Honor World Refuge Day in City Hall today!
Honor World Refuge Day in City Hall today!
Learn more about Bike Cops For Kids collaboration with the City's Animal Care and Control Department to give children who lose a pet or may have been bitten by a neighborhood dog a free bike and helmet. Connect with and get updates from Bike Cops for Kids on their Facebook page.   
Dear Neighbors,
Join us for an early summer block party! On Wednesday, June 26th we will be building community with our friends and residents at the "29th and Bloom Block Party." Our goal is to come together to see old friends and make new ones, to share updates about how we're all working together to make our neighborhoods more safe, and to create collective action steps for the future. The block party starts at 5:30 p.m., food will be provided, and we've organized some fun activities for the kids on the block. Bring your family and friends!

By inviting community members to reclaim space with their bodies and voices, block by block, we can co-create effective strategies for safety and livability. There will be a program and training by various City staff and members of the Minneapolis Police Department starting at 6:00 p.m. If you have any questions about the block party, please contact Stephany Lopez via email at Stephany (dot) Lopez (at) minneapolismn (dot) gov.
In sum, here are the details of the event:

29th and Bloom Block Party
Wednesday, June 26th
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
La Mexicana parking lot
1522 East Lake Street

Look forward to seeing you there,
Today, City Hall honors World Refugee Day. Join the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) to celebrate this day established by the United Nations to recognize the millions of people who are forced to leave their homes because of war, civil unrest, or persecution.
The City Hall event includes entertainment, food and informational booths featuring organizations and entities working with refugee and immigrant populations, including the Center for Victims of Torture, CAPI, Minnesota Council of Churches, YMCA, Hennepin County Office of Multicultural Services, Lutheran Social Services,Isuroon, Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota and the International Institute of Minnesota. Along with serving a public show of support for refugees in their communities, organizers are encouraging refugees, immigrants and all Minneapolis residents to make sure they’re counted in the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 census. Learn more about how the City is working to ensure everyone is counted at minneapolismn.gov/census.

The City of Minneapolis World Refugee Day celebration is organized by the City’s Neighborhood and Community Relations Department’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) and 2020 Census We Count campaign. 
Please go to the facebook event page to view a more detailed schedule for the day's events and program.

Thursday, June 20
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St.


Update by Margaret King.
Coalition partners involved in the temporary Navigation Center in south Minneapolis reflected June 3 on the months’ long effort to provide a safe and service-rich environment for people formerly living at the Franklin-Hiawatha homeless encampment.

The Navigation Center at 2109 Cedar Ave. S. has closed after operating since late December of 2018. At its peak occupancy, it provided beds and shelter to 176 people in three sprung structures. Seventy-four people who stayed at the center have been connected to housing, nursing homes or treatment programs — a high success rate compared to traditional shelters.

Red Lake Nation, Simpson Housing Services and the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID) partnered to provide services onsite and led transition efforts while the City of Minneapolis provided funding and support for the Navigation Center.
Through the Navigation Center, people were able to secure an array of services including pathways to permanent housing, income, healthcare and stability. Individual case management services were provided onsite by partner agencies and included traditional American Indian healing activities, all of which were voluntary.

Red Lake Nation will build a culturally sensitive, 110-unit affordable housing development on the Navigation Center site, with a treatment clinic on the first floor.


In celebration of their 140th anniversary, Pillsbury United Communities is seeking neighborhood artists to produce an original visual art installation at each of their four neighborhood centers. Each artist or group of artists will be given a $2,000 stipend to create the unique artwork at each site. The art work should celebrate the rich histories of the communities in which we all live and work. The Southside neighborhoods included in this effort are Powderhorn (Pillsbury House + Theatre) and Phillips (Waite House).

Applications are due on Monday, July 1st at 5:00 p.m. To learn more about the initiaitve or to send in your application materials please contact Sam Daub via email at SamD (at) pillsburyunited (dot) org.

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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.
The City and MnDOT are happy to announce that re-striping and buffering of bike lanes on Park and Portland has been scheduled for the week of June 24th
Thank you for your patience throughout this process. We are thrilled that residents will be able to enjoy the convenience and safety that these important bike lanes provide.
See more updates at the MnDOT project website for 35@94.
In an effort to produce more affordable housing, the City launched its "4D" program in April of this year. Since that time 51 property owners have enrolled, totalling 129 buildings encompassing 770 units throughout Minneapolis. 
Property owners commit to keeping rents at 60% Area Median Income (AMI) for 20% of the units. This makes them eligible for tax reductions to account for loss in revenue.  
In addition to these beneficial impacts for both renters and landlords, property owners enrolled become eligible for free or low-cost energy assessments and cost sharing tools to install solar energy improvements to buildings, augmenting City efforts to make Minneapolis more green with a lower carbon footprint.  
To learn more how the City is working with property owners to maintain affordability, visit the City's website.
Increased participation in the 2020 Census translates directly to representation in our communities, both politically and economically. Undercounting in the Fifth Congressional District, Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs, could result in Minnesota losing a seat in U.S. Congress. This would limit our state's voice in Washington D.C.
If you would like to take part in this important work next year to make sure people are informed and counted, and make some extra money in the process, please consider applying online with the US Census Bureau. We need you!
The City of Minneapolis has serveral job openings, including Public Health Mental Health Counselor and Water Treatment Operator. You can apply for these positions on the City's Jobs website.
Call (612) 673-2209
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