The redo of this Chenevert St. warehouse is complete, Mayor Parker announced yesterday, and the Houston Center for Sobriety is ready to give drunk people a place to dry out. Next to the Eastex Fwy., the 84-bed center at 150 N. Chenevert will operate out of a 19,000-sq.-ft. building behind the Star of Hope homeless shelter, across from Irma’s Mexican restaurant on Ruiz and just a few blocks north of Minute Maid Park.
At a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday, Mayor Parker said the center, which will allow those who are picked up for public intoxication to bypass jail and a hiccup on their criminal record, should open in the next few weeks.
KUHF’s Jack Williams reports that the 2-story center will cost about $1.5 million a year to operate, saving the city $4.5 million on the 17,000 public intoxication arrests that have been up to now processed through the city jail. HPD will headquarter its mental health resources here, as well.
Below: The warehouse before the renovations began last fall.
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Photos: Candace Garcia (old warehouse); Allyn West (others)