Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative
Region & Communities
How Stable Housing Turned this Teen's Life Around
Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative consists of 80+ congregations committed to ending homelessness through housing, the Families Moving Forward shelter program, and public advocacy. Beacon houses 775 residents progressing with their lives, no longer worried about finding a home. Within McKnight’s efforts to promote affordable housing and systems that increase family stability, Beacon receives general operating support for their work to provide homes for all.
Sydney came to Beacon in some ways as a typical teenager. She just graduated from high school. She was saving up to buy a car, and looking forward to the new season of “Orange Is the New Black.” In other ways, Sydney is anything but typical. She has been on her own for about two years, having left her home due to family instability. She’s stayed at two youth shelter programs, the last one for 11 months while waiting to get into Nicollet Square, an apartment complex with supportive services designed for youth ages 16-21 that have experienced homelessness or are exiting the foster care system.