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SUPPORTIVE HOUSING STABILIZATION INITIATIVE

This research project was part of a comprehensive analysis of the status of a group of supportive housing developments in the Twin Cities metro area, conducted for the Family Housing Fund by Hart-Shegos and Associates. The purpose of the analysis was to report on the organizational health of service provider groups and the physical condition of the properties that serve their clients. As a result of the study, areas were identified for improvements that would help ensure the continued success of these supportive housing communities.

Cermak Rhoades Architects' portion of the study provided an assessment of the physical condition of 39 properties owned or occupied by 13 supportive housing providers. After a site visit and tour of each property, service providers and maintenance staff were interviewed and the team prepared a report with a list of recommended improvements and a contruction budget for each site.

As a result of our summary of conditions at this group of properties, Cermak Rhoades Architects did further investigation into building materials which generated the most problems for residents and maintenance staff and assisted Hart-Shegos and Associates in the production of an informational video. This video studies the life cycle cost of the seven problematic building materials and promotes the use of quality building materials in future construction and rehab projects in order to reduce maintenance and replacement costs.

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PROJECT LEADER: Hart-Shegos and Associates
PROJECT SPONSOR: Family Housing Fund

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