This week I came across New York based not-for-profit Common Ground, whose mission is to tackle homelessness by encouraging people to stop sleeping rough and move into supported accommodation. The organisation owns over 3000 housing units, many of which are for single people, and designed to be green, affordable and incorporate communal spaces like gyms, gardens and computer rooms. Although small, the rooms maximise light and space, as you can see from the pictures below.
Common Ground has a “housing first” philosophy. This is the idea that
before a long-time homeless person can successfully kick a drug habit, get a mental health issue under control, or become a productive member of society, they need a stable housing situation first.
and believes that having a physical environment people can feel safe and comfortable in, as well as proud of can be the first, key step towards positive change.