September 22, marks a significant day in Houston’s Crawford Street, as the Knowles-Rowland House rejoices in its rebuilding celebration, which was graced by the presence of international superstar Beyoncé Knowles Carter and her mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson.
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This event is not just a celebration, but a symbol of revival and hope, commemorating a pivotal moment in the history of the previously named Knowles-Rowland Center for Youth, which faced a severe setback in March 2021 due to a calamitous fire, reducing the center to ashes.
Today’s festivities herald the official kick-off of an ambitious redevelopment project. With a budget projected at $8 million, the initiative envisions transforming the ashes of the past into a modern, state-of-the-art facility. This renovated haven is set to offer safe and secure permanent supportive housing to 31 of Houston’s most vulnerable residents.
Directing this monumental redevelopment is Bread of Life, Inc., a dedicated local nonprofit organization. They have recently received a substantial boost, with the Harris County Commissioners Court approving a generous American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant amounting to $7,202,562. But the journey doesn’t end here, as the non-profit continues to explore additional avenues of funding to fuel this noble cause.
Representatives from Harris County precinct 1 have shared the anticipated timeline for this project, revealing that construction is slated to commence in October 2023, with the aim of reaching completion by July 2024.
This celebration thus stands as a beacon of resilience and renewal, as the community comes together to rebuild and re-envision a brighter, more supportive future for Houston’s vulnerable citizens. The Knowles-Rowland House is not just a building; it’s a testament to the strength of community spirit and the power of perseverance.