FHLB Des Moines – AHP Project Case Studies

Facing a shortage of housing options for homeless youth, Beacon created 39 units of housing in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina. They did this through an adaptive reuse of an existing commercial building.

In 2016, Beacon developed the 66 West project and teamed up with Edina Community Lutheran Church to offer high quality, permanent housing for 39 homeless young adults. The project site provides access to jobs, transit, and amenities.

Beacon applied a unique approach to build support and lay the groundwork for the project. Beacon achieved this by educating and  organizing hundreds of individuals through their congregations. The community rallied behind the project, working with their elected leaders to become true partners in addressing this need. Over 225 people showed up at city-sponsored public hearings, asking their elected representatives to support the land use and funding approvals for 66 West. As a result, the Edina Mayor, and City Council members voted unanimously on land use approvals. They also voted on a City funding commitment of $550,000 through Tax Increment Financing.

Thanks to the overwhelming community effort and partnerships, homeless youth in the area now have a place to call home.