News from the Ninth Ward.
News from the Ninth Ward.
Arbetier Brewing will be hosting a Little Asian Market event on Sunday, June 13 in their parking lot. This is held in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May). Check out the Facebook event here

  Help us celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month and World Refugee Day

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, a month that celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of immigrants and their families to the history, culture and economy of the United States. This month is an important time to reflect on the past and honor the strength, determination and richness of immigrant communities while recognizing the need for everyone to have access to health care, education and economic security.

Read President Biden's proclamation on Immigrant Heritage Month.

Celebrate the courage and resilience of refugees on June 20, World Refugee Day. Refugees are people who have fled conflict and persecution in their home countries in hopes of finding safety and a better life abroad. World Refugee Day began in 2001 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees.

Join the Minneapolis Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affair for a variety of events throughout the month of June.

Events include:

Immigration Forum: 4:30 p.m. June 15: A forum about refugee resettlement in the Twin Cities in recognition of World Refugee Day.

City Council Meeting: 10 a.m. June 16: The City Council Committee of the Whole will receive a detailed demographic report on immigrant and refugee communities in Minneapolis. A resolution recognizing Immigrant Heritage Month and World Refugee Day will also be presented.

Week of June 21: A presentation of the Gateways for Growth initiative over Facebook Live co-hosted by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber and City of Minneapolis Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.

OIRA’s goal is to ensure that Minneapolis is a safe and welcoming place for all. Located within the City’s Department of Neighborhood & Community Relations, OIRA advises City leadership on immigration issues and connects residents to community-based and partner resources.

  Public hearing on

American Rescue Plan Act Funding

The City Council’s Committee of the Whole will hold an online public hearing 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, June 16 on Mayor Jacob Frey’s spending proposal for the first round of federal funding awarded to the City of Minneapolis through the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act.

The City Council began reviewing the proposed spending plan at a Committee of the Whole
meeting June 9. The committee is scheduled to consider amendments to the spending plan 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 23. The City Council is anticipated to take final action on the plan Friday, July 2.

Mayor Jacob Frey outlined his plan for the first round of the $271 million in federal funding on June 4. The $89 million proposal focuses on economic recovery, affordable housing, and community safety measures while piloting new programming like a guaranteed basic income (GBI) pilot project and an apprentice-style community safety initiative.

Key priority areas include affordable housing ($28 million), economic recovery ($37 million), public safety ($11.5 million), and a new Minneapolis GBI program ($3 million). Approximately $12 million is budgeted for City enterprise investments, such as furlough relief and other staff needs. 

American Rescue Plan Act funding online public hearing

6:05 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, City Council’s Committee of the Whole 

Learn how to participate in a public hearing.

Review Mayor Frey’s spending proposal.

Mayor ends mask mandate in Minneapolis 

Mayor Jacob Frey signed an emergency regulation June 1 immediately lifting the City’s local mask requirement, which has been in place since May 2020.

Currently, 78.6% of Minneapolis residents (15+ population) have received at least one vaccine shot (either a single dose or first dose of two) of a COVID-19 vaccine. As the city approaches an 80% adult vaccination rate, positive case figures continue to trend down with the city’s seven-day rolling average of new daily cases per 100,000 consistently below 10. Currently, 69% of all Minneapolis residents aged 15+ are fully immunized.

The City’s Health Department will continue to emphasize equity and inclusion in its outreach efforts with an increased focus on providing vaccine education and access to Black, Indigenous, Asian-Pacific Islander, Latinx, East African and people of color. 

Learn more.

Resources to help pay bills

If the pandemic has caused you hardship and you need help catching up on your rent or utility bills, you may be eligible for Minnesota’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance, Community Action Partnership’s assistance and Xcel Energy’s assistance.

While you can’t be evicted for not paying rent during Gov. Walz’s executive order, rent is still due.
When the order is lifted, people owing unpaid rent could be at risk for eviction.

Apply now for rent and utility bill help

Eligible Minneapolis renters can receive help with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. If you qualify, you could receive up to 15 months of total assistance. To apply for RentHelpMN or find more information, visit or call 211. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions about RentHelpMN 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

In Minneapolis, you can apply through, 211 or one of these community partners:

Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES)
Assistance in Spanish

New American Development Center (NADC)
Assistance in Somali, Oromo and Amharic

NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center

Apply for utility bill help

If you’re having a difficult time paying your utility bill, contact Community Action Partnership for financial help. Community Action Partnership’s program has grants and other resources to help people catch up on some of their bills.

Visit and look under “what we do” or call 952-697-1393 to find out if you’re eligible.

Apply for help with your Xcel Energy electric bill

Xcel Energy residential electric customers who have $1,000-$4,000 in past due charges due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a new program. The Xcel Energy Payment Plan Credit Program forgives up to 75% of their past-due balance when customers enroll in ooa payment plan and stay current on that plan.

Find information about the Payment Plan Credit Program on Xcel Energy’s website or call customer care at 1-800-895-4999.

Charter Commission seeking applicants for Redistricting Advisory Group

The Charter Commission is seeking nine eligible voters to join the Redistricting Advisory Group. These members will assist the Charter Commission in the preparation of new ward and park district maps.

The Redistricting Advisory Group advises the Charter Commission about redistricting. They work together to:

  • Prepare new ward and park district maps
  • Hold and attend public meetings
  • Review all written public comments

The Charter Commission then has the final authority to approve new boundaries. The 2021-2022 application for appointment to the Redistricting Advisory Group is now open. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. June 24, 2021.

Apply online now or download a PDF application.

18th Ave & Little Earth Recieve $50,000 Grant from National Association of City Trasportation Officials (NACTO)

In 2020, the community of 18th Ave & Little Earth saw a persistent increase in crime, speeding, and civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd. To deter crime, community members from the larger community and Little Earth of United Tribes implemented their own traffic calming measures to improve livability and safety.
Led by the Ward 9 Council office, Minneapolis Public Works and other City staff met with residents regularly throughout 2020 to collaborate on changes to the right-of-way that could improve public safety. Building on this past visioning and community engagement, the City of Minneapolis, in partnership with Little Earth Residents Association, will use the Streets for Pandemic Response & Recovery grant to develop a transportation study and engagement plan for permanent changes to the corridor.
The team will work together to test temporary demonstration projects, such as street art reflective of Indigenous culture, placemaking, interim changes to the street, and improving street furniture, and ultimately create a long term engagement plan that reflects the needs and cultures of the residents of Little Earth of United Tribes. 

Midtown Greenway construction updates near completion

County crews completed all concrete and paving work for new ramps, sidewalks and curb extensions at intersection crossings along the Midtown Greenway corridor. People using the Greenway can now expect safer crossings and an overall better experience.

Final construction activities will conclude soon, including:
  • Striping the high-visibility trail crossing markings
  • Installing wayfinding signage
  • Installing new crossing signal buttons at 28th Street, Minnehaha Avenue and Hiawatha Avenue

The Greenway is still open while County crews complete these final activities. For more info go to the County project website

More people in Minnesota now eligible for E-SNAP benefits

With a recent change in federal guidance, more people are now eligible for Emergency SNAP. Previously, individuals and families were only eligible for E-SNAP if they were not already receiving the maximum food benefit amount for their household size. Now households that get the maximum food benefit will also get a monthly $95 E-SNAP benefit. In addition, $95 is now the minimum E-SNAP benefit. E-SNAP is a temporary benefit in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more from the Minnesota Department of Human Services

Find Minneapolis vaccination clinics

Everyone is welcome at Minneapolis vaccination clinics.

Walk-ins are welcome. You don’t need an appointment. You don’t need health insurance or an ID. Bring your family to get vaccinated together – right now, Minneapolis is vaccinating people 18 and older.

Find details and updates on the City website.

Comcast Digital Equity programs

Internet Essentials IE-  This program is household based, meaning a qualified individual or household pays $9.95 a month for internet service.  See graphics below for more information. 

Lift Zones- Comcast will “super Wi-Fi” a community space where a non-profit is hosting distance learning or workforce training. Lift Zones in Ward 9 include: Little Earth Residents Academy, East Phillips Park, Stewart Park, African Community Services, Phillips Community Center, Urban Ventures, Corcoran Park and Powderhorn Park.  

RISE-  RISE is a grant program for BIPOC owned businesses to receive a tech or creative service makeover. Get more info here

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