The property at 419 Emancipation Avenue in Houston, Texas has a history of serving the local community in times of need. In the past the building has had several tenants, including an organization named Star of Hope that aims to rehabilitate the homeless and those addicted to drugs. Star of Hope was established in Houston in 1907 as a Christian-based rehabilitation center for men, but has since opened its doors to people of all walks of life.
Star of Hope vacated the property in 2016, moving to a larger shelter in Houston. The building was since used in 2017 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a shelter for victims of Hurricane Harvey, where 300 people were sheltered during the aftermath of the devastating storm. Currently, the property is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services and utilized as a domiciliary, providing food, shelter, health services, and education for unaccompanied minors between the ages of 16 and 17. The property will be able to house 240 short-term residents.
- Located in Opportunity Zone
- Located directly east of downtown Houston and right off of the Metro light-rail, across from the new Houston Dynamo Stadium
- 80 private apartments with 4 beds in each room, lockers, full bathroom, controlled HVAC, observation/break-free windows
- Large, fully operational commercial kitchen with large mess hall/common space/rec room
- 15,000 sq. ft. administration area with board rooms, cubicles, kitchen/break room, printer rooms
- Medical clinic and patient intake (Harris County Medical Clinic previously occupied property)
- 4 Commercial Laundry facilities
- Dock-high sorting rooms
- Ample security: high barbed wire fences, video surveillance, security guard shack, concrete building
- 17,000 sq. ft. learning facility, built in 2004, complete with computer lab, elevator, bathrooms, learning rooms, administrative offices
- Large, gated courtyard with children’s playground