• Aeon - Home Changes Everything

    The Goldenstar and Sun Place Purchase

    In partnership with the Housing Partnership Equity Trust,  Aeon is purchasing these apartment buildings located in Maplewood, Minn. and Roseville, Minn. with funding support from Ramsey County, Housing and Redevelopment Authority and a mortgage from Citibank. Instead of becoming market rate properties, Aeon will preserve the combined 139 apartment units as affordable  housing for its […]

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  • Aeon Wins Environmental Initiative Award and Preserves a New Property

    Nonprofit Builds Momentum as it Celebrates 30 Years of Providing Affordable Housing

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    Letter to the Editor of the Star Tribune

    On April 20, the Star Tribune published a letter to the editor written by Aeon’s President and CEO, Alan Arthur. The letter was in response to an article about investors buying older apartment buildings in Twin Cities suburbs. After receiving significant feedback and support for this letter to the editor, we posted it here on […]

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    All Aeon employees now earn a minimum of $15 per hour

    The first part of Aeon’s vision statement is quite simple: “Everyone has a Home.” And by home we mean more than four walls and a roof – we mean high quality, affordable apartment homes where residents feel safe, engaged and connected. But it can be hard to create a home if you earn minimum wage. […]

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    Join Connect, Aeon’s young professionals group

    The sounds of laughter and conversation abound in the community room at Aeon’s Continental Hotel. It’s the Connect team’s Share-A-Meal night and volunteers and Aeon residents alike are having a great time. Connect is Aeon’s young professionals group, and members often cite Share-A-Meal as their original point of contact with Aeon. Members have the opportunity […]

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    Aeon: celebrating 30 years of helping residents create Home

    The 4,500 people who live in Aeon homes each year are at the heart of Aeon’s work. In celebration of Aeon’s 30th anniversary, we connected with a resident who recently reached his own milestone. Meet Tony von Krag: a Coyle resident, dual doctoral degree holder, disabled Air Force veteran, and grandfather of four. Learn why Tony has chosen to be […]

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    2015: Year In Review

    2015 was a wonderful year in the Aeon community. We saw the addition of new properties like The Rose, an ultra sustainable environmentally friendly housing community for more than ninety households Parkview Villa and Como by the Lake, housing communities dedicated to providing affordable housing for seniors and individuals with disabilities in Columbia Heights and St. Paul. […]

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  • Staff Spotlight: Scott Redd

    Describe your journey to Aeon.  How did you end up working here? I started off at the University of MN as a student athlete with the dream of becoming an electrical engineer. During college, I volunteered at Bethune Elementary tutoring math and science and fell in love with education. My junior year, I changed my major and graduated with a major […]

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  • Saving Como by the Lake

    On January 4th, 2016 Aeon assumed ownership and management of Como by the Lake Senior Apartments, a 99 unit community mostly housing residents who are elderly and disabled. In April of 2015, residents of Como by the Lake received letters informing them that the federal contract ensuring the acceptance and retention of Section 8 support would not be renewed.  This created the opportunity […]

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  • To the Aeon Community…

    Thank you to all of our donors, volunteers, and friends!  We are continually in awe at the amount of giving you do.  We raised over $20,000 on Give to the Max Day and you gave over $125,000 at Beyond Bricks & Mortar in St. Paul.  This is an amazing testament to you as apart of […]

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  • Indian Knoll Manor

    Aeon has been selected to purchase Indian Knoll Manor, a 50 unit apartment building owned by the City of Mound Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) located in Mound, MN. HRA is committed to preserving the building and its affordability for the residents and selected Aeon through a competitive process to carry out that commitment. Along […]

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  • Volunteer Spotlight: Bob & Carolyn Cuthill

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we decided to express our gratitude and appreciation for our volunteers who do so much to help us make home for many. We chatted with Bob & Carolyn Cuthill to learn more about them and their commitment to Aeon’s work through their 10 years as Aeon volunteers. As a former […]

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  • Gear Up for Give to the Max Day!

    Give to the Max Day was created in 2009 to launch GiveMN, a collaborative venture led by the Minnesota Community Foundation and numerous other organizations committed to making our state a better place. That initial spark touched off a blast of online giving — $14 million in 24 hours. Since then, Give to the Max […]

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  • Aeon MADACS Award Winners

    Record-Breaking Year for Aeon Employees Winning MADACS Awards

    Every year, Aeon staff members attend the prestigious MADACS awards. Created by the Minnesota Multi Housing Association (MHA), they’re are considered “the most honored awards given in recognition of superior contributions to the multi housing industry.” MADACS awards recognize multi-housing owners and associates who have made significant, innovative contributions to multi-housing marketing and management. Aeon […]

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    Parkview Villa Becomes an Aeon Property!

    We’re thrilled to introduce Aeon supporters to Parkview Villa Apartments, our newly acquired affordable apartment community. It’s comprised of 146 units and came under Aeon management on September 24. Parkview provides a home to seniors and individuals with disabilities. Zahra Iliff is the site manager for Parkview Villa, and we recently joined her onsite for […]

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    A Partnership Spanning the City and Multiple Properties

    In preparation for this week’s grand opening of The Rose – and the nearly-completed renovations at The Maryland – we sat down with Doug Mitchell, Associate Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church, to learn more about his church’s commitment to supporting The Rose and other Aeon developments. Westminster has committed almost $4 million toward affordable housing […]

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    A Love of the Game Helps Build Community

    Across the globe, soccer has been known to bring people with great differences together around the spirit of the game. Soccer has changed lives, inspired and fostered community, and brought joy to millions of people for generations. In a similar spirit of creating community and impacting the lives of community members, Aeon recently partnered with North […]

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  • Equity, Sustainablity, and Resiliency at The Rose: Q&A with Billy Weber

    Meet Billy Weber, a longtime Aeon supporter and community partner. Billy has been extensively involved with the creation of The Rose (Aeon and Hope Community’s new ultra-sustainable apartment homes). In preparation for the grand opening of The Rose, we asked him to share some thoughts on equity and sustainability. What was your involvement in the […]

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  • Urban Farm at The Rose (Rendering)

    What does ‘equity’ really mean for residents at The Rose?

    Do residents truly care about healthier building materials, healthier communities, and access to transportation? What will equity and accessibility really mean for the families and individuals who will call The Rose home? This article is the second in a series about equity and accessibility at The Rose. According to a cultural audit, many community residents […]

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  • Donor Spotlight: Dale Forsberg

    May’s Donor Spotlight focuses on Dale Forsberg, President of Watson-Forsberg Construction and a 10-year table captain at Aeon’s annual Beyond Brick & Mortar fundraising event. Between his company’s giving and his personal fundraising efforts, Dale has helped contribute more than $135,000 to support Aeon’s Beyond Bricks & Mortar fundraising breakfasts since 2004. Dale and Watson-Forsberg […]

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  • Equity and Accessibility at The Rose: Part 1

    By now you’ve likely heard about the exciting construction of The Rose, Aeon and Hope Community’s ultra-sustainable apartment homes located at the intersection of Franklin and Portland avenues. We’re proud that it’s one of the greenest and most sustainable places to live in the U.S., but we’re equally proud of how equitable and accessible these apartment homes […]

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  • Jan Dufault

    A Gift of Artwork from the Heart

    Artwork and beauty are important components of creating home, so Aeon includes art as much as possible when constructing or renovating properties. During a recent renovation of the Crest Apartments in Brooklyn Center, Jan Dufault — a donor, volunteer, and former Aeon board member — had been asked to lend her creative eye (and degree in interior design) […]

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  • A Long-term Commitment to Supportive Housing and Community Partnerships

    In 1991, when the Hennepin County Task Force on Homelessness set the goal of providing 800 affordable homes to serve homeless individuals, the Opportunity Housing Partnership (OHP) was born. Consisting of Aeon’s Coyle, Lamoreaux, and Continental apartment buildings, OHP became one of Minneapolis’ earliest service-enriched housing projects for individuals who had experienced homelessness. The Lamoreaux and the Continental Hotel […]

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  • Aeon Renovations

    Minneapolis Portfolio Under Construction

    In the February edition of eNews, we highlighted our Minneapolis Portfolio Preservation Project that will preserve 582 of Aeon’s affordable apartment homes in Minneapolis. The renovations focus on increasing energy efficiency, enhancing security, and repairing or replacing mechanical systems. This includes replacing windows, heating systems, and plumbing fixtures; repairing roofs; and updating kitchens, bathrooms, and […]

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  • Adams Building

    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 extensive hours for staff members were all part of the process to begin renovation on our Minneapolis Portfolio Preservation Project. Numbers, dollar […]

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  • Matthew Moore

    Bread Donations Connect Both Stomach and Heart

    Nearly every Thursday evening for the past two years, Matthew Moore has pulled up to several of Aeon’s Minneapolis properties with a special delivery: bags upon bags of donated bread from the nearby New French Bakery. From baguettes to bagels, there are hundreds of rolls and loaves to carry into the Aeon apartment building. “I […]

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  • The Adams

    Aeon Preserves 582 Affordable Apartment Homes in Minneapolis

    We are thrilled to announce we closed on our Minneapolis Portfolio Preservation Project (the “Portfolio Preservation”) today. This $23.1 million renovation project spans 10 Aeon properties in Minneapolis and preserves or creates 582 affordable apartment homes. We acquired or constructed each of these 10 properties over the past 28 years. Nine of the buildings are located in Minneapolis’ […]

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    A Gift That Spans Generations

    Dean and Carol LaFrenz and their sons, Mark and Scott, have been longtime supporters of Aeon. Dean and Carol have also spent countless hours volunteering with Aeon. Their commitment to philanthropy and volunteer involvement expanded from two to three generations after a very special Christmas gift the family is sure to remember forever. We talked […]

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    Aeon Residents Lead Wellness Efforts

    Messages about wellness are plastered across billboards, bus signs, magazine ads, and the internet. You can hardly turn around without seeing something about healthy food, exercise, or stress reduction. But there are many barriers to wellness and healthier living, including low incomes and a lack of access to information about healthy choices and resources. At […]

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  • The Rose: Setting a New Standard for Ultra-Sustainable Urban Living

    When construction is complete this fall, The Rose will provide home for individuals and families with a wide range of incomes. Offering 90 new apartment homes to the Twin Cities, The Rose will also be a prime example of ultra-sustainable building practices for others to replicate. With locally sourced building materials, non-toxic paints and finishes, […]

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  • Construction at The Rose

    Aeon’s Year in Review

    2014 was an exciting year for Aeon—we broke ground on new properties, renovated existing ones, and started a new fundraising tradition in St. Paul. We also benefited from thousands of hours of volunteer service and celebrated the accomplishments of Aeon residents. Here are just a few of our 2014 highlights:  We started construction on the final […]

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    Toys for Tots – making the holiday season extra special for Aeon residents

    The holiday season can be stressful for many families, especially those without a lot of extra resources. We were thrilled to once again partner with Toys for Tots to provide gifts for children who live at Aeon properties. Families from any of Aeon’s 36 properties could submit the names and ages of their children, and […]

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    Donor Spotlight: Bruce and Nick Nerland

    Meet the Nerlands. Bruce and Nick (uncle and nephew, respectively) have been longtime supporters of Aeon and its mission to provide affordable, sustainable homes across the Twin Cities. In this month’s donor spotlight, they sat down with us to talk about their first involvement with Aeon, how the issue of homelessness and affordable housing affects […]

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    Help Make Home for the Holidays

    As we continue through the holiday giving season and the end of 2014 approaches, we ask you to keep us in mind for your year-end donations. Aeon is close to meeting its yearly fundraising goal—funds that help create home and provide supportive services for thousands of people—but we still need your help!

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    An Aeon Thanksgiving

    Every year, residents at Aeon properties across the Twin Cities enjoy a special Thanksgiving meal. The food is cooked and served by some wonderful volunteers who are helping to achieve Aeon’s mission—and for them, we are so thankful.

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  • Beyond Bricks & Mortar 2014: St. Paul

    Aeon has been working with St. Paul communities for over a decade, providing Home to more than 480 individuals at three properties; Crane Ordway, Renaissance Box and Sienna Green.

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  • Lynette Dumalag Wins 2014 Leadership Award

    Lynette Dumalag has always had a passion to serve others. Now, she’s being recognized for her commitment to compassion as she receives the 2014 Leadership Award from the Minneapolis Downtown Council.

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  • Open House Celebrates Completed Crest Renovations

    The Crest apartments in Brooklyn Center recently received a $2.5 million renovation including new elevators, A/C units, and a redesigned awning and entryway. Come see what’s new!

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  • Going, Going, GREEN! Aeon’s History of Sustainable Homes

    Since our first big push for sustainable homes over a decade ago, Aeon continues to develop not only safe, affordable, reliable homes, but ones that are sustainable and environmentally responsible. Our newest property, The Rose, aspires to be the greenest building of its kind in America.

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  • Aeon Welcomes New Board Members

    Aeon is excited to welcome new members to Aeon’s board! Aeon’s Board of Directors is comprised of 18 director positions (with up to three additional potential short-term positions). At least one-third of the board is comprised of residents of low-income neighborhoods or low-income persons; 60% is comprised of members of the organization; and at least three directors are residents of Aeon properties.

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  • Learning, Life, and Lessons at The Landing

    Susan has been teaching for nearly 30 years. From kindergartners to college students, from math to music, she’s been educating children for the better part of 3 decades. Now she’s schooling a different type of student as she volunteers to teach a Spanish class to the senior residents at The Landing in Chaska.

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  • Aeon Completes Renovation of Affordable Housing in Brooklyn Center

    Aeon has completed the renovation of The Crest apartment homes in Brooklyn Center.

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  • Aeon and Hope Community Start Construction on Final Phase of the South Quarter

    Aeon and Hope Community have started construction on the final phase of the South Quarter development. The funding partners for this $35.6 million development include U.S. Bank, Minnesota Housing, Family Housing Fund, the City of Minneapolis, the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County, and private philanthropic funds.

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  • Donor Spotlight Q&A: Rob Clapp

    This month, we sit down and talk with longtime Aeon supporter Rob Clapp. Rob, who has been an Aeon donor for years, attended his first Aeon fundraising event nearly a decade ago and has been helping Aeon provide affordable, safe housing ever since.

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  • Backpack Attack 2014 Presented by U.S. Bank

    Prepping your kids as they head back to school can be expensive – for those living in affordable housing, it can be near impossible. Between notebooks and textbooks, pens and pencils, trapper-keepers and book bags; the cost can be staggering. Earlier this month, US Bank provided backpacks and school supplies to over 50 children and their families at Sienna Green apartments in Roseville.

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  • South Quarter IV Entering Final Phase

    After years of development, one of Aeon’s most ambitious projects is entering its final phase. Located at the Minneapolis intersection of Franklin and Portland Avenues, the completed property will provide 120 mixed-income apartments with amenities like a lounge, conference room, fitness centers, and a large community garden.

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  • Paige Hall giving back: “You have no idea how much it helps.”

    Early this month, organizers at Paige Hall put together quite the event; their goal? To provide hundreds with free groceries, toiletries and essential support services. People from around Minneapolis lined up around the block to take part in one of the summer’s most successful community events.

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  • Aeon celebrates the Grand Opening of our newest property, The Landing.

    This month, Aeon celebrated the grand opening of The Landing, our first development exclusively for seniors. Located in Chaska on the banks of the Minnesota River,
    The Landing provides 54 units of affordable, energy-efficient housing in a great location.

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  • Aeon makes National Night Out an evening to remember.

    Each year, thousands of people strengthen their communities by throwing block parties and backyard BBQs in a nationwide event called National Night Out. This year, Aeon is doing its part to provide the neighborhoods of Minneapolis with the greatest night out ever.

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  • Aeon Opens Senior Affordable Housing Development in Chaska

    The Grand Opening event celebrates how The Landing apartments offer affordable housing for low-income senior residents while helping the City of Chaska fulfill its vision of redeveloping this property and enhancing the connection from downtown to the Minnesota River.

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  • Aeon and NeighborWorks Week volunteers go green at South Quarter.

    Each year thousands of volunteers, in hundreds of locations around the country, come together in the spirit of service to strengthen their communities, encourage civic responsibility, and build lifelong relationships. Read how volunteers across America came together for a record-breaking show of service.

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  • “Like I’d Won the Lottery” – Resident Stories: Rex

    If you met Rex today you’d have a hard time being convinced that a few years ago he was a functioning alcoholic – living on the streets of Minneapolis and scraping together what money he could just to get by. His big, boisterous demeanor and charming smile tell a story of a man who was given a second chance – and took it. Read about Rex’s amazing journey from homeless, to housed, in this month’s resident story.

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  • Eagle Scouts and Aeon share their spirit of service.

    Aeon property Paige Hall got a little spring cleaning thanks to the help of Martin brothers Max and Bobby. The siblings organized their boy scout troop to come out and help residents organize the Paige Hall basement so it could be used to storage. They were honored with the rank of Eagle Scout due to their outstanding service to Aeon and the greater community in general.

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  • Comcast Cares Day lends Aeon a helping hand.

    Each year, Comcast employees and their families reach out to the community in the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort. This spring they turned out in record numbers to help care for Aeon’s historic Ripley Garden property.

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  • Beyond Bricks & Mortar: Stories of hope at Aeon’s annual fundraiser.

    Aeon’s 14th annual Beyond Bricks & Mortar event was held in downtown Minneapolis last week, where 800 of our closest friends gathered to raise $500,000 towards Aeon’s mission to provide safe, affordable housing for everyone in the Twin Cities. Thanks so much to all of our donors and volunteers!

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  • Alvin Kennedy’s extraordinary restart: “How art revived me.”

    Alvin Kennedy had always been a leader – on the football field and in his community. But when a coma struck him unable to perform even the most basic tasks, Alvin showed the world what perseverance, hope, and an indomitable spirit looks like. Now, Alvin shares with us his story of success against all odds.

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    DC Group organizes successful donation drive for Aeon residents

    Earlier in April, company DC Group organized a four day donation supply drive for Aeon residents. Over 1,000 items were donated by DC Group staff and included blankets, non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, and much more.

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  • Aeon purchases Prospect Park Habitat for Humanity property

    In conjunction with city-wide efforts to redevelop the Prospect Park neighborhood in Minneapolis, and create affordable and sustainable homes, Aeon purchased the now former Habitat for Humanity headquarters site in April.

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  • Sherry finds Home and Community

    Sherry Shannon has endured many challenging situations throughout her life. However, upon finding home and stability at Sienna Green, Sherry has become a community champion and an inspiration.

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  • Facing so many waiting lists for senior housing, for Shirley, finding The Landing was a “miracle”

    Following the loss of her husband Gordy, her lifelong friend, Shirley Obermann tackled her next major life change — moving from her single-family home to a one-bedroom apartment.

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  • The Landing opens to its first residents, low-income seniors

    “We are thrilled with how things look,” shared Aeon director of housing development James Lehnhoff, on the March 1 opening of The Landing to its first residents. “This is more than just an apartment building. We’ve focused on creating home.”

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  • The Rose to start construction in late spring

    Late this spring, Aeon and Hope Community will start construction on The Rose – the nation’s first multifamily, mixed-income sustainable development of its kind. The fourth phase of the South Quarter will provide green living to families of all income levels in the heart of south Minneapolis.

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  • Homework + Camp Fire = Fun for Aeon residents’ children

    Who knew that the words “homework” and “fun” could be used in the same sentence? Thanks to a new partnership with Camp Fire Minnesota, Aeon school-age children are having fun with homework AND learning valuable skills to prepare them for the future.

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  • Home is about affording what you need

    Clark Adams has lived at The Crest Apartments in Brooklyn Center for 10 years. Living at The Crest has helped him afford what he needs while working full-time as a custodian for the Blaisdell YMCA in downtown Minneapolis.

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  • Leadership training experience ignites residents’ outreach plans

    Paige Hall’s resident leadership team has bold plans to serve their community. Participating in the invitation-only, national NeighborWorks America’s Community Leadership Institute (CLI) this fall was just the ticket to ignite their vision.

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  • When home is the key to success

    “Keep your head up. Keep pushing on. Know your resources,” shared Mike Lynch, Alliance Apartments resident. “They are your keys to success.” Learn what Mike means as an Alliance Apartments’ resident.

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  • Aeon holiday campaign tops goal at $28,772

    Aeon’s donors and friends gave $28,772 during our annual year-end fundraising campaign. We topped our $25,000 goal, thanks to your generous support!

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