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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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  • Today is a victory: Minneapolis landlords can no longer discriminate against Section 8 voucher holders

    Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV), which include Section 8 vouchers, were supposed to make it easier for low-income individuals and families to find quality affordable housing that makes sense for where their kids go to school, where they see their doctor and where they work. Because many landlords do not accept Section 8 vouchers, however, it […]

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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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