Non-Profit Changing the Face of Affordable Housing
An innovative non-profit in Los Angeles, Skid Row Trust, is changing the face of supportive housing in the city. On June 18, 2012, The Atlantic featured an article, “How High Design Can Help the Homeless” that highlights the Trust’s work engaging high end architects in designing innovative and creative permanent supportive housing buildings that house the city’s formerly homeless.
Quoting from the article, says Theresa Hwang, who is the Enterprise Rose Architecture Fellow with the Trust.
“Architecture really helps sometimes by showing it’s not a ‘homeless project,’ it’s not a shelter. It’s an apartment building.”
And the Trust’s more recent supportive housing developments tend to look like market rate condos including such features as courtyards that provide both sunlight and ventilation.
“And each of these highly designed homes for the formerly homeless, although they cost more than most low-rise, cheap shelters, is grounded on the conclusion of a growing body of research: money spent on quality permanent supportive housing is public money not spent on the health care, public safety, incarceration and temporary shelter costs of city residents who have nowhere to live.”