PRIVACY AND DIGNITY
Helping unhoused people off the streets and into housing, especially in a safe and clean environment and community, can combat the public image that dehumanizes unhoused people.
Access to private bathrooms and showers allows for better personal hygiene. Much of the stigma and dehumanization of unhoused people comes for perceived poor hygiene, which would not exist if those people had access to personal hygiene.
The old dorm-style or congregated shelters are dehumanizing, with little to no privacy and rules that force residents to leave at early hours and wait in line for a spot for the night. This project is proposed to be individual units with locks on the doors and private bathrooms.
The proposal plans to place residents in the facility through a process and allow them to stay for several months is a more dignified than the outdated model of lining up for one night at a time. Research says, "service models that involve lining-up and sleeping on the ﬂoor can signiﬁcantly compromise client dignity, especially as some guests perceive it to be a form of punishment for being homeless."
Individual units with locks on the doors and a stable residence will limit crime between those staying in the facility.