Homeless: Housed

Columbus House and Yale's Jim Vlock Building Project

Homeless: Housed is an interactive pavilion designed by students at the Yale School of Architecture and organized by Columbus House, a New Haven nonprofit with a longstanding commitment to end homelessness. Installed on the New Haven Green from June 9th-17th, the pavilion will highlight the work of several local organizations whose missions are to provide fair access to housing and address the needs of those experiencing homelessness. Over the course of the festival, these organizations will hold workshops and discussion events at the pavilion, providing the community with an array of tools and knowledge to tackle these issues and to prompt discussions about the meaning of home. The pavilion will exhibit graphics and illustrations that outline the state of housing in Connecticut as well as the personal stories of those experiencing homelessness. Visitors can leave their impressions and share their own stories about finding home by writing on a postcard or creating a drawing that will be documented and added to the exhibit over the course of the festival.

The pavilion marks the second year of a five-year-long partnership between Columbus House and the Yale School of Architecture, wherein graduate students from the first year class design a two unit home to be built specifically for those experiencing homelessness. The partnership is the latest collaboration for Yale’s Jim Vlock Building Project, a more than fifty-year-long program that gives Yale’s Graduate Architecture students an opportunity to work with a client and exercise social responsibility through design.

The list of partnering organizations for the pavilion includes Columbus House, Mothers (and Others) for Justice, the New Haven Legal Assistance Association, the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, the Partnership for Strong Communities, and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness.