2012 AIA-MN Affordable Housing Design Award
Part of a larger campus of supportive housing, Higher Ground seeks to address long-term homelessness through a progressive combination of overnight shelter and permanent supportive housing in one building. The first floor includes a 120-bed overnight shelter with space for an additional 51 emergency mats; the second floor includes an 80-bed “Pay for Stay” shelter where clients pre-pay for their stay up to a week in advance. This floor is differentiated from the first floor shelter with the increased privacy in the sleeping area, secure storage lockers, client lounge and computer lab. For clients who are ready for more permanent housing, 74 SRO units are available on the third through sixth floors, and the seventh floor houses 11 efficiency apartments. Independence increases as the building rises from shelter to supportive to independent housing, transitioning from temporary to permanent, increasing stability and independence. The building is ultra-durable on the lower floors and becomes increasingly domestic as residents move from shelter to home. Support services abound, including meal service, medical suite, computer lab, commercial laundry, and “hot-box” for bed bug abatement on the shelter floors; resident kitchens, lounges, computer lab, laundry and office space on the upper housing floors.
OWNER: Catholic Charities of Minneapolis and St. Paul & Community Housing Development Corporation
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Frerichs Construction