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Striking Westlake residence dedicated to homeless veterans makes its debut

The building offers 52 units for permanent housing
811 South Carondelet Street (credit: © Tara Wujcik, Skid Row Housing Trust)

811 South Carondelet Street (credit: © Tara Wujcik, Skid Row Housing Trust)

It may look upscale, but the beautiful structure at 811 South Carondelet Street, in Westlake, is hardly a luxury residence. The 52-unit building, dubbed the Six, is actually a supportive residence for the formerly homeless.

Named after the military saying, “Got your six,” which means, “I’ve got your back,” the MacArthur Park building is the first development by the Skid Row Housing Trust, which provides permanent housing for veterans. Its grand opening was last Friday.

Designed by space for onsite supportive programs, the complex also offers space for supportive services and a courtyard with gardens. All the units are furnished and have their own bathrooms and kitchens. The building is also LEED Platinum certified and uses solar panels and energy efficient appliances.

The Skid Row Housing Trust operates 26 buildings that offer housing support for the homeless, most of which are in its namesake neighborhood. — Cathaleen Chen