PPNA Advocacy Priorities

We hear from hundreds of residents, business owners, and partners each year to guide our priorities. These include:

Livability & Safety


We desire a safe and livable neighborhood. Knowing your neighbors and supporting local businesses can help. We also believe more City, County, and State resources are needed to support communities disproportionately affected by crime. 


Our community can shape and influence the current city-wide direction around how we invest in the tools, people, and places that can best keep us safe.

A key step necessary to make our preferences known involves educating ourselves on things like:

Existing investments and efficacy in our law enforcement, court systems, and corrections. 


Understanding what investments are made in support of crime prevention and the impact of these resources.


This relates to steps taken by the recent Minneapolis City Council to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a Department of Community Safety and Violence prevention.

In an effort to understand how the community wants to advance livability and safety, we are partnering with a team of canvassers to collect community feedback, using surveys, and meeting with block club groups to better understand community-led strategies. To learn more about this work, email grace@ppna.org. 

Equitable Development


Community preferences and priorities must be reflected in development projects. We advocate for better ordinances, processes, and tools that will ensure community voices shape development.


Let’s refine and strengthen the proposed Principles of Development the association Board of Directors adopted for community input on June 11th. The four principles include:


Health over Wealth

Voices over Speed

Affordable over Business-as-Usual

Community Development over Profit Development

See the full overview here. And send comments or questions to info@ppna.org

If you are interested and available to help the association work toward ways to influence equitable development, make plans to attend a Minneapolis Equitable Development Coalition (MEDC) meeting. These are normally held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Times vary and can be found on PPNA’s community calendar. You can also let us know what equitable development means to you. Take our current survey that gets at more specific development priorities on our updates page.

You can also let us know what equitable development means to you. We will keep a running list of views that we can share with elected and appointed leaders as part of our overall advocacy efforts toward equitable development. 

Housing Justice


Housing is a human right. We partner with dozens of organizations to champion things like tenant protections, more affordable units, and low to no barrier access for the most vulnerable.


We can help support housing stability for cost-burdened renters. Donate to the Minneapolis Renters Coalition – Renter Support Fund or share the information with a renter in your network who you are aware has a need.

Let’s continue to demand for City and County elected and appointed leaders to invest in the services, housing, and systems they described in their December 2006 report entitled “The 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness in Minneapolis and Hennepin County.”

Stay connected and aware of how a number of community partner groups and organizations are pushing to improve the quality, affordability, and accessibility of housing throughout the city and state. These include:

Alliance Housing, Inc.

City of Lakes Community Land Trust

Clare Housing


Housing Link

Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia

Advocacy Platform


Learn more about PPNA’s advocacy priorities here.  Contact Grace Berke, grace@ppna.org, to learn ways you can help advocate for our community.

Connect . Inform . Inspire

Powderhorn Park
Neighborhood Association


(612) 722.4817   l   info@ppna.org

821 East 35th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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