Homewords, the Beacon blog

01/24/2014 - 2:51pm
We share a few of the best local articles from the past few weeks about the challenges of homelessness and what’s needed to end it. Pick one or read them all – this is good stuff. Lorenzo Vasquez was homeless for 25 years. Now a Beacon tenant at American House, he shared his story...
01/17/2014 - 12:00pm
A new monthly feature is Q and A with members of the Beacon staff. This month, get to know Michael Dahl, Advocacy Coordinator. Michael, how long have you worked at Beacon? 1 year, 4 months, 14 days, and a few hours. Describe your job. Each day I recalibrate my understanding of the...
01/10/2014 - 4:51pm
I was excited that we discussed Minnesota’s Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness at our staff meeting here at Beacon this week. This plan should be required reading for anyone who cares about this cause -- and I am not talking about reading yourself to sleep. The plan is well-...
01/08/2014 - 12:35pm
One of my favorite blogs, Colorlines, posted a video that caught my attention. It’s a link to a video about Lesedi Lo-Fi, an up-and-coming artist whose music on the street caught the attention of a major record producer. While his pop music is upbeat, the lyrics in his debut album “...
01/03/2014 - 5:10pm
I can only imagine what it’s like to be a parent, homeless, small children's faces looking up at me and trusting me to keep it all together. Anastasia and Jonathan, parents of three sons, ages 7, 6 and 5, and a daughter, 3, know because it happened to them. Their east St....
12/31/2013 - 10:08am
When I first left Ohio to attend college in Minnesota, a friend asked if I wasn’t afraid of being eaten by a polar bear.  Although I have yet to spot a polar bear, I do wonder every December 22 why I live where the sun rises so late and sets so early. I turn on extra lights in...
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...

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