This very striking building in Westlake near Eighth and Hoover streets isn't just a pretty face. Developed by the Skid Row Housing Trust, the structure holds 52 apartments that provide permanent supportive housing for once-homeless veterans and disabled people, says a release from the housing trust. The name for the development, called The Six, comes from the military expression "I've got your six" (meaning "I've got your back.").
The Six was designed by architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa, which is currently in the running to design a Grand Park-adjacent green space at First and Broadway. The building features dedicated space for supportive services to operate, as well as a bright interior main courtyard and gardens. All of the apartments have their own bathroom and kitchen, and come already furnished.
The super-green development uses solar panels, and employs energy efficient appliances and water-saving fixtures, and is expected to meet the standards for LEED Gold certification.
This is the Skid Row Housing Trust's first project outside of the neighborhood in which it mainly works, and from which it derives its name. A rep for the housing trust told KNX1070 that they have another project geared toward veterans underway in Van Nuys right now.
- The Six [Official Site]