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01/18/2017 - 2:03pm
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01/12/2017 - 11:59am
Hearings are taking place today regarding the nomination of Dr. Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Here’s a little more about Carson and what housing experts think of him as possible HUD secretary: 1. It's Not Necessarily a Bad Idea to Have a...
01/04/2017 - 10:12am
We're sharing a few great ideas related to housing policy, affordability and income inequality that's at the root of the housing crisis: 1. The Case Against Everyone’s Favorite Tax Break: The Mortgage Interest Deduction, by Alex Mayyasi, Priceonomics.com Is it time for...
12/15/2016 - 5:57pm
By Lee Blons  |  Some in our collaborative may be feeling stressed about the shifting political climate in Washington. Well, there are some things we just cannot control. However, we can focus our attention closer to home on the values we share. It is a good time to come together...
12/13/2016 - 3:23pm
Like other congregations in the Beacon collaborative serving as Families Moving Forward hosts, Woodlake Lutheran Church faces challenges filling its hosting volunteer opportunities.   “Mainline Protestant denominations all face reality of declining membership – which means a...
11/30/2016 - 11:27am
By Kris Berggren |  1. If you have more money than time, donate to a group that’s working to end homelessness for good. It could be Beacon – we’d love your support – but you can also do your own research on the Charities Review Council website (which by the way has...
10/06/2016 - 3:55pm
In our program volunteers open up their congregation buildings — and their hearts -- to people they have never met. They act from their best values and instincts, but as with any human communication, some things get lost in translation. Here, Mary Higgins, co-chair of the Families Moving...
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...
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...

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