
* 12 Step meetings

The community will utilize solar panels to reduce the utility cost. There will be with some ADA accessible housing units. There will be space available for community gardens for those who want them.

Instead of regular street layout, the communities will have very large cul-da-sacs/courtyards with at least 12 homes. There will be small play areas in large open grass areas between the cul-da-sacs.

The employees of the Veteran Ohana Village will be veterans or military family members.
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Update 9
22 months ago
It has been a while since I posted. I have been very busy learning what barriers beside funding exist. First there has never been a subdivision of shipping container homes in Hawaii. I needed more surveys completed by veterans, military and family members to determine what was needed in the Veterans Ohana Village. I had to learn what was going on at Hawaii State and the City and County of Honolulu at government levels. I have been in training to discovery how to develop affective systems that will make it more affordable to create the Village. Next month I will present the Veterans Ohana Village before the Hawaii State Senate Housing and Homeless committee. Although I have connected with a Navy veteran who is also an architect, I have found it hard for him to think of the shipping containers for those who aren't homeless. I am going to make contact with the University of Hawaii, School of Architecture. I am going to see if the design can become a class project.
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Update 8
26 months ago
Last week, met with the Executive Director of Hawaii Habitat for Humanity Associates. They have two focus and the Veterans Ohana Village fits both of them. One is building homes in a community and the other is building homes for veterans. They never considered building a new community for veterans. The ED also know the two veterans I made contact with earlier.
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Update 7
26 months ago
Much has happened in the last few weeks. Was introduced to two veterans who have been trying to make shipping container homes for veterans. One of them is an accomplish architect who design custom high end houses in Hawaii. They are interested in my idea of the Veterans Ohana Village.
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Update 6
27 months ago
There are more than 60 military and veterans who commit suicide daily. When they live in the civilian community no one pays any attention to them. Those who live in a military/veteran community get help from their battle buddies. Since the war effort has winded down, more persons with combat experiences are being discharged and having to deal with those experiences among people who have no clue what warriors have gone through. Help be a part of those who will help create the first Veterans Ohana Village in Hawaii.
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Michiel Moland
22 months ago

I love this, it is great for all not just Vet's

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$100 of $25k goal

Raised by 3 people in 28 months
Created March 17, 2014
Barbara Allison-Simpson  
  Volunteer   WAHIAWA, HI
Barrie Polk
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Michiel Moland
22 months ago

I love this, it is great for all not just Vet's

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