Case Study: Star Apartments, Skid Row, Los Angeles
Star Apartments represents a new approach to supportive housing in both design and management. The building includes clinical and social services to help individuals overcome the numerous mental and physical challenges of homelessness, including therapeutic activities like yoga, art and gardening. The building also serves as a central community hub for residents of all of Skid Row Housing Trust’s supportive housing units in the neighborhood, which is a key mechanism for pioneering a new integrated model of supporting housing aimed at supporting an entire community.
Rather than simply providing homes for as many people as possible, Skid Row Housing Trust has come to recognize the immense potential supportive housing has to act as a catalyst for strengthening community health and wellness. The ground floor of Star includes a health clinic open to the public and a social enterprise workspace to help support socioeconomic development in the neighborhood, while the architecture of the building itself helps to challenge stigmas of what affordable housing looks like.