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  • “Home is our antidote.” Reflections on Inauguration Day

    Inauguration day is in many ways a day like any other. I go to work, sit at the front desk, answer the phone, address residents’ inquiries and do my small part to make this building a home for the residents that live here. Yet despite the ordinary events, there is no doubt that this inauguration […]

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  • Property Management & Maintenance Job Fair

    On January 12, Aeon hosted a job fair for property management and maintenance positions at the central office in Minneapolis. Aeon recruiter Alycia Klatt reflects on her experience around joining Aeon and her passion for growing Aeon’s team with talented individuals from diverse backgrounds.  Had it not been for a conversation I had with Aeon’s HR Representative, […]

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  • Xavier, St. Barnabas resident, male with short black and purple hair, wearing a gray t-shirt and sitting at an outdoor table

    LGBTQ homeless youth and the Supreme Court ruling

    The Supreme Court just ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the United States. That’s quite the kickoff to the Twin Cities Pride festival taking place in Loring Park this weekend. This annual celebration often focuses on the positive aspects of being part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer […]

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  • Creating community: an Aeon resident’s perspective

    Last October, along with five other Aeon residents and several social work mentors from Simpson Housing, I was pleased to be invited to participate in the Community Leadership Institute (CLI), an annual conference produced by NeighborWorks America. Not until recently did I discover that I had not previously explored what community means to me or […]

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  • Aeon’s Annual Meeting & Celebration

    Community [noun]: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. We live in a time where having meaningful discussions with others looks more like a 6th grade typing class than a face-to-face conversation. While this technological uprising has made life so much more convenient, it has also […]

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  • The Adams

    New financing preserves 582 affordable apartment homes in Minneapolis

    Financing a $23.1 million renovation project of affordable apartment homes is no small feat. Nearly four years of planning and negotiations, eight enormous boxes of closing documents, unexpected changes in interest rates, and very long hours for staff members were all part of the process to begin renovation on our Minneapolis Portfolio Preservation Project. Numbers, […]

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  • Group of lit candles in the dark

    Celebrating Lost Lives and Recommitting to Ending Homelessness

    Last night, Aeon and its community partner, Simpson Housing Services, joined other community groups and hundreds of people for a memorial. Aeon works to create communities that care and that’s why we participated in this memorial that helps validate the importance of the lives of those that have experienced the challenges of homelessness. The Homeless […]

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  • Aeon's Gina Ciganik in Washington

    Multifamily Housing Owners Join President’s Better Buildings Challenge

    Fifty multifamily housing property owners have joined forces with the Obama Administration’s Better Buildings Challenge to reduce energy use nationwide. These Multifamily Residential Housing Partners, or Better Buildings Challenge Partners, have committed to cutting their energy use by 20 percent in 10 years, reducing energy waste and helping families save money on their energy bills. “For us, […]

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  • Homelessness and Mental Illness: When Home is the Key to Success

    “Keep your head up. Keep pushing on. Know your resources.” These are the tips Mike Lynch gave me when I asked what it takes to move from homelessness to home. Whatever the circumstances, everyone could benefit from that advice. Mike is a resident at Aeon’s Alliance Apartments in downtown Minneapolis. It offers affordable apartment homes for formerly homeless adults. […]

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  • Sustainability and Affordable Housing

    Going “green” may seem like a popular trend. Green building, however, is more than a trend in affordable housing — sustainability is a critical aspect of affordable housing development. It helps ensure that the buildings not only have a minimal impact on the environment, but that they continue to be affordable for residents and owners […]

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  • South Quarter Phase IV Rendering

    Why Build Green Affordable Housing?

    Building affordable housing in a sustainable way is more than installing high-efficiency windows or energy-star rated appliances in all apartment homes. While incorporating these features all play a part, Aeon has established an internal sustainability model that is about creating sustainable living, not simply greener housing. “Sustainable living goes beyond providing affordable rent,” says Gina […]

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  • Tax Reform Impacts Homeless Youth

    Aeon joins Minnesota Housing Partnership in support of revising the Low Income Housing Tax Credit’s “Student Rule” as part of comprehensive tax reform. Here’s why this is so important: The Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) is responsible for most of the affordable rental housing produced nationwide, including some properties like Aeon’s Archdale Apartments and St. Barnabas, that […]

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