In 2009 Horseshoe Farm launched its first enhanced independent living housing program for women, recognizing the importance of housing to their mission of improving the quality of life of vulnerable adults in the community. Since the launch of the first home and subsequent launch of a second home in 2017, Horseshoe Farm has provided stable, supportive, and compassionate housing to more than forty women, many of whom suffer from mental illness. Rural Studio and Project Horseshoe Farm have partnered to develop additional, much needed enhanced independent living housing for adults in the community. The project focuses on developing housing that will address the need for both independent living and communal spaces for local, vulnerable women.
As a two phase project, the team has designed a master plan for five living units and an indoor community space. Phase one, which will be completed in the Fall of 2019, will include 3 independent living units and a covered outdoor communal space shared by both homes on the site. Phase two will be re-addressed by a second student team within the next three to five years.
The design provides a physical environment to address mental wellness, physical wellness, emotional wellness and social wellness. It does this by creating space that is manageable, bright, private, surrounded by nature, and easily personalized. The home provides a flexible lifestyle for the women, allowing them to choose how much daily interaction they want. The living units encourage growth of independence with the full inclusion of a kitchen, dining area, bathroom, sleeping area, ample storage, entrance nook, and a private back porch.