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Rasmus-Temenos

Houston, TX

Rasmus-Temenos is an innovative affordable housing project located just outside downtown Houston developed in collaboration with NHP Foundation and Temenos Community Development Corporation to provide supportive housing for Houston’s most at-risk populations.

Situated on less than one-third of an acre in a densely developed area of Houston, Rasmus-Temenos is a vertical community comprising 95 units of permanent supportive housing organized around a central light well. Demonstrating efficient use of space, the building’s ground floor also provides space for resident common areas, offices, and other permanent supportive services designed for residents transitioning out of homelessness.

Rasmus-Temenos prioritizes sustainability and resident well-being alike with a highly efficient building envelope designed to exceed Energy Star certification standards. Featuring elements like high-performance windows, LED lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and a Dedicated Outdoor Air System, the project enhances indoor air quality to ensure long-term utility cost predictability for property management. With the project being located near a major highway, the robust building envelope, triple-pane windows, and soundproofing measures employed also help maintain a peaceful living environment to aid in trauma recovery and healing.

The vibrant colors across both the exterior and interior of Rasmus-Temenos stand out within the urban context and foster a sense of joy by offering residents—many of whom have experienced housing instability—a warm and inviting place to call home. The design strategy also places a strong emphasis on both durability and comfort, particularly in response to the needs of individuals with mental health concerns. Plywood and vinyl sheet flooring extend seamlessly up the walls, creating a resilient structure while maintaining a home-like atmosphere. Strategically concealed floor drains and vinyl walls further streamline maintenance without compromising the aesthetic appeal of the space.

Funding sources included a 4% tax credit from TDHCA and grants from the Harris County Hurricane Harvey recovery program. Harris County and the City of Houston were actively involved throughout the design and construction phases. Completed in 2023, Rasmus-Temenos is an example of the power of collaborative efforts in providing dignified housing solutions for vulnerable populations, and making Houston a more equitable city.

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