Project Cares provides sanctuary, support, and resources for people experiencing homelessness in downtown Pittsburgh. The facility will enable individuals greater self-sufficiency on their path to a safe and secure quality of life. The design is the result of an unprecedented collaboration among stakeholders representing more than a dozen entities including local healthcare, government, public safety, social services, NGO, and professional services (design & construction) organizations.
- TOP PROJECTS
- 9th and Penn Building
- Clarion University Tippin Gymnasium & Natatorium Renovation
- SouthSide Works Office Building
- Pennsylvania State University East Halls
- Monongalia County Ballpark
- Petersen Sports Complex Addition
- Berks Campus Beaver Community Center Study
- Penn State Bryce Jordan Center Basketball Suite Renovations
- Project Cares Pittsburgh Nonprofit
- Interior Design
- Construction Administration
- Completion Date
- Summer 2022
- Project Size
- 42,000 SF
- Project Cost
- $15 Million
The goal is to establish consensus from a broad spectrum of stakeholders for a year-round “low barrier” shelter with wrap-around services to address the myriad and complex issues confronting people experiencing homelessness. The space needs to enable greater self-sufficiency on an individual’s path to a safe and secure quality of life while ultimately reducing chronic homelessness in Pittsburgh.
DLA+ facilitated an intensive design process using a “workshop” format to coordinate the input of stakeholders with consensus around a vision for a successful project. Among the drivers of design and the delivery of services are dignity, personal control, security and privacy, harm reduction, flexibility, trauma informed care and design and flexibility. Project Cares functions and services include the following key components:
- Intake: customary coordinated entry functions to accept clients.
- Client Services: including Case Management to assess the needs and navigate to appropriate resources, and Supportive Services as a small clinic for health and mental health consultation.
- Drop-in Center: offering personally hygiene and client services to individuals experiencing homelessness but who are not staying at the facility.
- Congregate Sleeping & Hygiene Center: 92 beds in group sleeping rooms with appropriate personal hygiene facilities.
- Community Space and Amenities: commons area including lounges, a library and computer room, lounges, kitchen, dining and outdoor space.
- SRO’s: 43 single room occupancy units to facilitate transition to independent housing.
These accommodations result in a facility of approximately 42,000 gross square feet which will be assembled on the Second Avenue site.