City of Houston unveils new veteran housing in Midtown

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HOUSTON – The City of Houston unveiled new veteran housing in Midtown Thursday.

Light Rail Lofts, at 4600 Main Street, sits on 0.39 acres in Midtown, less than a mile from the Museum District and Medical Center.

The three-story facility will serve veterans facing home instability.

The 42,000 sq. ft. supportive homes project includes 56 studio apartments of which 29 units are reserved for veterans and their families earning at or below 30 and 60 percent of the area median income, city officials said in a release. More than half of the units (29) will provide permanent supportive housing to veterans experiencing homelessness.

“In 2016, Houston became the largest city in the nation to effectively end veteran homelessness. However, that doesn’t mean that Veteran homelessness is no longer an issue or resources aren’t needed,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “To maintain momentum, Houston must continue investing in quality, safe, and stable housing for veterans. We are proud to have the second largest veteran population in the nation, and we must continue to serve those who valiantly served our nation and us.”

The City of Houston contributed $3.4 million dollars of federal funds toward the $16.3 million Light Rail Lofts project. Harris County also contributed funds.

The community will also provide 14,000 sq. ft. of office space for service organizations.

“Our veterans deserve to have a place to call home and have direct access to support services that will help them long after their years of service to our country, said Keith Bynam, Director of the City’s Housing and Community Development Department. “This needed facility offers housing, counseling, and career services – all under one roof.”