Articles by Stephanie Swenson

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  • A conversation between Aeon resident, Dorsey and Aeon President & CEO, Alan Arthur

    Aeon resident, Dorsey and Aeon’s President and CEO, Alan Arthur participated in a StoryCorps interview. Listen to them share their personal stories and the importance of home, and read their reflections below. Aeon CEO and Aeon resident in conversation In September, Aeon President & CEO Alan Arthur recorded a Story Corps interview with Aeon resident […]

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  • Gardening helps this Aeon community come together

    There’s no question that eating your fruits and veggies is important to stay healthy. But what happens when healthy food is out of reach? For people with very-low income, buying fresh produce and staying healthy can seem like a luxury when their limited funds also have to cover rent, clothes, and medical bills. At Parkview […]

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  • Frerichs: Going above and beyond to make Home possible

    Securing financing, managing construction, marketing to potential residents — these steps need to happen to make affordable apartment homes possible, just like with other types of development projects. What makes affordable homes unique, however, is the community support that goes into them and the needs of the neighbors they serve. Without the community embracing affordable […]

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  • Poetry helps Dyrell find his purpose

    God’s Plan What is it you have in store for me? I want to know why can’t I see? There’s something here that I must do, Still to this day I have no clue. Why is it, you keep saving me? Although I sin, you’re there for me. I know I should have long been […]

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  • Home can transform lives – we just have to give people a chance

    “As a society, our decision to heap shame and contempt upon those who struggle and fail in a system designed to keep them locked up and locked out says far more about ourselves than it does about them,” Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness This insightful reflection by […]

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  • The different definitions of Home

    Home is family. Home is community. Home is serenity. Home is safety. Home means something different to every individual, but the feeling of comfort and relief we experience when walking through the front door to our Homes is often the same. Your support of Aeon isn’t just about providing affordable housing. It’s also about providing […]

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  • For Alvin, Home is where his art is

    It wasn’t until he picked up art again that Alvin fully recovered his past, and he hasn’t stopped creating since. Alvin first discovered his love and talent for art in school, but years later his passion got pushed aside in lieu of other responsibilities. Taking care of his mom and maintaining a full-time job – […]

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  • Aeon residents at a community event.

    How Home empowers our Aeon community

    “When I first moved into Paige Hall, I wasn’t interested in getting involved with the community here. But after seeing how engaged the Resident Connections staff were with my neighbors, I started to see the benefits of being involved and connecting with others in the building. They go above and beyond every day and have […]

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  • Aeon closes sale on Indian Knoll Manor

    Aeon officially closed sale on Indian Knoll Manor, located in the City of Mound, this week. The building, formerly owned by the Mound Housing and Redevelopment Authority contains 50 apartment homes. Aeon will expand the affordable housing property with six additional apartments on the existing building and 10 new townhomes. Indian Knoll Manor was first […]

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  • Eddie’s story of losing and finding Home

    It’s easy to take Home for granted when you’ve never experienced life without one. For Eddie, losing his home taught him just how easy it can be to fall on hard times. He also gained perspective on how different this time of year is when you’re searching for a warm bed to sleep in each […]

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    5 ways to do good this Give to the Max Day

    “As a young adult who has experienced homelessness, you cannot live the way society wants you to live, but Aeon and other nonprofits help you make a path that will go toward your own way of living and shaping your future,” Alberto, Aeon resident Alberto reminds us of the importance of Home and how your […]

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  • Aeon employee holding award.

    The affordable housing dilemma — we can’t win without innovation

    Ten thousand people will be homeless tonight in Minnesota. “But unfortunately,” explains Aeon CEO Alan Arthur, “this is only the tip of a massive iceberg already completely formed, created by 40+ years of political, social and market forces that have led us to the greatest shortage of affordable housing in our country since the early […]

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  • A big thank you to Aeon’s partners — we couldn’t have done it without you

    Aeon is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and we are taking this opportunity to look back on the successes achieved, and the partners who have helped us get here. Today, we want to give a shout out to long-time partners Frerichs Construction and NorthMarq Capital, along with our new media partner, the Star Tribune. […]

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  • Lowry Grove residents at court

    A Lowry Grove recap: Residents are still fighting to keep their homes

    As of today, Lowry Grove residents are still waiting to hear their fate — they are still fighting to keep their homes. If you’ve recently joined the conversation or have missed the most recent updates, scan through our quick recap of the main events occurring from April until now. April and May: Residents of St. […]

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