• 1st generation families that are new to the United States comprise a large percentage of the residents of Sharpstown/Gulfton. Housing plans will be designed to provide for the unique needs of this community.
  • 1,800 students will be served by a newly constructed 155,000 square foot school for pre-K3 though 12th grade.
  • 3 locations have been identified for the creation of new greenspaces (Southwest Multi-Service Center, Mohammed's Plaza, and YES Prep Gulfton Soccer Field), offering recreational, health, and safety benefits to everyone.

Making New Connections

An array of programs are making a difference in the Sharpstown/Gulfton community. Breakthrough at Connect Community is a 6-week summer program designed to prepare high achieving students for competitive high school programs and college admission. Legacy Community Health is delivering comprehensive healthcare solutions regardless of ability to pay, as well as in-school clinics for students and their families. Several partners are working together with residents to develop skills in conversational English, financial management and digital literacy.


The founding partners of Connect Community are KIPP Houston Public Schools, Legacy Community Health, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and the YMCA of Greater Houston. Houston Center for Literacy is a strong collaborating partner.

A Hopeful Direction in Houston

Over the past few decades, cheap rents have attracted many first-generation immigrants to settle in Sharpstown/Gulfton. As a result, this has become the most densely populated and culturally diverse community in Houston. It is also one of the most economically challenged.

Connect Community is focusing its efforts and measuring its impact within a clearly delineated geographic area called the Impact Zone, which encompasses an approximately one-mile radius around the Connect campus at 6700 Bellaire Boulevard. Within this Impact Zone, approximately 65 percent of the residents are from Central America and Mexico, and 30 percent are refugees from around the world (primarily Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma, and the Congo).

Our Vision

Every child and adult will lead a healthy, prosperous life in a safe and vibrant neighborhood in which residents choose to live, learn, work, worship and play.

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