Affordable housing project breaks ground in East End

New Hope Housing broke ground on Avenue J, a 100-unit affordable housing project at 5220 Avenue J in the East End.

Kirksey Architecture designed the development, which will have a mix of one- and two-bedroom units with full kitchens, washers and dryers. Camden Builders is the contractor, its ninth with New Hope Housing.

The development, which comes as the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for many people to meet living expenses, will be close to public transportation, job opportunities, a grocery store, pharmacy, library, public parks, a hike and bike trail and schools, according to New Hope Housing. Amenities include a social engagement room, community dining room with a warming kitchen, business center and covered parking. An upper-level terrace with a panoramic view of downtown Houston will have play equipment and seating areas.

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“New Hope Housing Avenue J is an important step toward meeting our commitment to increasing housing opportunities for all Houstonians,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said in an announcement. “This is especially critical now as we endure a health pandemic. We know housing is foundational for health and healing. Having a home is the beginning of having good healthcare. We commend New Hope’s efforts to further the hopes and aspirations of all Houstonians.”

Monthly rents at Avenue J will range from about $450 to $1,000, based on income and availability.

Avenue J will be New Hope Housing’s 10th community, all of which provide on-site support and recovery services to help residents gain stability and remain in housing. Support services include case management, access to mental health care, legal assistance, health and nutritional counseling, financial education and life-skills training, and sometimes rental assistance.

Capital fundraising campaign for the project is 92 percent complete. Additional grants and donations are being accepted.

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