With ever-increasing rates of chronic and veteran homelessness amongst low-income households, Los Angeles’ pressing demand for affordable social housing is being addressed by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, with their design of MLK1101 Supportive Housing, which has just begun construction. Working in collaboration with non-profit Clifford Beers Housing, LOHA’s intention is to focus on health and community within a comfortable environment. This is achieved through a number of strategies, including exposing the building towards the street to integrate the building into the neighborhood creating strong community ties. An elevated community garden offers gathering space for neighbors and residents, connected to the street by a generous staircase. Along with a street-level storefront, this gesture allows for unrestricted interaction between all members of the community and eliminates societal barriers, which is often lacking in social housing projects.
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