Homewords, the Beacon blog

12/20/2013 - 4:26pm
I remember once hearing a homeless person say, “If you aren’t remembered, it’s like you didn’t exist.” That comment and others like it I’ve heard over the years underscore the importance of Minnesota’s annual Homeless Memorial Service, hosted...
12/13/2013 - 5:53pm
This week, lots of news about the gap between supply and demand of affordable rental housing. It is significantly out of synch, according to a report released Monday by the Joint Center for Housing Studies. In a nutshell: The population of renters has grown from 31 to 35 percent....
12/06/2013 - 5:45pm
Thought I would share a few perspectives on homelessness selected from my Twitter feed, and ways to respond: Understand its complexity Love this California college teacher who writes about homelessness. She says homelessness defies labels and stereotypes. For example, she says her homeless...
11/26/2013 - 2:44pm
Seven years have come to an end for me at an organization where, most days, it feels like a privilege to come into work. (There have been one or two days where it would have been nice to just stay at home, of course!)   I’ve just purged files, handed off unfinished partnership...
11/21/2013 - 5:04pm
I won’t lie. We are disappointed by the decision of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency not to fund Prior Crossing, the future home for 44 homeless young adults, at this time. Our partners at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church are disappointed. But make no mistake, we remain...
11/15/2013 - 4:00pm
Years ago, when I first got into the real estate development industry, I came across a book titled City Comforts, How to Build an Urban Village, by David Sucher. It’s a common sense, straightforward catalog of best practices in urban design. I want to just share with you the three...
11/12/2013 - 4:27pm
We are not an office with a receptionist whose job includes answering and routing incoming calls. (There are days when we wish we had such a coworker…) Instead, a caller either dials someone’s direct extension or their call is answered by the first staffer who picks up. Sometimes...
11/08/2013 - 3:37pm
In a couple of weeks, the movie sequel to “Hunger Games” will hit theaters. As a huge fan of the novel trilogy and as someone who stated, “That was much better than I expected,” after watching the first movie, I am eager to see if “Catching Fire,” the sequel,...
10/28/2013 - 1:31pm
I’m holding a piece of blue tarp in my hand. I heard that last summer Streetworks Collaborative ran out of tents to give to young people who had no place to sleep in the western suburbs. So they started handing out tarps. How is this possible in our society with such abundance, in which most...
10/10/2013 - 4:36pm
As a student participating in HECUA—Higher Education Consortium of Urban Affairs --  I have the opportunity this semester to take a social justice class alongside an internship at Beacon with a focus on social change. My class is called Inequality in America. I am...

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