Housing Advocacy

  • October 2012 HAC members
  • 2012 Search for Shelter Charrette
  • 2012 Search for Shelter Charrette

The Housing Advocacy Committee (HAC) seeks to positively influence affordable housing and homeless issues. We focus on how Architects and other designers might be key players in helping address these important social issues.

As a HAC member, you may assist in planning our annual events, including our annual Design Charrette, that benefit local housing agencies.

We are always looking for passionate volunteers to join the committee, if interested please contact Mary Larkin.

Chair: Jennifer Hilla Schlag, AIA and Ben Ptacek, Assoc. AIA

AIA Staff Liaison: Mary Larkin

Meeting Date: Meet the first Tuesday of the month at noon in the AIA Minnesota office. Summer break for June & July - then back to the regular schedule.

2014 Search for Shelter Charrette
Fhe Search for Shelter Design Charrette celebrated its 28th year helping local and regional affordable housing organizations envision beautiful, innovative design solutions to projects that previously existed only in written form.

Click here to download the press release. Questions? Contact Mary Larkin.

Do Learning Events

2014 "DO" Event
When: Saturday May 3rd, 9am – 1pm

Where: Casa Guadalupana – 507 Hall Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55107

Casa Guadalupana’s mission is to provide a home for Latina women and their families who are experiencing a crisis to help them get back on their feet and thrive in their communities. The home is located in St. Paul, and benefited from our SFS event several years ago. They are looking for volunteers to help organize their attic space. It is a large space, approx 1800 s.f., full of donated clothing, household goods, etc. They would like to go through the items and organize it onto racks or bins, or into piles to donate to other organizations in need. To volunteer, RSVP by Friday, April 25 to Mary Larkin

2013 Search for Shelter Charrette
The 2013 Search for Shelter Design Charrette in February was a weekend for design professionals and students to create real solutions to address the issues of affordable housing and homelessness with local nonprofit organizations. The design charrette, held at the University of Minnesota, began Friday evening where teams were assigned and projects introduced. Saturday was focused on creating design solutions. Sunday morning the designs were completed and shared with clients (nonprofit organizations) and fellow volunteers at a closing presentation.
2013 Project Boards
Click here for Team 1 - Alliance Housing - Housing for Ex-Offenders
Click here for Team 2 - Kingfield Neighborhood Association - 46th St Re-visioning
Click here for Team 3 - Aeon - Shingle Creek Association
Click here for Team 4 - Project for Pride in Living - Little Earth of United Tribes Pathway
Click here for Team 5 - Corcoran Neighborhood Association - Lake & 21st Ave. Visioning
Click here for Team 6 - Aeon - Blake Road Corridor Visioning

2012 Search for Shelter Charrette Project Boards
Team 1 - Asian Medis Access
Team 2 - Greater Frogtown CDC
Team 3 - Homeward Bound
Team 4A - Project for Pride in Living Eco Village
Team 4B - Project for Pride
Team 5 - Urban Ventures
Team 6 - Women Venture
Team 7 - YWCA Saint Paul
Team 8 - Harrison Neighboring Association

2011 Search for Shelter Charrette Project Boards
Salvation Army Harbor Light Center (PDF)
Selby Avenue Action Coalition (SAAC) (PDF)
SAAC (Project 2) (PDF)
Emma Norton Services (PDF)
Emma Norton Services (Project 2) (PDF)
Rebuilding Together Twin Cities (PDF)
Families Moving Forward (PDF)
Woodland Hills Church (PDF)

2010 Search for Shelter Charrette Project Boards
Aeon (PDF) (4MB, 3 pages)
People Serving People (PDF) (12MB, 6 pages)
Urban Homeworks (PDF) (12MB, 7 pages)
Alliance Housing, Inc. (18MB, 5 pages)
Sparc (4MB, 4 pages)

Previous Search for Shelter Charrettes
2010 Search for Shelter Charrette Press Release (PDF)
2009 Search for Shelter Press Release (PDF)
2008 Search for Shelter Press Release (PDF)
2007 Search for Shelter Information