Artwork above by the Living Proof Print Collective
Dear Neighbors,

You might have heard that Mayor Jacob Frey rolled out an ambitious plan to address the affordable housing needs of our city.
His proposal includes historic levels of investment in subsidized affordable housing, focusing on more deeply affordable rents accessible to low-income families, maintaining affordability where it exists today, facilitating homeownership opportunities, and lifting up the rights of vulnerable tenants.
Mayor Frey and his housing committee, co-chaired by Commissioner Peter McLaughlin and Minnesota Housing Partnership Executive Director Anne Mavity, brought forth the recommendations after a series of community sessions where residents shared their ideas and concerns about the state of housing in Minneapolis. Many of the proposals concerning renters' rights have long been advocated for by diverse renters.
I appreciate our Mayor's gumption in championing affordable housing in such a significant way. I will continue to advocate to increase our supply of affordable housing and will work to bring these resources into the areas of our city that need it the most. It is important to keep ushering affordable housing dollars into neighborhoods like ours so we can fight back against the already troublesome displacement our friends, families, and co-workers are facing.
You can read more about Mayor Frey's affordable housing plans on the City website.
Community feedback at the  Midtown Global Market
I have written before in this space about the comprehensive plan. The Metropolitan Council requires that all metro cities update their plans, which act as a 20-year guide for development in our city.  You can help by reviewing the draft Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan and submitting your comments. Our planning staff put this draft together based on two years of community engagement, please take a look and make sure that your voice is incorporated to guide the values and priorities of our growth.
There are a number of events coming up where people will have the opportunity to interact with the staff and the report and ask questions or make suggestions. One of these meetings is happening in the Ninth Ward, I hope you can join us.
Thursday, May 31
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Powderhorn Recreation Center
If you can't make it, please consider attending another session, responding online, and signing up for email updates to learn about future opportunities.  
The Equity and Inclusion team at the City is hard at work implementing a program funded by ReCAST. The ReCAST program, created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is designed to address the trauma in the community that arises after incidents of civil unrest as well as the ongoing trauma as a result of history of policymaking, practices, and budget priorities that have disinvested in communities of color. The goal of this program is to promote racial equity and resilience in communities that have experienced civil unrest, with a focus on youth, their families, and others who live in high-risk geographies.
Our community is one of the areas identified as part of the project and there is an open request for proposals to lead some of the work in community. 
The 35W@94 (transit access) project is well under way. Our neighborhood is already being impacted by closures.
If you have any questions or concerns contact the project hotline at 612-284-6125 or email info at 35w94 dot com.
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Alondra Cano represents the Ninth Ward on the Minneapolis City Council. The Ninth Ward consists of the Central, Corcoran, East Phillips, Midtown Phillips, and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods along with a sliver of Longfellow. Our diverse and vibrant communities boast beautiful parks, a number of thriving small business corridors, the Midtown Exchange, world class hospitals, and an informed and engaged community of changemakers, artists, and activists.
Mayor Frey's State of the City Address
Thursday, May 24
12:00 p.m.
You can listen to his speech by streaming online via the City's website.
Oakland Ave. Block Meeting
Join Council Member Cano, the Minneapolis Police Department, and concerned residents to discuss crime issues on the block and create collective solutions together. All are welcomed!
Friday, May 25
5:00 p.m.
Meet in front of 3040 Oakland Ave. S.
Lake Street Arts!
Kick off beautiful Spring with art, music, and Cafe con Pan at Plaza Centenario!

Latinas y Latinos Unidos por la Cultura y el Arte, GoodSpace Murals, Pangea World Theater, and Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center invite you to celebrate Lake Street Arts with the community.  

3:30 pm Cafe con Pan Kick Off hosted by LUCA

4:00 pm Community Mural unveiling by GoodSpace Murals

4:30 pm Artist Organizing Institute Community Recognition

5:00 pm eating, dancing, dreaming and scheming

Saturday, May 26

At Plaza Centenario on12th Avenue and East Lake Street

The City of Minneapolis is hiring for multiple positions including a Vision Zero coordinator
Take Action MN is hiring for several positions.
Metro Transit is hiring bus drivers.
Call (612) 673-2209
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