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The completion of Sacramento’s new downtown arena is expected to revitalize the city, and its construction helping revitalize people’s lives.

One man, Eric Martinez, was homeless before joining the arena construction crew.

In May, Martinez became one of the first members of the Community Workforce Pipeline – a program designed by the Sacramento Kings to help those in need transition into construction careers.

“A lot of people are in need and I guess (the Kings) have seen that need and they came to the rescue, I guess you can say,” Martinez said.

Martinez says he now has a roof over his head, a new car and a wife. He plans to become an architect in the future.