Few people can pull off a secret like Beyoncé.
After keeping one of the biggest albums of the past year completely under-wraps from millions of adoring fans, the Texas-born superstar is at the center of another well-kept covert mission — and this one will probably make you fall further in love with her.
Beyonce has quietly given $7 million throughout the past few years to the Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments in her hometown of Houston, as KHOU 11 News reported. Beyonce launched the complex in 2007 in response to the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments has space available for 43 individuals, and houses men and women who otherwise would likely be homeless. The facility supports its residents by providing meals, job readiness training, HIV/AIDS screenings and case management services, with an overall goal for residents to reach full self-sufficiency.
“She’s an incredible human being," Rev. Rudy Rasmus, who unearthed Beyonce's selfless donations to the public, told KHOU 11 News. He married Beyonce to rapper Jay-Z in 2008 and has worked personally with the singer in her efforts to help Houston's homeless. "[She] has an incredible heart and has been extremely helpful in our mission and our ministry here.”
Houston has seen significant progress in its fight against homelessness. A 2014 Houston Homeless Count showed that on a given night about 5,351 people in the city were living without stable shelter — a 37 percent drop from 2011. In June, the Coalition for the Homeless in Houston announced that the city has housed 1,510 chronically homeless individuals since January 2012 as part of a national campaign to combat homelessness from coast-to-coast.
"Houston is leading the charge to end chronic homelessness," Marilyn Brown, President & CEO of the Coalition, said in a press release. "Our success as part of the 100,000 Homes Campaign proves that permanent housing coupled with support services works."
To learn more about and support the Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments, visit the organization's website.