The Arroyo serves as an innovative housing solution for traumatized homeless women. This 11,996 square-foot Adaptive Reuse of a former National Guard Armory was once also an underused Winter Shelter. It sits on 5.1 acres with environmentally sensitive landscaping. Operated by the nonprofit LA Family Housing, the Arroyo is just the third women-only bridge housing complex in the city and the first in the San Fernando Valley, serving a total of 85 women.
As a space providing a much-needed path out of homelessness for women, the Arroyo was thoughtfully designed to create a calming environment and community for its residents. Every space within the main building offers stunning views of the sky and surrounding hills. The spacious, naturally lit living areas help to create a neutral space of healing.
The incorporation of an outdoor garden, yoga studio, and recreational areas are all designed to help put residence at ease while also providing a space to facilitate both mental and physical healing. A spa-like restroom environment inspires each person to rediscover their dignity and inner beauty.
The building mechanical and structural systems were upgraded for safety and optimal energy efficiency.