Sleek Apartments Made Of Shipping Containers To House Homeless Vets

Homelessness is a major problem across the country but especially in California. The Golden State accounted for 21 percent of the nation’s homeless population in 2015, with a total of 115,738, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

California also had the largest number of homeless veterans in 2015: 11,311, or 24 percent of the total homeless veteran population in the U.S.

While Potter’s Lane will serve only a tiny fraction of the homeless veterans in need, Gallup told the Times that she hopes it will inspire many others.

“It is an incredible need in Orange County,” Gallup told KPCC, a public radio station in Pasadena, Calif. “We’ve had an increase in homelessness…and it is something that is important to honor those that have served our country.”

Tenants will pay up to 30 percent of their income to rent the apartments, according to online housing publication Curbed LA. Residents without income will pay nothing at first, and be assigned a case manager to help them obtain government benefits.

Each 480-square-foot apartment will have a bedroom and dining area, a kitchen, a bathroom and two walls with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Potter’s Lane will also have common areas and gardens for residents to “interact, building a sense of community,” according to the American Family Housing website.

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