Homewords, the Beacon blog

11/20/2012 - 2:21pm
The lowest rental vacancy rate in Minneapolis in 10 years isn't good news for those seeking affordable housing. What that 2.4 percent figure means is that demand outweighs supply -- and most of us know that means the supplier (landlords and property owners) can raise prices. As the Minneapolis...
11/20/2012 - 2:21pm
At national and state conferences of anti-homelessness organizations recently, I heard buzz about how “continuums of care” (or CoC: that’s HUD-speak for housing providers in the same geographic area, usually counties) should collaborate by using a shared assessment tool and...
11/20/2012 - 2:21pm
  Today I got the coolest text from my friend Fred: “Hi -- apartment 122 has been reserved for me!  I’m excited. Thank you so much.  God is good.  Fred” Fred was thanking me because I passed along a tip that a brand new apartment building for seniors living...
11/20/2012 - 2:21pm
  “Hope is believing in spite of the evidence, and then watching the evidence change.” – Jim Wallis This quote, printed on the side of my favorite travel mug, is the mantra I (quite literally) carry with me as I organize congregations to end homelessness. For...
11/20/2012 - 2:21pm
Home to me is where I feel a sense of place and a part of a community. Home to me isn’t just a house, apartment or dwelling. Home is knowing when I walk down my street, I will run into people I know or I’ll be greeted warmly by a neighbor I’ve never met. It’s knowing that...
11/20/2012 - 2:21pm
Why not use one of these books to spark discussion in your community about why homelessness exists on a systemic level and how we as individuals can work to end homelessness. If you do read one, let us know, or send us your own suggestions. We’d love to post your book review on our...

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