Expansion of foster care campus in Hyde Park heads to Austin City Council for final approval

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A six-building expansion of the Helping Hand Home for Children in Hyde Park was approved on consent by Austin’s Planning Commission on Nov. 13; the plans now head to City Council for a final decision.

Planned for a roughly acre-sized lot on the northeast corner of West 38th Street and Avenue B in the north central Hyde Park neighborhood, the development proposes four two-story dormitories with a total of 40 beds, a 5,190-square-foot school, a 1,500-square-foot common room building and a 927-square-foot storage area.

The Helping Hand Home for Children has a small campus on the adjacent corner lot on West 38th and Avenue B. The organization provides a shelter and healing center for children recovering from abuse, abandonment or neglect. The proposed development would replace a 25-bed dormitory currently located on the lot.

According to Richard Suttle, a Helping Hand representative, the organization will seek to add more beds to the proposal when City Council takes up the item in the coming weeks.

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Christopher Neely
Christopher Neely is Community Impact's Austin City Hall reporter. A New Jersey native, Christopher moved to Austin in 2016 following two years of community reporting along the Jersey Shore. His bylines have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun and USA Today. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
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