Homewords, the Beacon blog

09/24/2013 - 5:39pm
“What you’re seeing is people who are mentally ill being labeled as criminals.”     --Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek  Stanek’s quote is from a recent Star Tribune article about the impact of untreated mental illness in the jails.   Our...
09/13/2013 - 5:22pm
What you need to know about ending and preventing homelessness, creating and preserving affordable rental housing and supporting low-income people with challenges to housing stability. It’s only with strong public will and a spectrum of resources that we will end homelessness in our...
08/23/2013 - 3:21pm
This summer I have had the honor of working with two amazing public policy interns. Matt Weinstein, a senior majoring in American studies at Carleton College, and Nick Leach, an urban studies major from the University of Minnesota, will have made Beacon a stronger organization when they...
08/21/2013 - 9:07am
As a summer intern at Families Moving Forward, I’ve had a humbling experience. I have learned how this program works while getting to know the excellent staff, and also how each family works hard to move forward from this homeless stage in life.   Many people have a schema that...
08/14/2013 - 4:59pm
Seems the Beacon staff is delving into the topic of race this summer. Here are a few selections from our reading list. More to come. It’s not surprising that Allison Johnson is doing her homework! She’s reading this book before hearing the author speak at a national conference this...
08/06/2013 - 5:30pm
For many people, Waikiki is shorthand for paradise. The famous Honolulu beach was once a marshy area converted to duck ponds and taro farms which in the 1800s became a hangout for Hawaiian royalty. Today it’s a seaside mecca where the people-watching is fantastic from your beach blanket,...
07/19/2013 - 5:00pm
I sat in a meeting recently with a group of leaders from Wayzata Community Church who are assessing their community’s affordable housing needs. We heard real stories from Wendy, a director at Interfaith Outreach Community Partners which serves suburban Hennepin County families and individuals...
07/19/2013 - 4:53pm
My kids both slept at home last night. This might seem like a non-event, but for this mom who’s coping with the changes that come with having two teenagers, it was heaven. I relaxed in my bed knowing my children were only steps away. I knew they were safe. I slept more soundly than I have...
07/19/2013 - 4:44pm
I sat across from Lisa in the privacy of my office. It was nearing her 60-day deadline in the Families Moving Forward program – families have 60 days in which to work with us to find housing and a source of income. Lisa had found a job, lost a job, found an apartment, lost the chance to...
07/18/2013 - 5:15pm
Just read a Salon.com post about how we refer to immigrants without official approval to live, study or work in the United States. You know, what we used to call “illegal aliens.” That term has fallen from favor in many circles, and even its more politically correct substitute...

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