Pictured above is James Cross, founder of Natives Against Heroin, and Yvonne who is living at the encampment set up by folks experiencing homelessness. Photo credit David Joles, StarTribune.
Dear Community,
Many of you have contacted my office about the encampment that community members who are experiencing homelessness have set up along the Hiawatha sound wall near Franklin Avenue in the Sixth Ward. 
I want you to know that the City, County, State, and many community partners that serve the American Indian population and people experiencing homelessness have come together to address this issue. By centering the dignity of these community members, everyone is working together to respect their autonomy while reducing harm to ensure the health and safety of the people living there. Here is a detailed list of the actions being taken to help those in need:
Short term
  • Bringing in portable toilets and handwashing stations
  • Increasing the number of garbage containers and needles and sharps containers and ensuring daily disposal by City Public Works staff
  • Harm- reduction supplies being made available
  • Installing hydrant-based potable water station
Long term
  • Transitioning tent dwellers into stable housing situations including shelters and public housing
  • Connecting those in the encampment with medical help and social service case management including chemical dependency assessments and addiction treatment
  • Looking into potential emergency shelter options to house those remaining in the encampment in the case of extreme weather conditions (such as heat or other)
In tomorrow's Public Safety and Emergency Management Committee I have scheduled to host a report from our City Coordinator, our Minneapolis Police Department, our Health Department, St. Stephen's Human Services, and United Communities Outreach (which is one of the community groups recently funded by the City's Collaborative Safety Strategies program to help reduce crime and increase safety). Please tune in online to hear the report or join us in the Council Chambers.
Last week, Mayor Jacob Frey gave his annual budget address which laid out his proposed budget for 2019. In the months to come, the Council will get a chance to publicly dig into all the details as Department heads give us presentations and the Council hosts two public hearings on the budget. In the meantime, I can share that the Mayor's proposed budget includes some funding to lay the foundations of the Municipal ID program and to address the challenges of the opioid abuse crisis. While these funding levels are a good start, I look forward to working with my Council colleagues to secure more resources for these very important efforts which deeply impact many residents across our city.
Mayor Frey has been able to secure an unprecedented level of investment in housing. It is exciting to hear that under his vision, the affordable housing trust fund will prioritize getting us to build a more affordable city by promoting housing that families who make $28,300 per year can afford. This priority on supporting housing for families at the 30% area median income level is better than focusing on a higher income bracket of 50% or 60% area median income so we can build housing that helps those with the highest need.
Please join us in the coming months, as each Department will come before the City Council and present the proposed budget for their Departments. These sessions are open to the public and broadcast live on Minneapolis' cable channel. You can read more about the Mayor's proposed budget on MPR.
Earn between $18 and $19 per hour, while helping your neighbors vote!

The City of Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services Division needs temporary election judges up to full-time from October 9 to November 9, 2018. We are opening multiple Early Vote Centers for the 2018 General Election and need election team members who will train for up to three weeks, then serve voters during the period of Tuesday, October 30 through Monday, November 5, including the weekend.

Early Vote Centers are staffed from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with additional time needed for opening and closing the sites. Each site will support voters from all the City’s 132 precincts.

The Early Vote Center role requires strict attention to detail and comfort assisting and serving diverse populations and languages. Second-language fluency in Spanish, Hmong, Oromo, or Somali particularly desired.
Filll out the application today, positions filled on a rolling basis.

Celebrated Southside community photographer and culture weaver Wing Young Huie was honored with the McKnight distinguished artist award- an honor granted to only one artist each year. Wing's work includes "Lake Street USA" which highlighted life in the diverse communities along Lake Street and then turned the corridor into a gallery, hanging 675 images in storefronts, bus stops, and on abandoned buildings. He currently operates the Third Place on 38th and Chicago which serves as a community gathering space, exhibit space, and gallery.  
You can see his exhibit Chinese-ness: Photographs by Wing Young Huie at the MN History Center starting on September 11 with a book to follow. 
Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, Wing. Thank you for all the ways that you capture and reflect the joy, beauty, and resilience in our communities!
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.
Owning Up: Racism and Housing in Minneapolis explores the history of racial housing discrimination in Minneapolis through the stories of three black families. The exhibit demonstrates the lasting effects of structural discrimination and aims to counter the enduring idea of Minneapolis as a model metropolis. 
Interest in this exhibit has been high- reserve your ticket for the opening week today
Thursday, August 23
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Hennepin History Museum- 2303 3rd Avenue South
Join Powderhorn neighbors as the streets close down and people open their porches for musical acts including live bands, DJs, kids activities, food, and much more. 
Tuesday, September 22
Check back on Facebook for the full lineup as the date gets closer.
Kwestrong is a group of American Indian women coming together envisioning a future of health inspired by each others strengths, and motivated by their individual goals. Sign up to participate in the Kwestrong Triathlon today, give a donation, or come to support the participants.
Saturday, August 25
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bde Maka Ska 
Through visual ​art,​ ​story​telling ​and​ ​dance we will build community & celebrate diverse cultures of our neighborhood on Lake Street at Ayeeyo Childcare Center and the surrounding blocks this summer. We are saying yes to love and belonging and no to racism and islamophobia. ​

There wil be mural making led by Daren Hill and various local artists, storytelling and artmaking with Million Artist Movement, dancing with Don't You Feel It Too?, a puppet show with Kallie and the Bookworms, and more! Check out the entire schedule on Facebook.
Saturday, August 25
3:00 p.m.
Ayeeyo Childcare Center: 1837 East Lake Street 
Call (612) 673-2209
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