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Jeff White has been, by his own assessment, a successful Salt Lake City real estate broker for more than two decades. But along the way, he says, "I lost focus on what housing means." He found it again when he began to volunteer with a local food pantry, where every week he saw homelessness and poverty close-up and became deeply concerned with the need to deliver warm, dry shelter for all. He's convinced that he found a way to make that happen a couple of years ago, while visiting friends in San Francisco. During the visit he met Sarah, an artist in her 70s who was on the verge of homelessness. "She was living at the old Hunters Point Naval Yard, and she had a studio in this ratty old office," he recalls. The shipyard was about to be redeveloped, and she and other artists who were living there were going to have to move on to points unknown. "I looked around and there were all of these unused shipping containers at the naval base," he recall...