American Homefront Project
By Dorian Merina : americanhomefront – excerpt (includes audio track)
A Southern California project is transforming steel shipping containers into apartments for homeless veterans. They’re inexpensive, durable, and surprisingly attractive.
Builders in Orange County, Cal. are using an innovative approach to solve the long-running problem of homelessness among veterans. They’re transforming old shipping containers into new, permanent homes.
The 16-unit apartment complex uses 54 recycled shipping containers that have been redesigned so each apartment has a kitchen, bathroom and living space. When finished, the project, called Potter’s Lane, will have two stories with a balcony, stairs, and a courtyard. And each 480-square-foot apartment will house a veteran who is coming off the streets.
“We got the design ready, we hired our architect, and as we went through the process found out that this was going to be the first multi-family project in the nation that was going to be built with recycled shipping containers for homeless,” said Donna Gallup, the president of American Family Housing, the non-profit overseeing the project.
“We designed the project specifically to meet the needs of homeless veterans,” Gallup said. That means a U-shaped design that seeks to balance privacy with collective living.