Art work by Kahlil Brewington and Jon Hunt
Dear Community,
After years of planning and community engagement led by the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, we welcome Hennepin County's Social Service Hub which is now open for business and located at 2225 East Lake Street. You can already enjoy a modest plaza by the bus stop and see the retail space which I ensured would go to house small, local, and diverse businesses. I look forward to continuing to work with Corcoran and Hennepin County to fulfill our final dream, hundreds of new mixed income housing units anchored by the permanent home of the Midtown Farmers Market.
With this new development and in partnership with the County, we are responding to the increase in loitering, public drinking, and homelessness issues we are seeing on the streets. Last week we met with Hennepin County, the City Attorney, Minneapolis Police, St. Stephen's Human Services, the Metropolitan Council, PRIDE at the Family Partnership, Lake Street Council, and Wellington Management to coordinate security efforts. Our hope is to facilitate information sharing between the various agencies, hired private security, and the social service agencies that work on East Lake Street to have a better impact at addressing the challenges we are experiencing. 
Homelessness and drug addiction are becoming more visible as a result of growing income inequality, stagnant wages, and higher rent prices. Minneapolis is experiencing historically low rental vacancy rates which makes it difficult to obtain stable housing. Homeless populations are largely Indigenous folks and people of color who have survived serious levels of trauma.
This is why raising the minimum wage is vital in addressing our homelessness issues and this Friday we will approve a $15 minimum wage for Minneapolis workers. Additionally, I will continue to advocate for more resources for overnight shelters, affordable housing, renters' rights, and resources to combat chemical dependency.
Seguimos pa'lante,
Guest column by Sarah Jane Keaveny, Ninth Ward appointee to the Public Health Advisory Committee
Happy Solstice, Ward Nine!
As your Representative on the Public Health Advisory Committee (PHAC) for the City of Minneapolis, it is a pleasure to report on the work of the committee in this last cycle as it relates to social determinants of health* and specifically housing instability, access, and the effects of housing on health and safety. The City Council continues to address the upstream factors that impact housing access through the need for increased minimum wage, sick and safe time, the need for safety and accountability for policing and zoning, and the need for our vision forward as a ward to be inclusive for all of Minneapolis, and there is work happening to address the immediate needs for our Ward this summer and in the coming months.
PHAC continues to hear about the impact of housing on the health and safety of our community as access to housing makes all areas of public health harder to achieve and materialize.  Ward Nine has a disproportionate number of Minneapolis residents that are housing insecure. When we are precariously housed, we prioritize differently to protect the safety and well-being of ourselves and our families than when we are securely housed. Ward Nine has a disproportionate number of Minneapolis residents that move into homelessness. When we lack housing, we access health and safety differently than we do when we are housed. Whether we are housed or un-housed – we live in Ward Nine, we belong in Ward Nine, we are Ward Nine.
Specifically, concerns for safety have been coming to the council and the Public Health Advisory Committee that demonstrate that more of our residents are housing insecure, or un-housed. Not only do we lack housing in the city for many of our residents – we do not have adequate capacity in our emergency shelter system. Many times residents are calling our community’s Adult Shelter Connect access line to be informed that in that moment there is not space for them in shelter. Being turned away from emergency shelter causes us to prioritize differently to address our needs safety and well-being. PHAC and city council are actively working to address these concerns and the increased need for safety and well-being within our Ward.
PHAC is recommending the creation of a Citizen Advisory Board to Council that would consist of residents from each Ward to articulate the particular needs of all of Minneapolis’ residents in regards to access and security of housing in Minneapolis.
PHAC is being asked to look at the Emergency Solutions Grants that are accessible to the city and how these can be used to address the changing needs of our homeless services.
PHAC has named housing, homelessness, and addressing social determinants of health as our priorities for the coming cycle – please feel free to contact me (keaveny55407 at gmail dot com), come to one of our meetings taking place the fourth Tuesday of the month at City Hall (always open to the public), or view our Annual Report or PHAC minutes online.
Additional Resources
Want to Know More about Homelessness in Minneapolis? Read the Heading Home Hennepin plan.
Want to have practical information about available resources? Check out Handbook of the Streets.
Wondering how to access preventative or supportive services for you or a neighbor that may face homelessness? Call Hennepin County FRONT DOOR 612-348-4111.
Are you or your neighbor currently experiencing homelessness and would benefit from support and engagement? St. Stephen's Street Outreach Workers can help 612-874-0311.
Are you looking for shelter tonight? Call Adult Shelter Connect 612-248-2350.
Are you curious about social determinants of health here in Minneapolis and Ward Nine?* Check out the work of the Wilder Foundation.
There has been an increase in purse snatching in our neighborhoods south of Lake Street. 
What you can do:
Increase your use of good crime prevention techniques: awareness, alertness and avoidance. When walking:
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Be especially alert to any activity near you.
  • If you see anything suspicious, call 9-1-1 immediately!
  • Avoid secluded, poorly-lit areas at night.
  • Plan and use the safest and most direct routes. Look confident and purposeful.
  • Carry only what you need.
  • Carry your keys and money in a pocket, not in a purse or wallet.
  • If you are a victim of a robbery, call 9-1-1 to report it as soon as possible.
Call 911 to report any criminal activity or if you see or know of a child who is being hurt or exploited.
Call Dawn at Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center 612-728-2000 to get help for American Indian women experiencing commercial sexual exploitation, chemical dependency, and domestic violence. The MIWRC is also able to serve GLBTQ victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Call PRIDE 24 hour crisis line 612-728-2062 to get help for people experiencing commercial sexual exploitation or substance abuse issues. PRIDE is also equipped to serve GLBTQ victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Make a child protection report at 612-348-3552 or online if you encounter a child who you think is being sexually exploited. 
Call St. Stephen's Street Outreach Workers 612-874-0311 to get immediate help for people who are experiencing homelessness.
Call Day One Services 24 hour crisis line 1-866-223-1111 to get help for people experiencing commercial sexual exploitation, sexual violence, or domestic abuse.
The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic is open for walk-in patients Mondays and Thursdays 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at St Paul's Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Avenue South. No insurance needed, all medical care provided for free.
Walk-in Counseling Center provides free, anonymous mental health counseling and referrals five days a week right in the neighborhood. 2421 Chicago Avenue South.
If you need assistance as a crime victim contact the Hennepin County Attorney's Office 612-348-4003 and ask to speak with an advocate or Cornerstone Services at 952-884-0376 and ask for Michelle, Cheryl, or Rebecca.
Contact your crime prevention specialist to receive a No Trespassing sign that can be placed on your property and enforced by MPD.
Email John Baumann to receive regular updates on crime trends in our area.
The West Bank Harm Reduction Collective operates a walk-in clinic with a needle exchange Wednesdays 5:30  - 7:30 p.m. at 425 Cedar (enter in the back). They provide free needles, cookers, works, narcan kits as well as rapid HIV screening.
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.
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911 for all emergencies.
612-348-2345 for non-emergencies.
If you suspect drug dealing but have not actually seen it call 612-673-5706.
If you are in doubt call 911 and they will route your call properly.
Contact Crime Prevention Specialist Karen Notsch 612-673-2856 or karen (dot) notsch (at) minneapolismn (dot) gov for issues South of Lake Street.
Contact Crime Prevention Specialist Brett Nyman 612-673-3482 or brett (dot) nyman (at) minneapolismn (dot) gov for issues North of Lake Street.
Read more about the ways Crime Prevention Specialists can help.
Check out MPD's Third Precinct website for additional information and resources.
Every month my office works to identify and monitor problem properties in our neighborhoods. We bring together representatives from the City of Minneapolis' Police Department, Attorney's Office, Housing Inspections, Business Licensing, Parking Enforcement, and the County's prosecutor's and probation office to coordinate and discuss commercial, residential, rental, and owner occupied buildings that are causing problems related to public safety.
Problem properties should be reported to your area's Crime Prevention Specialist or to the Ninth Ward office at 612-673-2209. Please note that MPD needs to receive two reports on the same problem property in order to prevent the program from being mis-used.
Midtown Phillips Crime Meeting, July 10 (repeats every second Monday of the month), 6:30 p.m. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Avenue South.
CANDO Community Meeting, July 18 (repeats every third Tuesday), 5:30 p.m. (Crime and safety breakout begins at 6:30 p.m.) CANDO Community Space at CTUL, 3715 Chicago Avenue South.
Lake Street Commercial Safety Conversation, July 18 (repeats every third Tuesday), 6:30 p.m. Las Mojarras, 1507 East Lake Street.
Call (612) 673-2209
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