2.E.15. Community building

NARR Standard 3.0: 2.E.15. The living space is conducive to building community.

In addition to providing a comfortable space to meet individual needs, recovery residences must also be conducive to SAMHSA’s dimension of community. For example, is ample space allotted for community-wide activities? Does the architecture promote isolation or togetherness? Are the equipment and furnishings suitable for serving a community in a home-like setting? This standard reflects the Social Model (physical environment) and Wittman’s consideration that the design foster sociability. — NARR Standard 3.0 Compendium

The standard is upheld by the following rules:

  • 2.E.15.a.  Verification that a meeting space is large enough to accommodate all residents.
  • 2.E.15.b.  Verification that a comfortable group area provides space for small group activities and socializing
  • 2.E.15.c.  Verification that kitchen and dining area(s) are large enough

    to accommodate all residents sharing meals together.

  • 2.E.15.d.  Verification that entertainment or recreational areas and/or furnishings promoting social engagement are provided.


2.E.15.a. Meeting space
2.E.15.b. Group space
2.E.15.c. Dining area
2.E.15.d. Recreational area

Course Syllabus

  • NARR 3.0 | 2.E.15. Community building