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California homeless veterans moving into an apartment built out of recycled containers

An apartment complex built entirely of recycled containers in California is the care for homeless veterans.

Potter’s Lane, located in Midway City, Calif., it was built by the American Family Housing, a non-profit organization that provides shelter and assistance to people in need, according to its website.

Potter’s Lane is the first multi-family structure to be built entirely of recycled containers – but it will not be the last. In November, Los Angeles residents have voted and approved $1.2 billion bond to build shelters for the homeless, according to the Los Angeles Times. There are plans to build more sustainable buildings.

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The $1200 per month rent is largely subsidized, Steven Forry, American Family Housing chief development officer, said CBS News.

Sixteen studio apartments are built of 48 recycled containers. The complex, which took six months to complete, is purposely made small, so that the residents can connect with each other.

“When you’re dealing with people who are homeless and warehouse them in 300 units, you are not creating a safety net for people, you’re not creating a human connection with people,” Forry said. “The concept here is called housing first. Find a home for them as we found here, and then you surround them with social services.”

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Marine veteran Dale Dollar has been living on the street for 14 years. He now lives at Potter’s Lane, along with 15 others, most of whom their country, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“It is quite a place. You know you come in when you are already sleep in a tent on the sand and stones for a year and have to fight to keep your stuff and you end up in a place as beautiful as this?” Dollar said. “Oh, I am blessed more than I should. That is beautiful.”

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