CitizensNet Newsletter: HOUSING & HOMELESSNESS | October 18, 2021
Sunrise Lofts Brings Permanent Supportive Housing Model to EaDo
Apartments will offer living spaces and services for homeless and vulnerable young adults
The City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) joined Council Member Robert Gallegos, Council Member Karla Cisneros, other leaders and community members in Houston’s EaDo community today for the groundbreaking of Sunrise Lofts, a new community of 89 permanent supportive housing units for young adults aged 18-25. The new building will offer apartments and services to young adults who are homeless, at increased risk of facing homelessness, or aging out of the foster care system.
“Addressing homelessness, especially among youth, is an ongoing concern,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “This new development in EaDo will provide not only shelter, but important wrap-around services that these individuals and families will need to not face the streets again.”
Tejano Center for Community Concerns and experienced developer Covenant Neighborhoods Inc will lead this development. Alongside a mix of efficiency, one- and two-bedroom apartments, the new Sunrise Lofts will have support staff on-site to provide assistance toward independence and self-sufficiency, namely linkages with life skill training, educational opportunities, vocational and job skills training, childcare, and health care. Sunrise Lofts will be adjacent to the Columbia Tap Rail to Trail and close to convenient amenities such as public transportation and grocery stores.
The construction of Sunrise Lofts will cost $26.9 million, funded through a combination of City of Houston HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds, Harris County HOME and Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery funds, and private loans. The City’s approximately $1.6 million contribution comes from HOME funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for advancement of affordable housing.
To see homes created through the Housing and Community Development Department, and track construction progress, please visithoustontx.gov/housing/multifamily.