Shelter for All

Our third Forefront Fellowship explores how we can design shelters, intake centers and supportive housing to turn the tide on homelessness in New York City.


In partnership with the New York City Department of Homeless Services and AIA New York, Fellows will visit shelters, interview stakeholders and draft guidelines. How can we use programming and design to transform these places into community assets?


On April 16, we were joined by Commissioner Steven Banks and the 2018 Forefront Fellows to present original ideas on addressing New York City’s homelessness crisis.
On February 19th the Homelessness in the Public Realm team led discussion around how New York City can make its public realm more inclusive.
Homelessness exists not because the system is not working but because this is the way it works.
On November 27, the Supportive Housing team gathered experts to explore creative ways to site new supportive housing buildings in a time of unprecedented resource availability.
On October 16, the Prevention team explored an increasingly worrisome trend in New York City: the emergence of the prison-to-shelter pipeline.
On September 18th, our Forefront Fellows launched the second phase of their year-long inquiry on homelessness with a workshop on their team projects.


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About Forefront

Forefront is an annual professional fellowship dedicated to cultivating emerging leaders in urban design, development, policy, and advocacy. Each year, an interdisciplinary cohort of 25 Forefront Fellows investigates how design can address a social or political challenge facing New York City. Forefront is grounded in an equity-based approach to urban design, which shapes the composition of each cohort, the selection of program theme, and the ethos of the program.