Currently, over half a million people are experiencing homelessness in the United States. Two-thirds are individuals, one-third are families and 18 percent are children. California leads the nation with over 150,000 — approximately one-fifth of the total U.S. homeless population.
Zoning rules and local protests have added to a growing housing deficit and California is among the worst states in providing affordable homes — only 23 per 100 extremely low-income renters. Since 2008, JAG Interiors has partnered with builder clients who specialize in developing Affordable and Supportive communities, and shares their vision of ending the homeless crisis in our state.
JAG founder and president, Jamie General, has become an expert in this rewarding segment and the JAG team has followed her lead in designing interiors that are functional, sustainable and welcoming, for low-income residents who have special needs, including seniors, veterans and previously unhoused individuals and families.
Due to the high incidence of traumatic exposure among those who have suffered from homelessness, understanding the impact of trauma is essential in designing and building housing for these residents. Our journey has included becoming trauma-informed — so that we can respond empathically to the needs of trauma survivors — and we have identified several key ingredients in providing shelter from the storm.