La Buena Vida Living
The City of Irving has its first homeless shelter for teen males.
LA BUENA VIDA BOYS MOVE FROM HOUSE TO APARTMENTS
The housing program for homeless Irving High School students was required to move out of the house that opened in 2015 because the HUD qualifications limited a number of the program’s options. In December 2016, the program moved into apartments in Irving and continues to pursue its mission to provide safe housing for homeless students as they work towards graduation. The transition to apartments has allowed the program the flexibility of scale as well as the possibility of adding female students.
History of La Buena Vida House
In 2011, La Buena Vida Foundation visited City House in Plano. After that visit, LBVF started the process for La Buena Vida House, involving city government, federal government, HUD housing, and community development groups. That collaboration eventually led to the location for the home, which on a street with a long history of problems, is now being perceived as a solution. The neighborhood is a true testament of urban redevelopment.