TEMENOS IS A REGISTERED 501c3

2200 Jefferson St.

Houston, TX 77003

713-589-8853

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MISSION

Temenos Community Development Corporation’s mission is to provide affordable housing opportunities, supportive services, and employment resources to low- to extremely low income persons on their journey to self-sufficiency. 

 

HISTORY

The Greek word "temenos" refers to a safe, protected space in which to heal. Psychiatrist and author Carl Jung characterized "temenos" as a safe space where mental work can take place. The mission of Temenos Place Apartments mirrors that objective. 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, people were placed into shelters or halfway houses and put 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.

 

Temenos has been building permanent supportive housing since 2006, with the first property, Knowles Temenos Place Apartments (Temenos I), at 1719 Gray St. Since that time, Temenos has built two additional properties, Temenos II and Temenos III. Temenos CDC properties are located in the Downtown, Midtown and East End areas of Houston. All three neighborhoods are undergoing significant revitalization. Therefore the presence of the Temenos properties to help alleviate the challenges of homelessness is vital.

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