In the Fall of 2016, a series of media stories surfaced regarding children, who in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) in Houston, TX, were spending their nights and weekends in a DFPS offices. While there are some shelter beds available in Houston, these children have been rejected or ejected for behavioral or emotional challenges to become “children without placement.” Currently, these children ranging from infants in cribs to 17-year-olds, both male and female, are spending their evenings and sleeping in a one-room, 15 x 20 offices under yellowed fluorescent lights with an adjacent bathroom containing one toilet, one sink, one bathtub and no shower. Folding cots are brought in to accommodate sleeping in this facility that requires them to vacate by 8 a.m and not be able to return until after 5 p.m. It has been reported that there have been as many as 25-30 of these children in the facility.
Urban Strategies aims to provide a safe environment that treats each young man with the same dignity and respect that is expected of them. Our residential shelter will provide opportunities for a range of activities including the utilization of a state of the art fitness facility, skills and relationship training, and most importantly, positive and healthy engagement with our caring staff and volunteers.