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