New Hope Housing Harrisburg
City of Houston Housing & Community Development
New Hope Housing Harrisburg is an award-winning community that helps relocate homeless individuals into permanent supportive housing in the historic East End district in Houston, TX. The community is conveniently located on the METRO light rail, near downtown, and within a mile of a grocery store, pharmacy, and public library. The development is both transit-oriented and equipped to serve residents’ essential needs. The community is near downtown but still comfortably residential, offering easy access to employment and social services. New Hope Housing Harrisburg opened in 2018 and offers 175 fully furnished single-room occupancy (SRO) studio apartments, 4,000 SF of retail space, and 7,000 SF of commercial office space for nonprofit organizations. Programs and services held within the community include primary healthcare, case management, courses on financial management, and life-skill training. The project is a strong example of a housing plus services approach to homelessness intervention services and meets the goals of creating transit-oriented, affordable homes in safe, well-equipped areas.
The New Hope Housing Harrisburg location replaces New Hope Housing Hamilton, which was built in 1995 as Houston’s first SRO property. The old location, while slightly closer to downtown, was growing old and needed to be updated. Houston’s East End district is close to downtown and through the early 20th century was a common destination for new Houstonians seeking industrial jobs. With connections to both the Port of Houston and the rail yards, the East End grew as a popular labor destination. Currently, the East End remains opportunity-rich and is likely to gentrify over the next few years. As it remains an important hub for jobs and a newer destination for community amenities, it is vital to ensure that affordable homes are available.
New Hope Housing Harrisburg fills the gap and expands opportunities for additional low-income and very-low-income households, as well as people experiencing or vulnerable to homelessness. New Hope Housing Harrisburg can help reduce the homeless population and provide people with quality homes while also bringing them close to jobs, skill-building opportunities, and services.
The lead organization operating this development is New Hope Housing, a major housing developer in Houston dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable homes for low-income residents and to people experiencing or vulnerable to homelessness. The City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department worked to provide the majority of funding.
|LIHTC (if applicable)||$10,449,956|
|Other Federal Funds||N/A|
|Other Public Funds||$631,500
|Total Project Costs||$26,314,800|
Participating Jurisdiction: City of Houston Housing & Community Development Department
Project: New Hope Housing Harrisburg
Location: Houston, TX
Program Type: Rental Housing
Beneficiaries: Low- and very-low income individuals, including those who are either vulnerable to homelessness or who have been experiencing homelessness prior to entering
Number of Units: 175
Number of HOME Units: 124
New Hope Harrisburg project adds 175 affordable units in a gentrifying area, is LEED Platinum certified, and is run by the leading provider of SRO homes in Texas.
Words of Advice
The solution to homelessness is housing plus services. The coordination of funding to develop permanent supportive housing has enabled the City of Houston to tackle the crisis of homelessness head on.