A CALIFORNIA BASED NONPROFITDESIGN︎FOR︎IMPACT
Designing Shelters for Dignity
EMERGENCY SHELTER (RE)DESIGNCALI./MASS./USA
Designing Shelters for Dignity is a California based nonprofit that works to improve the physical conditions of emergency homeless shelters in the United States. While we believe that everyone has the fundamental right to stable housing, we acknowledge that this will take a massive cultural shift and that in the meantime many without housing are suffering in dehumanizing and degrading shelter conditions. The physical designs of many emergency homeless shelters strip guests of dignity and privacy, sending the message to people without housing that they are not valued by society. We design low-cost, nonstructural physical modifications to existing shelter spaces that can be easily fabricated and installed in emergency shelter spaces. We believe that by changing the design of these spaces through input from shelter operators and guests, we can significantly improve the well-being of individuals sleeping in homeless shelters, at very little cost.