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Friedner Wittman: The Architecture of Recovery
THE ARCHITECTURE OF RECOVERY
By Friedner Wittman
It is important to think about homelessness as a continuum rather than a binary situation, even for the chronic homeless. Homelessness equates with shelter living. The important question is to ask, what kinds of housing makes sense for people not currently housed to help them move to a safe, livable place where they can stay in definitely? Most chronically homeless need special assistance with housing. What is the “match” to meet their housing needs? Sober housing is one variation of that answer.
In the above illustration, the Clean and Sober Transitional Living (CSTL) recovery housing project, as many as one-third of the residents are coming ffrom detox facilities or jail after a period being homeless or living sporadcially on the streets. The most important part of the project is how to get the plan to reflect the program; the architecture, servicable or more exciting, must be seen as an outgrowth of the specific needs of this specific group of clients. It is a difficult, sometimes very difficult effort. The following two presentations discuss some of the parts of this effort.
2.1 "A CASE STUDY IN ARCHITECTURE FOR SOBER LIVING HOUSEHOLDS"
2.2 "THE SETTING IS THE SERVICE: HOW THE ARCHITECTURE OF SOBER LIVING RESIDENCES SUPPORTS COMMUNITY BASED RECOVERY"
An in-depth article analyzing the architecture of a community-based residential recovery service (continue reading).