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Fannie C. Harris Youth Center

Dallas, TX

With an estimated 4,000 students in the Dallas Independent School District considered homeless, the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center was designed to support homeless teens and young adults in the Fair Park neighborhood. Located in a former elementary school, the first phase offers a “drop-in” center with access to meals, showers, computer lab, laundry, and counselors who provide mentorship and medical and mental health referrals, as needed. The space, graced by a mural designed by Cuban-born Dallas artist, Rolando Diaz, has a modern, comfortable feel with plenty of communal space for dining, working on homework, collaborating, or relaxing. A second phase to be completed in spring 2019 will feature a 35-bed residential wing for emergency and transitional living. LRK provided architectural design services for the center.