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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 acommunityroom 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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+ Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

Photos by Anice Hoachlander