Cross Roads House, Portsmouth.


Cross Roads House provides emergency shelter and social services for thousands of individuals and families each year. Before this project, the shelter was a collection of inefficient buildings dating back to the 1920′s.

The project is a new building, providing more privacy, opportunities for segregated populations (ie men, women, families), is handicapped-accessible, and can seat up to 60 people at a time at meals. It is safer, healthier, and significantly less expensive to operate.

The project brought together diverse people and organizations throughout the Seacoast community in partnership from local fundraising events to corporate donations and individual giving. Individuals and organizations helped on move-in day.

The jury saw this project as a “dignified and supportive environment for people in need of temporary housing [and an] excellent example of community collaboration.”