A team of students from the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture is set to present design proposals for a new housing project in South Bend. The university says the students’ design calls for a 30,000 square-foot facility to provide "safe and affordable housing for chronically homeless people."
The project is called Permanent Supportive Housing and will house 32 people. The students conducted research on how architecture affects physical, mental and social health and also visited a PSH facility in Boston that was designed by Notre Dame School of Architecture graduates.
"These students are passionate about architecture and how it can support human flourishing," said Kim Rollings, assistant professor of architecture. "Their training in traditional and classical architecture, along with direct interactions with residents of PSH facilities, allows them to create human-centered designs that are dignified, functional and durable, reducing the stigma often associated with affordable housing for vulnerable populations."
The first facility has already received funding through a state grant. The students will make their presentations to South Bend Heritage Foundation Executive Director Marco Mariani and PSH Architect Bill Lamie of South Bend-based Alliance Architects, among others.