Not every member of Haven for Hope comes seeking shelter. San Antonio’s most vulnerable population is also one of its most diverse. Creating a space that transitions even the most chronically homeless into a place of hope and opportunity might be the most ambitious civic project the city has undertaken. Looking to eradicate this issue, the City, along with numerous service-based organizations and design team, came together to create Haven for Hope. Haven for Hope provides all the services necessary to address the root causes of homelessness, such as food, clothing, shelter, and social services.
One in three Americans is one paycheck away from homelessness. One ER visit. One broken down car. One sick relative. The reasons for homelessness are as varied as the ages and races it affects.
In San Antonio, this population was skyrocketing, with 25,500 people homeless in 2003. These were people who, in most instances, wanted the same things we all want. Safety. Security. Dignity. Welcome. “Their hurdles to getting there are just higher,” said Principal in Charge Rick Archer.
Our beautiful campus speaks to the magic of transformation and serves as a model for those within its walls.
In most cases, people seeking shelter are “warehoused,” held in temporary spaces that serve as a rest stop in a continuous cycle of homelessness. They spend most of their daylight hours making their way from one processing point to another in search of aid.
No one service or point of contact can address all of these causes in a comprehensive manner. At the same time, for a person struggling against homelessness to “run errands,” seeking aid can be a counterproductive, if not dangerous, endeavor.
Haven for Hope is the answer to that dilemma. It is the largest and most comprehensive facility of its kind in the United States, housing more than 78 San Antonio-based nonprofits and government agencies.
With monumental collaboration between public entities and nonprofit service providers, Haven for Hope sought to centralize the resources people need as they get back on their feet. Even if the first thing they need is the will to do it.
- San Antonio Current Best Non-Profit 2013
- Texas Society of Architects Design Award 2012
- AIA National Housing Award 2011
- AIA San Antonio Chapter Citation Award 2011
- AIA/HUD Secretary’s Awards Creating Community Connection Award 2011
- ARCHITECT Magazine Annual Design Review 2011
- Associated General Contractors of America 2011
- Texas Architect, “Design Awards,” September 2012
- Multi-Family Executive Online Magazine, “Industrial Swan,” May 2011
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