Designed by Overland Partners | Architects, The Bridge Homeless Assistance Center is located in Dallas, Texas, United States. A collaborative effort between the City of Dallas, social workers, volunteers, healthcare providers and the architects was a key element in this achievement. The design team was charged with helping develop not just a physical programme but a management programme as well. This required the design team and committee members to travel across the country, benchmarking against best practices in order to assist the city in determining what would actually go into the building.
From this research and collaborative process, the group gained a better understanding of the needs of the homeless and used that knowledge to develop a new model for how to care for them. The result is a campus with buildings arranged around a series of landscaped courtyards that promote a sense of safety; a place where personal connections can be made and relationships developed.