(Via Design for Me)
By Catherine Reagor | Arizona Republic
Thousands of shipping containers earmarked to make a wall on the Arizona-Mexico border last year could be turned into much-needed affordable housing.
Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs said a plan is in the works with the departments of administration, housing and emergency management to give the containers to counties, cities and nonprofits across the state to create more housing.
“We are currently working on repurposing the shipping containers that were illegally installed at the border as a publicity stunt — rather than a real solution — by the previous administration,” said Hobbs at a Sparkbox event in Phoenix last week. The event promoted shipping containers being repurposed into solar-powered affordable homes.
Former Gov. Doug Ducey authorized the use of a few thousand containers as a temporary barrier in Cochise and Yuma counties until a border wall was built.
The U.S. Justice Department sued Ducey and the state over the shipping containers, calling their use illegal, dangerous and an interference with federal duties.