Shirley Bridge Bungalows
Shirley Bridge Bungalows was selected by the American Institute of Architects as a recipient of a 2007 Housing Award in the Special Housing category. The award “recognizes the excellence of [the project], and affirms the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and a valuable national resource.” - Christine McEntee, AIA Executive Vice President/CEO

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Shirley Bridge Bungalows responds to the critical shortage of affordable, appropriate housing for people disabled with HIV/AIDS who are low-income, homeless, or at risk of homelessness. The project is publicly funded via HUD Section 811 funding, along with other public and private sources.

Our goal was to provide a comfortable, homelike environment that encouraged interaction between the residents, within the constraints of a set budget and prescriptive land use zoning requirements. Variances were obtained to allow for common outdoor space and reduced parking. Six permanent independent housing units were designed, using a cottage style which references the early history of the neighborhood as a beach-cottage community. To foster interaction between residents, the colorful cottages were organized around a central common space.

The project provides affordable rental housing that brings crucial relief to individuals and families with special needs, in an area that had no existing subsidized housing.


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