TSU has designed a plan to engage in a multi-phase / multi-year rehabilitation project to modernize the W. R. Banks Child Development Center, a six thousand square foot single-story building and create the Institute for Urban Public Health and Housing Equity, an urban renewal programming initiative. Texas Southern University’s Institute for Urban Pubic Health and Housing Equity initiative is being designed to address social determinants of health in historically undeserved communities and increase opportunities for minority health care professionals through training and research. At its core, the Institute will be developed with the neighboring public housing development, Cuney Homes’ residents and the surrounding community in mind. The Institute will focus on developing skills and providing ongoing training and certification for professionals to serve as “frontline” health care providers and community advocates. Furthermore, the Institute will grow the understanding of health disparities and housing inequity within a community engagement environment. Mr. LaRence Snowden, Assistant Vice President for Corporate-Community Partnerships and Career Pathways (PI) and Project Director (PD) will serve as have senior oversight and administration of the Institute project. The total TSU Institute for Urban Public Health and Housing Equity renovation project cost is $2,000,000. This HRSA Construction/Equipment project requests $2,000,000 in funding to cover the total construction, renovation, modernization, and equipment costs.