Homelessness in the city of Los Angeles has been a rampant issue for decades. Several efforts both by the city and private entities have sprung up to combat the crisis in the form of housing projects. The Skid Row Housing Trust (SHRT) is one such entity, building and renovating projects for the homeless for the past two decades.

So as to ease the natural NIMBYism that arises among the better-faring inhabitants of the city, the SHRT applies a novel strategy: it designs beautiful buildings that could easily be mistaken for market-rate condominiums. Theresa Hwang, Enterprise Rose Architecture Fellow with SHRT, began the project in collaboration with Michael Maltzan Architecture in 2004. The result: The Carver Apartments, completed in 2010, and the Star Apartments, completed earlier this year.