Step Up on Colorado

Santa Monica, CA

  • Client : Step Up on Second and Hollywood Community Housing Corp.
  • Cost : $15M
  • Size : 24,000 SF / 34 units
  • Completion Date : 2015
  • Project Type(s) : Affordable Housing, Senior and Special Needs Housing


  • Step Up On Colorado provides 32 chronically mentally ill formerly homeless individuals who have been living on the streets with safe, affordable, studio apartments. The client organization also provides supportive and clinical services, as well as social and workplace skills needed to stabilize the tenants’ conditions and integrate them back into society.
  • By opening up the front of the building, the project gives tenants community and gathering spaces that embrace and welcome, and helps to reduce resident isolation. It was designed to promote integration into the Santa Monica community, and to make residents feel like they have roots in their neighborhood.
  • The studio units are ADA compliant and are fully furnished to include a private bathroom, closet, cook-top, microwave and refrigerator. Each of the front balconies are tied to the community spaces and provide social gathering areas for the residents. The residents have varied and changing social needs, and these communal social spaces provide a welcome balance.

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