In Los Angeles, shipping containers becoming homes for the homeless

Jonelle Kilgore tapped away at his online homework with Jasmine the puppy on his lap in their South Los Angeles home.



a person lying on a couch with a dog: Jonelle Kilgore, 12, doing homework with his puppy Jasmine.


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Jonelle Kilgore, 12, doing homework with his puppy Jasmine.

The 12-year-old boy and his dog sat on a couch in not just any home, but one made from four recycled shipping containers.

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“I like it, I liked moving in here,” Jonelle told CNN on a recent September day. “It’s a home for us.”

Two years ago Jonelle, his father John and four siblings received the keys to their four-bedroom container apartment and it seems like a glimmer of hope in the quest to get Los Angeles County’s estimated 66,000 homeless residents off the streets.

John Kilgore said his family constantly moved from floor to floor and the couches of anyone who would take them in. That is, until he got a call from homeless

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