Homewords, the Beacon blog

02/05/2019 - 7:55am
Richard Schultz moved from California to Minnesota just seven months ago. Yet the Cantor for Bet Shalom Congregation was glad to brave one of the coldest nights in decades because he believes in the vision that all people have a home. Cantor Schultz was one of hundreds of people of faith from...
01/24/2019 - 1:33pm
Happy New Year!  Here are the latest stories concerning affordable housing for February 2019. First off, is the partial government shutdown. Federal workers are having to go without a paycheck until the impasse is solved, but the hurt will go beyond just those who work for Uncle Sam. Many...
01/10/2019 - 1:53pm
By Dennis Sanders Beacon was one of many organizations working to support people in the Franklin-Hiawatha Encampment. Working with the Red Lake Nation and one of our service providers, Avivo, Beacon has been able to move more than a dozen people from the Encampment into our apartment building,...
01/10/2019 - 9:35am
By Mattie In July 2018, I, Mattie ,Tyrone and our three children came to the state of Minnesota. We were unsure where we would live, but I knew Minnesota was a good place to raise a family and also the land of opportunities. After arriving to Minnesota, we visited a relative of mine who told us...
01/03/2019 - 1:44pm
For the first Collaborative Voices for 2019, we take a look at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church in Plymouth.  The congregation was heavily involved in helping get the City of Plymouth to approve Cranberry Ridge a 44 unit apartment complex for working families. We spoke to Bobbi Dering, a leader on...
12/27/2018 - 1:34pm
Have you heard the saying, “It takes a whole village to raise a child?” This phrase took on special meaning for me after a visit to Living Spirit United Methodist Church, one of our collaborating congregations. On the fourth Sunday of Advent, I visited Living Spirit to receive a big...
12/18/2018 - 9:30am
Happy Holidays to all!  This is the January Affordable Homes Update. Did you realize that Minneapolis made history last week? The Minneapolis City Council passed the Minneapolis 2040 plan, which will guide development over the next 20 years. What makes the plan so special? It is striking a...
12/10/2018 - 3:17pm
People become homeless in myriad ways with vastly different experiences depending on their location, health, and connections. Lakendra, in her early 20s, moved from Memphis to Minneapolis with her three little boys in hopes of finding a safe and stable home. Lakendra was also eight months pregnant...
12/04/2018 - 12:50pm
In this month's Collaborative Voices we talked to Jodie McKie, the host coordinator at Cross of Peace Lutheran Church in Shakopee about taking part in Families Moving Forward and the housing situation in Scott County.   Could you tell me a little about the history of Cross of Peace...
12/04/2018 - 11:23am
Stories about the encampment at Franklin and Hiawatha Avenues in Minneapolis have dominated the news since this summer. At one point, over 300 tents were pitched at the site as the only shelter for hundreds of people, most of them from the Native community. Local organizations and city leaders...

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