SPACES OF SHELTER AND RECUPERATION
Homelessness is a complex issue and a manifestation of the intersection of policies addressing housing, mental health, domestic violence, racial and gender discrimination, infrastructure, and unemployment.
In 2018, 3,312 people experienced homelessness in Washtenaw County and faced a six to eight week wait list to access emergency housing. The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County (SAWC) is at the center of local partnerships focused on “Ending Homelessness One Person at a Time,” and has offered to participate in a collaborative partnership with this studio.
Initially, the studio studied homelessness at the urban scale and performed spatial analyses at a county scale to identify opportunities for sheltering in under utilized facilities to assist with efforts underway to address a scarcity of winter sheltering.
The second phase of the studio focused on the exploration of recuperative care as related to homelessness and housing. Students worked remotely in teams of three to develop proposals for affordable housing that aimed to address supportive care needs that enhance the degree of success individuals can attain when exiting homelessness. Furthermore, the ambition of the work sought ways to integrate public space and public amenities that could serve the entire community and contribute to broader support for affordable housing projects in our region.
MARÍA ARQUERO DE ALARCÓN + ANA PAULA PIMENTEL WALKER**
EL HADI JAZAIRY**
YUYAN WANG, XIANGQI WEN, HAOYU ZHOU
“THE VIEW ON ASHLEY”
The View on Ashley is one hybrid affordable housing project to support the transition for people exiting homelessness and entering permanent, supportive housing. With supported cultural & communal programs engaging with environmental design to intensify social interaction within the residents and the community, aiming to improve both residents' mental and reality conditions. The project proposes to bring together shelters, economic support, and mental physical health support in order to provide a framework for people to restart their lives to face the complicated social challenges.