From homeless to happy: Army veteran moves out of "tiny home" village in Racine

Posted at 2:39 PM, Jun 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-03 15:53:41-04

RACINE --- From homeless, to healthy and happy. TODAY’S TMJ4 was there as one of the first men to live in Racine's veteran's village of tiny homes moved out and got his life back on track.

Army veteran Alexander Hill has a new lease on life. His life was very different, before he was picked-up by the VA, and given a tiny home complex built for homeless veterans.

“I lived in the dark for six months,” Hill said.  “No electricity, no heat, no water, no money, no food.”

With his new home, came some much-needed help.

“They gave me transportation, counseling, support groups, food, shelter, hope,” Hill added.

Now, he's moving into his own apartment and reuniting with his wife.

“It feels wonderful,” Hill’s wife said. “I got my husband back. He worked hard. We saved our money and we made it. And I'm proud of him every day.”

Saying goodbye to the community that saved him is difficult. But leaving offers another second chance.

“The good thing is a new person is getting ready to move in and do the same thing I've done,” Hill said.

Racine's Veterans’ Village is made possible by public donations. It’s also becoming a model for other cities. 

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