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Fannie C. Harris Youth Center

Dallas, TX

With an estimated 4,000 students in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) considered homeless, the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center is the first all-encompassing three-pillar program to support unsheltered youth currently enrolled in DISD high schools and support immediate needs of other homeless young adults ages 14 to 21. Located in a former elementary school, the project 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. The 20,000-square-foot residential side features a 26-bed wing for emergency situations, which nearly doubles the capacity of the existing Emergency Youth Center, and nine beds to support the Transitional Living Program. Residential areas also include collaboration space, a library, podcast and recording studio, full-service kitchen and dining, individual and family counseling rooms, and offices for the directors and counselors. In addition to DISD and our client, After8toEducate, LRK collaborated with CitySquare, who manages the drop-in center, Promise House, who manages residential services, and Social Venture Partners Dala, who assists with management.

Awards

ULI Dallas-Fort Worth Impact Awards

  • Finalist, Innovation Category

Retrofit Magazine's Metamorphosis Awards

  • 2nd Place, Adaptive Reuse Category

Publications

D Magazine

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50 South B.B. King Blvd.
Suite 600
Memphis, TN 38103
901.521.1440
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1680 Lobdell Avenue
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Baton Rouge, LA 70806
225.928.4905
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AR91636
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Celebration, FL 34747
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150 Turtle Creek Boulevard
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Dallas, TX 75207
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Little Rock, AR 72201
501.246.3950
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643 Magazine Street
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New Orleans, LA 70130
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217 Nassau Street
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609.683.3600
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Public Ledger Building
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150 S. Independence Mall W.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
267.804.7040