Yale Building Project 2007
Since 1967, the Yale School of Architecture has offered its students the opportunity to design and build a structure as an integral part of their graduate education. Unique among architecture schools, this program is mandatory for all first-year students. For the past ten years, the school has partnered with organizations in New Haven to build affordable, single-family homes.
This year, for the first time, the Yale Building Project has joined forces with national supportive housing developer
Common Ground Community . The Building Project contributes to their "Pathways" program, which provides supportive housing in a multi-step process that helps families at risk of homelessness achieve self-sufficiency and stability as tenants or even home-owners. Additionally, the Yale Building Project has also forged a relationship with the Connecticut Veterans Administration in an effort to address the challenges facing a relatively new group that is particularly vulnerable to homelesness: female veterans. After the construction of the home, representatives of the Veterans Administration continue to consult with the new homeowners regarding issues of home-ownership as well as physical and emotional needs.