Why is Halo House needed?
Families who receive a diagnosis of cancer face serious medical, emotional, and financial challenges. When care is unavailable locally, or local treatment has failed, many choose MD Anderson Cancer Center and other hospitals in the Texas Medical Center (TMC).
While these out-of-town families are in Houston, they usually need to stay in hotels or short term, fully furnished apartments. The cost for this housing can be crippling, and most health insurance does not cover housing.
With the average cost of a hotel near the TMC being well over $100 per day, and the number of people diagnosed with cancer increasing yearly, the need for low cost temporary housing near the TMC is great.
Several local churches and charities currently provide housing assistance, but the need is far greater than what is available, and the wait list time for an apartment is approximately three months – too long for people who need to start treatment immediately.
How will Halo House help?
Halo House Foundation is a non-profit organization serving people with blood cancers by mitigating a large portion of the financial burden associated with the cost of housing during the patient’s stay in Houston.
We will do this by providing a welcoming, fully furnished apartments for $20 per day where the person and their family or caregiver can stay from two weeks to three months while receiving active treatment for their cancer.
Referrals to Halo House come from doctors, social workers, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Houston, and Houston’s other charitable facilities.
We believe that by providing a “home away from home” and easing the family’s financial burden, their focus can be directed toward healing. The family will be able to live together in an environment that offers both personal privacy and a sense of community.
Who is eligible to stay at Halo House?
Halo House is available for children and adults who are undergoing active treatment for leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. “Active treatment” means that the patient must have at least a weekly appointment at the treatment center in Houston.
If a patient is hospitalized, their caregiver may stay until the treatment is completed. Halo House reserves the right to refuse housing to any person who was convicted of a criminal offense, or to any person who has been known to break the rules of other charitable Houston organizations who provide housing for patients.
Which Houston hospitals are served by Halo House?
Halo House is open to people being treated at any hospital or cancer treatment center in TMC.
What will my residence be like?
Each Halo House apartment is 659 sq. ft. and fully furnished with one-bedroom, a living room, and a kitchen/dining area. In addition, each apartment is supplied with towels, linens, kitchen utensils and appliances. Other features include an alarm clock, a coffee maker, a microwave, TV with basic cable, WiFi/internet service, plus a washer and dryer.
Where is Halo House located?
The Halo House apartments are located at 8181 Fannin Street near the TMC in Houston, Texas.
How much will it cost to stay at Halo House?
Families are requested to pay $20 per night plus a one-time cleaning fee.
How long can I stay at Halo House?
You and your caregiver may reside at Halo House for any amount of time between 2 weeks (minimum) and 3 months (maximum) as long as the patient is in active treatment in Houston.