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Collaborating to Design an Ithaca Emergency Youth Shelter
Talks at Twelve
Significant numbers of youth in Tompkins County experience unstable, inadequate housing and are often homeless, yet few use emergency shelters. In response, Tompkins Community Action is creating additional emergency housing to serve homeless youth. In order to learn how best to design this new facility so that it appeals to and meets their needs, we conducted focus groups with homeless youth to obtain this information. Design and Environmental Analysis students used the focus group data, prior research on homeless youth, post occupancy evaluations of homeless shelters and examined various design solutions to propose design guidelines and initial working drawings for such a facility. These guidelines and working drawings will serve as resources for TCAction as they continue to develop this new facility. We discuss how data have been translated and used to better serve vulnerable youth in our community and the involvement of Cornell students and homeless youth in this process.
Jane Powers, Director, ACT for Youth, BCTR, Cornell University
Gary Evans, Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor of Design and Environmental Analysis and of Human Development, Cornell University
Rhonda Gilmore, Senior Lecturer/Design Educator, Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University
Lee Dillon, Executive Director, Tompkins Community Action
Neoma Mullens, Executive Director, The Learning Web