Homewords, the Beacon blog

04/20/2016 - 3:22pm
Today over 30 Community Builders gathered supporters to raise awareness of homelessness and the funds needed to end it, one family at a time, in Scott and Carver Counties. The Journey Home luncheon generates community support for Beacon’s Families Moving Forward Southwest program, the only...
04/14/2016 - 2:16pm
By Jill Henricksen | At a recent community meeting held with residents of Beacon’s Kimball Court, the decision was made to convene a Community Advisory Board (CAB) as a venue for residents to share their thoughts and ideas as well as to voice their concerns about their home at Kimball...
04/07/2016 - 11:40am
By Sakinah Mujahid  |  Have you ever moved houses or offices? OMG! There is so much to do, so much planning that comes along with moving a program center from one location to another location, and no matter how much you planned, something is bound to get missed.  Well you guessed...
04/05/2016 - 3:47pm
By Kurt Keena  |  When the topic of affordable housing comes up we often hear the term “Section 8” as a type of affordable housing. It can be bandied about in a generic way, like Post-It notes, Band-Aids, or Vise-Grips are used to describe categories of common items. If...
03/30/2016 - 1:49pm
By Michael Dahl | I believe in home.  And I believe we can end homelessness in Minnesota. My three and a half years at Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative have taught me many things. First and foremost is that there are thousands of Minnesotans who also believe in home. And you are...
03/23/2016 - 9:23am
By Kirk Moorhead | From our occasional series, Deconstructing Housing  In the affordable housing industry, we often talk about “30-percent,” “50-percent”, and 60-percent” units (of housing). Percent of what, you may well ask? Policy makers often want to...
03/16/2016 - 12:27pm
By Jill Henricksen |  Residents from Beacon’s Lydia Apartments had the opportunity to attend their first ballet production, compliments of the James Sewell Ballet (JSB) at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts.  The opportunity was made available through a grant...
03/15/2016 - 11:27am
By Lee Blons Wilder Research has just announced that its most recent Minnesota Homeless Study, conducted on October 22, 2015, indicates that the number of people who are homeless in our state has declined for the first time since 2006. This is really important news for us to celebrate. The...
03/08/2016 - 5:10pm
On Mother’s Day 2014, as volunteers in congregations throughout Scott and Carver counties prepared to host families experiencing homelessness, Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Prior Lake added a dimension to their welcome – the congregation also offered to be a temporary home for...
02/25/2016 - 4:05pm
By Sakinah Mujahid  | Since Families Moving Forward began its journey in Scott and Carver counties in 2014, we have encountered lots of wonderful volunteers helping us to end homelessness one family at a time. The families coming through the program speak about different volunteers...

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