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New Apartments Near Downtown Houston Will Provide Home For Homeless

The new building of the Temenos complex will also provide support services, such as counseling and literacy programs.

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Pastor Juanita Rasmus and Houston Mayor Annise Parker cut the ribbon at the new phase of the Temenos apartment complex, near downtown.
Pastor Juanita Rasmus and Houston Mayor Annise Parker cut the ribbon at the new phase of the Temenos apartment complex, near downtown. (Photo: Al Ortiz)

This week in Houston, a new step was taken in the fight against homelessness as a new apartment complex opened its doors.

The first phase of Temenos Place Apartments started operating in 2009.

Now, a new building with 80 individual units is open to the public near downtown.

In addition to the housing, this project entails supportive services such as mental health counseling, substance abuse support groups and literacy training.

Mayor Annise Parker attended the opening and said the efforts to help the homeless have to go beyond providing them housing.

"It is about providing wrap around social services to make sure that the folks we place have the support structure they need," Parker noted.

Currently, the organization that manages the complex has a waiting list of over 300 people.

"We have enough to fill our 80 units as soon as those referrals come," explained Dana Hogan, Temenos’ CEO.

The City of Houston contributed $4.5 million, while Harris County and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development also helped with the funding.

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