Atlanta Black Star: Who Is Responsible for Gentrification In HBCU Neighborhoods?

Full article by Cecilia Smith

Fearing the erasure of their own community, members of Third Ward have come together in an effort to educate and assist residents, including organizations like the Sankofa Research Institute and Project Row Houses, who have worked to preserve the community and increase ownership throughout the Greater Third Ward area.

Depending upon whom you ask, Third Ward’s transformation has been long in the making, with some eager to revamp the shotgun-style houses that dot the area. As Third Ward has changed, neighborhoods previously shunned by white students and young couples have become a haven for those that wouldn’t even go near the area five years ago.


During an interview with Rice University’s Kinder Institute, Project Row House Executive Director Eureka Gilkey shared the work that lies ahead: “We can’t halt gentrification; it’s already happening — but we have an opportunity to change the way this process works.

Houston Press: Uneasy Third Ward Residents Decry 'Whitewashed' Neighborhood

Full article by G. Paris Johnson

On the outskirts of the neighborhood, the intersection of Alabama Street and Emancipation Avenue now bears street signs labeling the area an "Economic Corridor." The new signs are part of a new initiative by the Emancipation Economic Development Council, a collective of community organizations that hopes to find a way for property developers, new buyers and longtime residents to work together.

YMRP Applications Are Open!

Download the application here. The deadline for submissions is August 31! Submit completed applications to 

About the Young Mothers Program

The purpose of YMRP is to assist low-income single mothers and their children in achieving independent, self-sufficient lives. Through this program, PRH provides a culturally rich environment in which residents develop healthy, holistic living practices and cultivate a sense of positive energy and self-worth that will guide them in becoming empowered, self-confident, nurturing women, mothers, daughters, companions, and employees. 

YMRP is geared towards young mothers with ambition and goals for themselves and for each member of their family, who believe they will benefit from a structured program. The goals of the program are to strengthen the self in the following key areas:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Career Development
  • Financial Management
  • Parental Responsibility
  • Emotional/Physical/Spiritual Awareness
  • Relationship Building

Program Requirements

To be eligible for YMRP, applicants must:

  • Be a single mother between the ages of 18 and 26.
  • Have physical custody of at least one (1) of their children under the age of 17.
  • Have all children enrolled and regularly attending a public/private school and daycare classes.
  • Be employed either part-time or full-time.
  • Have income documented by independent sources such as Social Security, pay stubs, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamps award letters, etc. and must be current at the time of admission.
  • Be pursuing their education either part-time or full-time in two or four-year college or university and/or accredited training program (welding, cosmetology, CNA). 
  • Be in good academic standing with the college or university she is currently attending and maintaining a grade point average of 2.5 both for the semester and overall.
  • Honor YMRP schedule program commitments, including weekly meetings, programs and volunteer opportunities that support a year-long focus on self, family, and community growth.
  • Be willing to interview with the YMRP Committee members and program staff.
  • Provide a current, official transcript at the time of the interview. 
  • Project Row Houses cannot accept women who are pregnant or suffering from mental illness or drug/alcohol addiction into YMRP.

Save the Date! Celebration at Emancipation

Celebration at Emancipation

Annual Membership Event 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Emancipation Park Cultural Center
3018 Emancipation Ave
Houston, TX 77004

11 AM
Doors open

12 PM
Lunch program

1 PM
Dessert, Dominos, and Tours of the PRH site (optional)

All are welcome!

This event is open to members and non-members
with membership included in certain sponsorship levels.

To purchase tickets or sponsor a table, visit contact us via email at or by phone at