It’s disappointingly sad that we have a homeless crisis in this country. You would think that we would have pooled our collective mental resources and figured this one out, and yet…
One of the groups that are greatly affected by homelessness are military veterans. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans cited a U.S. Housing and Urban Development study that placed an estimate on the number of homeless veterans, on any given day, at nearly 40,000.
One of these was Vernon Poling. Poling was an Army veteran who lived on the streets of Orange County, California.
He would spend time on the streets, and in and out of temporary housing as it was available, but he had no permanent prospects. That is until he heard about Potter’s Lane.
Potter’s Lane is a marvel of an idea. It was pushed for by American Family Housing who collected local, state, federal, and donated funds to build the $6.7 million dollar set of 15 apartments.
These are not just ordinary apartments though, they are each constructed from shipping containers! In fact, it takes three containers being put together to build one apartment.
The development was constructed specifically to help out homeless veterans in the area. Donna Gallup, the President of American Family Housing, said that deliberate steps were taken in the design to replicate a military feel for the residents.
She told KNBC, “All of the units look over the courtyard so that they can watch each other’s backs and develop that community and that sense of belonging.” That sense of community, that many had been missing for so long, is important to those looking for a new start.
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It may not be the most important factor of Potter’s Lane, though. Poling places a more material item at the head of his top ten list: his bed.
“There’s been a couple nights that I’ve been surprised I’ve slept so long,” he told KNBC. “To finally have my own place, it feels really good.”
This is an ingenious way to help a community that people often look past. What creative ways is your community pursuing to help the homeless?