With your help, the City steps up to provide for those being left behind.
With your help, the City steps up to provide for those being left behind.
#StayHomeMN was introduced by Governor Walz to further encourage residents to stay home, stop the spread of the virus, and save lives. We can all play a role in protecting our public health.
Dear Vecinos,
Over the past week I've been working with Mayor Jacob Frey, Council President Lisa Bender, State Rep. Aisha Gomez, and community based groups to ensure that our undocumented immigrant families are not left behind during the COVID19 crisis. Thank you to the 100 and more people who wrote emails to us over the past 24 hours asking that the City be bold in ensuring direct aid to our undocumented neighbors.
As some of you already know, undocumented families contribute a wealth of public taxes to all of our government systems but Federal and State aid in response to the global pandemic has not included help for them.
I'm thankful the City and our Mayor have heard us on this request to fill this gap in service to ensure that all of our immigrant families can have a social safety net to lean on.
You can read some of the details of the funding package, which also helps small businesses and expands the Stable Homes Stable Schools program, in the Minnesota Reformer Article titled "Minneapolis creates $5M fund available to undocumented families."
You can also read more about the Mayor's report on his and our City's response to COVID19 on the City's website.

I will continue to stand up for the communities who are being left behind by this pandemic. Working with you, we're going to continue to protect and uplift all of our neighbors.
En la lucha, 
Undocumented residents who live, work, and contribute to our economy are unable to seek support for lost wages due to COVID19. People like you can help, can you contribute to this grassroots fund?
Mutual and community aid funding efforts help fill in the gaps where government does not provide resources. The Immigrant Family Fund is accepting donations at their Go Fund Me account. Please consider donating if you have the financial stability and ability to do so! Click here to donate.


The City of Minneapolis is working with Springboard for the Arts to provide more assistance to artists who have lost gigs due to the pandemic.
Check out an article from MinnPost about Springboard for the Art's important work to provide resources to artists impacted by COVID-19.
Sign up for email updates from the City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy to access more resources and supports for artists. 
To support the Twin Cities Music Community Trust, click here


There are many opportunities for small business to access low interest loans right now to cover operating costs. These come from a variety of sources including the city, the State of Minnesota and also the federal government. 
Please use the City of Minneapolis COVID-19 website as your first stop for any questionsThe City of Minneapolis Small Business Team is there to take any questions you may have, with staff on hand to handle calls in Spanish, Hmong, and Somali. Contact the Minneapolis Small Business Team at (612) 673-2499 or SmallBusiness@minneapolismn.gov with questions. 
The City of Minneapolis B-TAP Program connects local service providers that are available to provide technical assistance to business owners. Feel free to contact these entities directly, or reach out to the Small Business Team for info.
The Lake Street Council is working with businesses and organizations to complete SBA loan Applications (see below in State and Federal Resources). Please reach out to Alison Sharkey at asharkey@lakestreetcouncil.org or (612) 822-0232. 
State and Federal Resources
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Emergency Loan Program is now available. DEED has established a loan program to assist small businesses affected by Executive Orders 20-04 and 20-08, details below:
  • $2,500- $35,000 give based on economic injury and financial need.
  • Interest free
  • Must be back monthly over five (5) years and the first payment will be deferred six (6) months with potentially partial forgiveness
  • Provided to only Minnesota-based businesses.
Please visit the DEED website for detailed eligibility requirements.

The disaster loan program from the Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest loans of up to $2 million to small businesses and private nonprofits. These loans can be spent on payroll, accounts payable and fixed debt payments that you're unable to make due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits.You have the option set up a long-term repayment period of up to 30 years. Gain more information and apply here.    
Utilize this handy tool to help support local businesses by seeing what local restaurants offer curb-side pick-up. Thank you, WCCO 4 News! Click here
If you are a local restauranteur or retailer and are interested in getting a free permit to set up a food or goods pick-up zone at no charge, click here.
Free food for those facing insecurity: 
MPS will be providing meals to students at 20 locations around the city while schools are closed. Visit the MPS COVID-19 webpage for meal meal pick-up info. Food Distribution Sites in and near the Ninth Ward:
  • Andersen, 1098 Andersen Lane
  • Folwell, 3611 20th Ave. S.
  • Green Central, 3416 Fourth Ave. S
  • South High, 3131 19th Ave. S.
Despite #StayHomeMN, the Governor and the City of Minneapolis are encouraging residents to get outside and enjoy the Spring weather. Exercise will be key to our mental health as we all deal with the impacts of COVID-19. To accommodate pedestrians and bikers and promote six foot social distancing measures, Minneapolis is addressing these roadways:
  • Plymouth Ave. North – Enhancements to the protected bikeway
  • West 36th St., from Dupont Ave. to Bde Maka Ska – Enhancing protected spaces for walking and biking.
  • 26th Avenue South between 9th St. to Franklin Ave. – Enhancements along the curve of the street to better support walking and biking.
  • Main St. from the Third Ave. to Stone Arch Bridge -- The eastbound lane is closed in conjunction with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s full closing of Main St. from Hennepin Ave. to Third Ave..
Minneapolis Park Board and City of Minneapolis are closing specific roadways as well:
Click the links to access MPRB press releases and get more info. 
Welcome to our #MplsVotes newsletter segment. This is where you can get the latest City of Minneapolis information regarding the August Primary and the General Election in November of 2020.
Key Election Dates for 2020 
Special election to fill vacant City Council seat in Ward 6 is ste for August 11, 2020.
State Primary - Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
General Election - Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

For more information on all things related to the elections happening in 2020, visit the City's Elections and Voter Services website.
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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 of Minneapolis has launched a newsletter with updates and information about COVID-19, the City’s response, and the impacts to our services. It also lists resources for workers, renters, communities and businesses.
In addition, email COVID19@minneapolismn.gov with any covid related questions. 
The Minneapolis Foundation is provided grants to local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and non-profit sponsored groups. Click here to learn how to apply
The application deadline has been extended to May 1. 
Also, the MN Council on Foundations has $5 million in its Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund (MDRF) for Coronavirus to award to local organizations. Click here to learn how to apply
You have the right to refuse to work under conditions that you, in good faith, reasonably believe present an imminent danger of death or serious physical harm to you. A reasonable belief of imminent danger of death or serious physical harm includes a reasonable belief of the employee that the employee has been assigned to work in an unsafe or unhealthful manner with an infectious agent. Coronavirus is considered to be an infectious agent.
Contact Minnesota OSHA Compliance at osha.compliance@state.mn.us or  (651) 284-5050 with questions. 
USI Wireless of Minnetonka has opened their WiFi network in Minneapolis for those that may need temporary internet access. Look for the “City of Minneapolis Public WiFi” or “USI Wireless." No password or credit card is required to sign in.
If you have questions or need technical assistance, please contact USI Wireless at 952-253-3262. 
Public Works and the City of Minneapolis continue to provide essential city services, including safe drinking water, traffic services, and garbage collection. Get more info here
The city is suspending water shutoffs until April 13. 
Solid Waste Services:
Currently there is no change to our solid waste, recycling, and organics operation
Public Utilities:
Both Excel Energy and Centerpoint are suspending utility disconnections until further notice. Comcast is also working with the City of Minneapolis to make sure residents do not experience disruption of services due to income or job security related issues in the wake of Covid-19. 
Xcel Energy will arrange payment plans to meet those facing adverse circumstances. If you have questions call Xcel at (800) 895-4999.
If you have questions about your CenterPoint gas bill or service, contact CenterPoint Energy’s customer service line at (800) 245-2377. 
U.S. Census Bureau is hiring Census Workers
Metro Transit is hiring Bus Drivers.
St. Stephen's is hiring a Shelter Worker.
Pillsbury United Communites is hiring a new North News Editor 
The Domestic Abuse Project is hiring a Youth Therapist
Hennepin County is hiring a Benefits and Employee Well-Being Manager
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