City's housing assistance application opens on Wednesday.
City's housing assistance application opens on Wednesday.
Governor Tim Walz has extended the stay at home order until Monday, May 4. The response from Minnesota residents has been encouraging and we are showing that everyone can help slow the spread of the virus by practicing social distancing. For more details about the Governor's stay at home order, please visit the Governor's COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
Si vives en Minneapolis y perdiste tu trabajo, o disminuyeron tus horas de empleo, por COVID19 entonces puedes aplicar para pedir ayuda para cubrir el precio de la renta, el gas, o la electricidad. La aplicación se abre el miércoles, 22 de abril y se cierra el lunes, 27 de abril. Hay dos maneras de solicitar la ayuda de pago de renta (o Gap Housing Assistance en inglés):
  • Aplica usando la página de web de la Ciudad de Minneapolis, la aplicación también estará disponible en Español.

  • Aplica por teléfono llamando al Centro de Recursos para Inquilinos (o el Tenant Resource Center en ingles) al 612-302-3180 y deja un mensaje. Un trabajador de admisión te devolverá la llamada dentro de tres días.

Este programa de ayuda financiera cuenta con un total de $2M de dólares que se van a repartir entre familias de bajos recursos con limites de entre $1,500 hasta $2,000 por cada familia. Esperamos que este recurso pueda ayudar a las familias indocumentadas que no tienen acceso a otros beneficios gubernamentales.
Vamos a seguir trabajando duro para que todas las familias de Minneapolis sigan adelante con su futuro,



People around the globe are finding imaginative ways to stay connected and build community while respecting social distancing practices. In the Powderhorn Park neighborhood, residents join together in song to make music and share happiness. Last week, the Powderhorn sing-a-long group was profiled on MPR's Daily Dose of Sweetness. Check out the YouTube video of the sing-a-long interview, thank you Nikki LaSorella for helping to kick-off such a heartwarming action to bring neighbors together.
The Minneapolis Health Department has announced a Request for Applications for community-based nonprofits to apply for $15,000 grants to aid in COVID-19 response efforts. The work to be funded will prioritize underserved, cultural, and vulnerable communities.
Applications are due Friday, April 24th and must be submitted via email to health (at) minneapolismn (dot) gov. Any questions prior to the deadline may also be submitted to this email address and responses will be posted on the Request For Applications webpage.

                                   Image credit to Lake Street Council
Let's make sure that the pandemic doesn't dim the light of our beloved Lake Street community. You can help protect the vibrancy of our neighborhood commercial corridor by shopping online for local items. Feel free to get a start (or continue supporting!) by taking a look at WCCO's online map identifying all the diverse restaurants and shops that provide takeout and curbside pick-up. Just zoom into the East Lake Street corridor to get a glimpse at all your options. Hope you can promote and spread the word about ways we can all buy local to keep our communities thriving and healthy for the long run.
If you are a local restaurant owner or retailer and are interested in getting a free permit to set up a pick-up zone at no charge, please visit the City's Frequently Asked Questions for Small Businesses website and look for the section titled "Setting up food pick up zones."
MNsure: A special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are without insurance runs through April 21, apply on the MNsure website.

Unemployment Insurance: The State’s Unemployment Insurance program can provide quick relief for employees who are unable to work as a result of COVID-19, apply on the Unemployment Insurance website.

Deadline extensions: Minnesotans filing their annual Minnesota Individual Income Tax return for 2019 have until Wednesday, July 15, 2020, to file. The REAL ID application deadline has been extended by one year.

Small business assistance: The Department of Employment and Economic Development is administering a Small business Emergency Loan Program to help Minnesota small business owners who need immediate assistance.

Suspension of evictions: Landlords and financial institutions cannot begin eviction proceedings against tenants for the duration of the Governor's declaration of a public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you or someone you know has been wrongfully evicted, contact the Minnesota Attorney General's Office online or by phone at
(651) 296-3353.

Child care: Six Minnesota foundations launched an Emergency Child Care Grant Program to provide financial support to licensed child care providers, which will provide invaluable education and services to Minnesota families.


The City of Minneapolis’ cultural radio programs are now airing with new content on a weekly basis to expand access to important COVID-19 related news and updates. Tune in and get the latest information in  English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong. Please share this info with friends, family and neighbors. 

KMOJ 89.9 FM (English) - "Minneapolis 360"

Minneapolis 360, the City of Minneapolis' radio show on KMOJ, is increasing to a weekly schedule and moving earlier, to 1 p.m. Starting April 8, tune in every Wednesday to get the latest news about your city.

La Raza 1400 AM and 95.7 FM (Spanish) - "Mi Ciudad"

A partir del 7 de abril, el programa de radio "Mi Ciudad" de la Ciudad de Minneapolis estará al aire cada semana. Escucha "Mi Ciudad" en La Raza 95.7 FM y 1400 AM para recibir la información más reciente sobre el coronavirus, su impacto y para conocer cuáles son los recursos disponibles en nuestra ciudad.

KALY 101.7 FM (Somali) - "Magaaladayda Minneapolis"

Waa barnaamij ka baxa raadiyaha KALY bishiiba mar oo maamulka magaaladu ugu talagalay in lagu wacyigeliyo korna loogu qaado aqoonta mowduucyada muhimadda gaarka ah u leh busha weynta Bariga Africa ee ku dhaqan Minneapolis.

WIXK AM1590 (Hmong) - "Kuv Lub Nroog Minneapolis"

Kuv lub Nroog Minneapolis suab lus Hmoob xovtooj cua WIXK yog qhov chaw sibtxua lus coj lub Nroog cov kev pab txhawb nqa pejxeem tuaj pub rau tsoom Hmoob sawvdaw kom tau paub thiab muaj kev nyab xeeb. Cov qhua tshwjxeeb tuaj koom hais lus suam huabcua yog cov paubtab thiab txawjntse txog lawv cov luag haujlwm thiab kev pab pejxeem.
You can find more updates on the City of Minneapolis' Cultural Radio webpage.
A special election must be held to fill the Sixth Ward vacant seat on the Minneapolis City Council. To learn more, visit the City of Minneapolis' special election Frequently Asked Questions webpageBelow are some of the essential dates for this summer:
Candidate filing: Tuesday, May 19 – Tuesday, June 2.
Absentee balloting begins: Friday, June 26.
Election Day: Tuesday, August 11, 7 a.m. — 8 p.m.
City elections use Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV).
In the News: Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon has called upon the for Minnesota House of Representatives Subcommittee on Elections to address safety issues presented by COVID-19. This would expand options for mail-in voting and reduce the number of people at traditional polling locations, you can read more in the Star Tribune article on this topic.
Welcome to our #MplsVotes newsletter segment. This is where you can get the latest City of Minneapolis information regarding the August Primary and the General Election in November of 2020.
Key Election Dates for 2020 
Special Election to fill vacant City Council seat in Ward 6 is set for Tue., August 11, 2020.
State Primary - Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
General Election - Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

For more information on all things related to the elections happening in 2020, visit the City's Elections and Voter Services website.
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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.
Mayor Frey has launched a "dashboard" to track the impact of COVID-19 on Minneapolis residents. You can also get answers to a range of questions on the City's Coronavirus webpage. The City's Coronavirus webpage covers a range of topics such as how to access the City's small business support, housing assistance, and more.
To receive regular updates about the City's response efforts, resources, and news please sign up for the City's Coronavirus newsletter.
If you have a question or concerns about COVID-19, you can email your questions to COVID19 (at) minneapolismn (dot) gov.
The City is managing donations of food, cleaning supplies, handmade masks, and other. No personal protective equipment is being taken. To learn more about donating or requesting donations, please see the links below:
Donate items other than PPE
Request items other than PPE

Note: The City will not warehouse or store actual items. City Health Department staff will help catalog what is available and needed and connect the two.
Minnesotans are eligible for  LIHEAP funding to cover utility costs ranging from $600 to $1,200. This program is administered by the Department of Commerce.
Xcel Energy will be honoring the following guidelines:
  • Suspending residential disconnections.
  • Waiving residential and small business late fees.
  • Reaching out to disconnected customers to reconnect them and waiving reconnection fees.
The City is expanding opportunities for residents to submit public comment on significant City efforts for 2020. The timeline for the Neighborhoods 2020 and Draft Transportation Action plans have been extended.
To submit comments to the Neighborhoods 2020 Draft program, visit the Neighborhood and Community Relations webpage.  
To submit comments to the Draft Transportation Action Plan, visit the Draft Plan webpage.
USI Wireless has opened their WiFi network in Minneapolis for those that may need free internet access. Once you log on to the public WiFi, look for the “City of Minneapolis Public WiFi” or “USI Wireless." No password or credit card is required. For more info please click here. 
Metro Transit is hiring Bus Drivers.
St. Stephen's is hiring a Shelter Worker.
Pillsbury United Communites is hiring a new North News Editor.  
Hennepin County is hiring a Benefits and Employee Well-Being Manager
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