Art for Permanent Supportive Housing / by Trish Garrett Fox

Van Nuys, CA
45,000 square feet

BRIEF:  The new Crest Apartments for Skid Row Housing Trust with Michael Maltzan Architecture, transformed an existing open site in suburban Los Angeles into a 64-apartment complex for formerly homeless veterans. Located on a busy thoroughfare near two freeways, the project introduces a new density in the neighborhood with easy connections to public transportation and area resources. 

The client’s permanent supportive housing model includes individual efficiency apartments with on-site social services and community spaces. The client develops, manages and operates permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals in the Los Angeles area. The client also provides a complete range of services necessary to move beyond poverty, illness and addiction. To see more, go to:

PLAN: Using a new process to direct mount an archival print on paper to a simple custom box frame, adding UV protection, creates a contemporary, low-cost art piece. Art should is soothing for the residents while also modern to match the design by renowned local architect Michael Maltzan.  Colors are deep blue, bright yellow and bright green with hints of gold.  The art budget was limited to prints and is the first time that art was added to a Skid Row Housing Project. Kudos!

PROCESS: FAM's design services included a custom menu of art selections presented digitally to support the objective. Professional project management services included that commissions and framing be produced to exact specifications and meet the desired completion date. The receipt of shipments, installation supervision and professional security installation were overseen by a FAM team member.