La Casa Permanent Supportive Housing
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.
DC Department of General Services
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
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