This 160-unit Single Room Occupancy (SRO) community is situated on three acres on Houston’s north side. Designed to serve single adults living on limited incomes, each furnished unit offers a private bath and a small kitchenette. A vibrant, architectural stained glass installation by Texas artist Kim Clark Renteria welcomes residents and their guests to the sun-filled main lobby. Shared community spaces include a reception and office area, a fully-furnished kitchen, dining and theater room, business center, library, laundry rooms, and social service meeting areas.
The established live oaks on the site inspired the arrangement of the surrounding wings and the community center, which is the project’s focal point. The curving glass walls of the community center echo the canopy of the large oaks and provide a strong visual outdoor connection, as well as dappled light for these public areas. 30,000 square feet of gardens include a courtyard and an outdoor eating area. Flood mitigation areas contain native and naturalized plantings. Completed in 2013, this project is New Hope Housing’s third LEED Platinum® building.
NAHRO National Merit Award for Program Innovation
Urban Land Institute 2015 Houston Development of Distinction Award for Not For-Profit Affordable Housing [video]
Texas Society of Architects 2014 Annual Convention Affordable Housing Tour
Houston Chronicle, 24 January 2014, “Rittenhouse feels like the road to something new” by Lisa Gray