Houston, Texas — The Covenant Foundation, a Houston-area nonprofit that helps homeless youth, will begin demolishing its 40-year-old campus Friday in preparation for a new facility that officials said will help them do their job better.
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Officials with the nonprofit describe the existing buildings, located at the intersection of Lovett and Yocome Streets in Montrose, as old and in need of updating. The campus includes a reception center, where young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have access to meals, laundry, clothing, showers, and recreational facilities; clinic; Emergency shelter and housing for the Covenant’s Rights of Passage program, where young people can stay in traditional housing for up to two years while they learn how to budget and live independently.
During construction, young residents and support staff work from a temporary home at 3412 Beulah Street, Houston, in the Third Ward.
Founded in 1972 in New York City, the religious nonprofit organization has 31 locations throughout North and Central America, according to the nonprofit’s website. The Houston location, which opened in 1983, offers services that include mental and physical health care, career counseling, job training, and educational support.
In the fall of 2021, the Covenant Foundation received $750,000 in support from Texas Capital Bank and the Federal Reserve for a Dallas Home Loan for the redevelopment of the campus. The new campus will include common areas, offices and support areas, and will help house up to 52 homeless youth, increasing its capacity by more than 50%, according to a press release published at the time.
The demolition, scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, was carried out by Pin Oak Interest. Gensler is the architect behind the project, and more details are expected to be announced at a demolition ceremony on Friday.
This article is from our ABC13 partners at Community Impact Newspapers.
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