Homewords, the Beacon blog

03/06/2018 - 10:12am
The United States has a history of institutional racism in our housing policies. We really need to talk more about it. Over 40 people gathered on February 27 at Living Spirit United Methodist in Minneapolis to share in “Unpacking Race & Housing,” one of many excellent sessions...
02/22/2018 - 1:45pm
This is the March 2018 Housing Update where we share what’s going on in the world of affordable housing.   As middle and high-end apartments are going up all around the Twin Cities, the Met Council wants to make sure there is affordable housing and is willing to foot the bill to...
02/15/2018 - 8:00am
You care about home. You want to make a difference. You know you can. Maybe what you don’t know is where or how to start. Welcome to Beacon Academy. Beacon Academy is a series of workshops designed with two goals in mind: to educate and to empower. Each course provides a different...
02/12/2018 - 4:27pm
Families come and go through Families Moving Forward.  Many times we hear about how our program has helped them, and even times when it has not.  Of course, we often think we know how families feel based on their reactions when they are walking out the door or even from their words....
02/08/2018 - 11:46am
Editor's Note: Lydia, Beacon's first residence is 15 years old this year.  Lydia is entering a new phase this year and we wanted to share a story from September 2017 to show the difference supportive housing like Lydia can make in the lives of people.    Omir’s...
02/05/2018 - 12:17pm
I have lived in 14 different homes in my 31 years of life. 10 different zip codes. Four states. Some of these homes were eagerly planned for over months of preparation; some of them had to be found with just a few weeks’ notice. A few of these homes stretched an already-tight budget, while a...
01/29/2018 - 2:37pm
Here are some highlights of housing news taking place recently.   A new year means new mayors for both Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as new council members.  The Minneapolis City Council has dove right into the issue with the creation of a  Housing Policy and Development...
01/22/2018 - 11:10am
At 20 years old, Yakiana is working hard to regain stability for herself and her one year old daughter. She came to Families Moving Forward with her mother and sisters when they lost their housing and moved to the area. Quickly she and our case managers recognized she needed to find her own place...
01/19/2018 - 2:28pm
I’ve been a member at a local gym for a couple of years now. It would be generous to say I’m approaching any definition of ‘athletic’ in any capacity, but I do enjoy getting in to work out a couple of times a week. And, like so many other gym ‘regulars’ (again,...
12/26/2017 - 3:14pm
Here are some housing links for your perusal for December 2017. 1.Homelessness is up this year and it's being driven by the affordable housing crisis on the West Coast.  National Public Radio has a story on this.  CBS News placed the crisis in stark relief; an English...

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