Horizons for Homeless Children
First-of-its kind in Massachusetts, the 140,000 SF Horizons for Homeless Children Center will improve the education, health and well-being of the city’s homeless families by providing early education programs and social services to help parents navigate the many complexities of homelessness. It will house a 35,000 Early Education Center, Horizons’ headquarters, the Department of Children and Families regional office, the national offices of YouthBuild USA, the Boston office of Room to Grow and a restaurant owned by a local family.
The Early Education Center combines three of the existing Horizons Day Care Centers into one, serving 225 children, ages two months to five years. It includes a STEAM activity space, a Family Library and Literacy Center, flexible community and training space, and outdoor play and learning spaces. Indoors and outdoor spaces incorporate trauma informed design strategies to better serve children and families in difficult situations.
The project is expected to be complete in 2020. Stay tuned for more updates!