Redesigning buses for homeless shelters.

Redesigning buses for homeless shelters.

Taking the old and making it new for those in need. LIFT is redesigning decomissioned buses to serve as shelter for the homeless. To tell us about the project, Ma Ry Kim of Group 70 International and Reid Mizue of Omizu Architecture are here. Good morning. LIFT is the redesign of decommissioned buses to serve as shelters for the very visible and vulnerable population of homeless on Oahu. The LIFT buses will serve as safe living, showering, and learning facilities for a community of people who normally don’t have free or easy access to such necessities. Preliminary designs have been discussed with the City and have much potential. Approximately five decommissioned buses are possibly available for retrofit into LIFT shelters. Our next step is finding a non-profit to take on project implementation. We encourage all local non-profits interested in remedying homelessness on Oahu to consider championing LIFT. This grassroots effort is a collaboration with the City and County of Honolulu, Reid Mizue of Omizu Architecture Inc., and Group 70 International, Inc. Omizu Architecture and Group 70 have taken this project on pro-bono because homelessness is an issue important to our firms. As architects, our roles are to build better communities for all residents from all socio-economic backgrounds. LIFT is the brainchild of the Executive Director for the Mayor’s Office of Housing Jun Yang who approached Ma Ry last year with the idea. It took no convincing to get on board and I quickly recruited a handful of talented associates from Group 70 to participate in the program. Group 70 Associate Ryan Sullivan, Designer Charles Siu, and Reid Mizue have been instrumental in bringing this idea to life. Homelessness is a social issue that requires multiple solutions and LIFT offers a viable option that uses what we already have. If you know of a non-profit interested in supporting solutions to remedy Oahu’s homeless issues, please contact Executive Director for the Mayor’s Office of Housing Jun Yang at [email protected] v or 768-4303.

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