GREEN AND HEALTHY HOUSING                                      Open Space                                 Written by Ravi ...
Open SpaceAffordable housing projects supported by Center for the Greater Good undergo a rigorous duediligence review to d...
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Open Space by Center for the Greater Good

  1. 1. GREEN AND HEALTHY HOUSING Open Space Written by Ravi Hanumarawww.CenterforGreaterGood.com | contact@centergg.com | 410 East State Street Eagle, ID 83616
  2. 2. Open SpaceAffordable housing projects supported by Center for the Greater Good undergo a rigorous duediligence review to determine that the they will achieve the goals and requirements for significantsocial impact. While the provision of social services is often treated as a check the box requirementor delivered as an underfunded set of interventions, Center for the Greater Good has establishedgroundbreaking criteria and standards for environmental and social impact that create true impact inthe lives of the residents.Each community is evaluated from a physical and social perspective and is required to demonstratethe following minimum standards and criteria: • Include a community facility meeting minimum space requirements and design features – 3,000 square feet per 100 units with a minimum size 2,500 square feet; • Community facility should be constructed using high quality building materials that do not off-gas; • The indoor facility should connect to outdoor community space in order to create an uninterrupted flow of community activities and to optimize the community physical and psychological benefits of direct access to natural sunlight and fresh air; • The facility should be designed for maximum accessibility, beyond ADA standards, to foster a true sense of togetherness within the community – which includes members of all abilities and mobility levels; • The facility should be designed to house a variety of activities, each with different needs, in the most space efficient way possible through the use of flexible design.Center for Greater Good will use finances as leverage to ensure that facilities are constructed andmaintained as per the criteria listed above. Sufficient space also enables the facilities to act as an‘incubator’ for local non-profit service providers. Providers can share knowledge and resources whilesharing the allocated community space, to help the residents even more.Open space coupled with healthy surroundings not only improves both the physical and mentalhealth of residents, but also creates a strong sense of community. Thus, open space is indispensablein creating a healthy and happy community. 2

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