Eradicate Homelessness in Richmond,VA
Collaborative Team: Mikaila Weaver, Pete Davies, & myself.
My role entailed research, art direction, experience design, and website development.
A variety of research methodologies informed our design process; we used a combination of empirical, primary, and secondary research to help provide a complete picture of homelessness nationally and the city of Richmond. Ultimately, the research definite our design choices and concept.
The following people were interviewed:
Alyssa Bickford :: Social work master's candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University
Tom Bannard :: Shelter Operations Manager for CARITAS (1)
Erika Schmale :: Homeward's Regional Coalition Manager (2)
Garrett Lyon :: Richmond,VA landlord
& A few other landlords that wished to be anonymous.
1. CARITAS provides effective, permanent solutions to individuals and families dealing with the crisis of homelessness and/or addiction in the Metro Richmond area.
2. Homeward is the planning and coordinating organization for homeless services in the greater Richmond region.
There weren't enough landlords who were part of the solution; therefore there weren't enough homes.
And that didn't make sense to us because according to the city's database there were over 11,000 vacant rental properties and less than 900 documented homeless people.
More importantly Rapid rehousing had a proven 97% success rate.
Vacant rental properties outnumbered the total number of homeless people in Richmond.
Websites already existed for rapid rehousing and landlords.
However, we needed to increase the number of landlords involved.
At first, this was a master's degree student project at VCU Brandcenter.
It was meant to be theoretical.
We felt a personal obligation to give back to the community and go beyond the assignment's ask.
So, we executed our solution.
As of now, Richmond's Homeward is using NoVacancyRVA.com.
We are grateful to have been a part of their mission.