Homewords, the Beacon blog

11/20/2012 - 2:21pm
I have supported causes in the past through giving my time in direct service. These have included serving meals to people who are homeless or people living in poverty and by leading youth programs in low income housing developments among other volunteer experiences. While this was important work,...
11/20/2012 - 2:21pm
Numbers just released by Minneapolis Public Schools indicate a 1.3 percent increase in homelessness among Minneapolis children from July 1, 2011- June 30, 2012.   Among the statistics: 6,452 children in Mpls were homeless or highly mobile, up 1.3 percent from prior year. Of...
11/20/2012 - 2:21pm
We know how to end homelessness. Yet our communities simply haven’t prioritized public and private resources to get the job done. Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for our congregations to participate in collective action that will...
11/20/2012 - 2:21pm
You know the feeling. You pull up to an intersection or a freeway ramp. There’s someone standing there near your window. The cardboard sign reads: Homeless and broke. Homeless, anything helps. Homeless. God Bless.   My reaction’s predictable: I glance over from behind my...
11/20/2012 - 2:21pm
Two years ago, during a simple adult forum, our congregation was hit with this statistic: In Minnesota, every night, there are 2,500 unaccompanied homeless youth. 2,500. For years, we’ve hosted families in our Sunday School classrooms for a week at a time with Families Moving Forward…...
11/20/2012 - 2:21pm
Last week, I learned about a teenager—I’ll call him Carl—who is sleeping in his car in Bloomington. Carl moves his car every night to avoid attracting attention. For reasons he doesn’t want to talk about, returning home isn’t a good idea. It’s been challenging,...
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...

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