Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, both Houston natives, are collaborating with Harris County officials to assist in the construction of permanent housing units in their hometown. These housing units will directly benefit the homeless population in the city!
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The $7.2M Project Will “Create 31 Permanent Supportive Housing Units”
Judge Lina Hidalgo spoke about the project during a press conference earlier this week.
She mentioned that the initiative is seeking approval for $7.2 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan for the Knowles-Rowland House Project.
Hidalgo explained that the project aims to create 31 new permanent supportive housing units for people experiencing homelessness. She also highlighted some successful efforts in the county to reduce homelessness.
“Harris County and the city of Houston, jointly with the Coalition for the Homeless, have reduced homelessness in the middle of the pandemic by 20 percent, and we’ve been able to hold that reduction. We just did the homeless count again.”
The judge expressed her support for the initiative and finds it especially interesting that it has garnered support from Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland. She also acknowledged the artists’ long-standing support for the community.
“[With] initiatives like this one, I certainly will be supportive of it no matter who is behind it, but it’s especially interesting, I think, because there are these names of Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, who, of course, have been supportive of the community for a very long time.”
.@LinaHidalgoTX on approving $7.2 million for 31 new housing units for the homeless with support of @Beyonce and @KELLYROWLAND. Planning a “bigger initiative” in September when Beyoncé is in town. pic.twitter.com/1ZpjEIBwnl
— Urban Reform (@urbanreformorg) June 27, 2023
There Will Be A “Bigger Initiative & Launch” When Beyoncé’s Back In Town
In addition to the ongoing support from Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, Lina Hidalgo announced that a “bigger initiative” dedicated to this cause will be held in September.
“It’s actually a project that has the support of Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, and so we’re gonna do a bigger initiative and launch later in September, around the time we know Beyoncé is gonna be in town for her concerts.”
According to Beyoncé’s website, she is scheduled to be in Houston on September 23 and 24.
As fans await the details of this “launch,” people continue to express their gratitude for the initiative.
Pastor and activist Rudy Rasmus, co-founder of Houston’s Bread of Life organization, expressed his gratitude to Beyoncé and Kelly for stepping up to help their city, as reported by Chron.
He also mentioned that Beyoncé and Kelly, along with Michelle Williams, laid the foundation for this initiative when they financed a youth center back in 2002.
“This will be our fifth housing development in downtown Precinct 1 over these last 17 years, and we are incredibly grateful to continue helping to end homelessness in our county.”