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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

GrowthPoint Structures Helps CA Homeless Vets

About 300 people turned out Wednesday for the dedication of Potter’s Lane, an Orange County, CA apartment building constructed with recycled shipping containers that will house homeless veterans.

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The 480-square-foot units were assembled from three containers each. The containers were prefabricated in a factory in Elysian Valley and delivered to the site by GrowthPoint Structures, a company that recycles containers primarily for school buildings.

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The $6.3-million project, due to open by mid-February, will be the state’s first multifamily housing made from shipping containers, said Donna Gallup, president and chief executive of American Family Housing, an Orange County homeless services and housing organization.

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Once building officials sign off on the last details, the complex will be home to 15 formerly homeless veterans. The 16th unit will be occupied by a case manager to coordinate services for the tenants.

Eight of the tenants will receive rental subsidies and services from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The remainder will receive services from the Illumination Foundation, an Orange County nonprofit.

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