Nelson Brothers opens Houston apartments for first responders


Posted By: Pat Nelson / Sep 19 2016

As Harvey flood waters ravage the area, residents of Vue on MacGregor are safe and dry.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Houston, Texas, September XX, 2017—Nelson Brothers, a real estate development company that owns student housing facility Vue on MacGregor, is assisting local Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts by providing space for police and rescue workers to rest, shower and do laundry.

Because Vue on MacGregor's management team prepared for Harvey well in advance, the housing complex has been able to help the outlying community as well. So far, the complex has hosted six to eight rescue workers, and managers will continue to do what they can to help with rescue and recovery efforts.

Before the hurricane made landfall, the team worked hard to ensure residents would have everything they needed, and stay safe and dry. They:  

  • Purchased dozens of cases of bottled water and made sure to have large jugs of water on hand
  • Tested emergency lights — all still working
  • Placed tarps over open hall corridors to keep water out
  • Opened communication with local police and the constable office for regular updates
  • Increased armed patrols, with two guards on duty at all times, plus an onsite constable
  • Shut off elevators
  • Opened a 24-hour call center with offsite managers

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the residents and rescue workers in Houston during this horrific storm,” said Patrick Nelson, CEO of Nelson Brothers. “Thankfully, all our residents are safe and dry in our complex, and so now we can do our part to help with rescue and recovery efforts.”

Since its inception in 2007, Nelson Brothers has acquired and managed over $550 million in assets through the acquisition of 35 student housing properties and three assisted living properties across 14 states. Nelson Brothers focuses on targeted growth opportunities and value-added investments for its clients through capital improvements, cost efficiency and revenue maximization. Its entities include Nelson Brothers Professional Real Estate LLC and Nelson Brothers Property Management Inc.