Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Refugee Housing

Class

Article

College

Caine College of the Arts

Faculty Mentor

Susan Tibbitts

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to bring affordable, safe and comfortable housing to refugees living in SLC. Many refugees that arrive in Utah have been through traumatic experiences before coming to the US. Once here, it can be hard to adapt to a new lifestyle and language. All of these refugees are put into low income housing, mainly in the South Salt Lake area. The apartments can be small and overpriced for large families who are working minimum wage jobs. In many of these apartments, language barriers have been an issue in communicating with landlords. Many of the homes are crowded with many children and kids in school don’t have places to study. They also don’t have places to hang out with friends other than the streets. After researching current refugee housing and interviewing refugee case workers, we discovered many of the needs that the refugee population in Salt Lake City face. Our solution to this problem stArts with the fact that families need clean, affordable housing where they feel they can raise their children safely and comfortably. We will be exploring the idea of creating a safe haven community for these refugees. It will be a place that will help them integrate into the community and have the opportunity to socialize with locals and become an integral part of Utah. We will be creating affordable townhouses in a variety of sizes. This will create flexibility for different sizes of families. The houses will have large bedrooms, bathrooms, a living room and kitchen area, a personal washer and dryer and a small porch and garden with community rooftop gardens. Overall, It will be a refuge for these families to feel safe and comfortable as they adapt to their new life in the United States.

Location

The South Atrium

Start Date

4-12-2018 1:30 PM

End Date

4-12-2018 2:45 PM

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Refugee Housing

The South Atrium

The purpose of this project was to bring affordable, safe and comfortable housing to refugees living in SLC. Many refugees that arrive in Utah have been through traumatic experiences before coming to the US. Once here, it can be hard to adapt to a new lifestyle and language. All of these refugees are put into low income housing, mainly in the South Salt Lake area. The apartments can be small and overpriced for large families who are working minimum wage jobs. In many of these apartments, language barriers have been an issue in communicating with landlords. Many of the homes are crowded with many children and kids in school don’t have places to study. They also don’t have places to hang out with friends other than the streets. After researching current refugee housing and interviewing refugee case workers, we discovered many of the needs that the refugee population in Salt Lake City face. Our solution to this problem stArts with the fact that families need clean, affordable housing where they feel they can raise their children safely and comfortably. We will be exploring the idea of creating a safe haven community for these refugees. It will be a place that will help them integrate into the community and have the opportunity to socialize with locals and become an integral part of Utah. We will be creating affordable townhouses in a variety of sizes. This will create flexibility for different sizes of families. The houses will have large bedrooms, bathrooms, a living room and kitchen area, a personal washer and dryer and a small porch and garden with community rooftop gardens. Overall, It will be a refuge for these families to feel safe and comfortable as they adapt to their new life in the United States.