County board actions: Navigation Center, restoring historical photos, and more

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

The county board approved several items on the agenda, including support for people experiencing homeless, a project to preserve historical photos and Hennepin County Library - Franklin renovations.

Funding for Navigation Center efforts

Hennepin County continues working with partners to support people staying at the Navigation Center in Minneapolis. On Tuesday, the board approved two actions that will help people who face the highest barriers to finding housing.

  • Accepting state funding to help people find housing in the community, pay rent and maintain housing.
  • Approving capital funding to create supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness and chemical dependency.

Renovations at Franklin Library

Refurbishments at Hennepin County Library - Franklin are moving forward. The board approved the initial design on Tuesday, including new furniture, remodeled restrooms, improved childrens area and more. This location is one of the most-visited county libraries, serving a diverse population in south Minneapolis. The library has a collection of materials in the native languages of the community, including Amharic, Arabic, Ojibwe, Oromo, Somali and Spanish.  

Historical photos of the Twin Cities 

Hennepin County Library maintains a collection of 800,000 photographs from the Minneapolis Star, Minneapolis Tribune and Star Tribune dating back to the 1920s. On Tuesday, the board accepted a Minnesota Historical Society grant to catalog, preserve and expand access to the photos.

Events and observances

On Tuesday, the board committed its support of the 2020 Census.

The board also recognized the following observances:

Public hearing 

The board, acting as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, will host a public hearing on issuing housing revenue bonds for an affordable housing project located in the 800 and 900 blocks of 14th Avenue Northeast in Minneapolis. This public hearing will take place Tuesday, May 14, at 1:30 p.m. on A-24 of the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 S. 6th St., Minneapolis. 

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