Magnificat Houses

Emergency and permanent supportive

Rebuilding lives in a stable family atmosphere where guests live, work and play together.

Altogether, our safe, dignified neighborhood homes can accommodate up to 170 men and women. Through participation in our community and our programs, guests work toward stability and, if possible, full independence. Through our transformative residential program, Magnificat Houses helps those struggling with:

  • Poverty
  • Chronic homelessness
  • Addictions
  • Reentry after incarceration
  • Mental Illness

We provide:

  • Emergency residences for 1 to 90 nights
  • Permanent supportive homes: shared, single room occupancy or apartment

Guests share household chores and responsibilities, respect one another’s traditions, celebrate holidays and birthdays together, and participate in day trips.

Each house is monitored by a house leader and assistant house leader, carefully chosen and trained to provide individual support.

Emergency shelter for homeless women    (*closed during Covid)

Myriam’s Hostel, our no-cost emergency women’s shelter, welcomes up to seven guests for stays from one to three nights. Intake is between 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily. Admission is on a first come, first served basis, no questions asked, until the beds are full. We offer guests a clean dorm bed, a hot shower, clean pajamas, a hot dinner and breakfast. Guests must leave by 7:00 a.m. and must return during intake hours the same day. After completing a three-day stay, guests may return after 30 days, if needed. We encourage women to consider full-time residency in one of our neighborhood women’s homes. Please call (713) 224-1373 for more information.

Emergency shelter for the homeless

Our Midtown home offers a three-night stay and the opportunity to apply for longer term residency.   Admission is on a first-come, first served basis and beds are limited. Apply in person Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 1410 Elgin Street, (713) 529.4231.*

*On the fist Monday of each month, apply between 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Homes for those living with mental health challenges

Providing all meals and services to women and men enrolled in our Clubhouse programs.

Homes for ex-offenders

Homes for ex-offenders offer a guided path back into society with varied 30 to 90-day programs for men or women in regular residency. Some permanent Single Room Occupancy (SRO) housing is available.

Where are our homes?

Most of our houses are located in Midtown (south of downtown Houston). Many are in the neighborhood surrounding Magnificat's intake center at 1410 Elgin Street. We also have homes in NE Houston and SE Houston.

What can guests expect?

Guests can expect:

  • Shared rooms with twin beds
  • Three home-cooked meals per day, served family style
  • Clothing suitable for work and play
  • On-campus jobs, skills training, GED coaching
  • Job search assistance, including employment opportunities with our Houston business partners
  • Health assessment, flu shots, help finding doctors and dentists
  • Employment training, recovery programs, and special events in the community
  • Bus passes for essential transportation of our guests
  • Loving, non-judgmental mental health support through our Clubhouse program, and rehabilitation support through AA and Mercy Street meetings
  • The opportunity to share their special skills and talents with the community

How long is a residency?

Some guests stay until their immediate problems lift. Others find meaning and purpose within the community and stay on with us, sometimes for years.

What We Do

“Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.”

Isaiah 58:10

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

Matthew 25:35-36