LEO A DALY, Studio Twenty Seven Architecture, homeless, housing for homeless, Washington DC, social design, permanent shelter, The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Instead of functioning as a temporary shelter, La Casa offers permanent accommodations to the homeless. This model helps the tenants successfully adopt a lifestyle different from their previous situation and helps them reintegrate into society through “a variety of trainings, including life-skills, financial management and job-readiness.”

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The green-roofed, LEED-Gold certified building is described as a home, instead of an institution. The lobby, support offices and a mail area are located on the ground floor, while the second floor houses a community room and opens up onto an outdoor terrace. Each of the upper floors comprises seven dwelling units and one ADA-accessible unit.


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Photos by Anice Hoachlander