With just under two weeks until the Tuesday, November 3rd general election, Minneapolis and Minnesota are setting the example of how to vote early and safely. This past Friday, Secretary of State Steve Simon indicated that more than 1.6 million absentee ballots have been requested by voters across our state. As of yesterday, Minneapolis alone has seen over 100,00 ballots turned in. It's time to get out and vote, the information below will help you and your neighbors ready to cast your ballot.
On Election Day - Tuesday, November 3rd - polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
NOTE: To avoid delivery issues, the City urges all voters who are voting by mail or dropping off a ballot to return a completed ballot by no later than Tuesday, October 27th.

Completed vote-by-mail ballots can be returned up until 3 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, November 3rd) at any Ballot Drop-Off site.

To be legally accepted and included in the final vote tabulation, all absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, November 3rd.

Indoor Village Project

The City Council approved nearly $2 million dollars of CARES Act funding to help build one hundred tiny homes for unsheltered residents by December 31st of this year. This is a partnership with Hennepin County, the State of Minnesota, Avivo, Simpson Housing Services, and Special Treatment Services. Hear more about this effort on WCCO news.
This is one of the many initiatives the City is partaking in to support unsheltered community members, learn more about the various actions on this front here.

To connect unsheltered residents to available shelter, please contact:

Adult Shelter Connect for single adults, 612-248-2350.

Hennepin County Family Shelter Team for families, 612-348-9410. Hennepin County practices a “shelter all” commitment for families.

Communidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) is a vital social service support agency for Latino families in Minneapolis. Recently, CLUES was featured in Univision, watch the interview between minutes 19 and 22 with Flor Soto, Vera Choguaj Chajil, Gustavo Boada, and Cadex Herrera here.

CLUES continues to do important work to support local businesses and residents as we navigate an economic downturn as a result of COVID-19. If you would like to donate to their "Savings Circle" fundraiser so CLUES can provide small grants to Latino microbusinesses, please donate here. Your support goes a long way, as every dollar is matched by a large donor!

Apply to Serve on a

City Board or Commission

Major boards and commissions are seeking applications next month. Apply, participate, and help shape important City decisions. Most of the boards and commissions below meet between one and four times per month. Applications are due by November 1.

Charter Commission 
The Charter Commission oversees proposed amendments to the City Charter, the local constitution for the City of Minneapolis. Applicants must be qualified voters in the City of Minneapolis. Download the application form and read more here.  

Civil Rights Commission 
The Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR) spreads awareness about the City's civil rights policies and occasionally serves on panels to review complaints of discrimination from Minneapolis residents.  Download the application form and read more here

Police Conduct Oversight Commission 
The Police Conduct Oversight Commission (PCOC) is a volunteer body of Minneapolis residents from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Commissioners identify potential topics for study related to Minneapolis police policy and practice, make policy recommendations shaped by research and engage the community in discussions about police procedure. Download the application form and read the full eligibility requirements here

Evictions Suspended until November 12, Rental Assistance Available

The Governor's latest extension of the peacetime emergency means that the suspension of evictions and landlord-initiated lease terminations remains in place until November 12.

This suspension will allow households at risk of eviction to remain sheltered during the peacetime emergency. The executive order does not relieve a tenant's obligation to pay rent.

While the eviction moratorium continues, owners can evict a tenant when the tenant violates a lease by endangering the safety of others, engaging in certain illegal activities, or significantly damaging property. Evictions can also proceed if the homeowner or their family member needs to move into the premises or if a writ of recovery was issued before 5 p.m. on March 24.

Emergency rental assistance

Hennepin County offers emergency rental assistance for residents with low incomes who have been financially harmed by COVID-19. Residents can learn more and apply here.
Applications in various languagesEnglish, Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Oromo, Russian

Free COVID-19 Tests and Flu Shots

The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 tests and flu shots. All are welcome. You do not need insurance for the test. The flu shots are covered by insurance. If you have insurance, bring your insurance card for the flu shot. If you don’t have insurance, the flu shot is free.

St. Peter’s AME, 401 E. 41st St.
2-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22
2-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23
Make an appointment if possible, or register onsite.

Shiloh Temple, 1201 W. Broadway Ave. N.
Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24

Hennepin United Methodist, 511 Groveland Ave.

Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7

East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 Second St. NE
Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14

Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S.

1-4 p.m. every Friday and Monday
Note: Double-check with Pillsbury United for possible updates before heading over.

New 20 Mile Per Hour Speed Limit

Crews have started installing gateway signs at entry points in Minneapolis and Saint Paul alerting drivers that the speed limit is now 20 miles per hour in the cities, unless otherwise signed.

It will take about six weeks to install all of the gateway signs in Minneapolis. The cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul distributed more than 4,500 free “20 is Plenty; Slower is Safer” yard signs to community members.

The Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul announced plans to lower speed limits earlier this year to support safer streets. Slower speeds on local streets make travel safer for everyone no matter how you get around.

The speed limit changes are a key strategy in the Minneapolis Vision Zero Action Plan to end traffic deaths and injuries on City streets by 2027. Read more.

Street Sweeping Begins

Crews will sweep streets across Minneapolis to keep leaves and debris out of the storm drains and our lakes and rivers as much as possible before we receive more snow this season. 

On Tuesday, October 20, Minneapolis Public Works began the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection on streets throughout the city. During the four weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will clean about 1,000 miles of city streets. To make sure crews can do the best job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance so streets will be clear of cars when they’re swept. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow posted parking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed.

Read more and find ways to stay informed about the parking rules.
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