Brays Crossing is a 149-unit affordable, housing community developed by New Hope Housing, a non-profit organization whose core purpose is to create dignified and sustainable affordable homes for adults living alone on extremely limited incomes. All but five units are targeted to those earning at or below 50 percent of Area Median Income (AMI), with the remaining available to those earning 30 percent of AMI.
Located on a major Houston freeway, Brays Crossing is a renovation of a former certified public nuisance property. Built as apartments in 1963 to house NASA contractors, it was converted to a hotel in the 1980s, subsequently falling into disrepair over several decades. With the assistance of funding from the city of Houston, New Hope bought and extensively renovated the property in 2008.
Brays Crossing incorporates public art by Texas artists with stained glass windows in the lobby and four plasma-cut steel murals at the porches. Amenities include free utilities, cable TV access, on-site support services and community spaces. The furnished efficiency apartments each have a microwave, refrigerator and a private tiled bath. It’s close to a grocery store, a convenience store and restaurants, and is located on two METRO bus lines.
Brays Crossing has won several distinguished awards from prominent entities such as Urban Land Institute, Architect magazine and Builder magazine among others.