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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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    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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  • What is Aeon grateful for this year? You!

    When someone asks me how I am, it is common for me to reply, “I’m still the luckiest man in the world.”  My response is often received as automatic, and rather trite. My friend Pastor Agnew of Bethesda Baptist Church predictably retorts, “No, Alan, you’re not lucky…you’re blessed.” All the above is true. In so […]

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  • Wooden Bridge

    Building bridges to cross the class divide

    Strengthening lives and communities is one of the essential goals that drives Aeon’s efforts, and it requires our organization to form a deeper understanding of the families and individuals we are partnering with. Bridges Out of Poverty This past month, the entire Aeon staff met together to attend the Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop, an all-day training event based on the book by Ruby […]

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  • Celebrating preservation and transformation at Parkview Villa

    About Parkview Villa On July 19th we celebrated the grand opening of the newly renovated Parkview Villa in Columbia Heights – a 146-unit apartment complex primarily housing seniors. After seven months of construction, the residents were thrilled to celebrate their new home with a visit from Congressman Keith Ellison and Columbia Heights Mayor, Gary Peterson […]

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  • Help 291 Aeon kids get ready for back to school!

    With the start of the school year approaching, Aeon’s staff and volunteers will launch a back to school drive to help our 193 elementary school, 40 middle school, and 58 high school students get ready to return to class. Many families Aeon serves do not have the resources to purchase back to school supplies for their […]

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    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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    The Word Curse of Affordable Housing

    Affordable housing. Subsidized housing. Low-income housing. These terms all have a very negative connotation to the general public. I believe this is influenced by decades of watching the nightly news or movies and television shows (like Law & Order, in which the only “good” Black character usually portrayed is Ice-T). Low-income families and neighborhoods are […]

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  • Revised income requirement for Aeon apartment homes

    At Aeon, our mission is to create and sustain quality affordable homes that strengthen lives and communities. This past week, we made a policy change we believe will directly impact the individuals and families who need homes the most. We are pleased to share that Aeon’s minimum household income requirement — or the amount of […]

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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 New Jim Crow

    2015 is the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” when hundreds of civil rights marchers were attacked by local police forces in Selma, Alabama. The Selma marches catalyzed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. That same year, the racial segregation laws, known as Jim Crow laws, were finally erased. Yet five decades later, overt, covert, and […]

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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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  • Poverty, Homelessness, and Home

    Poverty. Insufficient income to meet basic needs, to live a fruitful and full life. Home is a basic human need. It follows right behind air, water and food. It’s probably connected with love. Aeon’s vision is that every person has a home. Tonight, there will be 14,000 homeless people in Minnesota. Our work is not […]

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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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