Physical Design

Meeting the Needs of Tenants through the Physical Design of Supportive Housing

In supportive housing projects in which you are building (developing) new units of supportive housing, either through new construction or acquisition/rehabilitation, there is an opportunity to match the physical design of the building and units with tenants’ needs. This can include structuring a supportive housing project for families so that all the units face a central interior courtyard in which children can safely play, angled windows to enhance natural light, and common space that can be used for education and employment resources.

The profiles listed in this table all exhibit design features that are intended to meet the needs of a given target population(s).

Name of Project Project Location Target Population
Anishinabe Wakaigun Minneapolis, MN American Indians
Addison Way Selma, AL Families
Boulevard Apartments San Diego, CA Families
Groton PILOTs Groton, CT Families
Wentworth Commons Chicago, IL Families
Anna Bissonnette Boston, MA Older Adults
The Domenech New York, NY Older Adults
Mission Creek San Francisco, CA Older Adults
Parkside Apartments Kewanee, IL Older Adults
The Franklin Bridgeport, CT Veterans
Milwaukee Veterans Manor Milwaukee, WI Veterans
Rayen Apartments Los Angeles, CA Youth
Robin's Nest Glassboro, NJ Youth
Seventh Landing St. Paul, MN Youth

Click on the link to read more about Suggestions for Physical Design Standards in Supportive Housing Developments.

View more of these documents in the Project Profiles section.

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