In an effort to support the fight against homelessness in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland have teamed up. Officials from Harris County declared that the county would work with Houston natives to build 31 permanent housing units. To create the complex, the project plans to use $7.2 million from the American Rescue Plan. Judge Lina Hildago said during a press conference “Initiatives like this one I certainly will be supportive of it no matter who’s behind it, but it’s especially interesting… because there are these names of Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, who, of course, have been supportive of the community for a very long time.”
The Knowles-Rowland House, a new permanent housing project, will include case managers, peer specialists, service specialists and support services like transportation, mental health, physical and behavioural health care, in addition to the living units. After Beyoncé performs two ‘Renaissance’ World Tour concerts at Houston’s NRG Stadium in September, a “even bigger launch” of the housing development is planned.
Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé have frequently donated to their hometown. Beyoncé, Michelle Williams and Tina Knowles-Lawson went back to Houston after Hurricane Harvey upended the city in 2017 to assist in providing meals to those in need. Rowland and the Knowles family founded the Survivor Foundation over ten years ago with the goal of giving Hurricane Katrina victims in Houston, temporary homes.
Talking about the Knowles-Rowland House, local pastor and Bread of Life executive director Rudy Rasmus said, “This will be our fifth housing development in downtown in Precinct 1 over these last 17 years, and we’re just really grateful to continue to help end homelessness in our county.”
– Riya Sohini