Using poetry to explore the Housing First model

Housing First is a relatively new model in the pantheon of supportive affordable housing. Under this title, housing is provided to chronically homeless people living in temporary homeless shelters or on the street who have severe dependence on drugs, alcohol or both. Mental and physical disabilities are often present as well. Supporters of housing first […]

Impact-a-thon designs do little to alleviate struggle of homelessness

Homeless shelter systems are overburdened. Affordable housing units have long wait lists. Providing homes for the poor is controversial. Generating ideas for temporary portable living spaces and calling the results a solution to winter-time homelessness is, however, acceptable. In October, 2014, Carnegie Mellon hosted an Impact-a-thon, during which teams competed to design temporary homeless shelters to protect people from winter […]