Welcoming State Representative Erin Murphy and Council Member Cam Gordon to the camp.

Photo credit Lance La Mont

Dear Neighbors,
Thank you for your compassion and concern for the Minneapolis residents who lack access to dignified and affordable housing. For years, we've know this was a crisis and now is the time to stop kicking the problem down the road - I'm eager to take action to help our families in need.
As you know, on August 23rd I decided to request a report on the Hiawatha encampment at our Public Safety and Emergency Management Committee. With Council Member Jeremiah Ellison's help, our committee voted to keep the discussion alive by referring the report to the September 12th Housing Policy and Development Committee where I joined the committee in support of a staff direction to come up with a clear plan to help.You can see our discussion online at minute 16 in the City's YouTube Channel. I hope you can join us this September 20th at 1:30 p.m. for our Committee of the Whole meeting where we anticipate staff will bring back a plan to help relocate the camp to a more sustainable location.
Last week I visited the camp again, this time with State Representative Erin Murphy and Council Member Cam Gordon. I want to thank our welcoming delegation which included Indigenous Peoples Task Force Director Sharon Day, United Communities Outreach organizers Margarita Ortega and Lance LaMont, Natives Against Heroin founder James Allen Cross, Ninth Ward Public Health Advisory Committee member Sarah Jane Keaveny, and Southside Harm Reduction staff member Brit Culp. My first visit to the camp was with Council Member Jeremiah Ellison and it was hosted by our Minneapolis Police Department's star staff Seargent Grant Snyder who helped us to meet with camp residents to hear from them directly about housing challenges and solutions. 

It's been really good to know the Mayor’s office has been very active on this front. I am working with his office, my Council colleagues, the Graves Foundation, and many of our social service partners to develop medium and long-term solutions to this housing emergency. To date, there has been great strides in addressing short-term needs including food, security, onsite sanitation, harm reduction, case management, rule 25 chemical dependency assessments, coordinated entry housing, and many more. We are now moving on to developing a plan to establish low-barrier temporary emergency shelter that is safe and warm for people as winter comes and we will dive deep into the work of building the long-term stable housing our families need.

You can help right now by connecting with Natives Against Heroin whose cadre of community and street outreach workers are at the camp daily to ensure harmony, security, food distribution, and to build unity. You can also read up on updates and other important information by visiting the Franklin Hiawatha camp website managed by the
Metro Urban Indian Directors (MUID) group.
I look forward to seeing you in Council Chambers on Thursday, September 20th for the next steps on the camp or you can watch the discussion livestream on the City website.

Upcoming Vote on Municipal ID!

We are gearing up for the City Council public hearing and vote on Monday, November 26th at 1:30 p.m. at the Public Health, Environment, Civil Rights, and Engagement Committee to approve our Municipal ID ordinance. Please save the date and stay tuned to our newsletter for more details on this public hearing. If you're available tonight, join us for the monthly coalition meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the Waite House to build more support for this effort.
You’re invited to a meeting about the City’s proposed Hiawatha Campus Expansion, located at 1860 28th St. E. and 2717 Longfellow Avenue in the East Phillips neighborhood. Food will be provided by the East Phillips Neighborhood Institute at 5:30 p.m., at 6:00 p.m. Ninth Ward Council Member Alondra Cano and City of Minneapolis Staff will talk about the project history, the proposed options for the site, listen to feedback, and answer questions.

Note: I've had some questions about the relationship between this meeting and the Hiawatha encampment relocation. For background, this meeting is a long anticipated meeting having to do with the four year long project that my office has been leading with the community and with Public Works responding to the 2013 Council direction to establish a wateryard distribution and maintenance facility at the old Roof Depot site. We're in the chapter where the City has completed a detailed analysis of the space the community can have on the 7-acre site for private re-development that promotes green jobs and phases out industrial pollution. So the City is now coming back to the community to report back on this analysis, provide information, and solicit community input on the different scenarios possible. If we're able to secure a Council vote in favor of relocating the Hiawatha homeless encampment to the old Roof Depot site at Committee of the Whole on September 20th (see first article above) then the agenda for the public meeting on Monday, September 24th would reflect this new development.
For more information about the City's itent to expand the Hiawatha maintenance facilities, please visit the project website
A South Minneapolis music festival featuring 16 local bands across 4 porches that transform into stages. Powderhorn Porchfest is unique in its focus on celebrating local music and local foods. While dancing in the streets to jazz, blues, indie and more you can enjoy sweet and savory delights from half-a-dozen food trucks. Bring the kids, Porchfest is free and friendly for all ages. 

Saturday, September 22

17th Avenue between 32nd and 34th streets

4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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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.
Come enjoy a free community meal to celebrate the opening of the South Minneapolis Renters Mural! Food provided by Hamburguesas el Gordo. As part of the Renters' Week of Action we'll be coming together under the Greenway to revel in our shared power. 
Wednesday, September 19

Columbus Avenue and the Midtown Greenway
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Call (612) 673-2209
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