In 2006, Temenos set out to fix a problem that is often thought of as unfixable: chronic homelessness. At the time, the standard approach was to try to make homeless people “housing ready”: first, you placed people into shelters or halfway houses and put them into treatment; only when they made progress could they stand a chance of receiving permanent housing. Temenos CDC launched with a different strategy, which starts by just giving the homeless homes.
“Forty-seven percent of all renter households in Greater Houston were cost-burdened, paying more than 30 percent of their income for housing costs,” he said. “Twenty-five percent were severely cost-burdened, paying more than 50 percent of their income for housing costs,” according to Jon Spader one of the researchers who conducted the 2017 rental housing report by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies
In three apartment buildings, Temenos provides 138 permanent supportive efficiency apartments, fully furnished and fashioned with the necessary objects to start a new life. As well, Temenos provides supportive services that assist residents on their journey to self-sufficiency.