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Come celebrate el dia de Emiliano Zapata on Lake Street!
Come celebrate el dia de Emiliano Zapata on Lake Street!
On behalf of the Cuernavaca-Minneapolis Sister Cities Organization (CAMINO), you are invited to participate in a community event to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata on Sunday, August 8th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ¡Acompáñanos! There will be live music, entertainment, paletas, and refreshments.

Minneapolis creates new

Arts & Cultural Affairs Department

Dear Neighbors,
I was proud to lead our City's ordinance efforts to help establish our Arts and Cultural Affairs Department. This action signifies a vital response to the challenges our creative community has experienced due to the global pandemic and the murder of Mr. George Floyd. By establishing this new Department, we demonstrate we are committed to growing our region’s cultural infrastructure so we may further stabilize and strengthen our local creative economy.
This Council action renews our government’s capacity to achieve racial equity outcomes by increasing the level of support we can offer the diverse artists, culture makers, and innovative problem solvers of our city. I’m deeply thankful to all of the visionary staff and hardworking residents who helped us to establish Minneapolis’ first ever Arts and Cultural Affairs Department. 

This new department will be charged with advancing a diverse and active arts and cultural environment that recognizes and draws on the full potential of Minneapolis’ artists and arts organizations. The purpose of its work is to reflect and respond to civic concerns and aspirations, and enrich the lives of all people who live in, work in and visit Minneapolis by:
  • Promoting the city as a center for arts and culture
  • Fostering Minneapolis’ arts and culture assets
  • Advancing cultural equity, equality and inclusion
  • Developing and implementing arts and culture programs and initiatives to encourage greater participation in, and increased public access to, arts and culture in Minneapolis.

    Read more about the new department in the ordinance.

    Next steps

    The budget for the new department will be determined through the 2022 City budget process. 

  Find help with rent and housing as the eviction moratorium ends

A new state law includes a policy guiding property owners and renters in an orderly transition from the eviction moratorium, now that the State peacetime emergency preventing landlords from evicting residents for not paying rent has ended. The new policy requires a property owner or manager who intends on filing an eviction for non-payment of rent to provide a written notice to their renter, along with information about rental assistance, 15 days before filing an eviction proceeding with the courts between now and Oct. 12.

This law also prohibits a property owner or manager from evicting a renter if the renter has a pending application for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance at the state or local level until June 1, 2022. The renter must be able to prove that they’ve applied for rental assistance. Renters may apply for COVID-19 emergency rental assistance at

I have questions about my specific housing situation and how it relates to the end of the eviction moratorium. Who should I contact?

Home Line's tenant hotline: 612-728-5767 or

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid: 612-334-5970

Learn more.

Resources to help pay bills and rent

If the pandemic has caused you hardship and you need help catching up on your rent or utility bills, you may be eligible for Minnesota’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance, Community Action Partnership’s assistance and Xcel Energy’s assistance.

While you can’t be evicted for not paying rent during Gov. Walz’s executive order, rent is still due.
When the order is lifted, people owing unpaid rent could be at risk for eviction.

Apply now for rent and utility bill help

Eligible Minneapolis renters can receive help with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. If you qualify, you could receive up to 15 months of total assistance. To apply for RentHelpMN or find more information, visit or call 211. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions about RentHelpMN 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

In Minneapolis, you can apply through, 211 or one of these community partners:

Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES)
Assistance in Spanish

New American Development Center (NADC)
Assistance in Somali, Oromo and Amharic

NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center

Apply for utility bill help

If you’re having a difficult time paying your utility bill, contact Community Action Partnership for financial help. Community Action Partnership’s program has grants and other resources to help people catch up on some of their bills.

Visit and look under “what we do” or call 952-697-1393 to find out if you’re eligible.

Apply for help with your Xcel Energy electric bill

Xcel Energy residential electric customers who have $1,000-$4,000 in past due charges due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a new program. The Xcel Energy Payment Plan Credit Program forgives up to 75% of their past-due balance when customers enroll in ooa payment plan and stay current on that plan.

Find information about the Payment Plan Credit Program on Xcel Energy’s website or call customer care at 1-800-895-4999.

Minnesota and Hennepin County offer vaccine incentives 

With certain COVID-19 vaccinations, Minnesota is offering a weekly drawing for a travel voucher, and Hennepin County is offering a $50 Visa gift card.

Minnesotans who get their shot July 1-Aug. 7 at MSP Airport’s Terminal 2 will be entered into a weekly drawing for a $500 travel voucher through Sun Country Airlines. Minnesotans must be 18 or older to receive the shot and enter for a chance to win. This opportunity is open to the general public; no boarding pass or appointment is required.

Terminal 2 vaccination pop-up

7150 Humphrey Drive, one-hour parking vouchers are available
6 a.m.-2 p.m. daily
Johnson & Johnson

Learn more at about the travel incentive on Gov Walz’s website.

Hennepin County $50 Visa gift cards

Hennepin County hopes to raise the overall vaccination rate in our county and state while closing the vaccination gap within communities and neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID-19. In doing so, we can limit where the virus – especially the variants of concern – circulates and makes people sick.

Hennepin County is offering vaccine incentives to people 12 and older who receive their first or second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Instant vaccine incentives

Until Aug. 15 (or as long as supplies last), everyone 12 and older is eligible to get a $50 Visa gift card when they receive a first or a second COVID-19 vaccine dose at any Hennepin County vaccine event. (People who receive both doses will get two $50 Visa gift cards.)

Find a list of upcoming County vaccine events open to the public on the Hennepin County website.

For questions, call the COVID-19 navigator line at 612-348-8900, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours, you can leave a voicemail. Help is available is English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.

More people in Minnesota now eligible for E-SNAP benefits

With a recent change in federal guidance, more people are now eligible for Emergency SNAP. Previously, individuals and families were only eligible for E-SNAP if they were not already receiving the maximum food benefit amount for their household size. Now households that get the maximum food benefit will also get a monthly $95 E-SNAP benefit. In addition, $95 is now the minimum E-SNAP benefit. E-SNAP is a temporary benefit in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more from the Minnesota Department of Human Services

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