In 1968, members of the Bering Drive Church of Christ in Houston, Texas, established the Human Resources Development Foundation (HRDF) as an independent, all Volunteer, nonprofit, tax-exempt public foundation (501(c) (3)). HRDF is supported by foundations, individuals, corporations and more than 20 local churches representing nine denominations. HRDF does business as Hospitality Apartments.
Beginning in 1968, HRDF recognized the need to provide housing assistance to Patients from out of town who needed to stay in the Houston area for long-term out-Patient care from hospitals in the Texas Medical Center. To meet that need, the Foundation rented a small “army barracks” which was converted into four small apartments. These were the very first Hospitality Apartments.
In 1983, Hospitality Apartments began to expand and by 1995 had become a $2 million dollar, 42-unit, modern, four-building apartment complex located half a mile south of the Texas Medical Center. This was the second Hospitality Apartments.
After 39 years of effective service in the same place, a half mile south of the Texas Medical Center, Hospitality Apartments was relocated. MD Anderson Cancer Center wanted to build a new four-lane extension of Bertner Avenue south that would connect its hospital buildings to a new medical research park just south of Old Spanish Trail. The new road passes directly through the middle of the old property. MD Anderson swapped adjacent land it owned outside the roadway for HRDF property and paid HRDF $1.59 million, the appraised value of the four-building complex. HRDF then raised another $2.5 million from private sources to cover the construction of a new, expanded, more ADA-compliant, environmentally friendly apartment complex of 46 units on the new site which is adjacent to
the old site.