“Shelter Design Can Help People Recover From Homelessness” – CityLab

“Many homeless shelters are designed to house as many people as possible—not to empower them while they’re there.”

Clean linens, blankets and pillows sit on the beds in a dormitory for homeless men at the Pine Street Inn, in BostonClean linens, blankets and pillows sit on the beds in a dormitory for homeless men at the Pine Street Inn in Boston on January 5, 2018. Brian Snyder/Reuters

by Jill Pable

“Some 544,000 people in the United States have no shelter every night, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Families make up more than one-third of this total.

“Beyond exposing them to weather, crime, and unsanitary conditions, homelessness can also damage people’s self-esteem, making them feel helpless or hopeless. Being homeless is a traumatic experience, in part because of the associated stigma.

“Recovering from homelessness may therefore involve not just finding a job and permanent home but also rebuilding one’s self-esteem.”

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