• Hannah Kamath

Civic Round-Up: May 2022

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


Opportunities To Engage

  • Applications are now open through May 27 for renters, property owners, developers and representatives from designated organizations to serve on a new rent stabilization work group. The work group is charged with recommending a policy framework and analysis for the City Council on a City policy regulating rent amounts for private residential property. Learn more and complete the application here.

  • Sign up to speak at a public hearing or send your comments in writing for the City’s draft action plan on affordable housing and community development. Public hearing on proposed 2022 action plan for CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA federal funding 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, before the City Council’s Business, Inspections, Housing and Zoning Committee. Find out how to participate in a public hearing on the City’s website or call 311 (612-673-3000).

  • Thirty-one City boards and commissions have openings for appointments this spring. Apply and stay up to date on vacancies, position descriptions and timelines by visiting the City website.

  • The Community Connections Conference is an annual free event that connects residents of Minneapolis, community groups, neighborhoods and local government. This year's 'Forward Together' themed conference is scheduled for May 21st at the Minneapolis Convention. Learn more and register here.

  • The Northside and Southside Green Zones of Minneapolis are hosting an environmental justice Green Zone Summit at the Minneapolis Community Connections Conference on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to connect with fellow neighbors and organizers to raise awareness and build power to advance environmental justice actions in Minneapolis. Learn more and register here.



Important Updates

  • The City of Saint Paul in partnership with the City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy and HOURCAR launched the EV Spot Network on Friday, May 13th! Evie Carshare will have over 150 all-electric vehicles for one-way trips by the minute, hour, or day around Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Sharing the same system with HOURCAR, members will have access to both one-way Evie Carshare and hub-based HOURCAR services. 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.

  • Hiawatha Avenue between I-35W and Hwy 62 needs to be resurfaced and three bridges in the project area need to be repaired. The project will be broken up into two sections, the northern half from Downtown Minneapolis to 32nd Avenue and the southern half from 32nd Avenue to Hwy 62. Work will take place starting in spring through fall 2022. Learn more about the projects and it's impact on traffic routes here.


Resources

  • 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 MN State Arts Board Grants for Individuals application is open. This grant program provides support to help individual artists and culture bearers sustain their creative practices and meaningfully engage with their communities in a time of transition. Learn more and apply by July 15th here.

  • Hennepin County is hosting a Virtual Hiring Event Wednesday, May 18th from 1:00- 2:00PM. You will be able to chat with employers to get your questions answered. Some employers may also offer virtual meetings or interviews. Register 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.

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

  • Utility assistance is still available through the Energy Assistance Program. Learn more and 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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