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Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Housing Development, Construction & Management, Housing Rehabilitation, Human Services

Mission: Since 1986, Aeon has worked to serve the growing number of people in the Twin Cities who struggle to afford housing. With a vision that every person has a home and is interconnected within community, Aeon’s mission is to create and sustain quality, affordable homes that strengthen lives and communities. Strong communities start with the individuals and families who live within them—and we believe that home is at the center of a successful life.

Results: The Twin Cities is experiencing an escalating housing crisis. To address our community’s severe affordable housing shortage, Aeon takes bold action. In 2016, our Strategic Plan established the goal to create or preserve 3,000 affordable homes by 2022. Our growth places mission at the center; our community demands that Aeon and others do more to address the housing crisis, and we are committed to answer that call. Since 2017, we preserved and created nearly 2,000 affordable apartments and prevented the displacement of 3,000 low-income residents. Today Aeon owns and manages 4,440 apartment homes across the Twin Cities. 92% of our apartment homes are affordable for low-income households (earning ≤60% AMI).

Target demographics: Aeon is driven by the simple, yet ambitious, belief that everyone deserves a home. We leverage more than 30 years of experience and expertise to provide home for residents that often face great barriers to housing stability. Our properties cater to a range of residents including youth, seniors, families who have experienced homelessness, individuals with chemical and mental health challenges, and people with disabilities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Aeon is home to approximately 9,000 residents each year.

Geographic areas served: Aeon owns 56 properties in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Chaska, Columbia Heights, Edina, Little Canada, Maplewood, Mound, New Hope, Ramsey, Richfield and Roseville.

Programs: We are making impacts in our community through three core programmatic work areas: 1) Housing Development, 2) Resident Connections and 3) Property Management.

(1) Aeon’s Housing Development team takes bold action to expand the stock of affordable homes through new construction and acquisition of affordable properties. Our preservation and construction projects knit long-term affordability into vibrant communities, ensuring opportunity and access for all—not just those at the highest levels of income.

(2) Resident Connections is Aeon’s supportive services program. Through social ties, leadership development, and targeted support services we promote long-term stability for residents with the greatest needs. Resident Connections empowers residents to take ownership of their housing stability and their future.

(3) Our Property Management team ensures our properties are quality homes for the long-term while building positive, long-term relationships with residents.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Let me tell you all something I live in one of their buildings, and AEON is lying to all of you. I'm about to get evicted because I can't pay my rent. I don't live on the section 8 side either. All they do is threaten you with UD They do not fix things in your Apartment when they are broke. I seriously doubt that they spend the money the Government gives them to do upgrades to the building every year. Their have been over `10 Deaths in the Apartment Building that I live in and I have lived their for 7.5 years. I was on RSDI and they got on me about having to do something productive 25 hours a week. That was a addemum attached to the lease. So went I went to do something Productive I went to MCTC for a semester and a half they made me drop out because I was going to school full time and they said that was interfering with my lease. I then got a part time job because I was on RSDI and now I'm off RSDI because I went over what I could make a month by 80.00 and now I can't pay my rent and other bills. They haven't done nothing but screwed me over. OH and I should tell you there are others who they have screwed over.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with my husband and my daughers. I found this organization online several years ago when I was looking for an opportunity where I could combine my love of cooking with my desire to help others. AEON was absolutely the answer. Several times a year my family along with a few friends purchase, cook and serve to the same AEON property. I love that we are able to serve to the same property every time as we have become very close to the residents. It has been a wonderful experience, and the residents are so humble and thankful. I would HIGHLY recommend this organization to anyone looking for a volunteer opportunity!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Aeon when my company participated in a clean-up day around their properties. It was nice to connect with my coworkers in a setting outside of work and get some fresh air while helping others. Then, I helped serve meals at Aeon apartment complexes. I love the Share-A-Meal program because the volunteers and tenants have fun while doing it, and I pick up some cooking tips along the way! I also attended several fundraising events put on by Connect, a young professionals group in alignment with Aeon’s mission. The Connect members get creative in finding ways to support the organization. Finally, I volunteered to teach computer skills at one of the apartments monthly. I realized that it doesn’t seem like much to share a couple hours of my time and some computer know-how that I might take for granted, but it can mean a lot to the residents. In all of these experiences with Aeon, the staff has been incredibly dedicated and resourceful, the residents are thoughtful and appreciative, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

In 2003 we were introduced to AEON, an organization working to create and sustain affordable housing. This was a mission we both strongly supported. How could anyone hold a job, get a good education, and raise a family without home? We both agreed we must be a part of AEON. We have toured building projects, attended first shovel events, listened to residents' stories, and met the outstanding, dedicated staff. We have introduced AEON to many of our friends and business associates. Many have become active. Our only frustration is not being able to provide more funding. We believe AEON is strengthening individual lives and our community. It deserves your support.
Marsha Gille & Roger Raina
15 South First Street A1419
Minneapolis, MN 55401-1823

Denise31

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I have volunteered with Aeon for many years. It is such a rewarding experience. We bring our children with us. We serve meals to the same people in the same building. They people have become like family to us. We love to prep and cook and serve and eat and visit with the people who have become friends of ours. It is something we share with our friends. There is a small group of us that plan, buy, make and serve these great people about 5 times a year. The organization is amazing to work with. It is easy yo volunteer and you really feel that they really care about the residents and the volunteers. I really enjoy being able to bring my children. They are always excited to join us. They serve food and sit and talk with the people. The people there are excited to see them grow. I would highly recommend this organization to anyone who is looking for a life changing ongoing volunteer program to work with.