Vermont Public Radio discusses trauma-informed design with DRH
Research-informed information from Design Resources for Homelessness about how to apply trauma-informed design ideas to shelter interiors is now a reality in Burlington, Vermont. Facilities director Jonathan Farrell of the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) has put sunlit windows, quiet spaces, high ceilings and calming colors to work in the recent renovation of both their day center and overnight shelter, all features discussed within research reports available at the DRH website at designresourcesforhomelessness.org. Farrell notes that users like the changes thus far.
Liam Elder-Connors of Vermont Public Radio has released an audio news story on the Burlington shelters and their emphasis on trauma-informed design principles, as well as the availability of DRH resources at this link.
Photo by COTS.