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Today, 40% of the homeless are single mothers and children and their numbers are increasing. This book focuses on a new housing type that responds to this growing emergency. The innovative models are called "lifeboats" because they rescue and transform lives. Lifeboat architecture and communities of support help single mothers move out of poverty, dependence, abuse, and homelessness. The introductory chapters explore the circumstance of single-mother households and their physical environments from three perspectives. The first chapter gives background material about those who are housed and those who respond to their need. The second chapter details the basic differences between emergency, transitional, and permanent housing and introduces ideas about location, image, and identity. The third chapter describes uses in lifeboat housing within a framework of zones that can become a planning and programming tool for sponsors and architects. AVAILABLE FROM: Butterworth-Heineman, 225 Wildwood Avenue, Woburn, MA 01801, (617) 928-2500. (COST: $30.95) ISBN# 750691468
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