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Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland are working with Harris County officials to help build 31 permanent housing units for local unhoused people, the Houston Chronicle reports. County leaders will use $7.2 million in American Rescue Plan funds to develop the housing.
In addition to the housing, the Knowles-Rowland House project will have create employment opportunities for case managers, peer specialists, service specialists, and support services including transportation, mental health, physical and behavioral health support.
Judge Lina Hidalgo has teased an “even bigger launch” on the housing units to be announced in September when Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour reaches Houston.
“Harris County and the city of Houston, jointly with the coalition for the homeless, have reduced homeless in the middle of the pandemic by 20 percent, and we’ve been able to hold that reduction,” Hidalgo said in a press conference on Tuesday. “We just did the homeless count again, so it’s initiatives like this one I certainly will be supportive of it no matter whose behind it, but it’s especially interesting, I think, because there are these names of Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, who, of course, have been supportive of the community for a very long time.”