Sara Geimer is the manager of REALTOR® Magazine's Good Neighbor Awards and a former senior editor with the magazine.
NAR Launches Exhibit Celebrating Innovative Solution to Veteran Homelessness
Immersive, pop-up installation called The Battle Home is unveiled in Kansas City's Union Station.
July 27, 2020
In honor of the 20th year of the Good Neighbor Awards, the National Association of REALTORS® is celebrating the impact of each of the five 2019 winner in their hometowns. Mark Solomon, a REALTOR® and combat veteran, is one of five Good Neighbor Award winners honored in 2019 for making an extraordinary impact as a volunteer. NAR is recognizing Solomon with a pop-up art installation in Kansas City’s Union Station for his work as co-founder of Veterans Community Project, which works to eliminate veteran homelessness. Since 2018, VCP has built 49 tiny homes in Kansas City, Mo., and provides comprehensive services to battle veteran homelessness.
"The Battle Home" is an experiential installation and replica of the tiny homes that VCP builds for veterans. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, on any given night, more than 37,000 veterans are living on the streets across the U.S. The installation brings this sensitive issue to life using "bricks" constructed from a fabric that is often representative of the veteran homeless experience—sleeping bags. Videos tell the true stories of 11 homeless veterans’ journeys from living on the street to living in a tiny home with VCP. The exhibit will run through August 14 in Kansas City, then will go on the road with VCP in the future.
View the true stories about 11 formerly homeless veterans who have been helped by Veterans Community Project.