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Each year an estimated 2,000 youth in Chicago are homeless. Living on the streets without safe and stable housing jeopardizes young people's safety, compromises their physical health and hinders their emotional well-being. Homeless youth are often forced to make decisions to survive that lead to violence and incarceration. This growing, informal community needs support that provides physical and social infrastructure fully integrated across the city.
This project proposes a "Rookery"—inspired by the description of a clustered place of nesting birds—with interconnected spaces that provide safety, shelter and support for homeless youth. Rookeries are located along CTA lines and offer community programs at street level. Larger residential Rookery facilities offer resources and youth support teams, while a network of "nests” can exist throughout Chicago
These nests feature educational programs as well as opportunities for commerce and culture. The Rookery system is adaptive and evolves its footprint as needed by the community it serves.