Houston exploring new downtown option for homeless people

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The City of Houston, along with METRO and the Houston Recovery Center, is studying the feasibility of converting a downtown segment of METRO property into a small, temporary, outdoor, safe-space for homeless individuals.

The city says this potential pilot program would provide a safe and healthy environment while individuals work with area agencies on their permanent housing options. It would include professional management, 24-hour security and supportive services.

The potential program is part of Mayor Sylvester Turner's plan, announced in March, to increase innovative emergency shelter and permanent housing options for the homeless.

In addition to the space available for any homeless person interested in staying at traditional indoor shelters, this new potential program near the McKee Street bridge would be another option for those living on the streets or in an encampment.

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