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Civic Round-Up: August 2022

Check out resources, public notices, and opportunities to engage in local government and public life.

Opportunities To Engage

  • The City is holding community listening sessions to receive input on topics related to a new three-year contract with the Police Federation of Minneapolis. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Attend a session: 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S. - OR - 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22. Folwell Recreation Center, 1615 Dowling Ave. N. Learn more here.

  • The 38th & Chicago Re-Envisioned Project Team is seeking applicants for a Community Co-creation Team to help shape the final design concept for the 38th & Chicago intersection. Applications are due Aug. 26. Contact Sharice McCain to apply at Learn more here.

  • The City of Minneapolis is seeking applications for the Blue Line Extension Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and Business Advisory Committee (BAC). These committees serve as voices of the residents and businesses in the project corridor by advising the Metropolitan Council and Hennepin County on how the project can best serve the neighborhoods and businesses near the line. Learn more and apply here.

  • The City of Minneapolis is seeking your help to plan how to reduce carbon emissions and improve the daily lives of residents, particularly those hit the hardest by climate change. The City of Minneapolis is creating a new Climate Equity Plan that puts people first in our race to save the planet. Weigh in with one of the following opportunities: Virtual meeting: Noon-1 p.m. Aug. 25. Register to get the meeting link. or Fill out the survey. Learn more here.

  • Adults who live or work in Minneapolis and want to be more actively involved with violence prevention are welcome to a free training Aug. 20. Sign up by Aug. 19. Learn more and sign up here.

  • Share your feedback on traffic safety with this short survey. The City is working to get to zero traffic deaths and severe injuries on our streets in an effort called Vision Zero. They are updating the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan to reflect current traffic safety challenges and shape our future efforts to make our streets safe for everyone.

  • Elections and Voter Services is hiring election judges and absentee voting team members for this upcoming election season. Apply online to be an absentee voting team member by Aug. 17. Learn more about both positions on the Elections and Voter Services webpage.

  • Mark your calendar for this year’s Trans Equity Summit set for Friday, Sept. 16, virtually and at Minneapolis College. Learn more here.

Important Updates

  • During the summer, residents and business owners in the Lake Street corridor may have noticed an increase in the presence of City of Minneapolis employees exploring projects and areas in need of attention to improve safety and livability. This concentrated focus is an intentional part of a pilot program called Bettering the Block. The City and Hennepin County partners took a grassroots approach to understand the needs of three Minneapolis areas. Read more about the program here.

  • Cedric Alexander was sworn in Aug. 8 as the City of Minneapolis’ first community safety commissioner. Read more about the new department and government structure here.

  • Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey signed Executive Order 2022-01 Aug. 3 prohibiting City of Minneapolis staff and departments from working with, or providing information to, jurisdictions that provide less freedom than Minnesota does and are pursuing legal action against people seeking reproductive health care or providers of reproductive health care in Minneapolis. Read more about executive order 2022-01 on the City website.


  • Household hazardous waste drop-off event; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 16 and 18: South High School, 3131 19th Ave. S. (enter from 21st Avenue). Learn more about what's being collected and participating here.

  • HomeHelpMN is providing assistance for homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage or other eligible housing-related expenses due to the effects of the pandemic. Eligible homeowners may receive up to $35,000 in assistance for past-due expenses. Learn more and apply here.

  • The City of Minneapolis offers a down payment assistance program with up to $10,000 for homebuyers purchasing in the City of Minneapolis. The loan has 0% interest and no payments for 30 years. Learn more here.

  • Businesses along 38th Street (from Bloomington Ave. - Niccollet Ave.) and Lake Street (from the Mississippi River to the Uptown neighborhood) can now apply for the Main Street Economic Revitalization Grant! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through a community process, with grant awards beginning in Spring 2022. All funding will be distributed by December 31, 2024. Projects must be completed by December 31, 2026. Learn more and apply here.

  • Find a map and schedule for farmers markets. Nearly all of the markets accept SNAP-EBT benefits.

  • Minnesota has a streamlined application for benefits such as cash, food, emergency housing, and child care assistance. Apply here.

  • Free COVID-19 Testing is available. Walk-in or schedule an appointment for a test at one of the state’s free COVID-19 Community Testing Sites, or order a test through the state’s free COVID-19 Test at Home program. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order #4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests to be shipped to your home here.

  • Free COVID-19 Vaccines are available. Use the state’s Vaccine Locator Map to find vaccine providers near you (parents can also visit, check for vaccine appointments at, where you can search for appointments by vaccine type (e.g., Pfizer), or walk in to or make an appointment at one of Minnesota’s COVID-19 Community Vaccination sites.

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