Photo courtesy Poster Frost Mirto
Championed and designed by grandparents, Las Abuelitas Family Housing is a small, ADA-accessible and affordable housing community that addresses the multigenerational needs of its residents.
Kinship care is the full-time care and nurturing of a child by a nonparent relative or someone who has a significant emotional relationship with the child.
This pioneering kinship-care housing project began in 2012 when the Tucson-based Primavera Foundation met with a group of grandparents raising their grandchildren through foster care or adoption. The caregivers shared their vision for a safe place where they could collectively provide childcare and assist one another.
In later meetings, the group detailed specific requests, including homes with an open kitchen and dining area, some private, enclosed outdoor space, a large community room and a “hang out” space for older kids. Having a strong resident council and programming for all ages were also deemed critical to the plan.
Poster Frost Mirto, the architecture firm responsible for the design of Las Abuelitas (a Spanish endearment meaning “grandmothers”), delivered on those requests and created a model of sustainable design and efficiency. Several of the units qualify as “net zero,” meaning they produce as much energy through renewable resources as they consume.