Stay-At-Home Stress: A spatial survey of low-income households under and after COVID-19

COVID-19 Research Fund, Rice University . Research grant period July — December 2020 (current).
Principal Investigator: Amelyn Ng
External Collaborator: Gabriel Vergara

COVID-19 stay-at-home orders have disproportionately disrupted the domestic lives of Houston households, particularly low-income families with children. This pilot study will identify immediate spatial and social impacts on the daily home life of families in the Greater Fifth Ward, Harris County, during and after the stay-at-home order period.

By interviewing twenty households and translating experiences into architectural drawings and maps, we will produce a spatial survey that identifies

(1) which home stresses require urgent mitigation,
(2) which stresses may be overcome through spatial reorganization, and
(3) which stresses are likely to persist or worsen beyond the COVID-19 emergency period itself.

More soon.