Places generally along the South Freeway (I-45), and south of the Ship Channel, including Clear Lake, Deer Park, Freindswood, the Hobby Area, League City, Pasadena, Santa Fe, South Houston, and Texas City.
Article about Holcombe Square in an old 2004 Rice University publication. Sounded like a great vision. Includes the Burger King, Pizza Hut, and the Bank of American drive thru. I know TAMU's Innovation Plaza sits on apart of the planned Holcombe Square.
Two recent articles on initiatives in the area.
Second phase of CCHA to begin
Houston City Council approves plans for homelessness service center in Fifth Ward over pushback from some community members
It sounds like Houston’s been doing more aggressive disbandment of camps. Good on the city, is how I feel. It is absolutely inhumane to let unwell, down-on-their-luck, or addicted people languish on the streets in hazardous conditions. And in the summertime it is downright dangerous. I get peeved when I see well-meaning people on places like the Houston subreddit get bent out of shape when they clear out encampments. I get that the optics are bad. But I’d rather a bad photo op then people getting murdered, contracting and spreading completely preventable diseases, raped, robbed, and left to die instead of being given a chance to get their life back on track.
Some people are always gonna refuse help- that’s certain and an unfortunate inevitability. (And I’m willing to bet a lot of those people are very addicted to drugs, or profoundly mentally unwell) But you don’t deal with that by just throwing up your hands and going “WELP. 🤷♀️ Guess we’ll just let them camp on the streets and die, no biggie. That’s the kind thing to do.”
I am really curious to see the long term outcome for these people who are given housing- it sounds promising since the program was implemented a decade ago.
I think the annual count of the homeless folks is fixing to happen, if it hasn’t already. COVID definitely caused some setbacks for the effort to help homeless people off the streets, but at least the city is trying to remedy it and push forward.