HOUSTON - City of Houston officials say they are exploring a new downtown option for homeless people.

The city says it is studying the possibility of converting a downtown METRO property into a 'small, temporary, outdoor, safe-space for homeless individuals'.

"This potential pilot program would provide a safe and healthy environment while individuals work with area agencies on their permanent housing options. It would include professional management, 24-hour security and supportive services," said the city in a press release.

The program is part of Mayor Turner’s plan to find permanent housing options for the homeless.

The city says this new potential program near the McKee Street bridge would be another option for those living on the streets or in an encampment. It’s being considered in consultation with the Coalition for the Homeless.