The 2016 Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) summit, “housing as a platform,” took place last week here in Chicago. The 3-day event focused on the most pressing topics for supportive housing today, and aimed to bring more dialog and collaboration to solutions that could improve the lives of the most vulnerable and maximize public resources to build healthy communities.
harvest commons apartments. photo credit: wayne cable photography
Jeff Bone was among the panel of speakers at Friday’s breakout session, “Supportive Housing Design and Construction,” which gave insight to the design and construction of supportive housing through the presentation of real projects with real budgets. Speakers included Mike Newman (Shed Studio), Bob Mathes (Linn-Mathes Construction), Susan King (Harley Ellis Devereaux), Larry Pusateri (Lightengale Group), and Nadia Underhill (Heartland Alliance Housing).
Together with Nadia Underhill, Jeff walked through the formation of Harvest Commons Apartments, a historical preservation and sustainability project that incorporates 89 single resident occupancy (SRO) units with unique supportive housing services—such as an urban farm, teaching kitchen, and social enterprise café—to help the formerly homeless build healthy, active lifestyles while remaining stably housed.
urban farming at harvest commons apartments. photo credit: wayne cable photography
social enterprise cafe. photo credit: leslie schwartz
planting planning session at harvest commons apartments. photo credit: shane welch photography
harvest commons apartments resident. photo credit: shane welch photography