Contractors recently installed an air conditioning unit in the wall of a home in Rochester’s Marketview Heights neighborhood, one of 11 owned and managed by TemPro for temporarily housing homeless families.
TemPro President Jerry Zakalik said all 11 homes will be air conditioned in the upcoming weeks. He said the average stay is 30 days, so the air conditioners are being installed while houses are between families.
Tempro is a nonprofit organization formed in 1971 by Temple B’rith Kodesh in Brighton to build housing for homeless people. Its emergency housing arm owns and manages temporary housing for homeless families in cooperation with Monroe County Department of Human Resources and the Housing Council at PathStone.
Friedrich Air Conditioning donated air conditioning units valued at $400-$500 each. Johnstone Supply, Friedrich’s local distributor, is coordinating the delivery and installation support for TemPro and its contractor, who is installing them in the wall.
Johnstone owner Ken Livingston said TemPro is setting a trend. He said it is rare for owner upgrades to include air conditioning.