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Dallas youth center opens to battle teen homelessness

The center is an old school now remodeled into a modern space.

The Fannie C. Harris Youth Center is open to unsheltered place who need a place to go. At 4212 East Grand in Dallas, this is a new, one-of-a-kind facility in Dallas that will serve hundreds of young people hoping to end the cycle of homelessness.

The center is an old school now remodeled into a modern space.

Phase one had a grand opening on Tuesday. It is a drop-in center for people between the ages of 14 to 21. It serves all people in the region of that age, not just Dallas. There is a kitchen, showers, and laundry area that can be used. There are also tables and chairs where students can come in and talk to mentors or tutors and develop life skills.

Phase two, however, is catered only toward Dallas Independent School District students. Rooms and warm beds will be provided. It will open in Spring 2019.

DISD reports more than 4000 students are without a home. 200 to 300 are between the ages of 14 to 21. Keep in mind, these are only the self-reported numbers. The goal of the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center is to put a dent in that statistic.

After8toEducate, Dallas ISD, Promise House, CitySquare and Social Venture Partners Dallas are all organizations involved in the center. To donate, head to after8toeducate.com and click "Donate Now."