Group turning shipping containers into homeless vet houses

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A new South Carolina nonprofit group is turning shipping containers into homes for homeless veterans, hoping to one day build a gated community filled with the transformed homes.

The Veterans Housing Development Corp. has converted its first container into a one-bedroom house and will have it on display this weekend at a golf tournament for veterans, The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports.

The steel containers, which are 8 feet wide and 40 feet long, are the same as ones found on container ships.

The group envisions eventually having a gated community of the transformed shipping containers somewhere in the Myrtle Beach area, said Brad Jordan, a service disabled veteran who works with the nonprofit.

“There’s a lot of funding available for veterans housing, but not a lot of housing available,” Jordan said. “We want to provide a secure and safe environment with programs that are going to assist the veterans. We want to make something that is able to be duplicated elsewhere.”

Many of the plans for the community are still yet to be determined, including its location, Jordan said.

Jordan said he is working to receive support from the community, asking the Myrtle Beach City Council on Tuesday to keep them in mind as they move forward with the project.

“This is in its very early stages of talking to benefactors of people who are willing to help donate or sell land,” said Councilman Wayne Gray, who also is on the board of directors for the nonprofit.

Jordan said the nonprofit’s next steps are to make sure the homes are built to proper code and then find a place for the village.

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Information from: The Sun News, http://www.thesunnews.com/