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HOUSTON – Students at a Texas high school recently completed construction of their second tiny home, which will be donated to a homeless military veteran.

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Teens at Kingwood Park High School unveiled the house Monday, the latest structure from the Students Helping Veterans program.

“It started as a vision for the students to be able to get some real-world experience building and doing construction stuff in our architecture classes while also being able to give back to veterans in need,” Brendan Flaherty, a 2020 graduate and designer of the tiny house, told the Houston Chronicle.

The 209-square-foot house is large enough to fit a bed, table, chairs and cabinets. It will be donated to a veteran and set up at the Langetree Retreat and Eco Center.

The student group built their first house for Marine veteran Edward Rodriguez, who suffered a stroke two years ago.

“It totally upended my life,” Rodriguez said. “I lost my house, my job and found myself in need. I’d always been independent. A Marine. The hero. Do things by myself. And then I found myself humbled, so to speak.”

The group is already starting work on its third tiny home.

“We hope to make these for years to come,” high school senior Parker Ryan told KHOU. “Being able to pick up a veteran off the street and give him a home to live in and grow is just amazing to me.”