Client DC Deparment of General Services

First Of Its Kind Homeless Housing Project In DC

Washington, D.C.

The DC Department of Human Services' "La Casa" is a permanent supportive housing project—a seven-story, 26,200-SF (2,434-SM) building—on an urban site adjacent amongst high-density residential developments. The project is an important milestone for the District of Columbia in their continued efforts to redefine the concept of housing for the homeless community. La Casa provides permanent housing with supportive services for up to 40 men, with each living unit functioning a single-person efficiency to support stability and predictability for the tenants as they transition out of homelessness. The men in residence participate in a variety of trainings, including life-skills, financial management, and job readiness training.  

The ground floor includes a welcoming lobby, security area, DHS offices, a mail area, and two dwelling units. The basement has laundry, storage, and mechanical spaces. A community room on the second floor opens onto an outdoor terrace. The typical floor has seven dwelling units, including one ADA-accessible unit. While not regularly occupied, a green roof contributes to the design's LEED-Gold certification. Security is provided by a combination of security officers, remotely monitored cameras, and secured door access.

At a glance

26,200 SF (2,434 SM)

Joint venture with Studio 27


40 Efficiency Apartments

LEED Gold Certified

Housing Award, Specialized Housing - American Institute of Architects, National

Washingtonian Residential Design Award of Excellence - American Institute of Architects, Washington DC Chapter


Concept Design

Schematic Design

Design Development

Construction Documents

Construction Administration

"Inspiring livability. Different depths of transparency make it work. It's slightly enigmatic and that's great in this type of project. It feels like a building of the city. Amazing combination of privacy, safety and support without being apart."