One Emancipation Center nearing full occupancy

Are you searching for the perfect office space that caters to all your needs while providing a sense of community spirit and history? Look no further than One Emancipation Center (OEC) in the heart of Houston’s historic Third Ward. Located across the street from Emancipation Park, this gem of a building, believed to be the first office building of its scale constructed in Third Ward in over 40 years, offers a unique blend of modern office spaces, vibrant community gathering spots, and a deep commitment to supporting the surrounding neighborhood.

A hub for affordable housing

Constructed by the Midtown Redevelopment Authority (MRA) in collaboration with the Center for Civic and Public Policy Improvement (CCPPI), OEC is more than just an office building. Serving as Houston’s central clearinghouse for everything related to affordable housing, the center’s current tenant mix includes several nonprofits dedicated to affordable housing advocacy and support services. There are also 20 well-designed and affordable rental apartments and a health care center for seniors on site.

The newest tenant

Civic Heart Community Services, the largest Black-founded nonprofit on the Gulf Coast, is OEC’s newest tenant. Formerly known as Change Happens, Civic Heart has a staff of 75 and offers 25 different programs for youth, families, refugees, and the homeless in 59 Texas counties. The organization signed a 10-year lease for more than 11,000 square feet on the fourth floor of OEC.

OEC, which opened in 2021, initially experienced a bit of difficulty signing tenants during the pandemic when demand for office space plummeted due to work-from-home mandates. The lease with Civic Heart and negotiations with other prospective tenants indicate that the situation has turned around, making the building appealing for businesses and organizations seeking office space.


If you are interested in renting space at OEC, there is still availability on the fifth floor. Contact leasing agent George Wyche at (713) 952-5066, ext. 106, for more information.

The location and the amenities could not be more ideal. So, if you are looking to embrace the spirit, history, and culture of Houston’s Third Ward and be part of something bigger than yourself, One Emancipation Center is the perfect place for you. Be a part of a thriving community and secure your space in this architectural marvel today!

For more information about the MRA/CCPPI affordable housing program and to read our previous blog posts and watch testimonials of new homeowners, visit our website.