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09/22/2016 - 11:24am
by Chris Dettling  |  The typical affordable housing deal often requires more than 10 different sources of financing. It’s complicated, to say the least. Each source has its priorities and requirements, which occasionally conflict. (In other words, successfully financing a project...
09/14/2016 - 5:45pm
By Jill Henricksen  |  At the Ujamaa Place Father’s Day picnic at a Saint Paul park I first approached DeMarcus to talk about scheduling a photo shoot. DeMarcus’ arms were wrapped around his youngest, a 3-year-old boy, as he kissed him gently on the forehead as his two...
08/16/2016 - 4:42pm
By Deb Carlson  |  As the new board chair of Beacon, I am overwhelmed by the differences we make every day in the lives of our neighbors here in Minnesota. Lee Mauk recently wrote about the incredible accomplishments he has seen in his 10 years on Beacon’s board, and I am convinced...
08/05/2016 - 4:16pm
Our Deconstructing Housing series continues with this post about single room occupancy, among the most affordable housing options: By Janine Langsjoen  |   Single room occupancy, more commonly known as SRO housing, occupies an important niche in the affordable housing market. SRO...
08/03/2016 - 1:24pm
By Sakinah Mujahid  |  Birthday presents are great to receive on any given year you are celebrating, right? So who would say "no more" to receiving presents?   Well, meet Carolyn Powell, age 12, from Pioneer Ridge Middle School in Chaska.  About two years ago,...
07/27/2016 - 4:20pm
By Kris Berggren  |  We know that when people have affordable, stable housing their health, financial independence, and happiness improve. Not having housing often means poor long-term prospects for financial independence, poor health, and lots of stress and anxiety. It...
07/14/2016 - 5:12pm
A call and response blessing shared at the 66 West groundbreaking ceremony July 12, 2016  |   L: My name is Lauren Morse-Wendt, I am the diaconal minister serving Edina Community Lutheran Church. With me are Pastor Stephanie Coltvet Erdmann and Pastor Erik Strand, both also...
07/05/2016 - 3:59pm
By Lee Mauk  |  At Beacon's annual meeting on June 8, I cycled off of Beacon's board. After 10 years, I wonder if I’ll feel lost in the late afternoons of the second Wednesday of every month. Ten years translates to 120 Wednesday meetings. And then, throw in...
06/22/2016 - 12:06pm
By Kris Berggren  |  The timing of the Orlando tragedy at a gay nightclub lends particular poignancy to this June’s Pride Month commemorating New York City’s 1969 Stonewall riots that elevated the struggle for LGBTQ equality and inclusion. Despite many advances since...
06/21/2016 - 1:56pm
By Sasoniea Atkins  |  As you all know, it is summer time, and there are many children who are currently in our program without summer plans or activities to keep them busy. (Related issues: the "summer slide" phenomenon; summer hunger when kids can't eat school lunch;...

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