County board actions: funding for homelessness, truancy prevention, repairing Lake Street Bridge

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Contact: Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969

County board actions

Votes Tuesday will provide funding to fight homelessness, prevent truancy and rehabilitate the Lake Street Bridge.

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Continued funding will provide path out of homelessness 

The board accepted $759,450 in grant funding to help house people with mental illnesses who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. The Minnesota Department of Human Services funding provides outreach, case management and other services focusing on recovery. The program helped 46 clients who had been chronically homeless find housing last year. 

Read more about this action.

Read more about Hennepin County resources for the homeless. 

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Renewed funding will help keep youth in school

The board approved $2 million of funding to extend contracts for a Hennepin County program to provide early intervention to youth at risk of becoming truant. The be@school program, run by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, is extending contracts with 12 vendors who provide services to youth and their families.

Read more about this action.

Read more about be@school.

Funding will rehabilitate Lake Street Bridge

The board approved a funding agreement with Ramsey County to maintain the 28-year-old Lake Street Bridge crossing over the Mississippi River. The bridge connects Minneapolis and St. Paul. Hennepin and Ramsey counties will each pay half of the estimated $1.4 million project cost. Maintenance work is slated to begin early this summer.

Read more about the funding agreement.

Read more about the project.

Public hearing on financing of affordable housing project

The Housing and Redevelopment Authority is hosting a public hearing in May to gather feedback on financing a 169-unit affordable housing project in downtown Minneapolis.

  • Tuesday, May 2, at 1:30 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Government Center Board Room (A-2400)
  • 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis

The site of the future affordable housing project, East Town Apartments, is located at 815 Sixth Street South.

Read more about the public hearing.

Board declares this week public safety telecommunicator week

The board declared April 9 through April 15 public safety telecommunicator week. This week, which is also national public safety telecommunicator week, recognizes the work of the 911 dispatch staff in Hennepin County. This is week is also the national public safety telecommunicator week. Telecommunicators at the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office 911 Emergency Communications Facility in Plymouth dispatch for 37 communities; 24 law enforcement agencies; 22 fire agencies and work with four secondary EMS providers. In a typical year they handle more than 650,000 telephone transactions and 250,000 emergency 911 calls. 

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