County board actions: Penn-Plymouth partnership, funding to reduce lead paint hazards

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County board actions

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Partnership will maximize economic impact of

Penn-Plymouth project

The board established a public-private partnership to maximize community benefit of the Penn-Plymouth project in North Minneapolis.

Scheduled for completion in 2020, the project includes a new Thor headquarters, new Estes Funeral Chapel and expanded NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center. The partnership will complement existing community efforts to boost job and business opportunities in North Minneapolis.  

Members of the partnership, all landowners at Penn-Plymouth, include:

  • Estes Funeral Chapel
  • Hennepin County
  • Metro Transit
  • Minneapolis Urban League
  • NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center
  • Thor Development
  • University of Minnesota 
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Funding will reduce lead paint hazards in at least 300 homes

The board accepted $3.4 million of renewed U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant funding to reduce lead paint hazards in homes. As a result of this round of grant funding, at least 350 households will receive lead paint testing and at least 300 households will get help to make their homes lead safe. Grant resources also include outreach and education; training on lead-safe work practices; and $400,000 to reduce other health hazards in homes, such as radon and mold. Hennepin County has received HUD lead-based paint grant funding since 2003, which has helped nearly 4,600 households keep their homes healthy and lead safe.

Learn more about this board action.  

Learn about Hennepin County assistance for lead paint hazards.

Funding reform will connect housing to more experiencing homelessness and disabilities

The board approved a funding reform that will streamline the county's homeless response system for people with disabilities. The reform secures $2.1 million a year for emergency shelter and tenancy supports for people with disabilities. More important, the county will manage an outcome-based allocation of funds, instead of receiving funds on a per-person, per-night basis. This funding reform will remove barriers for people with disabilities to access shelter and housing and free up county resources to support people’s long-term stability. 

Read more about this board action.

Read more about Hennepin County's efforts to combat homelessness.

Hennepin County to reconstruct 46 pedestrian ramps along Penn Ave.

The board approved an agreement to improve pedestrian accessibility by reconstructing pedestrian curb ramps along Penn Avenue in Minneapolis between Hawthorne and 23rd avenues. Work is scheduled to begin this fall to conform the ramps to meet Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.

Learn more about this project.

Learn more the county's plan to make sidewalks more accessible

Member appointed to Human Resources Board

The board appointed Osman Ahmed to the Human Resources Board. This board establishes rules for classified positions, makes investigations, hears and decides appeals, and submits an annual report to the county board on the county's Human Resources Department.

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Learn more about Hennepin County citizen advisory boards.

Public hearing on county's report to HUD

The county will host a public hearing to gather comments on its report to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development relating to housing and community development grants.

  • Tuesday, September 12, 1:30 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Government Center Board Room (A-2400)
  • 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis

Read more about the public hearing.

Public hearing on sheriff's office body cameras

The board established a public hearing on the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office implementation and use of a portable recording (body camera) system. 

  • Tuesday, September 12, 1:30 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Government Center Board Room (A-2400)
  • 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis

Read more about the public hearing

Hennepin County joins in International Youth Day

The board recognized August 12 as International Youth Day in Hennepin County, an observance celebrating contributions of young people across the world. This event also acknowledges that communities must make every effort to promote and support programs that help young people and their families. The board recognized Hennepin County staff across all business lines who make the county a better place for youth.

Read more about this action.

Read more about International Youth Day.

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