Monthly Archives: April 2020

11th Ward Bulletin from Council Member Jeremy Schroeder

Jeremy schroeder

jeremy.schroeder@minneapolismn.gov

(612) 673-2211

Greetings, Ward 11!

Things continue to evolve and change amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and with Governor Tim Walz’s recent announcement that schools will not reopen this school year, I’d like to share my appreciation for parents of school-age kids doing their best in this challenging time. It’s a huge responsibility to further their learning at home and keep up with everything else that needs to be done — most of it at home — as we adjust to this new normal. And to the essential workers grappling with new parenting challenges while keeping our shelves stocked, healthcare facilities running, and more: I appreciate all you do.

I’d also like to thank Ward 11 neighbors for taking the Stay At Home order seriously. I know that folks are getting restless, but we each need to continue to do our part to keep the community safe and healthy, and that means staying home whenever possible.

If you have questions or concerns, reach me at jeremy.schroeder@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-2211. Don’t be shy! Please get in touch if I can provide assistance. I also continue to provide real-time updates between newsletters on my official Twitter feed and my Facebook page.


Mayor to Deliver State of the City on Wednesday

Mayor Jacob Frey will deliver the annual State of the City address tomorrow (Wednesday, April 29) but it’ll be a little different than normal. Instead of giving his speech before an audience somewhere in the community, the mayor will instead record the address at City Hall with no audience tomorrow morning. Then, video of the address will at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow on Comcast channels 799 (HD) and 14 (SD) and it will also be streamed on City platforms (like the City’s Facebook page and the City’s YouTube channel). The video will also be made available after the initial broadcast in case you’d prefer to watch it at another time.


Park Board to Close Playgrounds, Athletic Fields By May 1

To better ensure the safety of those in and around parks, the Park Board announced it will modify or close more of its amenities in the coming days, though parks will remain open. These changes are designed to protect the health and safety of park visitors and our community and come after some visitors continue to congregate despite efforts to educate and encourage safe social distancing. Expect the following changes by this Friday, May 1:

  • Playgrounds, skateparks, and athletic fields will be closed
  • Tennis court nets will be removed
  • Basketball court rims will be blocked or removed

The following measures, already in place, will remain in effect:

  • Volleyball nets will remain down
  • Trail users must remain six feet apart

The Park Board will also post signage at picnic areas to limit social gatherings to 10 people or less. Disc golf areas will also get new signage that reflects social distancing guidelines, similar to signs that were posted recently at Park Board golf courses. For more information on the Park Board’s efforts to keep us safe during this pandemic, check out their COVID-19 website.


Schools Will Not Reopen This School Year

Governor Tim Walz last week extended the closure of school buildings through the remainder of this school year as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will continue to provide resources to students and their families during this difficult time, as distance learning becomes our new normal. Make sure you are taking advantage of any resources that are helpful to you:

Distance learning will continue for MPS students. Additional information about the district’s distance learning efforts, changes, and policies is available here.

Additionally, families with students in school may be able to purchase significantly discounted Chromebooks for distance learning — up to 75% off the list price — through Minnesota Afterschool Advance. Learn more about the program and eligibility here.


Community Ed Resources for Youth and Families

Minneapolis Public Schools’ Community Education is offering dozens of activities for youth and families, including both scheduled interactive options as well as anytime activities that can be done when it’s most convenient for you. Activities are available for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade, and those in high school. There are also options that invite the whole family to participate together. Additionally, there is a long list of resources that can help your household during this time – this includes everything from food, housing, mental health, and literacy resources to fitness, life skills, STEAM, and animal activities for kids.


Make Your Own Cloth Face Mask

We now know you could spread COVID-19 to others even if you have no symptoms. Wearing a cloth face cover is meant to help protect other people in case you are infected and are not showing symptoms, and their cloth cover is meant to help protect you. With recommendations coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health to cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others, and even requirements starting up in places such as New York, it’s a great time make your own face covers – and you can do so whether or not you sew. In fact, the CDC website has simple instructions for making homemade cloth masks with or without sewing.

Please make your own cloth mask instead of wearing medical-grade or surgical masks, which are badly needed in health care facilities to protect frontline workers. In addition, keep in mind that we should all continue to keep about six feet between ourselves and others. Covering your face is not a substitute for keeping a safe distance and staying home as much as possible. Still, everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. There are some exceptions – cloth face coverings shouldn’t be placed on kids younger than 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unable to remove the mask without assistance.


Fire Stations Still Accepting Homemade Masks

A statewide homemade mask drive launched last weekend and Minneapolis fire stations will continue to accept masks through May 8. Donated masks will be delivered to Minneapolis residents at high risk for contracting COVID-19 and the community organizations that serve them. Please note that fire stations are not equipped to take any other donations at this time. Find your nearest fire station by entering your address here, and find designs and patterns for homemade masks at the bottom of this page.


New Emergency Regulation for Congregate Care Facilities

Mayor Jacob Frey last week signed an emergency regulation that provides guidance for licensed congregate health care facilities in Minneapolis, including but not limited to skilled nursing facilities and long-term care facilities. The new rules limit entry into these establishments to staff and residents, first responders, medical professionals, and contracted essential maintenance workers and service providers. All staff must wear a face covering at all times while inside the facility. More than 90% of all COVID-19 deaths in Minneapolis have occurred in congregate care facilities. Information on all emergency regulations issued by Mayor Frey during this pandemic is available here.


City Gets 7,800+ Applications For Emergency Housing Help

The City received more than 7,800 applications for $3 million in emergency housing assistance allocated as part of our COVID-19 gap funding package. This is an astounding number of applications that exceeds the resources available and underscores the deep need in our community for state and federal support during this crisis.

More than 40 City staff have helped facilitate this application process in light of the immediate need, including by working over the weekend to return calls and assist residents with their applications. Staff are still returning calls received before the application deadline – those applications will be added to the total. Applicants should expect to hear back from the City next week about next steps, with the first payments anticipated to go out in early May then on an ongoing basis until all applications have been processed and all available funding is spent.

The amount of assistance provided will depend on the needs of each individual household. In most cases, assistance will be capped at $1,500 per household, but up to $2,000 may be provided under extraordinary circumstances. This funding may be used to cover rent payments, utility payments, and/or other costs related to housing stability. Payments will be made directly to the rental property owner, utility company, or the housing cost payee.

These funds both establish an emergency housing assistance program for citywide emergency rental assistance and open the successful existing Stable Homes Stable Schools initiative to all Minneapolis Public Schools elementary schools. This funding is part of the $5 million in local pandemic relief announced last month, which reallocates existing City funds and is designed to supplement state and federal resources for residents and business owners. You can find more information about the full funding package here.


Supporting Local Businesses

Our local business community is strong and vibrant, but in need of help during this crisis. I continue to speak up, as I have at the last several City Council meetings, about the need for more expansive support for Ward 11 businesses struggling during this time. As a City, we continue to advocate at the state and federal level for the support our community needs to meet this challenge. The City simply can’t do it alone. We need leadership at every level of government – and resources to support the success and security of our businesses and workers – and I will continue to be a voice for Ward 11 during this crisis. The federal government recently approved new funding for two important programs, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), which is a great and absolutely necessary next step. More information on these programs is included in the next section of this newsletter.

Here at the City, we have expanded the Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP), which provides free consulting support to small and medium-sized businesses in Minneapolis, a critical resource for Ward 11 businesses seeking help and guidance in navigating complex new relief and loan programs. Business owners in need can connect directly with our Small Business Team by emailing smallbusiness@minneapolismn.gov or calling 612-673-2499. Ward 11 businesses will also be eligible for a limited number of loans through a modified program that will reduce the interest rate of the City’s existing 2% loan program for small businesses to 0% and expand eligible expenses to include working capital costs. More information is available under the “Revamped 2% Loan Program to 0%” tab here. Our Small Business Team can help business owners identify state and federal resources available to them.

Together, let’s keep doing what we can to make sure the small businesses that serve Ward 11 get through this difficult time. If you’re able, you can show your support with one of these new t-shirts. When you purchase one, you can send proceeds to the Nokomis-area business of your choice. Get more information and preorder yours here. I’ll take this opportunity as well to remind you of a few other helpful resources outlining ways to support our local businesses during this time, whether by ordering takeout or delivery, shopping online, or buying gift cards to use later:


New Federal Help for Small Businesses

The federal government recently approved new funding for small business relief, including two key programs: the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).  As of this week, the Paycheck Protection Program is now accepting new applications. Small business owners should speak with their lender today, or contact a participating lender in Minnesota. The Economic Injury Disaster Loans program has gotten additional funding as well, and will resume processing applications that are already in the queue on a first come, first-served basis. The Small Business Administration is not currently accepting new applications for this program.

Other resources for small business owners include:

For help navigating options, email smallbusiness@minneapolismn.gov or call 612-673-2499.


Donations to Support COVID-19 Relief

The City’s Health Department continues to connect those with capacity and resources to those with complementary needs. The City will not warehouse or store actual items; instead, our staff will help catalog what is available and what is needed, then help people on each side find each other. The City is managing donations of items other than personal protective equipment (PPE) which can be donated through Hennepin County (more information on that under the “Donations needed” tab here).

The best first step for folks interested in donating anything besides PPE, and folks who need items other than PPE, is to fill out the appropriate form (links below). From there, staff leading the COVID-19 response will do what they can to deploy resources and bridge gaps.

  • Individuals or organizations seeking to donate items other than PPE, including their time, should use this form
  • Individuals or organizations in need of items other than PPE should use this form (this includes requests for thermometers)
  • Organizations in need of PPE should email COVID19@minneapolismn.gov for assistance

In addition, the City is open to accepting donations from private individuals or entities to specifically support gap funding for housing and small businesses. Donors may direct their donations to be spent in a way that’s consistent with existing program guidelines, but it would be up to the City to allocate the funds.  Please contact the City if you are interested in donating.


State COVID-19 Resources

The City continues to push for Minneapolis residents and business owners at the state and federal levels – we need their help to meet the growing needs of our community. Currently, the state offers special assistance and programs during this unprecedented crisis, which is affecting our community in many ways. Resources are available to support our health and wellbeing, ensure residents can stay safe and healthy in their homes, to lift up small businesses, and help affected workers. Please use these tools and share them with anyone who can benefit from them.

You can find links to these resources and others on the state’s COVID-19 website.


Updating Our Transportation System During COVID-19

A friendly reminder that it’s important to continue to keep six feet of distance between yourself and others, and that we should use our neighborhood sidewalks and parks whenever possible to avoid contributing to large gatherings at popular locations citywide. Outdoor recreation including walks and bike rides are allowed under our current Stay At Home order, and the City is making additional updates to the public right-of-way to keep everyone safer as they venture outside.

First, Public Works has transitioned traffic signals to reduce the need for pedestrians to push the button at more than 400 signalized intersections. Crews are placing signs on the signal post notifying people that the signal will change automatically. For blind and visually impaired people, the button will still be operational in order to call the audible features.

In addition, starting this Wednesday the City will implement 11 miles of Stay Healthy Streets routes to support more space for walking, biking, and rolling while social distancing. Three separate loop routes will mostly follow local residential streets, and these streets will generally be closed to thru traffic and calmed to allow for people to safely walk, bike, or roll in the street. Car access for residents will be retained. Additional details on Stay Healthy Streets are available on the City’s website. Each of these routes is north of Ward 11, however a portion of Nokomis Parkway remains open for people to walk, bike, and roll in our neck of the woods. The City will continue to monitor and adjust street installations.

Aside from those pedestrian improvements, Public Works has issued permits for and installed more than 50 pick-up only zones for businesses. The pick-up zones allow parking for up to 10 minutes for people picking up take-out food or other items, a critical need as more businesses transition their businesses to online orders and curbside pickup.

Meanwhile, in addition to the changes in response to the pandemic, the City continues to roll out new speed limits signs citywide after Minneapolis and Saint Paul last month jointly announced lower speed limits to support safer streets. New speed limits are 20 mph for local residential streets; 25 mph for larger, arterial city-owned streets; and 30-plus mph for a few city-owned streets. Per Minnesota law, cities do not have the authority to change speed limits on county and MnDOT roads.

The 25 mph speed limit on individual streets will go into effect as soon as signs are posted on them. Once the busier streets are signed, the cities will then install “gateway signs” at entry points in both cities, indicating the citywide speed limit is 20 mph unless otherwise posted.  The 20 mph speed limit goes in to effect as soon as the gateway signs are installed. The cities expect the sign installation to be completed by this fall. Follow along on our progress here.


Two Online Transportation Action Plan Open Houses Added

The City is hosting two more online open houses to get your input on the draft Transportation Action Plan before the comment period ends May 22. This 10-year plan will guide future planning, design and implementation of transportation projects for all people in all the ways they move around. Join staff to hear about the plan and offer your input in real time. Learn more and review the draft document on the interactive Transportation Action Plan website. Upcoming open houses will be held:


Help Focus the City’s Violence Prevention Efforts

Take this survey by May 31 to help guide the City’s violence prevention priorities in the coming years. It only takes a few minutes to share your thoughts on what forms of violence are most pressing in our community. Knowing violence affects different communities in different ways, and given our limited resources, the City needs community members’ feedback to develop a citywide approach to addressing violence in a new strategic plan. You can get a survey in an alternative format or language other than English by emailing research.health@minneapolismn.gov.


Claim Your Low-Cost Tree By This Friday!

This Friday, May 1 is the deadline for Minneapolis property owners to order a 3- to 8-foot tree for just $25 through the City Trees program. There are 22 varieties of trees available this year, including large species, flowering trees, and several kinds of fruit trees. Comparable trees cost about $125 at a nursery. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis and there is a limit of one tree per address. Reserve yours today and plan to pick it up May 16, 17, or 18 at the City of Minneapolis Impound Lot. Volunteers will be on site to help load each new tree and a complimentary bag of mulch into vehicles.


More Ways to Support Sustainability From Home

We’re staying home to protect each other’s health, and there are things we can do right from home that support sustainability as well. Each of our actions coupled with our neighbors’ actions really add up – and our efforts to reduce waste, cut fossil fuel consumption, and support climate action are more important than ever. Here are some ways you can help from the comfort of your home:


Get Information on Last Week’s Immigration Proclamation

President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation that took effect last week suspending some immigration to the U.S. This proclamation prevents some people from entering the United States as lawful permanent residents.  People who are not impacted by this proclamation include:

The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota will host Facebook Live events in multiple languages on Wednesday April 29 to share more details. Find information on these events here.


Include Pets in Your Emergency Planning

First responders regularly call Minneapolis Animal Care and Control (MACC) to remove pets from homes when their owner is hospitalized and there is no one to care for them. During this pandemic, pets will sadly be victims of this crisis as their family members fall ill and need hospitalization. MACC is limited in how many animals can be cared for at the shelter and for how long they can stay. It is more important than ever for owners to designate a caretaker in case they become unable to care for their pets. More information is available here.


Need a Garbage and Recycling Cart Repaired or Replaced?

Squirrels and other critters can sometimes chew holes in garbage and recycling carts. If yours has been damaged and is in need of repair, contact Solid Waste & Recycling staff to get a cart serve crew out to make a fix. If it’s just the lid that’s damaged, they will replace it. If there is damage to the body of the cart, they will replace the entire cart. In addition, they can fix broken wheels. Please look closely at your container before requesting help so that you can get exactly what you need. To discourage damage from animals, fill a spray bottle with cayenne pepper, a dash of vegetable oil, dish soap, and water then spray the exterior of your cart. Spraying your cart weekly can help keep critters away.


Sign Up for New Citywide COVID-19 Newsletter

If you haven’t yet, subscribe to the citywide COVID-19 newsletter (you can do so by entering your email address on this page). This is a great way to stay informed about the City’s COVID-19 response and resources available to Minneapolis residents and businesses. In addition to the newsletter, the City’s COVID-19 website is regularly updated with information and tools to help during this global pandemic.


Wash your hands, stay home, and stay safe!

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please call 311 at 612-673-3000.

People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

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8th Ward Update from Andrea Jenkins, City Council Vice President

CM Andrea Jenkins

612.673.2208

andrea.jenkins@MinneapolisMN.gov

Office Hours: Monday 9-11 a.m.

Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.

A Message from Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins

Dear neighbors,

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for doing your part to help flatten the curve by staying at home. And to all of you workers (doctors, nurses, grocery store stockers and cashiers, truck drivers and transit workers) who are on the frontlines, we say thank you.

As I’m sure many of you are aware, Governor Walz has extended the closure of Minnesota schools through the end of the year. This will certainly create a lot of stress for families and young people. To that end, we are expanding a Public Works program we are calling  “Stay Healthy Streets.” There will be three routes, one of which will be in the heart of the 8th Ward. These routes were selected to expand access to walking, biking, and rolling in areas farther from, and to complement the parkway system, and are all routes on existing or planned bicycle boulevard or neighborhood greenway routes. The actual maps for this project will be released on Monday, and we will share them with neighborhood organizations as well as additional means of media and communication.

I know these are difficult times. Some of you may have lost loved ones or are caring for sick families, in both instances, I offer my sincere sympathies.

Some of our Asian and Asian-American neighbors are experiencing high levels of racism and hatred; this is unacceptable. If you witness this or are a victim, please report to the Minneapolis Civils Rights Department by calling 311. This type of bigotry has no place in our society.

Finally, I hope that many of you will join us for a “Ward 8 Virtual Town Hall” featuring Mayor Frey and a robust discussion of the Neighborhoods 2020 proposal.

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Join us Tuesday, April 29th for the Ward 8 Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 and Neighborhoods 2020 from 6-7:30 pm

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When: Tuesday, April 28th from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

How to join: Tune in at 6 pm to the Facebook Live event through the Ward 8 Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/MinneapolisWard8/.

As we, as a city and a community, are experiencing the unprecedented and devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ward 8 Council Member and Vice President Andrea Jenkins will be hosting an opportunity to provide Ward 8 residents, neighborhoods organizations, community organizations, and businesses alike to participate in a virtual town hall to get updates directly from the Ward 8 Council Member and the City of Minneapolis about the City’s response efforts to COVID-19 and to hold space for a discussion about the extension of the Neighborhoods 2020 comment period.

We will be joined by Mayor Jacob Frey, Deputy Commissioner of Health Noya Woodrich, and NCR Director David Rubedor and C Terrence Anderson, the Director of Community Based Research at CURA.

Program:
6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Updates on COVID-19 from Mayor Jacob Frey and the Deputy Commissioner of Health Noya Woodrich.

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Discussion on Neighborhoods 2020 with Neighborhood and Community Relations Director David Rubedor and Council VP Andrea Jenkins


City taking applications until noon April 27 for Minneapolis Gap Funds for Housing for renters

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The City of Minneapolis began taking applications April 22 for the City’s $3 million in Gap Funds for Housing for renters. The online application went live on Wednesday, April 22, and will close noon Monday, April 27. Applications will be available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali and Oromo.

Apply online or call

Applicants can apply online or call the Tenant Resource Center at 612-302-3129. Callers will need to leave a voicemail message. An intake worker will return the voicemail message within three days.

The Gap Funds for Housing will establish an Emergency Housing Assistance program for citywide emergency rental assistance and open the successful, existing Stable Homes Stable Schools initiative to all Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) elementary schools.

The amount of assistance provided will depend on the individual needs of the household, taking into consideration other resources the household is eligible to receive. In most cases, the maximum amount of assistance will not exceed $1,500 per household, but providers will have the flexibility to provide up to $2,000 under extraordinary circumstances. Eligible expenses include rent payments, utility payments and/or other housing stability related costs.

Payments will be made directly to the rental property owner, utility company or the housing cost payee.

The City has worked with the Tenant Resource Center to establish a broad team of Community Prevention Providers to facilitate the Emergency Housing Assistance program.

Learn more about Minneapolis Gap Funds for Housing.

How to Donate to the City’s Gap Funding efforts

The City is open to accepting donations from private individuals or entities for the Gap Funds for Housing and the forgivable 0% interest loans for Small Business Program. Donors could direct their donations to be expended in a manner consistent with the program guidelines but would not have any additional control over how the donation is allocated. Please contact the City if you are interested in donating.


Hennepin County announces Small Business Relief Fund

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Hennepin County has announced a Small Business Relief Program for forgivable loans up to $7,500 to help small local businesses meet immediate financial needs. The application period opens on Monday, April 27 and closes on May 8.

Loans can be used to pay for critical operating expenses, such as:

  • Utilities
  • Rent payments
  • Mortgage payments
  • Payments to suppliers
  • Other necessary expenses

Eligible for-profit businesses must:

  • Be locally owned and operated
  • Have a physical establishment in Hennepin County
  • Have 1-20 employees
  • Have under $1 million in annual revenue
  • Have been financially impacted by COVID-19

Application

  • Application forms will be posted to this website on April 27.
  • Applications are due by noon on May 8, 2020.
  • If applications exceed funding, awards will be made through a lottery system.
  • Recipients will be notified by email on or before May 15.
  • Translated application and program materials will be available in Spanish, Hmong, Somali and Oromo

Read the program guidelines here.


LISC is accepting applications for small business relief grants, due by April 28th

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Applications are now open for the Small Business Relief Grants, which are part of LISC’s Rapid Relief & Recovery Fund programs. These programs help businesses deal with immediate financial impact due to the pandemic.

Priority will be given especially to entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.

Apply by visiting https://www.research.net/r/LISCreliefgrant. Applications must be completed by Tuesday, April 28th, at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Before completing the application, LISC recommends applicants review the Grant Information Overview and FAQ.

If you have any questions not answered by the FAQ, please email smallbusinessgrants@lisc.org. LISC monitors this inbox and updates the FAQ accordingly.

Please apply or forward to any business owners that may benefit from this grant.


Make your own cloth face covers to wear when around others

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With recommendations coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Minnesota Department of Health to cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and even requirements starting up in places such as New York, you can make your own face covers whether you sew or not.

Instructions

The CDC website offers simple instructions for making homemade cloth masks with or without sewing.

Why wear a face cover?

We now know you could spread COVID-19 to others even if you have no symptoms. The cloth face cover is meant to help protect other people in case you are infected and are not showing symptoms, and their cloth cover is meant to help protect you.

Keep in mind

  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for keeping a safe distance.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Exceptions: Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Do not wear medical-grade or surgical masks. Those are in high need in health care facilities to protect health care workers.
  • Viruses don’t discriminate and neither should we. Help fight the stigma around mask wearing. Report discrimination to the State anti-discrimination helpline: 1-833-454-0148.

See an infographic on using masks.


City launches dashboard tracking confirmed Minneapolis COVID-19 cases

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Figures presented in the photo were updated at 1 pm on 4/24/2020.

The City of Minneapolis has a new online dashboard tracking the number of confirmed Minneapolis COVID-19 cases.

The dashboard shows the total number of laboratory confirmed Minneapolis COVID-19 cases, how many people needed hospitalization, how many have recovered and how many people have died. It also includes those figures for the entire state of Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health is the source of the data.

Note: the Minnesota Department of Health estimates that for every confirmed case in the state, there are 100 more cases.

Find the dashboard at minneapolismn.gov/coronavirus/dashboard.


Two more online open houses added on draft Transportation Action Plan

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The City is hosting two more online open houses to get your input on the draft Transportation Action Plan before the comment period ends May 22.

The 10-year action plan will guide future planning, design and implementation of transportation projects for all people in all the ways they move around.

Join us to hear about the plan and interact with staff in real time. Learn more at go.minneapolismn.gov/get-involved.

Upcoming online open houses


Help Get Out the Count in Minneapolis

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As everyone is well aware, 2020 Census in person outreach plans shifted due to COVID-19. Census door knocks and community gatherings were cancelled in an effort to ensure the safety of community. Although we may not be able to visit our neighbors in person to remind them of the importance of completing the census, all is not lost.

The City is collaborating with the Minnesota State Demographer’s office to offer neighborhoods and community organizations the opportunity to Get Out The Census Count via phone.

Organizations and individuals have the opportunity to place calls directly to community members to encourage them to complete their census form. The MN State Demographers office is providing access to a predictive dialer system which will allow individuals to make calls from the comfort of their own home. A predictive dialer is an outbound calling system that automatically dials from a list of telephone numbers. The predictive dialing system makes phone banking easy and efficient. Calls can be made from a phone or from a computer. (F.Y.I – calls made from your phone will be masked. Your personal number will not be displayed on caller i.d.)

Phone banking shifts are available 1:00-4:00pm (days vary) or 5:00-8:00pm (days vary). If you would like to call into a specific neighborhood or geographic location, we ask that you organize a volunteer call team of at least 10 individuals and designate at least one person to serve as the team lead.

Training for team leads and then to the entire team will be provided at the beginning of each shift. More information on this will be available soon.

Please send sign-up if you or your neighborhood/community organization would like to Get Out The Count.

Calling is expected to begin April 27th.

The Minnesota State Demographer’s office hosts 2020 Census completion webinars April 21-30

How-To Webinars

“How do I fill out the Census? How-To and Q&A” is an interactive video event designed both to show individuals how easy it is to complete the census online, AND to empower census partners to help others fill in their questionnaires. Sessions take place Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays, April 21 through April 30, beginning at noon.

It’s easy to join the sessions by computer or by phone.

  • Option #1 – Joining by Computer
    Census 2020’s Personal Room: https://minnesota.webex.com/meet/andrew.virden
    You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number: andrew.virden
  • Option #2 – Joining by Phone
    Join by phone: +1-415-655-0003 United States Toll
    Access code: 965 456 268

35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown Construction Updates

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Northbound I-35W daytime lane closure April 27-May 1

As crews continue to make progress on the new transit station bridge over Lake St., MnDOT will need a daytime lane closure on northbound I-35W. Beginning Mon, April 27, northbound I-35W will be reduced to two lanes between 35th St. and 28th St. from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Fri, May 1.

Rescheduled: Overnight I-35W closures May 4-7

The overnight closures of I-35W have been rescheduled. I-35W will be closed in both directions between Hwy 62 and I-94 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Mon, May 4; Tue, May 5; Wed, May 6 and Thu, May 7. Drivers will be detoured to use Hwy 62, Hwy 100 and I-394.

Midtown Greenway closure May 7-8

The Midtown Greenway will be closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thu, May 7 and Fri, May 8 to allow crews to safely set the bridge deck beams on the new northbound I-35W bridge over the Midtown Greenway. The detour routes include:

  • Westbound bicyclists: Northbound 5th Ave. to westbound 26th St. to southbound Blaisdell Ave. to eastbound 29th St.
  • Eastbound bicyclists: Northbound Nicollet Ave. to eastbound 28th St. to southbound 5th Ave.
  • Pedestrians: Nicollet Ave., 28th St. and 5th Ave.

Stay connected

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit 511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.


Relief Funds from Community Foundations and Grant-Makers by State

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The Council on Foundations has compiled a helpful state-by-state list of community foundations and more grant-makers offering relief funds.


Take survey by May 31: How should the City focus its violence prevention efforts?

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Take this survey by May 31 to help guide the City’s violence prevention priorities for the next three-five years. It only takes a few minutes to share your thoughts on what forms of violence are most pressing in our community.

Knowing violence affects so many different communities in so many different ways and yet having limited resources, we need your feedback to help develop a citywide approach to addressing violence in a new strategic plan.

If you’d like to use the survey in an alternative format or a different language, email research.health@minneapolismn.gov.


Want something good you can do during a pandemic? Plant a tree

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Minneapolis property owners can now order a 3- to 8-foot tree for $25 from the City of Minneapolis to plant in their yards. About 1,000 trees are still available for property owners to plant on their private property. You can be outside and keep a safe 6-foot distance from others while doing something good for our environment and quality of life in Minneapolis.

The 22 varieties available this year include large species, flowering trees and several kinds of fruit trees. Comparable trees cost about $125 at a nursery.

  • Low-cost trees are available first-come, first-served for Minneapolis residents.
  • Limit one tree per address.
  • Trees must be picked up May 16, 17 or 18 at the City of Minneapolis Impound Lot. Volunteers onsite will help load each new tree and a complimentary bag of mulch into vehicles.

Order your tree here.

In the past 13 years, the City Trees program has provided approximately 15,000 trees for planting on private property. Since 2006, the City of Minneapolis has funded the City Trees program, a low-cost way for folks to help the city’s tree canopy grow.

Watch this video and spread the word about helping our urban forest

Healthy trees are an important part of our quality of life in Minneapolis, but they need our help. Watch this short video about some of the benefits of our urban forest and how we can help.


State resources to help Minnesotans during COVID-19 response

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The State offers Minnesotans special resources during this unprecedented crisis including a website with mental health resources, resources and information for child care providers and families, a webpage with all Minnesota housing updates related to COVID-19, emergency food support, unemployment and more.

Mental health: The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a tremendous amount of stress, fear and anxiety for many people. Check out these resources for yourself or a loved one, and know that you’re not alone.

Child care:  Find resources and information for child care providers and families here.

Housing: The State has compiled Minnesota Housing information related to COVID-19 here.

Emergency food support: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help you buy food while budgets are tight.

Unemployment support:  Find help with unemployment benefits and other unemployment questions here.

You can find links to these resources and additional help for employers and employees, volunteer opportunities, and information about donating personal protective equipment on the State’s COVID-19 website.


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WARD 11 Bulletin from Jeremy Schroeder, City Council Member

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jeremy.schroeder@minneapolismn.gov

(612) 673-2211

Hello, Ward 11!

I hope the warm, sunny weather lately has been a bright spot, literally and figuratively, as we all continue to adjust to social distancing under the governor’s Stay At Home order. While these changes to everyday life have come about quickly and affected us all deeply, I am proud that our community and our state are seeing the bigger picture: by staying home now, we are saving lives later. The Star Tribune reported over the weekend that modeling suggests the forecasted number of deaths from COVID-19 has been cut in half because of the precautions we are collectively taking. It’s working! By staying home now, we are limiting the virus’ spread among our friends, families, and neighbors.

We continue to face significant challenges, and the City is working every single day to provide essential services and build solutions to the new problems posed by this pandemic. I will continue to provide new information and reminders in this newsletter, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

As always, you can reach me at jeremy.schroeder@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-2211. I continue to do my best to respond promptly to every inquiry, and track down any information you may need.


City Unveils COVID-19 Gap Funding Package

More than $5 million in City funding and new programming is now being dedicated to help residents, families, small businesses, and employees hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other things, the funding will provide housing assistance to low-income renters who have lost income as well as no-interest loans for small businesses. The City is taking steps to make sure these funds complement, not duplicate, existing federal and state resources. In addition, City officials continue to advocate for Minneapolis residents and business owners at all levels of government.

The City’s gap fund for housing includes:

  • $2 million for emergency housing assistance programs. The amount of assistance for qualifying households varies, depending on individual needs and taking into consideration other resources individual households are eligible to receive. In most cases, the maximum amount of assistance won’t exceed $1,500 per household, but providers have the flexibility to provide up to $2,000 under extraordinary circumstances.
  • $1 million to expand the Stable Homes Stable Schools initiative. This program provides one-time or short-term assistance to families experiencing homelessness or housing instability. It will now be expanded to address pandemic-related housing instability on an emergency basis, and eligibility will expand to students at all 39 Minneapolis Public Schools elementary schools.

The gap fund for small businesses includes:

  • Modifications to the City loan program. The City’s existing 2% loan program for small businesses will be modified to set the interest rate to 0% and expand the eligible expenses to include working capital costs. Eligible businesses and self-employed workers need to have 20 or fewer employees or $1 million or less in annual revenue, and also be able to show a demonstrable impact from the pandemic.
  • Expanded funding for two programs that have already had success helping the Minneapolis business community will have stepped up funding. The Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP), which provides consulting support to small-sized and medium-sized businesses in Minneapolis, will receive $300,000 so more people can get support navigating the challenges brought by the pandemic. The Twin Cities Hospitality Fund, a partnership that provides micro-grants to low-wealth employees in the hospitality and service industry, will receive $100,000.
  • $2.2 million in forgivable and no-interest loans to support small businesses and self-employed workers.  Companies with 20 or fewer employees and people who are self-employed will be eligible to receive fixed loan amounts of $5,000 and $10,000, depending on need resulting from the pandemic. Eligible small businesses must also be located in Cultural Districts, Promise Zones, Green Zones, or areas of concentrated poverty. This criteria does not currently include Ward 11 businesses, and I will continue to push as I did at Friday’s City Council meeting to include Ward 11 businesses unable to access other resources and programs.

The City will also re-examine loans closed before the pandemic to help small businesses. For eligible and existing City-issued loans less than $200,000 to homebuyers and businesses, the City is moving forward with six months of forbearance and deferred payments. More information on the gap funding package is available here.


Public Participation in Virtual City Meetings

With City meetings indefinitely being held electronically, I’m excited to share that we’ve put in place modifications that allow people who want to participate to do so remotely — and that includes providing comments during public hearings. You can find more details, including how to watch live broadcasts, here. When there are scheduled public hearings, people can provide live comments by phone. Anyone interested would fill out a form available at the link above. Once submitted, a phone number and conference code will be emailed to that person.

The first public hearings to use remote commenting will happen today: the Business, Inspections & Zoning (BIZ) Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m., then the Heritage Preservation Commission meets at 4:30 p.m. Find a full calendar of meetings and agendas here.


Please Keep Your Distance in Public Spaces!

I join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board in asking you to be mindful of social distancing when you’re using parks and trails. I’ve heard from many neighbors who are concerned about folks not leaving the recommended six feet of space between themselves and other trail users. The Park Board and the City partnered to open a number of parkways and streets to pedestrians and cyclists, and we need to use that space to keep ourselves and each other safe. Some tips:

  • Stay at least six feet from other park users not part of your household. This may mean you have to go a little slower and be mindful of others as you pass.
  • Do not participate in group activities where you can’t stay six feet apart. This means no pickup basketball, soccer, football, volleyball, or other team sports – and no group activities with people from outside your household, including grilling, hammocking, or sunbathing in close proximity.
  • Do not drive across the city (or the metro) to popular park attractions. Nearly all Minneapolis residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park. Using the parks and open space in your neighborhood is more convenient and prevents crowding.
  • Use parks in moderation. Visit parks for a walk, roll, or bike, but do not hang out at the park all day.

Wearing Masks in Public Protects Others

You can help protect those around you by wearing a non-medical grade mask when you’re out in public. The CDC issued guidance on face coverings in recent days. These face coverings can catch respiratory droplets and prevent them from coming into contact with others. It’s important to remember that people can still carry COVID-19 and be contagious even without showing symptoms, so this is one step we can take to minimize the risk for all our neighbors – especially those who are most vulnerable. Still, wearing a mask – which could be made from a bandana, a towel, a t-shirt, or a gaiter — is not meant to protect you and is not a substitute for social distancing and staying at home.

To see how to make your own mask at home, check out this video from the Surgeon General. Please do not use medical-grade or surgical masks for yourself. These supplies are badly needed in healthcare facilities to protect frontline healthcare workers. If you have any of these items on hand, get details on how to donate them here or email PPEDropoff@hennepin.us.


Calling to Suspend Rent and Mortgage Payments

I stand with our community, and many of my elected colleagues from across the state, in calling on Governor Walz for a temporary suspension of rent and mortgage payments during this crisis. We can’t afford to risk displacing the people and businesses that make our community such a special place. We need them to still be there on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic. To get there, we need to provide them relief now. I was one of many local elected officials who signed on to this letter, which was sent to the governor this week. I look forward to his response, and remain committed to doing everything I can to support our community during this difficult time.


Caring for Unsheltered Neighbors During COVID-19

The City in partnership with Hennepin County continues to monitor and address specific issues this pandemic has raised among people without housing. In a previous newsletter, I highlighted that the County had appropriated $3 million last month to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among those who are unsheltered. Well over 100 people have been transitioned into hotel space, with priority given to seniors and folks who are otherwise vulnerable to the virus.

Last week, the County opened a third hotel site last week to provide isolation spaces for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are waiting results of a test. As of Friday, none had tested positive. City and County staff continue to work together and with street outreach teams to monitor unsheltered homelessness in light of the Stay At Home Executive order. Staff are exploring ways to provide additional sanitation services to people who are unsheltered.

Meanwhile, the County has also set up a new hotline through Healthcare for the Homeless to help people access quarantine and isolation space, or to speak with a nurse or social worker. Please encourage anyone who may need these services to call 612-348-5553. In addition, this list of resources may help people experiencing housing instability, including key information like how to access shelter, how to apply for food or rent assistance, and where to find public restrooms.


Calls for Business Owners Held Every Friday

Local business owners continue to feel the impacts of COVID-19, and the guidance available to help them through this time is evolving quickly as more resources become available. Every Friday at noon for the foreseeable future, City staff along with Mayor Jacob Frey’s office will host calls for business owners and employees looking for more information and/or answers to their questions. You can register for this Friday’s call, and others, at this link. When you register, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to participate. In addition, you can submit questions ahead of time using this form – staff will answer as many as they are able to during the call.

I also recommend members of our business community – including workers — review information available in the Business & Employees section of the City’s COVID-19 website. There, you can find regularly updated information and resources to provide support during this difficult time. Plus, the City’s Small Business Team has been expanded so they can address the high volume of questions and concerns that have arisen in recent weeks. You can contact them for help at smallbusiness@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-2499.


City Coordinating COVID-19 Donations

The City’s Health Department is establishing a donation hub to connect those with capacity and resources to those with complementary needs. The City will not warehouse or store actual items; instead, our staff will help catalog what is available and what is needed, then help people on each side find each other. The City is managing donations of items other than personal protective equipment (PPE), which can be donated through Hennepin County (more information on that under the “Donations needed” tab here).

The best first step for folks interested in donating anything besides PPE, and folks who need items other than PPE, is to fill out the appropriate form (links below). From there, staff leading the COVID-19 response will do what they can to deploy resources and bridge gaps.

  • Individuals or organizations seeking to donate items other than PPE should use this form
  • Individuals or organizations in need of items other than PPE should use this form (this includes requests for thermometers)
  • Organizations in need of PPE should email COVID19@minneapolismn.gov for assistance

MPS Switches to Weekly Meal Pick-ups For Kids

Minneapolis Public Schools is now exclusively providing weekly student meal pick-ups rather the daily service. Each food box is available free of charge and contains five breakfasts and five lunches. Families can take one box per child per week. Boxes will be available at several dozen sites citywide, but not all site will be open every. Check this schedule to see when a distribution site near you is open and to get more information on this program. Student meal boxes will be distributed from yellow school buses at all pick-up sites.

Many restaurants statewide are offering free meals for kids – check out this map to see where. If you need additional food support, the City has information on food shelves and other resources that can help here.


New COVID-19 Resource for Seniors

The Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging recently unveiled this fantastic new resource that includes a wealth of information for seniors and caregivers dealing with the impacts of COVID-19. This database is searchable by county and includes services offered statewide. It is regularly updated as more programs and information become available. It is a great companion to the list of senior and caregiver resources I sent last month (you can find that here, by scrolling down to the “Seniors” tab). If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, call the Senior LinkAge Line for one-on-one help at 1-800-333-2433.


Sign Up for New Citywide COVID-19 Newsletter

As I’ve promised before, I will continue to keep you up to date with regular email updates like this one as well as real-time posts on my Facebook page and on Twitter. Still, I encourage you to also sign up for our new citywide COVID-19 newsletter (you can subscribe by entering your email address on this page). This resource includes information on the City’s COVID-19 response and resources available to Minneapolis residents and businesses as we all grapple with the challenges that stem from a global pandemic. In addition to the newsletter, check the City’s COVID-19 website which is updated regularly with current information and tools that may be helpful to business owners, workers, and community members affected by this crisis.


Getting Help During COVID-19

Get information, help, and guidance on the evolving COVID-19 situation using these tools:

  • The City is posting frequent updates on COVID-19 to this website.
  • The Minnesota Department of Health website includes comprehensive updates, and access materials in multiple languages here.
  • The Minnesota Department of Health is operating two hotlines related to COVID-19, both open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:
    • Health questions, call 1-800-657-3903
    • School and childcare questions, call 1-800-657-3504
  • If you are concerned for your personal safety related to domestic and/or sexual violence, call:
    • The Standpoint MN Action line at 1-800-313-2666
    • The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233
    • The Minnesota Day One statewide line for victims at 1-866-223-1111
  • If you’re feeling overwhelmed with sadness, depression, anxiety, or other emotions you can get support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration by:
    • Calling 1-800-985-5990
    • Texting “TalkWithUs” or “Hablanos” to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517)

Property Taxes Due May 15

Hennepin County is required by statute to collect property taxes twice a year, with the first half due May 15 and the second half due Oct. 15. Unless the Minnesota legislature extends or modifies these deadlines, they remain in effect. Hennepin County, which collects property taxes, does not have the authority to adjust this timeline or any due dates on its own. If you have questions about property taxes, email taxinfo@hennepin.us or call 612-348-3011.

Property taxes allow local governments to provide essential services, though I recognize the added financial strain many folks are feeling during this pandemic. For help navigating your situation, contact the Minnesota Homeownership Center. The City provides $275,000 in funding to ensure residents have the support they need to protect their investment and remain stable in their housing. This includes relief options. These supports are available in multiple languages.


2020 Valuation Notices Arriving Soon

If it hasn’t come already, property owners will soon receive 2020 Notices of Valuation and Classification. The notice includes a property’s 2020 estimated market value, which will be used to calculate 2021 property taxes. If you disagree with the market value, your best first step is to contact the appraiser responsible for your neighborhood – their phone number and email address are printed on your notice.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, appraisers will conduct desktop reviews rather than onsite inspections for property owners who wish to appeal their market value. Photos and supporting documentation can be submitted to the appraiser for review and consideration. The appeal application will be available on the City Assessor’s website after all valuation notices are mailed.  There is an online application that allows you to attach electronic files, or you can mail a paper application and supporting documents to the City Assessor’s Office.  Information on the application and where to send it is on the notice.

If you disagree with the review of the appraiser, the next step is to appeal to the Local Board.  The Local Board will convene on May 6.  The City is working to get in place a virtual meeting format for property owners to work through these appeals, and information on this will be posted as soon as it’s available.


Ward 11 Road Construction Updates

Public Works crews continue to gear up for this construction season, which has so far been unaffected by COVID-19. I’ll share a couple updates of note in our area.

34th Avenue Reconstruction

Work on 34th Avenue will continue between 51st Street and Minnehaha Parkway after last year’s focus on the section of 34th Avenue between 51st Street and 58th Street. This project includes improvements to the roadway, sidewalk, and utilities. Find additional details on the project website – including the sign-up for project updates at the bottom of the page. If you’re interested in or affected by this project, I encourage you to attend a virtual project kick-off meeting this Wednesday, April 8 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. This meeting will be held via Skype, and those interested in attending should contact construction engineer Menbere Wodajo at menbere.wodajo@minneapolismn.gov or 612-900-5848.

During this season’s work, traffic will be detoured onto 28th Avenue between 50th Street and 54th Street, with Metro Transit southbound service detoured onto 36th Avenue between 50th Street and 52nd Street and northbound service detoured onto 35th Avenue between 50th Street and 52nd Street. Additionally, starting next Monday, April 13, Keewaydin Place will temporarily accommodate two-way traffic between 31st Avenue and 34th Avenue to help with traffic flows. Most north side parking on Keewaydin Place will be prohibited during this temporary change.

Southwest Windom Residential Reconstruction

This project will reconstruct the street and portions of the sidewalk in the southwest corner of the Windom neighborhood (find a map of the project area here). The City’s environmental and pedestrian safety initiatives were incorporated into the design, including the use of boulevard swales – which help with stormwater runoff – and curb bumpouts. This week, residents can expect continued work lowering manholes throughout the neighborhood, expected to wrap by Friday. Sewer workers may begin installing new storm drains at 61st Street and Dupont Avenue, including areas of pavement removal, if they complete manhole work sooner.

The project will be broken up into stages, with each stage expected to take three or four weeks (with some overlap). You can see a map of stages hereSign up to get regular email updates on this project, and if you have questions please contact supervisor engineering technician Peter Behnk at peter.behnk@minneapolismn.gov or 612-772-3883.


Transportation Action Plan Comment Period Extended

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the comment period for the draft Transportation Action Plan has been extended until May 22. City staff are extending the comment period to give people more time to learn about the action plan and provide feedback. Online open houses will be held starting Monday, April 13 for folks to learn about the plan and share their thoughts – get more details on how to participate here. People can also check out the interactive Transportation Action Plan website to read the draft plan and offer input.

The 10-year plan showcases a range of strategies to implement the transportation vision included in the Minneapolis 2040 plan – a framework that emphasizes equity and climate action. This draft document covers a range of strategies for planning, design, and implementation of transportation projects, for all people in all the ways they move around.


Nice Ride Bikes Return This Week

The Nice Ride Minnesota bikeshare system is back in action as of this week. While it’s great to see these bikes available again, please limit your travel to essential purposes – including recreation and critical work – while you continue to practice social distancing under the Stay At Home order in effect now. In addition, given public health concerns, Nice Ride has increased cleaning protocols. High-contact surfaces on bikes are disinfected every time they arrive at the warehouse, and surfaces on vans used to transport bikes are disinfected at the start of each shift. Workers are wearing gloves when handling bikes as well.

Further, in light of COVID-19, Nice Ride is launching a new program to give critical healthcare workers free 30-day bikeshare memberships. Eligible healthcare workers can sign up through their employer to access unlimited 60-minute trips through May 6. Email herobikes@lyft.com for more information.


Low-Cost Trees Are Back

The Tree Trust is back with low-cost trees you can add to your yard this spring. Trees help clean the air, prevent soil erosion, slow water runoff, and provide shade – as well as an excuse to get outside while we all stay at home. If you have room to add one to your yard, this is a great opportunity to do so. Trees cost $25 each and residents in any part of the City can order now (with a one tree maximum per address). Find more information and reserve your tree at this link. Trees will be distributed May 16, 17, and 18. You must be able to pick up your tree at the Minneapolis Impound Lot on one of these dates.


Spring Yard Waste Collection Underway Now

As a reminder, the City’s Solid Waste & Recycling crews have begun their spring collection of leaves, brush, and other yard trimmings. For pick-up, folks should set properly prepared yard waste at their alleys or curbs alongside their garbage carts by 6 a.m. on garbage day.

To properly prepare your yard waste, you can set it out in a reusable container that holds between 32 and 38 gallons with sturdy handles, in compostable bags (paper or certified compostable plastic), or bundle it with string or twine. Each container, bag, or bundle must weigh less than 40 pounds, and branches must be less than three inches in diameter and cut to less than 3 feet. Using bags marked “biodegradable” or “degradable” do not meet state law and are not accepted. Finally, please do not rake leaves into the street – it’s against the law, and pollutes our waterways. Questions about yard waste pickup? Check this website or call 612-673-2917 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


Fill Out Your Census Form!

Last but not least, have you filled out your census form yet? You have received at least one mailing with information about how to be counted in the census, the vitally important national population count that determines how much representation our community gets in our federal government and how much federal funding we receive to support critical programs and services. Only about half of Minneapolis residents have taken the census so far – we can do better, and we have to do better!

The census only happens every 10 years, and we’ll feel its impacts for the coming decade. The good news is, it’s really easy. You can fill out your questionnaire online in less than 10 minutes. Get more details on the 2020 census here.


Wash your hands, stay home, and stay safe!

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please call 311 at 612-673-3000.

People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

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WARD 8 Update from Andrea Jenkins, City Council Vice President

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612.673.2208

andrea.jenkins@MinneapolisMN.gov

Office Hours: Monday 9-11 a.m.

Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.

Join us on Tuesday, April 28 for the Ward 8 Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 and Neighborhoods 2020 via FB Live

When: Tuesday, April 28th from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

How to join: Tune in at 6 pm to the Facebook Live event through the Ward 8 Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/MinneapolisWard8/.

As we, as a city and a community, are experiencing the unprecedented and devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ward 8 Council Member and Vice President Andrea Jenkins will be hosting an opportunity to provide Ward 8 residents, neighborhoods organizations, community organizations, and businesses alike to participate in a virtual town hall to get updates directly from the Ward 8 Council Member and the City of Minneapolis about the City’s response efforts to COVID-19 and to hold space for a discussion about the extension of the Neighborhoods 2020 comment period.

Please join Council Vice President and Ward 8 Council Member Andrea Jenkins for a virtual town hall on Tuesday, April 28th from 6-7:30 pm via Facebook Live. Additionally, we will be joined by Mayor Jacob Frey, Deputy Commissioner of Health Noya Woodrich, and Neighborhood and Community Relations Director David Rubedor.

Program:
6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Updates on COVID-19 from Mayor Jacob Frey and the Deputy Commissioner of Health Noya Woodrich.

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Discussion on Neighborhoods 2020 with Neighborhood and Community Relations Director David Rubedor and Council VP Andrea Jenkins


City will begin taking applications April 22 for Minneapolis Gap Funds for Housing for renters

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The City of Minneapolis will begin taking applications April 22 for the City’s $3 million in Gap Funds for Housing for renters. The online application will open 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, and close noon Monday, April 27. Applications will be available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali and Oromo.

Apply online or call

Applicants can apply online or call the Tenant Resource Center at 612-302-3180. Callers will need to leave a voicemail message. An intake worker will return the voicemail message within three days.

The Gap Funds for Housing will establish an Emergency Housing Assistance program for citywide emergency rental assistance and open the successful, existing Stable Homes Stable Schools initiative to all Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) elementary schools.

The amount of assistance provided will depend on the individual needs of the household, taking into consideration other resources the household is eligible to receive. In most cases, the maximum amount of assistance will not exceed $1,500 per household, but providers will have the flexibility to provide up to $2,000 under extraordinary circumstances. Eligible expenses include rent payments, utility payments and/or other housing stability related costs.

Payments will be made directly to the rental property owner, utility company or the housing cost payee.

The City has worked with the Tenant Resource Center to establish a broad team of Community Prevention Providers to facilitate the Emergency Housing Assistance program.

Learn more about Minneapolis Gap Funds for Housing.


City launches dashboard tracking confirmed Minneapolis COVID-19 cases

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Figures presented in the photo were updated at 1 pm on 4/17/2020.

The City of Minneapolis has a new online dashboard tracking the number of confirmed Minneapolis COVID-19 cases.

The dashboard shows the total number of laboratory confirmed Minneapolis COVID-19 cases, how many people needed hospitalization, how many have recovered and how many people have died. It also includes those figures for the entire state of Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health is the source of the data.

Note: the Minnesota Department of Health estimates that for every confirmed case in the state, there are 100 more cases.

Find the dashboard at minneapolismn.gov/coronavirus/dashboard.


Applications open through noon April 20 for new forgivable small business loans

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Applications for the City’s new forgivable $5,000 and $10,000 small business loans are open.

The loans are part of the Minneapolis gap funding package for small businesses, renters and families. Eligible businesses must be located in targeted areas, such as Cultural Districts, Promise Zones, Green Zones or ACP 50 neighborhoods. Applications for the new funds will close at noon Monday, April 20.

Documentation status does not affect eligibility. The City’s new forgivable loan is available to businesses with 20 or fewer employees and/or less than $1 million in revenue. The loans have no-payment and no-interest and are 100 percent forgivable after 12-months if the business continues to operate in Minneapolis and remains in good regulatory standing.

These loans allow eligible businesses to meet immediate working capital needs such as payroll and employee benefits, rent or mortgage payments, accounts payable and payments due to supply chain, and other critical working capital needs. The City will not be looking at credit scores, and no collateral is required.

The application is available here in English, Somali, Spanish and Hmong.

The City is also working to launch a modified 2% loan program as part of the gap funding package. The City’s existing 2% participation loan program for small businesses will be modified to set the interest rate to 0% and expand the eligible expenses to include working capital costs. Eligible businesses and self-employed workers need to have 20 or fewer employees or $1 million or less in annual revenue, and also be able to show a demonstrable impact from the pandemic.

Learn more about Minneapolis gap funding.


Street sweeping to begin Tuesday, April 21

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Public Works crews are gearing up to start the City’s comprehensive street sweeping program to clear away what accumulated in the streets over the winter. The City has scheduled Tuesday, April 21, for the first day of sweeping. Beginning Monday, April 20, drivers should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs.

Starting April 21 for approximately four weeks, sweeping crews will take care of more than 1,000 miles of city streets in addition to sweeping alleys. To make sure the crews can do the most complete job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets are clear of parked vehicles. Drivers need to do their part in making this successful and follow street sweeping parking rules, or they may have their cars ticketed and towed.

The City is required to do two curb-to-curb sweeps each year. Street sweeping helps keep our neighborhoods clean and livable, helps to reduce intersection flooding and protects our waterways. Residents, workers and visitors have several ways to find out more about street sweeping:

  • “No Parking” signs – Crews will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. The “No Parking” signs will be removed as soon as possible after a street has been completely swept to allow people to resume parking. Drivers should not park along these streets until these temporary “No Parking” signs are removed.
  • Phone calls to residents – In addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,500 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day.
  • Interactive web tool – People can use a tool on the City’s website to find out when the sweeping crews are coming through their neighborhoods. Go to minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/streetsweeping and click on “street sweeping schedule lookup” to find out which week a street is scheduled to be swept. The weekend before that week, they can revisit the website to find out which day of the week the street is scheduled to be swept.
  • Videos – Street sweeping is explained in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong in short videos at YouTube.com/cityofminneapolis and on City cable channels. Residents who have friends or neighbors who speak these languages are encouraged to share links to the following videos: EnglishSpanishSomaliHmong.

Street sweeping helps reduce pollution in lakes, Mississippi River 

Minneapolis is known for its sparkling lakes and waterways, and we want to keep it that way. That’s why protecting and enhancing our environment is one of the City’s top priorities. Street sweeping is one way we work to protect our environment because it keeps leaves, trash and other pollutants from clogging our storm drains and polluting our lakes and the Mississippi River. It also helps keep our neighborhoods clean and livable.

Residents should not push leaves, grass clippings, or anything else into City streets. It’s bad for our lakes and waterways, and it’s against the law. Anything that goes down a storm drain flows directly into our lakes, creeks and river, and decomposing plant material in the water encourages the growth of harmful aquatic plants and algae.


COVID-19 Community Response Fund Deadline to apply April 24, 2020

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Neighborhood organizations, cultural organizations, nonprofits, businesses, places of worship and faith organizations are invited to apply for grants of up to $15,000 for COVID-19 response activities to take place between May 15, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

Projects can be focused on direct response, support efforts or other byproducts of the pandemic such as food, shelter, health (mental or physical), and safety needs. The intent of the COVID-19 Community Response funds is to support community-led strategies. Applicants are encouraged to propose activities that reflect their own expertise, experience, and knowledge and that focus on the specific issues identified within their areas or communities.

To apply, please review the COVID-19 Community Response Fund request for proposals (RFA) for the application and detailed information.

Submit your application by email to health@minneapolismn.gov by April 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Local, regional, or state government entities are not eligible for funding under this RFA.

For more information about the City of Minneapolis’ COVID-19 response, visit Minneapolismn.gov/coronavirus.


35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown Construction Update

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Rescheduled: I-35W overnight closure April 17

The I-35W overnight closure to pour the bridge deck of the new transit station bridge over Lake St. has been rescheduled. From 10 p.m. Friday, April 17 through 9 a.m. Sat, April 18, I-35W will be closed in both directions between Hwy 62 and I-94. Drivers will be detoured to use Hwy 62, Hwy 100 and I-394.

Overnight closure of Lake Street April 19

As Lake St. reconstruction moves into the next stage, an overnight closure of Lake St. is needed for crews to move barrier for the traffic shift. Lake St. will be closed between Blaisdell Ave. and 5th Ave. S from 3 p.m. Sun, April 19 to 5 a.m. Mon, April 20. During the closure drivers will be detoured to use 31st St. Local access to businesses will be available during the closure. When Lake St. opens on Monday morning, all traffic will be shifted to the westbound lanes.

Night work to begin week of April 20 for the I-35W storm water facility project

Overnight crews will be conducting ground excavation and hauling activties as work continues on the new storage tanks along I-35W near 42nd St. Residents should anticipate construction noise, vibration and lights during overnight work. Night work is expected to continue through September.

Stay connected

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit 511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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Grand Avenue South Reconstruction Draft Design Concept Update

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To keep community members informed and to continue to advance the project, the project team has updated the project website to include a flyer with answers to frequently asked questions, and recorded and narrated slide show to present the draft conceptual design which can be viewed on the project webpage:

http://www.minneapolismn.gov/cip/futureprojects/grand-ave-s

Please watch the Grand Avenue Reconstruction, Project Update – Video Presentation, which includes information summarizing Public Works’ draft conceptual design. This presentation provides background information, summarizes tradeoffs, highlights technical challenges, and describes the project’s design elements.

If you have questions after watching the video, staff will be holding ‘discussion hours’ during which we will be available by phone to connect with stakeholders one-on-one. You can also send questions via email – please see our contact information below.

Please note that in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the project team is not currently attending in-person meetings per guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health. The project’s preliminary design timeline has been extended to allow for additional engagement that aligns with social distancing guidance.

Scheduled Discussion Hours:

  • Wednesday, April 22; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 23; 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Contact Information

Dan Edgerton, Transportation Planner

If the phone is busy when you call, please leave a message and staff will return your call as soon as possible.


City works with community partners to establish new hygiene stations for people experiencing homelessness

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The City of Minneapolis is working with community partners to open four new hygiene stations that add access to bathrooms and hand-washing stations for people experiencing homelessness.

The new stations will expand access to hygiene services during a time when the closure of public and private buildings has reduced or eliminated access to restrooms for people experiencing unsheltered homelessness. Each hygiene station will include a port-a-potty, hand-washing station, syringe drop-off container and trash bin. The stations will be open by the end of the week.

New hygiene station locations

  • Bryant and Broadway Avenue North.
  • All Nations Church, 1515 E. 23rd St.
  • Hope Church, 707 10th Ave. S.
  • Lake Street/Midtown METRO Light Rail Station.

Providing these services is essential at a time when hand-washing is the primary way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and access to hand-washing stations is extremely limited. Additionally, people who are experiencing unsheltered homelessness may be at higher risk of moderate to severe COVID-19 symptoms because a lack of housing often contributes to existing health conditions.

Additional collaborative work supporting people experiencing homelessness

  • Hennepin County is currently providing alternative accommodations for people experiencing homelessness who are at high risk or suspected of having COVID-19. To date, approximately 277 seniors and medically fragile people have been moved into hotels.
  • Hennepin County has also opened its south Minneapolis service center at 2215 E. Lake St. for additional bathroom access. It will be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
  • The City, Hennepin County and Downtown Improvement District (DID) have partnered to provide handwashing and portable toilets at downtown locations.
  • The Salvation Army Harbor Lights Center, DID, MAD DADS, the City and Hennepin County have partnered to open a safe space at Currie Avenue and 10th Street designed to help people experiencing homelessness safely comply with the state’s stay-at-home order.

Learn more about the City’s COVID-19 response: minneapolismn.gov/coronavirus.


Minneapolis Public Schools offering free food for all Minneapolis children during school closure

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Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is offering free, weekly food pickup for all children 18 and under at nearly 50 food distribution sites across Minneapolis. Children do not need to be enrolled in MPS to receive food, and families are welcome to take one box per child per week.

Each day, up to 10 different sites across the city offer food pickup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Food boxes contains five breakfasts and five lunches, including fresh fruits and vegetables and items that families can heat at home.

Find pickup locations and more information here.

Families can also download the Free Meals for Kids mobile app to find their nearest food pickup sites.


Additional Coronavirus Resources Available for Minneapolis Small Businesses

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The Federal Small Business Administration (SBA), Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), and the City of Minneapolis have all established relief programs over the past several weeks. These programs are set up to support small businesses, independent contractors and self-employed people, and non-profit organizations.

Here’s an overview of what those are and how to access them:

 The City of Minneapolis has expanded our Business Technical Assistance Program services to make sure that you have an expert to talk to about your specific situation, and you can contact the City’s Small Business Team at 612-673-2499 or smallbusiness@minneapolismn.gov.


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Covid-19 Relief is Available for Small Businesses

$10,000 federal advances for small businesses, new loans to help keep you employees

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April 1, 2020

In this issue

Watch this newsletter for updates on resources available to small businesses. We’re also maintaining a list of resources available to small businesses on our website. 

$10,000 advance now available with SBA disaster loans

As part of the Federal CARES Act, Small businesses can now apply for an advance of up to $10,000 on federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Visit www.SBA.gov/Disaster to apply now.

  • A new application needs to be submitted, even if you have previously applied for EIDL assistance through the SBA.
  • This advance may be available even if your application was initially declined or is still pending.
  • Applying for the advance will not impact the status or slow your existing application.

The federal CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020, to provide emergency assistance for small business owners and non-profits. Learn more at home.treasury.gov/cares.

Contact

For questions about SBA EIDL loans and advances:

1-800-659-2955 or (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)
DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov

New CARES Act funding: Paycheck Protection Program

The federal Paycheck Protection Program is a low-interest loan program designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed.

Learn more and apply at SBA.gov/coronavirus

This new loan program will be available retroactive from February 15, 2020, so employers can rehire recently laid-off employees through June 30, 2020.

DEED launches new guide for businesses in need

View this new guide on the DEED website to see at a glance all the programs available now to businesses.

Over the past few weeks, several state and federal programs have been announced to assist small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Different programs make sense for different businesses, so DEED has developed a summary guide to help small businesses quickly see which programs might be right for their situation.

Additional resources

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