P H I L O S O P H Y

For years, many spaces created to serve those in underserved communities, particularly the youth, have been built with low budgets, in economically challenged areas, and with few resources. The atmosphere and unappealing aesthetic of the environment exacerbates the experience, and often, the impact is perceived in such a negative manner that the individual is less likely to be open to the help being offered. The lack of suitable spaces for the underserved is growing in the United States.

Along with other service providers that offer assistance, designers can connect, coordinate, and integrate functionality and design to improve both the perception and the experience of those who are in need of its use.

Therefore, we believe the use of Evidence Based Design can increase the quality of experience for the end-user, and have a positive impact on outcomes.

For years, many spaces created to serve those in underserved communities, particularly the youth, have been built with low budgets, in economically challenged areas, and with few resources. The atmosphere and unappealing aesthetic of the environment exacerbates the experience, and often, the impact is perceived in such a negative manner that the individual is less likely to be open to the help being offered. The lack of suitable spaces for the underserved is growing in the United States.

Along with other service providers that offer assistance, designers can connect, coordinate, and integrate functionality and design to improve both the perception and the experience of those who are in need of its use.

Therefore, we believe the use of Evidence Based Design can increase the quality of experience for the end-user, and have a positive impact on outcomes.

Residential instability is on the rise in the United States. In the school year 2013 - 2014, 1.4 million students were homeless at the beginning of the year. 33% of children between the ages of 6-12, and 18% of children 13-17 spent time in shelters. 87% of the older children were unaccompanied minors. Today an estimated 1.7 million students are homeless.

There are many factors that contribute to residential instability. We have chosen to focus on housing characteristics in transitional and permanent housing as well as social spaces. Housing characteristics matter to the children and the family’s well-being. Among the many areas tested, poor housing quality was the most consistent and strongest predictor of emotional and behavioral problems in underserved youth. And, according to some, there is a significant association with poor school performance among older children.

Residential instability is on the rise in the United States. In the school year 2013 - 2014, 1.4 million students were homeless at the beginning of the year. 33% of children between the ages of 6-12, and 18% of children 13-17 spent time in shelters. 87% of the older children were unaccompanied minors. Today an estimated 1.7 million students are homeless.

There are many factors that contribute to residential instability. We have chosen to focus on housing characteristics in transitional and permanent housing as well as social spaces. Housing characteristics matter to the children and the family’s well-being. Among the many areas tested, poor housing quality was the most consistent and strongest predictor of emotional and behavioral problems in underserved youth. And, according to some, there is a significant association with poor school performance among older children.

Through our work with underserved youth in economically challenged communities, experiencing living spaces and social spaces that are of poor quality, by incorporating the practice of Evidence Based Design we will:

  • Improve the experience, thereby increasing the users willingness to stay and receive the services offered. 
  • In conjunction with existing services offered, our work and design efforts will aid in the production of better outcomes.
  • Create healthy, holistic human centered environments that reflect long-term economic and social value, which will provide better emotional, social, economic and behavioral outcomes for underserved youth.
     

Through our work with underserved youth in economically challenged communities, experiencing living spaces and social spaces that are of poor quality, by incorporating the practice of Evidence Based Design we will:

  • Improve the experience, thereby increasing the users willingness to stay and receive the services offered. 
  • In conjunction with existing services offered, our work and design efforts will aid in the production of better outcomes.
  • Create healthy, holistic human centered environments that reflect long-term economic and social value, which will provide better emotional, social, economic and behavioral outcomes for underserved youth.