The Six offers 52 welcoming and supportive homes to individuals who have experienced homelessness, with 18 of them set aside specifically for veterans. In the military, “got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” Brooks + Scarpa’s innovative design thoughtfully balances privacy with opportunities to connect with the community. The Six has onsite supportive services and 24-hour property management on the ground floor, and community rooms and a spacious courtyard on the second floor that offer peaceful respite and space for social gatherings. Incorporating energy-efficiency measures that exceed standard practice, including passive design strategies that maximize natural light and airflow, the project received LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Located in MacArthur Park, The Six is a striking addition to a neighborhood that has one of highest population densities the United States. AIA National recognized The Six with a 2017 Institute Honor Award and 2017 Housing Design Award, and the project also received 2017 Design Honor Awards from AIA Los Angeles and AIA California Council. The Six demonstrates that housing based on the principals of Housing First and Design Equity can be applied in neighborhoods throughout the region to prevent and end homelessness.
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