Council Awards Funding for Salvation Army Homeless Shelter Expansion

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – At today’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting, Mayor Paulette Guajardo and the City Council approved an award of $1.1 million to The Salvation Army of the Coastal Bend for the expansion of an overnight emergency homeless shelter.

The project will increase shelter capacity by 120 beds. Funding for the project comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Emergency Solutions Grant CARES Act which supports COVID prevention, preparation, and recovery.

This funding will make it possible for The Salvation Army to rehabilitate an underutilized 12,500 square foot gymnasium at their existing Center of Hope Shelter located at 1804 Buford Street. The rehabilitated facility will feature partitions to separate personal spaces and include single beds, furnishings, and supplies for homeless individuals or families.

The rehabilitated facility will also include a dedicated quarantine area for COVID positive cases.

Clients at the gymnasium will have access to the following:

  • Support services
  • Case management
  • COVID testing
  • COVID treatment and medication
  • Medical appointment transportation
  • Transitional housing
  • Permanent housing

Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2023, with completion expected in the fall of 2023.

The Salvation Army serves over 10,000 cases of individuals, families, and veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They provide three meals daily, free of charge, to homeless men, women, and children in the shelter.

For more information, media representatives can contact Public Information Officer Gabriela Morrow at 361- 826-3583 or email