OC Veterans Call Trendy Recycled Cargo Containers Home



Fifteen Orange County war veterans will be housed in new homes made of recycled cargo containers to be finished by Wednesday, February 8th.“The veterans were very happy to see their new home in progress for the future,” reported the ocregister.com.

The three veterans, all baby boomers who served in the US army, were thrilled at their good fortune, even if the studio-size units are not complete. 480-square-foot studios fashioned from three modified and recycled shipping containers, stated kqed.org.

The containers will be like a house, with all of the necessities of a house with a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and a living space. But painting, flooring, furnishing and landscaping must be finished before they can move in next month. “This is all I need,” said Mario Melendez, according to the ocregister.com.

Meanwhile, the veterans, all with health problems, are staying next door in the Jackson street shelter run by American Family Housing, the nonprofit developing Potter’s Lane. They transitioned there about two weeks ago from the streets. The war veterans used to stay in their car, or the next door shelter, reported the ocregister.com.

“We designed the project specifically to meet the needs of homeless veterans,” stated gallup from scpr.org. The U-shaped design seems to balance privacy with collective living. Last year, the nonprofit won a $1.8 million housing loan from the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development and the California Department of Veterans Affairs to start the project.

Donna Gallup, the President of American Family Housing stated, “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,” according to scpr.org.