Houston Housing Authority, HUD, Columbia Residential and Community Stakeholders Celebrate Groundbreaking of 2100 Memorial, An Affordable Living Senior Community
Houston Housing Authority, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Community Celebrate the Groundbreaking of 2100 Memorial Senior Living Community
The senior-living community will offer 197 affordable homes and modern amenities to Houston seniors five years after Hurricane Harvey destroyed the original building
Houston Housing Authority (HHA), Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, HUD, Columbia Residential, and community stakeholders celebrated the groundbreaking of 2100 Memorial, an affordable senior living community in the heart of the city, Tuesday, May 17. Hurricane Harvey caused irreparable damage to the original structure in 2017, and HHA vowed to rebuild. The new community will offer 197 modernized affordable apartment homes exclusively for senior residents.
LaRence Snowden, chair of HHA Board of Commissioners, emceed the event where Mayor Turner, developers, and stakeholders expressed appreciation to the community for their perseverance in the face of challenges brought forth by Hurricane Harvey, the work that has been done since, and the work that lies ahead.
“Lack of access to affordable housing is a key driver of health and wealth disparities, especially for seniors. After Hurricane Harvey, we promised our residents we would rebuild 2100 Memorial so they would have an opportunity to return to a new, revitalized community in the same location they once called home,” said Snowden. “Our commitment to our residents is unwavering. As displayed by today’s celebration, there isn’t an obstacle we won’t tackle on their behalf.”
Mayor Turner shared the challenges experienced by Houstonians when Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on the region: “More than 208,000 households were directly impacted by the storm…” and “approximately half of the impacted households were of low and moderate income.” He went on to state the groundbreaking, “is highly significant because it points to the resilience of our community and resilience of our city.”
The new community will offer 197 modernized affordable units exclusively for senior residents. It will feature landscaped courtyards with unimpeded skyline views of downtown Houston. Hardwood floors, balconies and quality appliances are among the features planned for each apartment home. The array of first-class amenities includes a fitness center, theater, community meeting rooms and a business center. Residents who previously resided at 2100 Memorial will be given the first opportunity to return to the new community when it is complete.
About Houston Housing Authority: HHA provides affordable homes and services to more than 60,000 low-income Houstonians, including more than 17,000 families housed through the Housing Choice Voucher Program as well as another 5,700 living in 25 public housing and tax credit developments around the city. HHA also administers one of the nation’s largest voucher programs exclusively serving homeless veterans. More information about the Houston Housing Authority can be found at www.housingforhouston.com.