La Casa Permanent Supportive Housing

Washington, DC

The District of Columbia has focused efforts on redefining the concept of housing for its homeless community. LEO A DALY’s design for La Casa is an important milestone in these efforts. Set on an urban site adjacent to high-density residential developments, La Casa provides permanent housing with supportive services for up to 40 men. Each living unit functions with 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 training opportunities, including life-skills, financial management and job readiness.

The ground floor includes a welcoming lobby, security area, DHS offices, a mail area and two dwelling units. The basement provides 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.

Client 

DC Department of General Services

At a glance

26,200 SF (2,434 SM)

Joint venture with Studio 27

Features

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

Services

Concept design

Schematic design

Design development

Construction documents

Construction administration

Awards

Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture, AIA Virginia 2015

Award for Excellence in Design, AIA Maryland 2015

Award of Excellence in Architecture, AIA DC 2015

Housing Award for Architecture, AIA National 2015

Residential Architect Design Award, Architect Magazine 2015