More than Housing:: Lifeboats for Women and Children
Brand: Architectural Press

More than Housing:: Lifeboats for Women and Children

  • Publish Date: 1991-04-17
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Joan Sprague

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Today, 40 percent of the homeless are single mothers and children; their numbers
are increasing. More Than Housing is the first book focusing on a new housing
type that responds to this growing emergency. The innovative models are called
'lifeboats' because they rescue and transform lives. Lifeboat architecture and
communities of support help single mothers move out of poverty, dependence,
abuse, and homelessness.

This book is a resource for design, planning, and programming. It contains:
-examples of emergency, transitional, and permanent housing, ranging in size
from five to hundreds of families
-descriptions, 80 line drawings, and photographs of 50 different models from 18
states
-details about zones of use and many kinds of shared spaces, childcare, and
social services
-comments of residents, architects, and lifeboat sponsors: grassroots, women's
groups, century-old nonprofit institutions, religious organizations, YMCA's,
corporations, contractors, individuals, and government agencies
-documentation of the housing-type evolution


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