June 2017 E-Newsletter

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Jan Callison - News from District 6

  June 2017


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Jan Callison

In this edition

Board meetings

May 9, 2017

Program will continue connecting chronically homeless with housing

The board approved $351,875 of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant funding to help chronically homeless families attain stable housing. Funding will allow six full-time caseworkers to continue serving hard-to-reach families coping with physical, emotional or behavioral disabilities. Between June 2015 and June 2016, 99 percent of all 51 families participating in the program secured or maintained permanent housing.

Read more about this action.

$2.7 million awarded for affordable housing

Voting May 2 as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the board awarded 2017 Affordable Housing Incentive Fund grants to help develop and preserve 657 affordable housing units.

Hennepin County awarded funding to the following projects:

  • Aeon Prospect Park, Minneapolis: $250,000 to construct 70 units of mixed-income rental housing
  • CLCLT Homebuyer Initiated Program, Minneapolis: $100,000 to restore four single-family homes
  • Knox & American, Bloomington: $300,000 to construct 284 units of mixed-income rental housing including 50 affordable rental units
  • Minnehaha Commons, Minneapolis: $250,000 to construct 43 rental units for seniors experiencing homelessness
  • Minnehaha Townhomes, Minneapolis: $500,000 to construct 16 rental units for families experiencing homeless
  • PLACE St. Louis Park: $300,000 to construct 299 units of mixed-income rental housing including 200 affordable rental units
  • Reprise: Brooklyn Park: $200,000 to refinance and rehabilitate 110 senior apartment units and 60 family townhome rental units
  • Sabanthi Senior Housing, Minneapolis: $400,000 to construct 50 affordable rental units for seniors next to the Sabanthi Community Center
  • The Mariner, Minnetonka: $200,000 to construct 236 units of mixed-income rental housing including 55 affordable rental units
  • WHAHLT Homes Within Reach, suburban Hennepin County: $200,000 to restore six single-family homes

Since 2000, the program has committed $59.9 million and leveraged more than $1.3 billion in additional investment to create and maintain more than 7,200 affordable housing units. 

Read more about funding awards.

Read more about the Affordable Housing Incentive Fund.

May 23, 2017

Grants will support livelihood of small business districts


The board awarded two grants totaling $80,000 to support economic vitality of small business districts in suburban Hennepin County. Business District Initiative grants will leverage about $84,000 in matching investments and benefit as many as 80 small businesses.

Funding awards

  • City of Hopkins: $30,000 for placemaking projects to drive traffic to small businesses in downtown Hopkins
  • City of Richfield: $50,000 for storefront improvements and marketing for the Penn Avenue business district  

Read more about the funding awards.

Read more about the Business District Initiative program.

Team aims to reduce crime in Minneapolis


The board approved an agreement aiming to reduce violent crime in Minneapolis. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Minneapolis Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to increase law enforcement presence in the city. The agreement will provide Joint Enforcement Team patrol between May and September in neighborhoods most impacted by gun violence.     

Read more about the Joint Enforcement Team.

County awards contract for criminal justice diversion program


The board approved a $325,686 contract to divert first-time nonviolent adult offenders from the criminal justice system. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office awarded the contract to Diversion Solutions, which beat out two other companies that responded to the November bidding process. Diversion Solutions received the highest rank while coming in with the lowest bid of the three companies. The new contract will save the county thousands of dollars annually and make better use of existing county services.  

Read more about the contract.

Board briefings

May 4, 2017

Crime lab update

This briefing focused on the results of the recently completed Shared Regional Crime Lab Feasibility Study which analyzed opportunities for the Hennepin County Crime Lab and the Minneapolis Crime Lab to work together.  Key findings of the Study were:  “1. Forensic approach throughout the region is fragmented, 2. Potential exists for expansion in the application of forensic services, 3. Sharing the capital facility and equipment budgets can be beneficial and 4. Existing facilities do not provide a suitable or flexible framework for the level of expansion required to support the services.”  Next step would be to form a regional forensic science committee to explore opportunities.

May 18, 2017

Technology update

The purpose of this briefing was to discuss current and future technology trends so that we can identify technology capabilities to support Hennepin County's strategic direction.  Staff recommended four focus areas for the county: 1. Cybersecurity, 2. Data management, 3. Risk management, and 4. Collaboration. 

Human services systems

This briefing focused on the systems modernization direction for human services.  Human service programs in Minnesota are created and controlled at the state level but implemented on the county level.  In this service delivery model, the counties have to work within an IT system that is developed and maintained by the state.  Hennepin County now has a seat at the table to help influence the state of Minnesota in modernizing its IT and legacy systems to better serve the residents who use our services and support the staff who operate within it.  Our next steps are to advocate for state funding of new technology work, advocate for program simplification at the state, and support continued county investment in technology for human services.

County calendar

June 2, 2017

Public hearing on sale of land in Brooklyn Center

The board is hosting a public hearing on the proposed sale of a .06 acre parcel of tax-forfeited land to Mound Cemetery in Brooklyn Center.

Public hearing details

  • Tuesday, June 6, 1:30 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Government Center Board Room (A-2400)
  • 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis

Read more about the public hearing.

June 5, 2017

Free career fair will connect job-seekers with recruiting employers

Career fair

Job-seekers can connect with actively-recruiting companies at a career fair next week sponsored by the Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center. The event is free and open to the public. 

Event details

Job-seekers are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes.

This location is served by several bus routes. Visit www.metrotransit.org or or call 612-373-3333 for more details.

Participating employers

All participating businesses are aiming to fill multiple openings. Recruiters from the following organizations will attend the career fair:

  • ACR Homes
  • Atlas Staffing
  • Caribou Coffee
  • CobornsDelivers
  • Comcast
  • Delta Global Services
  • Doherty Staffing Solutions
  • Domino’s
  • Endeavor Air
  • Family Dollar
  • First Student
  • Frito Lay
  • Goodwill-Easter Seals
  • Hennepin County
  • HMSHost
  • Indrotec
  • Jerry’s Enterprises
  • Living Well Disability Services
  • Mains’l Services
  • Mall of America
  • Mary T. Inc.
  • Minneapolis Marriott Southwest
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts Distribution Center
  • Pinnacle Services
  • SUPERVALU Distribution Center
  • United States Postal Service
  • WIS International
  • Wells Fargo

Find out more about Hennepin County employment services.

June 6, 2017

Public hearing for new transportation and transit sales tax

The purpose of this public hearing is to obtain public comment on the imposition of a new sales tax of up to one-half cent and the potential uses of that revenue for transportation and transit projects.

This tax would replace the current sales tax of one-quarter cent imposed by Hennepin County for the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB).

The public hearing will be held before the Public Works Committee on

  • Tuesday, June 6, at 1:30 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Government Center Board Room (A-2400)
  • 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis.

The board held a previous public hearing on the sales tax on Tuesday, March 21, continued that hearing on Tuesday, March 28, and laid the matter over to the call of the chair.

Read more about the action.
See the sales and use transportation tax implementation plan.
Learn more about how Hennepin County is connecting people to places.

June 6, 2017

Dementia Friends Training


This program takes place at the Minnetonka Community Center. Learn what dementia is, how it affects people, and how we can make a difference in the lives of people living with dementia, including helpful ways to communicate, interact and help with everyday tasks.

  • Tuesday, June 6, 12 to 1 p.m.

  • Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka

Learn more and register for this event

June 6, 2017

Visit the Health and Safety Fair

The public is invited to visit more than 25 exhibitors who will share a wealth of resources, demonstrations and activities at the Health and Safety Fair.

  • Tuesday, June 6, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Government Center, skyway level

Join us for a fun and informative way to learn about opportunities for improving health and safety for yourself and for your loved ones from CenterPoint Energy, NiceRide, Minnesota Safety Council, Three Rivers Park District, Minneapolis 911 and many other organizations. 

The event is hosted by Hennepin County’s Workplace Safety and HealthWorks.

June 29, 2017

Act Out for Teens: Acting Games for Beginners


Learn the tricks of the trade from an experienced Guthrie teaching artist. For those entering grades 6-9.

  • Thursday, June 29, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

  • Hopkins Library, 22 11th Avenue North

Learn more about Act Out for Teens: Acting Games for Beginners

Kids Jr. Book Club

For those entering grades 2-3 join other kids to talk about a great book! Participate in activities and games, and discover other books to read. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the information desk starting three weeks prior to the meeting.

  • June 20, 11 to 11:45 a.m. - The Locker Ate Lucy by Jack Chabert
  • July 18, 11 to 11:45 a.m. - Dare the Wind by Tracey E. Fern
  • Aug. 8, 11 to 11:45 a.m. - Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami
  • Westonka Library, 2079 Commerce Boulevard, Mound

Learn more and register for this event


Go Outside with Hennepin County

go outside

Bring your family, friends and a lawn chair and enjoy an evening watching a movie under the stars and downtown skyline at Target Field Station. The crisp-quality digital screen allows movies to be shown before dark, making these events ideal for all ages.

Movie showtimes

All movies begin Thursdays at 7 p.m.

  • June 1: “The Sandlot” 
  • June 8: “Footloose” (1984) 
  • June 29: “The Parent Trap” (1961) 
  • July 13: “Inside Out’
  • August 10: “Finding Dory”
  • August 24: “Free Willy” 

Getting to Target Field Station

Go Outside with Hennepin County

Hennepin County is hosting these events in partnership with the mpls downtown council and the Minnesota Twins. Movie nights are part of Go Outside with Hennepin County, a series of free, family-friendly events. Share your experiences at Go Outside events. Interact on social media using the hashtag #GoOutside.    

See this year's full schedule of Go Outside with Hennepin County events.

Volunteers sought for Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District Board


The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District Board. The terms for current members Mary Bisek and John Forster are expiring.

This board coordinates the management of water and related land resources in the watershed that drains into Riley, Purgatory and Bluff creeks in Hennepin and Carver counties. Because of the nature of the board, it is helpful for members to have a background in water conservation, development, law, engineering, environment or public administration. 

A watershed district board member may not be a public officer of the county, state or federal government and must be a resident of the district. The Cities of Bloomington, Chanhassen, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Deephaven and Shorewood lie within the district. Members serve three-year terms.

The application deadline is July 6. The county board will hold interviews at the following board committee meeting, July 11. 

Apply online at www.hennepin.us/advisoryboards

Read more about the watershed district.

100 day youth housing challenge

100 day challenge

Hennepin County is one of five communities launching 100-Day challenges to end youth homelessness this summer.  Baltimore, MD; Columbus, OH; Louisville, KY and Palm Beach County, FL are also taking on this important challenge.  This challenge partners with A Way Home America, the Rapid Results Institute and HomeBase, with the support of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Visit http://www.awayhomeamerica.org/ for more information.

About District 6

District 6 map

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners consists of one commissioner from each of seven districts. I am proud to represent Deephaven, north Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Greenwood, Hopkins, Long Lake, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, northern Mound, Orono, Shorewood, Spring Park, Tonka Bay, Wayzata and Woodland.

County information

District 6 staff

Jan Callison
6th District

Allyson Sellwood
Policy Aide

Christine Hoyles
Administrative Assistant


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