Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland made headlines in Houston not for their “Destiny’s Child” reunion tour but for helping build housing in their hometown of Houston.
The Houston Chronicle reports that Harris County plans to use $7.2 million in American Rescue funds to fund the Knowles-Rowland House project at the Bread of Life Stadium on Crawford Street in 2019, where the superstars will be at the City Hall. The Center constructs 31 permanent supportive housing units. report.
The Knowles-Rowland House will also provide transportation services and resources to support mental, physical and behavioral health. County Commissioner Rodney Ellis told media that construction is expected to begin in October at a cost of about $8.4 million, with additional funding coming from outside groups, including Rice University.
The project amplifies the city’s fight against homelessness, which it has successfully done since the outbreak of the pandemic.
A May survey by the Coalition for the Homeless showed an estimated 17 percent reduction in the number of homeless people in Houston since 2022.
A “larger launch” of the development is expected to be announced in September, when Beyonce will be in Houston for her Renaissance world tour. She will perform at NRG Stadium on September 23rd and September 24th.
Beyoncé and Rowland have supported housing in Houston for decades. They used funds from their 1998 hit “No, No, No” to build a youth center in the city.
— Quinn Donoghue