Fourth Ward Report: June 2015

4th Ward Report from Council President Barbara Johnson

June 2015

Contact Information

Council President Barbara Johnson
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415
612.673.2204
barbara.johnson@minneapolismn.gov

Jennifer White, Senior Policy Aide
jennifer.white@minneapolismn.gov

Dawn Snow, Associate
dawn.snow@minneapolismn.gov

Neighborhoods

Cleveland
Folwell
Jordan
Lind-Bohanon
McKinley
Shingle Creek
Victory
Webber-Camden
Willard Hay

New Housing Program Aimed at Increasing Number of Homeowners in Minneapolis and Reducing Racial Disparity Gap in Homeownership


The City of Minneapolis launched Homeownership Opportunity Minneapolis (HOM), a new housing program aimed at increasing the number of homeowners in Minneapolis and reducing the racial disparity gap in homeownership. It is anticipated that about 125 families will be served by the program this year.

Minnesota has one of the worst racial disparity gaps in homeownership in the country at approximately 38 percent. In Minneapolis, it is also alarmingly high—at approximately 36 percent (2011-2013 American Community Survey).  One of the goals of the HOM program is to narrow the racial disparity gap in homeownership.  While the program is not limited to people of color, targeted outreach and marketing will be used to reach underrepresented communities to ensure they are made aware of the program.

The HOM program will provide up to $7,500 in down payment and closing cost assistance to eligible Minneapolis homebuyers in the form of a zero percent interest loan, without a monthly payment.  The loan will be completely forgiven after the homeowner lives in the home for five years (all of the funds are repayable if a homeowner moves out before five years).  HOM funds may be used towards any single family home, duplex, townhouse, or condo anywhere in Minneapolis.  Eligibility is based on income.

“Entry cost is one of the most significant barriers to homeownership, especially in an environment of increasing rents,” said City of Minneapolis Director of Housing, Andrea Brennan. “The goal of the Homeownership Opportunity Minneapolis program is to reduce this barrier and make homeownership, and an investment into economic sustainability, within reach for many of those who currently believe it’s not possible.”

The HOM program is being promoted in partnership with Minnesota Housing and Minnesota Homeownership Center through the “Own Your Future, Own Your Home” campaign.  The campaign focuses on homeownership as an investment for the future. 

The City, in partnership with the Minnesota Homeownership Center, has contracted with several community-based organizations to provide culturally specific outreach and communication support to get the word out about the HOM program.  To learn more about HOM, visit the City of Minneapolis’ website.


June 4 Community Meeting on Station Area Plans for Bottineau LRT North Minneapolis and Golden Valley Stations

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THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 5:30pm

Presentation — 6 to 7 pm

Open house — 7 to 8 pm

Harrison Neighborhood Park and Community Center (503 Irving Ave N)

See newly completed station area plans for proposed METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau LRT) stations:

Van White Boulevard
Penn Avenue
Plymouth Avenue
Golden Valley Road

Find out about next steps and how you can stay involved. Get an update on the METRO Blue Line Extension project (www.bluelineext.org) and view alignment plans.

For more information or to request special assistance to attend this meeting such as translations, contact bottineau@hennepin.us or Denise Engen at 612-348-4454.


Grow on Penn

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Folwell Neighborhood Association, the City of Minneapolis, Project Sweetie Pie and Hennepin County are partnering once again to plant a community garden on the vacant lot at 36th and Penn. Join us on Saturday, May 30th from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. for a plant and seed kick-off event at the community garden on 36th and Penn.  For more information, contact Folwell Neighborhood Association


Victory Neighborhood Annual Garage Sale

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The neighborhood will be buzzing this Saturday, May 30, the “official” day of the 21st Annual Victory Garage Sale. There will be 60+ sales many of them starting as early as Thursday and others continuing on Sunday. Here is the link to the day–to-day map of the sales or download the printed version. Also, be sure to check out Fun on 41 on 41st and Vincent while you’re shopping the neighborhood sales.  Fun on 41 features plants, food, music and more.    


Patrick Henry High to Focus on Success at June 4 Celebration

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The Patrick Henry High School community on June 4 will recognize accomplishments while honoring graduates of the class of 2015. The event, called “PHocusing on Our Success,” will celebrate some of the school’s notable achievements from the 2014-15 school year.

“We’re proud that Patrick Henry High School is making a significant impact on student learning and helping students achieve and excel,” said Principal Latanya Daniels. “Graduation is our standard as we work to prepare students for college, career and life.”

Henry’s notable achievements include earning a Reward School designation from the Minnesota Department of Education for the second year in a row. Reward Schools are the top 15 percent of Title I schools statewide based on the Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR). They represent the highest-performing schools on the four domains in the MMR, which annually measures school performance in the areas of proficiency, growth, achievement gap reduction and graduation rates.

Henry’s graduation rate of 86 percent, which is tied for first among all MPS high schools, will also be recognized at the celebration, as will the school’s third-place rank statewide on U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of best high schools in Minnesota. Another achievement that will be highlighted is Henry’s receipt of a Spotlight Initiative Grant for $100,000 from Target and Greater Twin Cities United Way. The school was one of 10 Twin Cities schools selected to receive funding supporting work to close the achievement gap.

In addition, Henry is a leader among MPS in achievement gap-closing categories. Henry earned MPS’ highest score on the MMR and also holds MPS’ highest Focus Rating (FR), an additional state standard used to measure a school’s success in reducing achievement gaps between student groups. Henry ranked second overall in MPS for student math growth.

WHAT: PHocusing on Our Success: food, fun and festivities for the entire family

WHEN: Thursday, June 4, from 6-8 p.m.

WHERE: Patrick Henry High School, 4320 Newton Ave N


Remember to License Your Pets

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Minneapolis Animal Care & Control is reminding our residents of the requirement to license all dogs and cats over four (4) months of age. When a pet is lost and is brought to the animal shelter, 98 percent of pets go home alive because of identification through the license tag. More information is on our website - www.minneapolismn.gov/animals.

Please consider helping Minneapolis' lost animals by requesting a handsome lawn sign. It's free and easy. Simply email your name and address to pet.licensing@minneapolismn.gov and we will get a sign for you to display in your yard.


Live on the Drive Begins June 11

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Live on the Drive is a free concert series at 34th and Victory Memorial Drive with a variety of music for all ages and musical tastes hosted by Cleveland Neighborhood Association with support from the Victory Neighborhood Association. Each month throughout the summer features a different local artist.  For more information visit www.liveonthedrive.org or call/text 612-567-1262.  This year’s kick off concert is Thursday, June 11, 6-8 pm featuring Debbie Duncan. 


Music and Movies in the Parks

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Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board brings you Music and Movies in the Parks. They provide FREE, family-friendly entertainment throughout the summer to music and movie lovers! On June 11, July 9 and August 13, there will be movies showing at Victory Memorial Drive following the Live on the Drive concerts. The summer begins with a viewing of Diary of a Wimpy Kid on June 11 after Live on the Drive. Visit www.mplsmusicandmovies.com for more information and a full schedule.


Open Streets 2015

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The streets of Minneapolis will be active again this summer as the city plays host to eight Open Streets events starting in June. This is the fifth year for Open Streets, and there are more events than ever before. Open Streets is designed to help promote walking, bicycling and mass transit for the well-being of people and our environment. During an Open Streets event, a significant length of a busy street is closed to automobile traffic to allow families and neighbors to walk, bike, skate, have fun and shop in a safe, car-free environment. North Minneapolis will host Open Streets on Saturday, Sept. 26 on Lowry Avenue North from Vincent to Emerson.  For more information and a full schedule of this year’s events, visit www.openstreetsmpls.com.


Neighborhood Ice Cream Socials

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Folwell Neighborhood Association will be hosting an ice cream social and carnival on Thursday, June 18, 5:30 – 8pm at Folwell Park (1615 Dowling Ave N).  There will be music, carnival games, jump houses, face painting, a food truck and of course FREE Ice Cream!  This year will also feature a raffle and two lucky kids will win a bike!  You don’t want to miss this fun event.  Questions?  Call the Folwell office at 612-521-2100.

Victory Neighborhood Association will be hosting an ice cream social on Wednesday, June 24, 7 – 9pm at Victory Park (4414 Upton Ave N).  For more information, visit the Victory Neighborhood website. 


Juneteenth Saturday, June 20

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The Twin Cities Annual Juneteenth festival will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 10am at North Mississippi Regional Park, 5114 North Mississippi Drive, Minneapolis, MN. The Juneteenth Festival observes the June 19th 1865 proclamation of the abolition of slavery in Texas. This celebrates the freedom for people of all racial backgrounds. Visit www.juneteenthminnesota.org for more information.