Location, Location, Location: An Analysis of Safe Haven Siting in New York City
Abstract: This thesis explores the siting process and locations of safe havens, a form of low-demand, transitional housing for single, homeless adults. Focusing on New York City as a case study, it includes both a GIS spatial analysis and interviews with key informants from non-profit service providers of safe havens in New York City. The spatial analysis gives context to where safe havens are loc... read moreated in relation to income, race and ethnicity, public transportation and other homeless shelters and medical facilities. Interviews with program directors and business operations staff at a selection of these safe havens reveal information about the siting process as well as the implications of the chosen locations. The thesis illustrates that safe havens are typically located near public transportation and hospitals and are in low-income Community Districts and communities of color. Commonalities in terms of the siting decision-making process include pre-existing buildings uses, relationships with property owners and proximity to hospitals and transit. Conflicts over the siting of the safe havens and community opposition were typically contingent upon pre-existing building uses, time frame of development and concentration of homeless facilities in the Community District.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2017.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Mary Davis.
Committee: Laurie Goldman.
Keywords: Urban planning, and Public policy.read less