Renovation of a Homeless Shelter into Permanent Housing

Hoback, Alan, and James Lynch

Students in the Civil Engineering Senior Capstone Course designed the renovation of a homeless shelter into permanent housing for the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries. Detroit is in need of places for homeless families to go. Often homeless families are broken up to various shelters because none is capable of supporting an in tact family. The CE students designed the floor plan and created cost estimates for dividing the shelter into family apartments. DRMM is currently seeking funding for doing the renovation exactly as the students designed it. The site of the homeless facility is the former St. Bernard's Parrish and School on E. Mack Ave in Detroit. The use of the site as a church then a homeless shelter gives a sense of contract, but also of synergy. This work was sponsored through a Bridges of Mercy+Justice Grant.