Affordable Housing Models
Affordable housing for the very low-income can be created through models that go beyond traditional rental design. Some of the most promising examples include:
Single room occupancies (SROs)
Single households comprise the majority of the homeless population, and there is a growing trend toward individuals living alone. SROs, such as studio apartments, are an affordable way to meet this need, particularly in the urban core.
SRO's with supportive services in NYC
Small houses and accessory dwelling units
By expanding on the concept of ohana dwelling model, separate living areas built on single-family residential lots could be used to increase our affordable housing stock with minimal impact on the community and many benefits to homeowners.
Click here to read about how one woman built her own tiny home for less than one year's worth of rent.
Well-designed ultra-low cost housing
This model could include prefabricated homes, container housing, and those designed to minimize materials and construction costs, particularly through using locally sourced materials.
container housing in the Netherlands
Department of Hawaiian Homelands partners with Hawaii Community College to build affordable units as part of the students curriculum. Click here to read more about this collaboration.
The growing “small house movement” and popularity of urban micro-units shows that this approach has become acceptable for households of all income levels and is accompanied by environmental benefits as well. Click here to see the results of the Making Room 2011 Design Showcase in New York City.
Check out what Seattle is doing with "aPodments" by clicking here.
microunit designs in NYC
microunit designs in Portland
Tokyo's first micro-apartments
For more information on these Tokyo microunits, click here.
Mixed-use spaces can help subsidize management cots low-income rentals.
Adaptive reuse converts buildings such as schools or warehouses into housing.
adaptive re-use in Queens
- Improved planning and design at the development level, as well greater community involvement with the development of affordable housing units.
Northeastern University architecture student has devised a plan for micro-units with a shared living space for every two units. Read more about this design here.
Click here to view more examples of completed and proposed designs for microunits.