SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A $1.3 million renovation will turn dilapidated warehouses into Hope Connections, a one-stop center for homeless services in Shreveport.

Hope for the Homeless, a coalition of northwest Louisianasocial services and government agencies, started planning the project two years ago.

Executive director Christa Pazzaglia expects renovations to take another two years.

Architect Kevin Bryan says the warehouses will get new facades. Walks, a patio, green spaces and sun shades will connect the buildings.

A day shelter the coalition operates will move from the edge of downtown Shreveport to the complex by 2014.

Ryan Parker, who does street outreach for the coalition, says the new location will be able to serve twice the number of people each day.