First “green” homeless shelter built from ground up

The New York Times has reported on the near completion of Crossroads, a 125 resident homeless shelter in East Oakland, California that, “may be the only ‘green’ homeless shelter built from the ground up.”

According to the article “A Shelter Is Built Green, to Heal Inside and Out” it has, “a solar-paneled roof, hydronic heating, artful but practical ceiling fans, nontoxic paint, windows that can be opened to let in fresh air, and desks and bureaus made from pressed wheat.”

This $11 million building shows it’s possible to construct low-income housing that surpasses the private market in innovation and design.

Source: A Shelter Is Built Green, to Heal Inside and Out

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