BUDGET: $2.2 MILLION
CLIENT: CITY OF NEW ORLEANS
The Low Barrier Shelter and Engagement Center is an interior build out within one floor of a former VA Hospital building. The shelter is a substantial step toward ending homelessness in the City of New Orleans. This facility will accommodate vulnerable and chronically homeless people, it is maximally accessible and will provide both security and dignity to a population that otherwise feels overlooked and neglected. The new shelter consists of living/lounge space, sleeping for approximately 100, restrooms and showers, warming kitchen, and flexible office space. At the heart of the facility is the Command Center and is the check-in point for those entering the shelter. It also provides a vantage point for monitoring and functions as a reception desk, an information desk and a staff workstation. The renovation also included the new construction of an exterior stair and an outdoor space provided with large fabric sun shades.