Beacon Housing: Families Need Us to Show Up

Let’s get straight to the point: April is going to be critical to making sure families can find their way home to Vista 44 and Emerson Village.

We need Hennepin County to help fund these homes, and county commissioners hold the key. Beacon’s collaborative will be showing up strong for three conversations with commissioners to demonstrate the support for these essential homes – can you be there with us?

April 13, 7 p.m. with Jeffrey Lunde & Irene Fernando – register here

April 19, 7 p.m. with Marion Greene, Angela Conley, & Debbie Goettel – register here 

April 27, 7 p.m. with Chris LaTondresse & Kevin Anderson – register here

Check out this video post and continue reading for five reasons to make these a priority in April:

  1. The housing gap is real.

There are more than 53,000 extremely low-income households in Hennepin County – but fewer than 19,000 homes are affordable to them. That’s a gap of 34,000 homes!

  1. The gap shines a light on inequities.

The housing gap disproportionately impacts Black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) – a result of systemic racism.

  1. 90 new homes are ready to go.

Beacon’s Emerson Village in North Minneapolis and Vista 44 in Hopkins will be home to families at the lowest income levels (earning $31,000 or less for a family of four).

  1. Hennepin County has the power to prioritize in 2021.

This May, commissioners vote on where the county will spend millions of dollars in capital resources for affordable housing.

  1. We have the power to push priorities.

When collaborative members show up in strong numbers, we send a strong message to county commissioners about our values and expectations. It’s time to remove the roadblocks. It’s time to prioritize families at the lowest incomes in 2021.

It’s time to take action to ensure we can move forward in our mission to fully fund home. No matter WHERE you live, join us at one or more of these upcoming Funding Home: Hennepin County Commissioner Conversations taking place April 13April 19, and April 27

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