Shipping containers recycled into housing for homeless vets

by Anna Sobrevinas14 Feb 2017
A California housing organization is taking a novel approach to combatting homelessness in Orange County, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Potter’s Lane, the $6.3 million apartment building project by American Family Housing, is dedicated to providing shelter for homeless veterans. The building is constructed of recycled shipping containers, the Times reported. 

Donna Gallup, the president and CEO of the homeless services and housing foundation, said the complex will be California’s first multifamily housing made from recycled shipping containers. The apartment building finished construction less than five months from the first shipping container being delivered on-site in September last year.

Potter’s Lane will provide shelter to 15 veterans and one unit will be for the apartment manager. Eight units will be subsidized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, while the rest will be serviced by O.C. nonprofit organization Illumination Foundation.

The complex is situated on land owned by the foundation, adjoining its headquarters.

The containers were built in an Elysian Valley factory and were delivered on-site by recycling company GrowthPoint. Each unit, composed of three containers, measures 480 square feet. 


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COMMENTS

  • by | 2/14/2017 12:01:13 PM

    That's great that they are trying to help the homeless VETERANS...but $6.3MILLION dollars to house only 15 in recycled storage units??? Seriously, the cost to build 15 new actual HOMES should be less and your saying that's the best they can do - recycle storage units for our Veterans!!!

  • by Pat | 2/23/2017 9:14:11 PM

    Certainly a growing trend you need to be innovative to save money from building a new home, i tried various options but this seems to be the best by far. I would however recommend getting a hold of a building guide - http://howtobuildashippingcont... before embarking on such a task!

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