• Hannah Kamath

Civic Round-Up: July 2022

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


Opportunities To Engage

  • Community feedback is wanted for the 38th & Chicago Re-Envisioned project. Through conversations and events, City of Minneapolis staff will gather input on which infrastructure needs are most important to the community. Join the conversation at a Pop-up engagement: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Onyx Coffeehouse (formerly FORREAL Coffeehouse), 3740 Chicago Ave. S. or find all the ways to engage and more details here.

  • This summer, in partnership with the Mn Department of Human Rights (MDHR), the MNJRC has agreed to lead the official community outreach strategy for MDHR. There will be 5 community engagement sessions to gather ideas from community members on how to best address race-based policing through a consent decree. Learn more here.

Important Updates

  • Applications regarding Frontline Worker Pay are officially open through July 22, 2022. This passed at the State Legislature to thank and support those Minnesotans who worked on the frontlines during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency. Learn more and apply here.

  • Mayor Jacob Frey has nominated Cedric Alexander for the City of Minneapolis’ first commissioner of Community Safety. The Minneapolis City Council will consider the mayor’s nomination at its July 21 meeting. You can watch the mayor’s announcement on the City’s YouTube channel.

  • On July 1, 2022, the minimum wage in Minneapolis went up to $13.50 at small businesses and $15 at large businesses. The City is committed to supporting an economy that includes everyone. Learn more here.

  • In 2022, Public Works will be implementing quick-build safety improvements on 12 High Injury Streets across the City as part of the Vision Zero Program. This includes improvements in Powderhorn. Learn more on our blog here.

Resources

  • 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.

  • Minneapolis-based small creative businesses and arts and cultural nonprofit organizations affected by the pandemic can now apply for two of three City of Minneapolis Business Support Funds for Creatives. Grantees will receive financial support for Apprenticeship or marketing. Learn more here.

  • The City of Minneapolis now has 20 free organics drop-off locations across Minneapolis. All you have to do is sign up for access to a location near you! If you are new to organics recycling and are unsure how to get started, we also hold free online information sessions. Learn more and sign up for a drop-off 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.

  • 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 mn.gov/vaxforkids), check for vaccine appointments at Vaccines.gov, 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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