As the number of coronavirus cases in the Greater Houston area climbs to nearly 30 as of March 16, Hope Center Houston closed its facility at 821 Peakwood Drive, Houston, beginning March 14 in hopes of limiting exposure for guests and staff.

The day and assistance center serves the homeless population along the FM 1960 corridor by providing two hot meals per day and access to showers, clothing, counseling, mail and photo ID services.

According to Hope Center Houston President Debbie Johnson, during the temporary closure, the nonprofit will continue to feed its guests by handing out “manna bags” Mon.-Fri. from noon-1 p.m. on the steps of Hope Center Houston.

“We are trying to practice social distancing due to the virus, which is not possible inside,” Johnson said. “We are trying to figure out how we can get food throughout this pandemic for our very vulnerable homeless friends.”

Johnson added the nonprofit’s biggest need at this time is monetary donations, which can be used to purchase food in bulk for the center’s guests. For more information, call 832-965-5511 or go to