A downtown campus consolidating care and services for the homeless

The Bridge Homeless Assistance Center in downtown Dallas is a shelter and transitional housing complex offering comprehensive services to homeless people. The $8 million, 750,000-square-foot center goes beyond simply providing shelter and services to offer comfort and a sense of place in an LEED-certified repurposed warehouse designed as a safe and dignified refuge. The six-building campus-style complex provides day shelter, emergency night shelter, and transitional housing and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Bridge Homeless Assistance Center overcame resistance to its development, partnered with downtown interests and now raises over one third of its annual operating funds from private sources.

2011 Selection Committee

Dedicated to eradicate chronic homelessness by providing “housing first,” the Bridge offers a range of services including healthcare, mental health and substance abuse services, employment assistance, laundry facilities, library and computer access, and three meals each day. The center encircles outdoor courtyards, reinforcing connection to nature and building community while creating security for the surrounding neighborhood.