Homeless Veterans to Receive Housing Thanks to O.C. Project That Transforms Shipping Containers Into Homes

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Army veteran Jimmy Palmiter, 59, is one of 15 homeless veterans who will be housed at Potter’s Lane, the state's first multifamily housing development built with recycled shipping containers. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Army veteran Jimmy Palmiter, 59, is one of 15 homeless veterans who will be housed at Potter’s Lane, the state’s first multifamily housing development built with recycled shipping containers. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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

A view of the courtyard at the dedication of the 16-unit Potter's Lane development. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

A view of the courtyard at the dedication of the 16-unit Potter’s Lane development. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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.

The new apartments stand on a parcel owned by American Family Housing adjacent to its Midway City headquarters.

In an emotional address, Gallup told the audience gathered under a circus-style tent in the American Family Housing parking lot that the breakneck construction schedule had brought on yelling, tears and meltdowns but ultimately proved a concept for quickly developing high-quality, durable and energy-efficient homeless housing on a short timeline.

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