Weekly Roundup: Mar 29-25

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.


Announcements

Systemic racism haunts homeownership rates in Minnesota
How generations of discriminatory policies and practices created and reinforce racial disparities in homeownership: https://www.minneapolisfed.org/article/2021/systemic-racism-haunts-homeownership-rates-in-minnesota

City’s Just Deeds Project will allow Minneapolis homeowners to discharge racial covenants recorded against properties, reclaim homes as equitable spaces: The City of Minneapolis has launched a new initiative providing Minneapolis homeowners with the opportunity to learn about, acknowledge and discharge racial covenants recorded against their properties. The City’s Just Deeds Project, led by the City Attorney’s Office, will allow people to reclaim their homes as equitable spaces.

Racial covenants were binding documents recorded against a property’s title, which prohibited all future owners of the property from selling it, renting it, or allowing it to be used by people of certain races or ethnicities. Racial covenants were recorded on residential properties in Minneapolis by developers and homeowners beginning in the 1910s to prevent the sale and use of these properties to non-white Minneapolitans. Mapping Prejudice, a research project based in the Borchert Map Library at the University of Minnesota, has compiled a map of over 8,000 properties in Minneapolis with racial covenants. 

Through the City’s Just Deeds Project, Minneapolis homeowners can acknowledge and disclaim the racial covenants recorded against their properties by recording a discharge form against their property title. The City Attorney’s Office staff will assist homeowners in completing this process free of charge. Hennepin County has also waived its typical fees associated with this process. Participation in the City’s program will be first-come, first-serve, subject to staffing availability. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.Learn more about the Just Deeds Project by visiting the City’s website or by emailing JustDeedsProject@minneapolismn.govRead more about the Just Deeds Project

 

Rebuilding Longfellow – Existing Conditions Assessment and Community Survey Results
LCC is pleased to announce the completion of the “Rebuild Longfellow Existing Conditions Assessment”.  The document, developed under the auspices of Longfellow Community Council (LCC), is the result of an unprecedented community partnership between LCC, Greater Longfellow community organizations, residents and businesses, and a consortium of planning and design consultants assembled and led by Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc (SEH®). The consultants brought together by SEH – including Biko Associates, Inc., Patrick Connoy and Community Design Group – offered their services to the community on a pro-bono basis with the goal of assisting in planning efforts to rebuild.

Importantly, the document is meant to be used as a non-proprietary, freely shared platform that will serve as foundational reference to inform planning efforts that are currently ramping up and are being led by allied organizations, including Longfellow Rising, Redesign, Longfellow Business Association, Lake Street Council and others. You can read the full Existing Conditions Assessment and Community Survey results on our website at: www.longfellow.org/rebuilding-greater-longfellow



Harambee Sports Club has an ongoing community engagement and wellbeing project collecting houseplant cuttings from friends and neighbors. Plant cuttings will be propagated, potted and distributed to teens participating in our programming. Providing houseplants to young people (often one’s first) provides opportunities to nurture life while relieving stress and improving mood and creativity. Harambee Sports Club is in the process of distributing houseplants to over 50 teenagers but we are looking to continue growing new plants in order to make them available to as many young people as possible. It’s our hope that our recipients will in turn grow new plants to share with others.
 
We are actively seeking donations of Pothos (Golden Pothos, Money Plant, Devil’s Ivy) and other easy to care for houseplants. Cuttings of long, healthy vines are preferred. Donations may be dropped off or Harambee Sports Club will make arrangements to pick up your cuttings.
 
To make a donation of cuttings, request a houseplant or volunteer with our houseplant project visit www.harambee.us/houseplants or contact Pete Munene, pete.munene@harambee.us or 612.396.9511 
Harambee Sports Club advocates for diversity, equity and cultural humility in youth sports. We see sports as an engaging experience that supports youth development with positive role models and provides youth with opportunities to create connections with each other and their communities.
 



Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Security Lighting Grants Available  
The Longfellow Community Council is now offering grants of up to $200 to reimburse residential property owners in Greater Longfellow for security lighting purchases. For information on eligible project and how to apply, please visit www.longfellow.org/programs/home-security-lighting-grant/

If you have questions about the program or application process, please contact LCC Program Manager Justin Gaarder at: justin@longfellow.org
 

An Invitation from Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors to Minnesota’s Solos
“Solos” are individuals who cannot or choose not to rely on family to help navigate life events and make health decisions.  If you think this term applies to you, you are invited to attend the online presentation “Solos-An Invisible Wave” on March 24, from 2:00pm – 3:30pm.

You will hear background on solos and why “solo-ness” can impact anyone, including those with families. You will also hear why solos need to do better and different planning for the second half of life. You will also have the opportunity to help form and participate in an ongoing solos peer support group near you. Connect with others for social support, shared problem solving, and other activities.

The presentation is free, but you must pre-register by March 22, to receive information on how to participate online or by phone.  Call Healthy Seniors at 612-729-5799 or email juliaockuly@LShealthyseniors.org to register or receive more information.



Chard Your Yard 2021!
Garden beds sales are almost full for Chard Your Yard this year but we still have a couple subsidized beds available for low income households and a double high bed for a person with physical disabilities that live within the Longfellow neighborhoods. New this year we are also selling buckets of dirt from the Mulch Store. 5 gallon buckets are $2 each with a pick up location in Longfellow. Lastly, volunteer registration is open and we need volunteers! There are several different dates available to volunteer. Please check out chardyouryard.com for more information and to sign up.


$15 online workshops: creating resilient yards
Ready to spend more time in your yard? Do you want to improve it but don’t know where to start? Learn with experts to plan and create beautiful, functional spaces that also protect the local ecosystem whether you want a raingarden and native prairie, or a low-maintenance lawn that also helps pollinators.

Workshops: This spring, webinars feature experts in landscape design, pollinator habitat, soil health, native plants and yard maintenance. Presentations are followed by a Q&A, or discussions in small groups or one on one with a Blue Thumb landscape designer and UMN Extension Master Gardener volunteer – Hennepin County.

Scholarships are available on request. Space is limited. For more information and to register, go to bluethumb.org/events or call 651-699-2426.

Resident safety:Stay informed and create a plan to be safe during the trial.

Business and property safety: Read how the trial may affect businesses and properties, and how to prepare.Here is the presentation deck for the Situational Awareness and De-Escalation training given last week by Corcoran Neighborhood Organization and the Nonviolent Peaceforce. 

City offers web resource with trial information
A new City web resource offers information and updates around the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd.
City information and links to partners in the new web section will help residents, businesses and others:

  • Find current street closures.
  • Sign up for trial updates from MN District Court.
  • Report suspicious activity.
  • Look up mental health and well-being resources for support during traumatic times.

They can also explore ways to prepare and stay informed, learn about security preparations and updates during the trial, follow impacts to traffic and transportation, and find public data on the officers involved.
The web pages will be updated as new information becomes available and as situations change.
 Government Center services relocating during Chauvin trial; pandemic service changes continue
Hennepin County remains committed to providing services to residents during the ongoing pandemic and during the trial of Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd. Many county services continue to be offered online, by phone and in person by appointment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hennepin County’s role in the trial is to ensure that the Fourth Judicial District Court can conduct business in a safe and effective manner. To do that, it is necessary to restrict access to the Government Center to court-related services and implement additional security measures inside and outside the building

Access to the Government Center will be restricted to the operations of District Court for the duration of the trial. The Government Center Parking Ramp will also be closed to the public. Learn more


Friday, Mar 19 

Virtual Powwow w/ Culture Language Arts Network @ 5-8pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT • Facebook Live
Drum exhibition! 
The first 6 drums to register will be able to sing at the Indian Center during allotted time slots.
5-6:30pm: 3 drums
6:30-8pm: 3 drums
5 singers maximum, no drum hopping, local drums only please. This is for social distancing and to allow only 15 people in at a time.
CONTEST! • 1st Place: $500 • 2nd Place: $300 • 3rd Place: $200 • 3 consolation prizes of $100
To register, contact Lvmhe Sampson at lsampson@maicnet.org

YOUTH SPECIAL! 0-16 years old
Open category! Dancers can dance to whatever song they like. Upload your videos to the event page using the hashtag #MAICYouthDancers and say the phrase “Culture is my Prevention”
Submit your videos at anytime on March 19th: 1st Place: $125 • 2nd Place: $75 • 3rd Place: $50 


This Is Minnesota Orchestra: Television, Radio + Streaming 2021 w/ Handel’s Messiah – Virtual Sing-along @ 8:30-9pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
The Minnesota Orchestra returns to the Orchestra Hall stage this fall with a re-imagined concert season designed for television, radio and streaming audiences. Hosted by Sarah Hicks and Classical MPR’s Melissa Ousley, the broadcasts and livestreams will afford wide and easy access for audiences across the state and beyond to experience a live Minnesota Orchestra performance.


Arne Fogel Presents 1946 – The Birth of the Boom w/  Crooners Supper Club and Arne Fogel @ 5:30pm • ONLINE EVENT • Facebook Live
This show will be live-streamed for free in partnership with the Twin Cities Jazz Festival and Crooners through the Keep Music Live fund.
IN-PERSON TICKETS — https://www.eventbrite.com/e/140932124779
LIVE-STREAM — https://www.crowdcast.io/e/arne-fogel-presents-1946 or call the box office at 763-760-0062

“…I can’t think of anyone else around here who does what Fogel does…… There’s a dearth of male jazz vocalists in general, and none in this area who has mastered Fogel’s unique style of pop/swing. It’s accessible, danceable, romantic and fun….” – Pamela Espeland, MinnPost

ARNE FOGEL IS A 2008 INDUCTEE INTO THE “MID-AMERICA MUSIC HALL OF FAME”.
Arne appears frequently as a singer at the top jazz venues in the Twin Cities, and served as the opening act for Rosemary Clooney during her December 2001 appearance at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

Arne Fogel has written, produced and appeared in over two dozen concert presentations in such venues as Orchestra Hall, Bloomington Center For the Arts, Hopkins Center for the Arts, 3M History Theater, The Capri Theater, and many other venues throughout the Upper Midwest, and has appeared in countless others. The Nancy Harms show “Ellington At Night”, which he wrote, co-created, and co-produced with Harms, has been presented in such venues as The Dunsmore Room, Lincoln Center (NYC), Albert Hall (London), and New Morning (Paris). Arne has appeared frequently in singing appearances with Kathryn (Mrs. Bing) Crosby in The Heights Theater and The Minneapolis Woman’s Club Theater in Minneapolis, and has participated in countless “live” radio concerts, including three years as a regular performer on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”. Arne has performed on nearly 1,500 recording sessions as a singer on jingles and film soundtracks, and has recorded several albums (“YOU CALL IT MADNESS”, “WRAP YOUR TROUBLES IN DREAMS”, “LET’S NOT BE SENSIBLE”), and co-produced several albums for vocalist Nancy Harms.


Cedar Commissions – Night 4, BEA w/ The Cedar Cultural Center @ 7:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT 
Online: boxoffice.mandolin.com

Beatriz Correia Lima’s performance has been rescheduled to Friday, March 19, 2021 at 7:30pm. The original date of March 5th, also featured AJ Isaacson-Zvidzwa’s performance, so all tickets purchased for AJ’s performance will grant access to Bea’s show, and all tickets purchased for Bea’s show will allow replay of AJ’s performance. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. Please reach out to help@mandolin.com with any questions.

BEA: Born and raised in Portugal and now based in Minneapolis, Beatriz Correia Lima is a multimedia artist fusing Portuguese folk, fado, jazz, indie-pop, hip-hop, and reggaeton, with story-telling. Trebaruna – named after a Lusitanian Deity protector of property, family, and home – is a collection of songs tied together through a single narrative. Beatriz was inspired by Sarah Beirão’s book A Luta, which tells the story of one family through the lives of three generations of women and their struggle to pursue their ambitions while navigating obstacles in a world designed for the happiness and comfort of men.

In Trebaruna, Beatriz tells the story of a Portuguese mother and daughter’s relationship as the daughter leaves home after an economic crisis and a divorce devastates her family. With her mother unemployed, her father forced to seek work outside the country, and no prospects for herself, the daughter now has to make her way in a world and leave her country. Trebaruna is not only an exploration of the social, political, and cultural shifts that happened in Portugal after the world crisis when thousands of highly skilled Portuguese migrants left due to high unemployment rates; it’s a reflection on “machismo,” love, professional ambition, migration, tradition, and cultural identity in an ever-changing, globalized world.

The Cedar Commissions is made possible in part by a grant from the Jerome Foundation.

Saturday, Mar 20

Walker Dialogue: Chloé Zhao w/ Walker Art Center @ 7-8:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Online: walkerart.org

“For me, filmmaking will always be driven by my desire to learn about the world I’m not familiar with. Sometimes on that journey, I also get to rediscover who I am.” —Chloé Zhao

For a very special 2021 Walker Dialogue, award-winning, Beijing-born, US-based filmmaker Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) will speak with Sheryl Mousley, former senior curator of Moving Image at Walker Art Center, and Walker audiences virtually about her remarkable career, inspirations, and influences. The writer, director, and producer will also discuss her experiential approach to emotionally intimate, humanist filmmaking. Zhao redefines and reinvents American cinema genres, creating immersive worlds with her actors and environments. In lieu of a film retrospective in the Walker Cinema, you can view Zhao’s features from home.

How to View:
• $12 ($10 Walker members) per household
Walker Film Club Presale: Thursday, February 25, 11 am–Saturday, February 27, 10:59 am
General Member Presale: Saturday, February 27, 11 am–Thursday, March 4, 10:59 am
Public On-Sale: Thursday, March 4, 11 am
After your purchase is complete, you’ll be able to join the conversation on March 20 from your Content Page. Ticket sales will end on March 20 at 7:30 pm.
Please note, all times are in Central Time. Daylight Savings Time begins on March 14, 2021.

Sunday, Mar 21

YA Discussion Group @ Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers @ 5:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Are you a young adult who likes books? Let’s talk!

The YA Discussion Group is a virtual book club for young adult readers. We’ll be reading a different book every month and discussing it alongside whatever else we’ve been reading, watching, and thinking about. This is the world’s lowest-pressure book club—don’t like the book? Don’t finish it! Ran out of time? It’s that kind of year. Rather tell us about the 20-volume fantasy epic that’s been consuming your every waking moment? We want to hear about it!

We’ll discuss THE BOOK THIEF by Marcus Zusak–both the book AND the movie! Or, feel free to tell us about anything else you’ve been reading. We’ll send out a Zoom link a little bit ahead of time. For now, happy reading, and we can’t wait to see you there!

**Mention that you’re a YADG member in the order comments at checkout to get 20% off of this month’s book! https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/YADG **

To join the YA Discussion Group and get a link to our next meeting, please contact Linda at linda@wildrumpusbooks.com. Please note: Book club meetings take place on Zoom.

Monday, Mar 22

Tuesday, Mar 23

Virtual Development Community Meeting – Minnehaha Lake Wine & Spirits Reconstruction @ 6pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Join us Tuesday, March 23rd at 6pm for a virtual presentation and Q&A with the owners of Minnehaha Lake Wine & Spirits regarding their plans to rebuild their store located at 2613 E Lake Street.
Visit the link below for additional information including site plans and how to join the meeting.
https://longfellow.org/…/virtual-development-community…/


3/23 Sensitive is the New Strong by Anita Moorjani Virtual Book Talk @ 7-8pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT 
Online: modernwell.spaces.nexudus.com

Do you think your sensitivity is both a blessing and a curse? Join us for a book talk with New York Time’s best-selling author, Anita Moorjani as she and Dr. Angela Anderson, international best-selling author and leadership and organizational expert, discuss Moorjani’s most recent book, Sensitive is the New Strong, and explore what it means to be an empath. The book is an inspirational demonstration and reminder that there is power in sensitivity to balance out a sometimes harsh world. This event is in collaboration with Valley Booksellers and will be held virtually on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 at 7 pm CST.
One ticket holder will win a 30-minute free consultation with Ms. Moorjani. The winner to be announced live at the program.
Please sign up here: https://modernwell.spaces.nexudus.com/…/3-23-sensitive… 


MPR Broadcast: The Barber of Seville w/ Minnesota Opera & Classical Minnesota Public Radio @ 7pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
In partnership with Classical Minnesota Public Radio, you can tune in and listen to special broadcasts of Minnesota Opera performances. On March 23 at 7:00pm, tune in to hear MN Opera’s The Barber of Seville.

LET YOUR HAIR DOWN. Figaro, Seville’s quick-witted barber, helps a young woman flee an unsuitable suitor and find true love. Naturally, nothing goes according to plan, and Figaro must think on his feet to save the day. The Barber of Seville features instantly recognizable music that sparkles in this razor-sharp, irresistible rom-com.
Don’t miss this special broadcast on Classical Minnesota Public Radio. Visit mnopera.org/listen to learn more.


MN GRiT Panel #3: Strengthening Racing and Riding Communities for Femme/Trans/Women Athletes @ 7-8pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: minnesotamtb.org
THE FOLLOWING ZOOM LOGIN LINK WILL BE ACTIVE MARCH 23 BY 6PM (CST) FOR THE 7PM (CST) EVENT: http://www.minnesotamtb.org/?p=1815

PANEL #3 SUMMARY: In our third panel, we continue the discussion of how and why we should strengthen opportunities and communities for Femme, Trans and Women riders in competitive and recreational cycling.

PRESENTERS:
Ashley Zapata – member of of Stamina Racing Collective
Camila Fernandes – member of of Stamina Racing Collective
Madilynn Garcia – member of of Stamina Racing CollectiveFor Women’s History Month, MN GRiT is highlighting stories of female-identifying cyclists here in Minnesota to learn about where their passion for cycling has brought them. Each Tuesday starting March 9th, a panel of speakers will share their stories and help us understand the virtually limitless opportunities that exist. The MN GRiT Ambassadors have created a set of questions that all panelists will answer along with Q&A time from the audience at the end. This free event is open to all parents, student-athletes and coaches. Each panel will be hosted via Zoom. There is no cost to attend. This panel is the third in a series as part of Minnesota GRiT’s celebration of Women’s History Month.


Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said w/ Timothy Brennan @ 5:30pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: crowdcast.io

Join us for a special event about the many sides of Edward Said, the famed Palestinian literary critic, public intellectual, postcolonial studies trailblazer, political activist, and gifted pianist. Acclaimed American composer Nico Muhly, who was taught by Said at Columbia, will interview University of Minnesota professor and friend of Said’s, Timothy Brennan, about his new comprehensive biography, Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said.
More info can be found here: https://www.raintaxi.com/timothy-brennan/


 

Wednesday, Mar 24

Envisioning the Future of Women’s Rights @ 7pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Online: theadvocatesforhumanrights.org

Join us at this fundraiser, educational, and social event to learn how our volunteers work with us to improve laws and the lives of women.
 

Thursday, Mar 25

“La Prose du Transsibérien” Documentary Screening & Artist Talk @ 6-8pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Join us for a virtual screening of “The Re-creation of a Masterpiece: La Prose du Transsibérien” followed by an artist talk and Q&A.
Originally produced in 1913 by painter Sonia Delaunay and poet Blaise Cendrars, La Prose du Transsibérien pushed boundaries of book structure, painted imagery, and poetic expression. Having researched the book’s production since 2012, Kitty Maryatt debuted a new edition in 2018, which faithfully incorporates techniques used in the original. Using letterpress printing and pochoir (stenciling) to reproduce her edition of La Prose , Maryatt develops insight into the creative and conceptual challenges faced by the original painter and poet, while attempting to discover why they did not complete their planned edition.

Join the Zoom meeting to watch “The Re-creation of a Masterpiece: La Prose du Transsibérien,” a documentary by Rosylyn Rhee. After the screening, Kitty and MCBA Executive Director Elysa Voshell will have a conversation about the project and invite audience members to participate in a Q&A.


Le Book Club: Three Hours in Paris *w/ Special Guest Cara Black @ 5pm • FREE • ONLINE EVENT
Join Bhavana on Zoom on Thursday, March 25th at 5pm (CST) for a discussion on Three Hours in Paris, Cara Black’s latest novel.
For those of you who are not familiar with her work, Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 19 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris.

Three Hours in Paris is a pulse-pounding spy thriller that takes place in Paris during World War II and tells the gripping story of Kate Reese, a young American markswoman who has been recruited by British intelligence to drop into Paris with a dangerous assignment: assassinate the Führer.
**We are also delighted to announce that Cara Black will be joining our book club to discuss her novel with us!**
This book club is free to attend and meets monthly, 5:00-6:30pm (CST).
Please note that our Book Club will meet online via Zoom for the time being.
RSVP here and we will send you a link to join us on Zoom:
 https://coucoufrenchclasses.com/…/le-book-club-three…/ 

 
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City of Minneapolis Updates & Info

MPD leaders announce partnership with federal law enforcement officials to address violence at 38th and Chicago
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo joined other local and federal law enforcement officials today to announce a new partnership to address a rise in gun violence in the 38th and Chicago area.
Arradondo pledged to restore peace to the area and hold people involved in the violence accountable. Law enforcement will increase patrols in the neighborhoods near 38th & Chicago. W. Anders Folk, acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, said federal authorities will focus on investigating and prosecuting people involved in violent gun crime in the area.  Watch the press conference


City Council approves hospitality worker right to recall ordinance
The City Council has approved a hospitality worker right to recall ordinance. The ordinance is designed to ensure that certain hospitality industry employers welcome back former employees as more COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift in coming months.

Hotel and event center employers covered by the ordinance must give priority to their laid-off employees when hiring. The ordinance applies to hotels with more than 50 guest rooms and event centers with at least 50,000 rentable square feet or 2,000 fixed seats located within Minneapolis. It applies to employees who worked for at least six months between March 13, 2019, and March 13, 2020, at a covered hotel or event center,  and who were laid off after March 13, 2020, due to an economic, non-disciplinary reason.

Ensuring that hospitality employers give priority to their former employees will help reduce the devastating impact the pandemic has had on these employees and their families and aid in the city’s economic recovery. The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a blow to the hospitality industry as travel, tourism and events have been put on hold.


City issues request for proposals for new mobile behavioral health crisis teams
The City of Minneapolis has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for mobile behavioral health crisis teams to support people experiencing a crisis. The deadline for the RFP is March 31.

This alternative to police response pilot project will send an unarmed, highly trained and empathetic team to properly assess their needs and provide appropriate care or support while avoiding unnecessary hospitalization and criminalization. Behavioral health response teams will include behavioral health providers and may include emergency medical technicians (EMT) or emergency medical services (EMS).

This pilot project is part of the City’s transforming community safety work. The City’s realignment to provide a holistic community safety response will take place in phases over time with much staff, partner and community participation. It focuses on three main areas: a public-health-oriented response for preventing violence, alternatives to police response for 911 calls and reforming law enforcement policies, protocols and practices.
Learn more about this work on the City’s website.


Interested in rooftop solar for your home? If you’re considering the benefits of going solar, make sure to look into these options. The City of Minneapolis has a 10% local solar goal as part of its climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gases, and we are at 6%.
Twin Cities Region Solar Co-op: Twin Cities Region Solar Co-op launched to help Minneapolis homeowners get rooftop solar. The solar co-op is neighbors joining together to get the best price and service from a solar installer, tap into the expertise at Solar United Neighbors and learn about solar incentives. The City of Minneapolis is partnering in this effort. Join in an optional webinar at 6:30 p.m. March 24 for more information. Register here.
Membership is open through May 1. Learn more at www.solarunitedneighbors.org/twincities.
Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards: With Xcel Energy’s Solar*Rewards program, if you produce more energy than you need, the extra energy is added to the grid, and any excess energy will be credited to your bill. Learn more on the Xcel Energy website.


The City of Minneapolis is preparing the 2022-2023 Housing Tax Credit (HTC) Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) and Procedural Manual for release later this spring. The program’s purpose is to help finance the production, preservation, or stabilization of affordable rental housing projects located in Minneapolis, through the Federal HTC program.
The draft QAP and Procedural Manual can be found here: https://www2.minneapolismn.gov/government/departments/cped/items-for-public-review/. All the proposed changes (both substantive and administrative) are listed below and are noted in “track changes” mode in the draft documents. Additional context for two of the more substantive policy additions/changes is provided below. 
 
1. Addition of Equitable Development points
A new equitable development scoring criterion is proposed for projects that demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion through meaningfully involving community members most affected by housing instability and housing disparities to inform the project proposal. The proposal must also demonstrate how the project is responsive to the needs of communities most impacted by housing instability and disparities and prevent unwanted displacement. This criterion matches new scoring included in Minnesota Housing’s Qualified Allocation Plan. More information is available in Attachment 1 of the QAP.
 
2. Continue evaluating cost reasonableness through use of Minnesota Housing’s Predictive Cost model and eliminate separate cost containment points that disincentivize housing production that meets important needs and goals

Cost containment remains a guiding principle, given great need for affordable rental housing and constrained resources, and continues to be incentivized, required through IRS code requirements and bond volume cap limits, and evaluated throughout project underwriting and selection. Elimination of this point category allows cost containment principles to better account for necessary factors related to City priorities of serving larger families, expanding the geographic distribution of affordable housing, increasing the energy efficiency and sustainability of housing, and supporting long term affordability by considering long term cost savings as opposed to only the cost of construction. Minnesota Housing has also moved away from this scoring criterion and is no longer publishing the cost containment benchmarks on which the City has historically relied to execute this point category.  
 
Changes to the 2022-2023 Housing Tax Credit Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP)

  • General: A two-year QAP is proposed
  • Article VII – F: Require a minimum affordability period of 30 years and waiver of Qualified Contract requirements for new 4% HTC applications.
  • Article VII: Change minimum point threshold for 4% HTC projects to 30 points.
  • Attachment 1 – Selection Criteria – 9% Tax Credits:
  • A1 and previous A3: Combine homelessness and supportive housing scoring criteria, add minimum threshold requirements, and create a unit range
  • A2: Clarify non-profit participation language
  • Previous A9/new A8: Increase lowest point category from one to three years
  • Previous A14: Remove Cost Containment scoring criterion
  • New A13: Create new Equitable Development scoring criterion
  • Attachment 3 – Selection Criteria – 4% Tax Credits:
  • General: Reset scoring minimum threshold and add ‘has an existing City funding award’ to selection criteria priorities
  • 2: Reset long-term affordability scoring criterion for 40 or more years of affordability restrictions
  • 7: Clarify non-profit participation language
  • Previous 9: Delete Cost Containment scoring criterion
  • New 9: Create a new scoring criterion to incentivize 30% AMI and below units in 4% HTC projects

Changes to the 2022-2023 Housing Tax Credit Procedural Manual:

  • Section III – E: Delete Cost Containment category from Unacceptable Practices and create a new Displacement of Tenants in Non-HUD-Assisted Units in Acquisition/Rehabilitation Projects category.
  • Section III – new K: Permit non-awarded applicants to the Year 2022 9% NOFA the ability to use Census-tract-based maps from the Year 2022 9% NOFA for purposes of the Year 2023 9% NOFA. Census tract boundaries are expected to be updated by the Census Bureau later in 2021. An updated ACP50 map is included with the draft documents for public review.
  • Section III – new M: Reset scoring minimum threshold and add ‘has an existing City funding award’ to selection criteria priorities
  • Section IV – D: Delete language regarding project-based rental assistance from the Average Income minimum set-aside.
  • Section IV – G: Add new language prohibiting leasing of HTC units to related parties.
  • Section IV – K: Require a minimum affordability period of 30 years and waiver of Qualified Contract requirements for new 4% HTC applications. Deletion of similar reference language from prior years’ HTC Manuals.
  • Section VII – Submission Requirements: Minneapolis will transition to the 2021 Green Communities Overlay (in coordination with MN Housing) with this proposed QAP update. 

Comments regarding these proposed changes are being accepted until May 2, 2021 at 4pm. Deliver written comments or e-mail to:
City of Minneapolis – CPED Residential Finance
Attn: Amy Geisler
505 4thAvenue South, Suite 320
Minneapolis MN 55415
612-673-5038
Amy.Geisler@minneapolismn.gov


The City of Minneapolis is preparing the 2021 Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) Program Policies and Procedures and the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for release later this spring.  The Program’s purpose is to help finance the production, preservation, or stabilization of affordable rental housing projects with 10 or more units in Minneapolis. This program is revised on an annual basis. There are a number of changes proposed this year.  The draft documents for the AHTF Program and NOFA can be found here: https://www2.minneapolismn.gov/government/departments/cped/items-for-public-review/. All the proposed changes (both substantive and administrative) are listed below and are highlighted in yellow in the draft documents. Additional context for three of the more substantive policy additions/changes is provided below.
 
1. Addition of a Community Preference Policy to Affordable Housing Trust Fund projects
In 2020 as part of the City’s anti-displacement and racial equity work, the City of Minneapolis adopted a Community Preference Policy that applies to housing units resulting from the sale of City-owned property or financed through certain City funding programs. A community preference policy gives residents residing or formerly residing within certain geographies preference for specific city programs or housing projects. The goal of the preference policy is to disrupt involuntary displacement of Minneapolis residents, which disproportionately affects Black, Indigenous, People of Color and immigrant households. Under this proposal, preference for up to 50% of the applicable units created under the Affordable Housing Trust Fund shall be given to eligible residents in the initial rental of those units. Eligible residents are former (since January 1, 2007) and existing residents of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)-designated areas of the city who self-certify to having experienced or being at risk of involuntary displacement due to extreme economic forces. More information is available in Attachment 19 of the AHTF Program Policies and Procedures and in this City Council action.
 
2. Addition of Equitable Development points
A new equitable development scoring criterion is proposed for projects that demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion through meaningfully involving community members most affected by housing instability and housing disparities to inform the project proposal. The proposal must also demonstrate how the project is responsive to the needs of communities most impacted by housing instability and disparities and prevent unwanted displacement. This criterion matches new scoring included in Minnesota Housing’s Qualified Allocation Plan. More information is available in Section III, T of the AHTF NOFA.
 
3. Continue evaluating cost reasonableness through use of Minnesota Housing’s Predictive Cost model and eliminate separate cost containment points that disincentivize housing production that meets important needs and goals
Cost containment remains a guiding principle, given great need for affordable rental housing and constrained resources, and continues to be incentivized, required through bidding requirements, and evaluated throughout project underwriting and selection. Elimination of this point category allows cost containment principles to better account for necessary factors related to City priorities of serving larger families, expanding the geographic distribution of affordable housing, increasing the energy efficiency and sustainability of housing, and supporting long term affordability by considering long term cost savings as opposed to only the cost of construction. Minnesota Housing has also moved away from this scoring criterion and is no longer publishing the cost containment benchmarks on which the City has historically relied to execute this point category.  
 
All Changes to 2021 AHTF Program Policies and Procedures:

  1. Section VIII W Green Communities updates
  2. Section VIII II addition of Community Preference Policy and Supportive Housing Services
  3. Section VIII JJ addition of 2BR or more at 30% AMI award of $40,000
  4. Section VIII LL language regarding AHTF restricted units and rents
  5. Section VIII PP language allowing second AHTF award date to supersede first award date
  6. Section VIII TT language regarding AHTF restricted units and rents
  7. Attachment 17 new language regarding Supportive Housing Services
  8. Attachment 19 new addition of Community Preference Policy: AHTF

All Changes to 2021 AHTF Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA):

  1. Section VIII new language regarding emerging developer status
  2. Section IX new application requirements

All Changes to 2021 AHTF NOFA Scoring Criteria:

  1. Section III H new language regarding Supportive Service Housing
  2. Section III K deleted cost containment
  3. Section III M updated senior housing policy goal ward eligibility
  4. Section III S updated language for alignment with Minneapolis 2040 Goals
  5. Section III T new scoring category Equitable Development

 
Comments regarding these proposed changes are being accepted for the next 45 days until 4:00 p.m. on May 2, 2021.  Deliver or mail comments to the following:
             Minneapolis CPED
             Attn: Carrie Goldberg
             505 4th Avenue South, #320
             Minneapolis, MN 55415
             612-673-5240
             carrie.goldberg@minneapolismn.gov
 

The METRO B Line project has reached a major milestone with the release of a draft Corridor Plan as well as receiving full project funding in October 2020.  This plan reflects years of project planning and community engagement and feedback to shape future changes to the Route 21 bus corridor. Right now, we’re specifically seeking feedback on where stations would be located.  With this important milestone, community feedback is important in helping Metro Transit staff continue to shape the future of this line. Knowing that we are not through the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re relying on virtual engagement strategies. We’ll also connect with transit customers in person at key bus stops to ensure that we are hearing as many voices as possible.  
1. Share the B Line Draft Corridor Plan, this video, or any of our social media posts with your community and encourage folks to let us know their thoughts on the plan, and that we would are accepting comments through March 22, 2021. People can also keep updated with the project through the project newsletter
2. If you have any other methods of sharing the B Line Draft Corridor Plan and connecting with your community, whether it’s through printed or digital newsletters or a virtual meeting, our team would be happy to share information in order to reach as many community members as possible. 
3. Tell us any other thoughts you may have as an organization on the B Line Draft Corridor Plan (particularly on the stations, and potential changes to the non B Line service in your area)

Finally, below are direct links to the plans for the stations proposed near your community:

Here are the links:
B Line Project – Metro Transit
B Line Corridor Plan – Metro Transit

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COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Minneapolis unveils new vaccination web tool
The City of Minneapolis has developed a new web tool to help residents find information in multiple languages on the current status of the vaccination rollout, what to expect when getting the vaccine, and the safety of getting a vaccine.

The web tool includes:

  • The up-to-date status of the phased vaccination rollout. It shows which groups of people are being vaccinated now and which groups are next.
  • Detailed information about: the COVID-19 vaccines available, the safety of receiving the vaccine and what people need to know before, during and after a vaccine appointment.
  • An acknowledgement of past trauma for those who have experienced discrimination in medicine and vaccinations. This web tool is one effort in the City’s commitment to ensure equity, justice and transparency in distributing the vaccinations.
  • A form for community organizations and other groups to request a Minneapolis Health Department speaker to address common vaccine questions and concerns. The form is in four languages.

People should also check back for more web functions yet to be added, which could include a mapping tool to find vaccination locations and an interactive quiz to find out if they are eligible.
Find the City’s new COVID-19 vaccine web tool on the City website.


Keep safe while waiting for vaccinations
With the welcome news that vaccinations have begun against the coronavirus, we also know the demand for vaccine far outpaces the supply. The entire distribution process will take time.While we wait throughout this process, public health experts remind us to keep protecting ourselves, our loved ones and our neighbors by doing what works:

Thanks for your patience. We will end this pandemic together.


Free COVID-19 tests detect COVID even as variants:
The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 saliva tests. Testing is encouraged and available to everyone, whether or not you have symptoms. It’s one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 and help prevent exposing your loved ones to the virus along with wearing masks correctly, keeping 6 feet from anyone you don’t live with and hand-washing. Testing is especially important now with people going back to school and because some of the recently found variants seem to spread more easily than the original strain – up to 70% more.

The State of Minnesota especially recommends these people get tested:

Free COVID-19 tests

Do not eat, drink or use tobacco products for 30 minutes before taking a COVID-19 saliva test.

  • Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center, 1250 West Broadway 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 20
  • Columbia Manor Golf Course, 3300 Central Ave. NE 4-7 p.m. Thursdays, March 18 and 25
  • Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, 1301 10th Ave. N. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 27

You can expect to get your test results in about 24 hours. 

More free COVID-19 saliva tests

  • Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Exhibit Room B 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.
  • Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Ave. 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Appointments required: Call 612-872-8086 to schedule an appointment.
  • Southside Community Health Services, 324 E. 35th St. 2-3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Appointments required: Call 612-821-3548 to schedule an appointment. You can expect to get your test results in about two-three business days. Same day testing can be done for health care workers, first responders and essential workers.
  • Brooklyn Park Starlight Center 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport 7 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week. Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.

Find a current list of free COVID-19 tests on the City website.

Why get tested? Videos in Spanish, Somali and Hmong Whether you feel sick or not, get tested. This will protect your loved ones and help us all return safely back to school, work and other activities.
Watch and share these short videos in SpanishSomali and Hmong.

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Ways to Help

Dear Supporter of the Minnehaha Food Shelf, March is Minnesota Food Share Month!
Thank you for providing support for the Minnehaha Food Shelf with donations of food and money, providing volunteers and attending our fundraisers. Every little bit helps us to provide for those with food insecurity in our neighborhood.

This is just a quick note to remind you that March is Minnesota FoodShare Month and donations in March allow us access to additional funds through The FoodFund.  Please encourage your members to donate to their local food shelf this month. They may donate individually or funnel donations through your organization to Minnehaha Food Shelf. We happily accept donations of food, money and a special emphasis on personal care products.

In 2021 Minnehaha Food Shelf is encouraging supporters to join our 33 cent Challenge which is a monthly sustaining supporter initiative. Please go to our web page and follow the 33 cent challenge link to make a monthly donation.

Donations of food or money to the Minnehaha Food Shelf can be sent or delivered to: 
Minnehaha Food Shelf
c/o Minnehaha United Methodist Church
3701 East 50th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Food & personal care product drop off can be done any Tuesday 10:00 – 3:00 or by special arrangements. Donations can also be made online at the Minnehaha Food Shelf website: www.minnehaha.org/foodshelf.html


Du Nord Foundation Community Market (food pantry) opens this month, and they are looking for volunteers. Please feel free to share the link below with anyone who may be interested. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4da8a823a0f4c25-come


How to donate food & supplies If you’re moved to support your community by donating food, the best way to reach hungry people is through food shelves. And the best way to help food shelves is with monetary donations. The dollars go much further through their own purchases, it prevents food donations from spoiling, and it allows the food shelves to purchase specific items that are needed for the community. Please note that Minneapolis Public Schools is not able to accept food donations or supplies at its food distribution sites or schools at this time. For information on how to support food shelves and meal sites, please visit the Health Department’s food donations page or view the pdf for specific needs shared by food shelves.


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Virtual concerts, events, tours, and children’s activities to entertain everyone during social distancing:

Upper Harbor Terminal Project Planning Public Realm Infrastructure Project:
The City of Minneapolis would like to thank you for sharing your input on the public realm infrastructure project! Staff has successfully completed an initial round of engagement and will return to share project updates and gather additional input in May 2021. The initial round of engagement included a community survey, interactive comment map, five virtual focus groups meetings, a live virtual open house, virtual office hours and a range of promotional strategies. A summary of initial engagement activities and what staff heard from the community has been added to the project website. You can also view a recording of the first virtual meeting and accompanying PDF presentation on the project website under the community engagement section. If you would like to stay involved, please share your thoughts on the interactive map or take a tour of the site that was prepared by Juxtaposition Arts.
Use the interactive map to share how you would travel to the River and future park
Take a video tour of the Upper Harbor Terminal site created by Juxtaposition Arts

MWMO Mini Maintenance Workshop: Moving Towards Spring @ Thursday, April 1, 6 – 6:45 pm
Virtual
Winter will soon be on its way out, making way for warmer days as plants start to spring back. From managing late snowfalls to planning for new plants in your yard, learn ways you can reduce pollution at home while improving water quality and habitat with MWMO staff in this brief workshop. This program is free, but registration is required. For information and to register: https://www.mwmo.org/events/mini-maintenance-workshop-moving-towards-spring/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Mill City Times Digital Puzzle of the Week: “Tree under Stone Arch Bridge”
https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/online-jigsaw-puzzle-player.html?url=aHR0cHM6Ly9saXZlLnN0YXRpY2ZsaWNrci5jb20vNjU1MzUvNTA0NDUwMjk4NzZfODhlOWIxMDFmZF9iLmpwZw~~

Minnesota Historical Society presents: A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier BagAuthor Event @ Thursday, March 18, 7 – 8:30 pm
Virtual
Free
https://www.mnhs.org/event/8589

Minnesota Historical Society, Hamline University and Mitchell Hamline Law School present: Woman Suffrage and Women’s Rights Roundtable – Minnesota’s History @ Tuesday, March 23, 5 – 7 pm
Virtual
Free
https://www.mnhs.org/event/8600

Minnesota Historical Society and History Center of Olmsted County present: A Woman’s War, Too: Women at Work During World War II Author Event @ Thursday, March 25, 6 – 7:30 pm
Virtual
$5
https://www.mnhs.org/event/8592

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area:
The stretch of riverfront through the Twin Cities is a unit of the National Park Service – the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. To learn more about the Mississippi River’s National Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/miss to learn about places to go, things to do, citizen science projects, the Ranger on Call program and the park’s nature.

Story Map Tool Reveals the Hidden Journey of Stormwater Runoff to the Mississippi River:
How long does it take for stormwater runoff to get from your street to the Mississippi River? The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization’s new “Path to the River” tool uses modeling data to reveal stormwater’s hidden journey through our storm sewers. Experience this one-of-a-kind tool for yourself, learn how it was developed, and take a look at their new and improved Story Map at: http://www.mwmo.org/news/story-map-tool-shows-the-real-life-path-of-stormwater-runoff-to-the-mississippi-river/.

Minnesota Great River Road Information:
There are 700+ things to see and do in the Minnesota segment of the Great River Road in the Plan Your Trip online map on this site, plus travel guides/story maps under the photos and videos tab at www.mnmississippiriver.com.

Great River Road Explorer’s Guide:
Most of the Great River Road Explorer’s Guide for Minnesota is now available on-line and can be downloaded in PDF format – just go to http://www.mnmississippiriver.com/mnmississippiriver.comguide.cfm.

River Travel Magazine:
River Travel magazine focuses on communities and attractions on both sides of the Mississippi River and was formed to showcase the nationally designated and internationally known Great River Road, 3,000 miles bordering the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca to New Orleans. Visit rivertravelmagazine.com to enter travel contests, read travel blogs, and find many events, festivals and happenings along the Great River Road.

River-Friendly Landscaping Tips and Resources:
As rain barrels, composting, native plants, raingardens and other eco-friendly landscaping practices have grown in popularity, so have the number of websites offering information on them. In fact, there are now so many online resources it can be difficult to wade through them all to find what you need, when you need it. This is where the Friends of the Mississippi River’s web page comes in. This resource offers selective listings of the most-requested local and practical resources, in as brief a fashion as possible. Visit http://www.fmr.org/landscapefortheriver.