• Hannah Kamath

Civic Round-Up: September 2022

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


Opportunities To Engage

  • A Ward 9 Public Safety Meeting will be held with Councilmember Chavez on September 14, 2022 at the East Phillips Park Gym 2399 S 17th Ave. South Minneapolis, MN 55404 from 6PM-8PM.

  • Early voting opens on Sept. 23! The Early Vote Center at 980 E. Hennepin Ave opens at 8 a.m. Sept. 23 for voters who wish to cast their ballot early and in person. Also Sept. 23, Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services begin mailing ballots to voters who have requested to vote early by mail. Learn more, register to vote, get an absentee ballot or find your polling place here.

  • Thirty-three City boards and commissions have openings for appointments this fall. The City seeks applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences representing the demographics of Minneapolis to strengthen the work of the City. Translation and interpreting are available so all residents can participate. Applications are open now. Learn more and apply here.

  • Join the City of Minneapolis Welcoming Week Sept. 9-18. This year’s theme is “Where We Belong.”. As a Welcoming City, the City of Minneapolis hosts annual events in recognition of Welcoming Week to welcome new residents to the city and, because Citizenship Day always takes place during Welcoming Week, share information about how to become a United States citizen. Learn more and see a calendar of events here.

  • The City of Minneapolis will hold its final community listening session to receive input on topics related to a new three-year contract with the Police Federation of Minneapolis on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Whittier Park Recreation Center (425 W. 26th St.). Learn more here.

  • 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

  • Mayor Jacob Frey has announced three final candidates for the chief of police. Read more about the candidates and the next steps here.

  • Mayor Jacob Frey has outlined his recommended biennial City budget for 2023 and 2024, a spending plan that prioritizes investments in affordable housing, public safety, economic inclusion initiatives, City staff capacity and climate and public health programs. Learn more about the recommended 2023-2024 budget here.

Resources

  • In response to the growing presence of the Monkeypox virus, the Minneapolis Health Department has created a monkeypox webpage to ensure the City helps its residents be well-informed and educated about this virus.

  • 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.

  • 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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