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Supporting medically fragile
children and their families

Supporting medically fragile children and their families

Tulip Project Housing FAQs

Project Joy and Hope (PJH) is a "home away from home" for families with seriously ill children who are receiving treatment at the Texas Medical Center. The organization provides temporary housing to families who live some distance from tertiary care centers when a child attends hospital for inpatient or outpatient treatment, awaits (or recovers) an organ transplant or needs to access palliative care.

Families benefit not only from a safe, private gated community environment and playground, but also from an on-site pediatric palliative care service center. Here families thrive as PJH offers children’s programs in the Creation Station Children’s Center and sibling activities, such as Sibshop.  A parent-to-parent Support Line, a Parent Center, and life planning legal services are also available. Project Joy and Hope’s goal is to keep families intact when facing crisis, providing solutions for challenges experienced by all members of the family. PJH aims to provide a strong support system, thereby helping families remain stable and intact at this challenging time in their lives.

The Tulip Project is a temporary guest housing campus, composed of twelve three-bedroom duplex homes located at 3207 Tulip Street, Pasadena, TX 77504, approximately 25 minutes from the Texas Medical Center (TMC). The campus consists of 12 (three-bedroom two bath) duplex style homes complete with a support center and children’s playground.

Each home is fully furnished, including full size washer and dryer.

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We serve out-of-town families with a child or adolescent age 22 or younger who is:

  1. receiving medical treatment for a serious illness at a hospital in the Texas Medical Center; or
  2. a pre/post solid organ transplant patient at one of the pediatric transplant centers in the TMC; or
  3. needing hospice or palliative care in a home setting.

Primary caregivers must be a parent or guardian at least 21 years of age. A current copy of a photo ID (driver’s license) of all persons 18 years and older is required on the application. Social security information is required for all members of the family.

A referral by a TMC Health Care Provider or Social worker is required prior to family completing application. Access referral form here.

PJH serves all families without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, economic status or political affiliation.

PJH believe children thrive when they are surrounded by a loving family; and helping families remain together and strong is a central mission of our organization.  We encourage grandparents to assist single parents when possible, and welcome multigenerational families when necessary for the well-being of the patient.

Families are given Guest status for 90 days. Parents may request a 90 day extension, and consideration is given on a case by case basis.

A $250 nonrefundable application fee is due at the time a family completes the full application and authorization forms. A monthly service fee of $450 ($15 per day) is assessed and automatically drafted on the first day of each month.

  1. Referral form completed by a Texas Medical Center Health Care Provider or Social Worker.
  2. Full application and associated forms completed in person appointment at PJH Offices.
  3. Acceptance of Liability Release and Housing Guidelines.

PJH duplex homes are fully furnished, complete with kitchenware, cooking utensils and other housewares.  Each unit is equipped with a washer and dryer and full size appliances. Families provide their own food, toiletries and other disposable items.