FREE SPEECH ZONE | Helping Low-Income Families Help Themselves


Early in the morning, the line for the restroom is already full. 

 “There is nothing better than having place to call home and know that you and your loved ones have safe place to come back to after all the long, tiring days of work,” said Ali, a student from Roosevelt High School. 

I think everyone would like to have that special place call home; a place that keeps you comfortable without having to worry about losing it to banks or rental owners. What if you don’t have that place? Could you and your loved one considered a family? Could you even have family in that situation?

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Well folks, there are many people who lose their homes every year in Minneapolis.  The good news is that a non-profit organization called Project for Pride in Living (PPL) decided to help those people who need most. According to the PPL website, “the association was founded in 1972 by a group of volunteers concerned with the diminishing quality of housing stock in the inner city neighborhoods of Minneapolis.”

 “PPL helped thousands of low-income people to build a brighter future,” said Ms. Fresher who is in charge of giving homes to homeless and disabled people.

 So, how does PPL help people? “They help people by offering affordable rentals and housing, and providing tools to help themselves,” said Ahmed who is in charge to make sure low-income families have enough to pay their rent.  Some of these programs include employment Training, Family Support and Youth Programs.

 How do they keep providing entirely free programs every year? PPL gets some help from the government, section 8, and individual donations. Mabruuka who is complaints manager said, “Our mission is to break the cycle of not having home generation to generation.”