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Mar 18, 2016 3:56 PM

Lee man looking to build tiny homes for the state's homeless veterans


MANCHESTER - A man that's dedicated his life to helping fellow veterans is collecting donations to build tiny homes for veterans that are homeless.

"Society doesn't understand us, so they just reject us," Peter Macdonald said.

He runs Veteran Resort Chapel in Lee, an 11- acre property he's working to turn into a compound for men and women who served in the military who are looking to get back on their feet.

The property currently has a non-denominational chapel with one occupied studio apartment on the second floor. Macdonald wants to raise enough money to build eleven tiny homes. Each costs between $5-$15,000 to build.

The tiny homes are 64 square feet and are equipped with a bed, sink, shower and composting toilet.

Macdonald said he's had run-ins with the Lee Board of Selectmen because he was allowing veterans to live in cars on the property while he fundraised for the tiny homes.

Macdonald's prototype home will be part of the tiny home display outside of the Radisson on Pleasant Street through the weekend. While he's hoping for people to donate to his 501-C-3 non-profit, he says anyone can help eliminate homelessness among the state's veterans.

"If everybody built one of these 8 x 8 tiny homes on their property with a compost toilet and let a homeless veteran live there, the 635 homeless veterans living out in the woods in New Hampshire would have a place to live," Macdonald said.

To learn more about Veteran Resort Chapel click here.

Colleen Shaughnessy is a multimedia journalist for NH1 News. You can email her at cshaughnessy@nh1.com and follow her on Twitter, @ColleenNH1.

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