Jonathan and Drew Scott appeal for donations in a recent advertising campaign for the Homes For Heroes Foundation. (Screen grab)

Jonathan and Drew Scott appeal for donations in a recent advertising campaign for the Homes For Heroes Foundation. (Screen grab)

Maple Ridge celebs throwing star power behind Homes For Heroes

Charity intends to build tiny home villages across Canada for military veterans

The Scott brothers, who hail from Maple Ridge, have thrown their star-power behind a charitable organization building homes for Canadian veterans.

Jonathan and Drew Scott, known best as The Property Brothers, and one of the most successful lifestyle and entertainment teams in the industry, are appealing for support for the Homes For Heroes Foundation. The Canadian charitable organization is building tiny home communities to end homelessness among Canadian military veterans.

“It’s a fact that there are thousands of homeless military veterans in Canada,” said Drew Scott in the advertising campaign.

“Homes for Heroes Foundation is a national charity building tiny home villages with full support services,” described the star.

“These villages provide a safe place for Canadian veterans to transition back to civilian life with a community of peers,” added Jonathan Scott.

In fact, according to the foundation’s website, as many as 5,000 veterans are homeless and living on the streets across Canada.

Two villages have already been built in Alberta and are operational – one in Calgary, that opened Nov. 1, 2019; and one in Edmonton, that opened Nov. 25, 2021. A third in Kingston, Ontario, is still in the planning stages.

Each village will consist of 15-25 individual tiny homes – every one less that 300 sq. feet in size – but fully equipped. The homes will be arranged in a park-like setting and face inwards to facilitate peer-to-peer support. Every village will have a central resource centre, counselling office with full-time support counsellor, community garden, suite for visiting family members, support programs, professionally maintained grounds, and easy access to public transportation.

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Each tiny home will be named after one of Canada’s fallen military heroes to honour their memory and a plaque will be installed outside.

The foundation’s hope is to build these affordable, tiny villages in major urban hubs right across the country.

To get a place, veterans are sponsored by social agencies like Veterans Affairs Canada, Canadian Legacy Project, and the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Foundation’s into the Homes for Heroes program. There they are offered a structured and nurturing environment to support a positive emotional, psychological, and physical development in order to be reintegrated back into their communities – employed, stable, and self-sufficient.

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