Potter's Lane promises homeless veterans a chance at a life off the streets

LA Times


Fourteen years ago, Tina Starr found herself homeless.

The Anaheim native had served six years in the Navy but was having difficulty readjusting to civilian life and the end of her marriage. She soon became addicted to drugs and alcohol and lost her job and eventually her home.

Starr and her 9-year-old daughter found temporary shelter at a church in Buena Park.

“They did what they could, but it was not clean,” the mother said. “They pushed aside the furniture in some classrooms so we could sleep on the floor.