Collaborative, Supportive Housing at Alameda Point
Fukuji Architecture and Planning, AKA Urban Design Innovations
Bruce Fukuji, AIA is designing 200 units of supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals and families at the former Alameda Naval Air Station. In 2009 the Collaborative Partners initiated a collaborative process to plan for and respond proactively to the City of Alameda’s plans to redevelop Alameda Point and address the interests of their constituents.
The master plan creates a model supportive housing community for three organizations: Alameda Point Collaborative who serve formerly homeless families; Building Futures for Women and Children who serve formerly homeless women and children who are survivors of domestic violence and mental health challenge; and Operation Dignity who serve homeless veterans to rebuild their lives and address wounds of war that continue to linger after their return to civilian life.
Bruce facilitated visioning sessions with the staff, residents and boards of the three agencies to create a community-based vision for how the three agencies can share services to transition residents to self-sufficiency.
The site plan is designed as a walkable, bikable, transit-oriented neighborhood for LEED ND gold certification. Housing is clustered around a village center with comprehensive social services. The supportive services case management counseling, peer to peer support groups, micro enterprises, trauma informed and recovery-oriented services, job training, social enterprises, a veteran drop in center, wellness programs, youth programs, a community center and a daycare program.
Housing is arranged in small residential blocks to enable each service provider to create a safe and secure community environment for families. This design creates safety with “eyes on the street” and sense of community where people can connect with each other on a daily basis. Units are a mix of two, three, and four bedrooms as flats, townhouses, and apartments. The supportive housing neighborhood is designed to blend with, and complement, the character of the new market rate housing in the Main Street Neighborhood.