The Solid Ground Supportive Housing Program

The Solid Ground Supportive Housing Program provides a safe home for up to 16 homeless male youth ages 16-21 for a period of up to two years. The project is a gut rehab and addition to an existing 3-story masonry building. The program consists of two residential floors, offices, a common kitchen on the first floor, and a multi-purpose space and a computer room in the basement. Bathrooms and common spaces are fully accessible and a new elevator was added to the building to access all the floors. Limited by the existing building shell and the zoning ordinance, great attention was paid to maximizing the available space. The existing rear porch was rebuilt and reclaimed for public use and additional bedroom space. The existing basement floor was excavated to provide proper head room height to allow for a number of public functions as well as building storage. Knothead custom furniture, including built-in shelving and bunk beds with desk space underneath, was also designed to maximize space in the small bedrooms.

The project received an energy-efficiency grant from the state of Illinois.

Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL


Completed 2007

Unit Count

16 beds


La Casa Norte


GFGR, Inc. (Structural)

Calor Design Group, Ltd. (MEP)


Wayne Cable

From the Blog

LBBA’s Knothead Delivers New Furniture to La Casa Norte

August 20, 2013

The Solid Ground Supportive Housing Program recently received nine new dressers from Knothead Furniture Company—Landon Bone Baker’s stylish yet simple custom furniture line. Each Knothead piece is built upon order and constructed from fine 12-ply birch and cabinet grade birch plywood. Colors and finishes can be personalized to suit the client’s needs. At Solid Ground,…

Far From Family, Alone, Homeless and Still Just 18

February 27, 2012

Check out this great article about La Casa Norte posted in this past weekend’s New York Times.


Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design 2007