By Katherine Feser, in the Houston Chronicle | Updated 11:57 am, Monday, October 16, 2017
Halo House, a provider low-cost housing for out-of-town blood-cancer patients in the Texas Medical Center, plans to break ground on its own designated facility as soon as December.
Founded by MD Anderson’s Dr. Nathan Fowler in 2009, Halo House has operated out of 10 leased apartments to provide apartments to patients with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma for more than six years. The non-profit foundation has a waiting list of 85 to 100 people every day.
Architecture firm Meeks + Partners designed the new 42,520-square-foot facility, to be built at 2922 Corder, with 33 apartment units. The facility will have a small fitness center for patients and their caregivers, a multipurpose activity center and a chapel.
“Meeks + Partners is fortunate in that each year, we are able to take on a project where no budget is no obstacle,” said Keith Malone, a partner with Meeks + Partners.
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Other companies donating services include Midway and The Morgan Group, among others, according to executive director and co-founder Kathleen Fowler.
The $12.1 million project, off Almeda Road south of Old Spanish Trail, is to break ground in the first quarter of 2018. Halo House Foundation aims to raise the remaining $1.1 million to complete the campaign by year’s end.
Since its founding, Halo House has helped provide 17,000 days of housing to families who pay $20 per day. Groundbreaking on the new facility is targeted for December.