If rolling lawns, a large community garden, and ivy-league style architecture aren’t quite the images that come to mind when you think of affordable housing, think again.

Last week I visited a place right near the university where I teach that is all of these things and much more.  Bethany Hill School, though not technically a “school” is a place where its residents learn quite a bit.  In addition to living in comfortable housing that is variably-sized to accommodate for different family types, residents also get the chance to forge community with one another.  There are opportunities to congregate socially, beef up their computer skills, drop off kids in a fun-filled play space, and of course tend the garden together.

Seeing this place completely shattered my image of housing for the chronically homeless!