Ward 8 Update Newsletters June 22, 2016

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
Visit us at www.minneapolismn.gov/ward8

June 22, 2016


Elizabeth Glidden
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2208



Every Monday morning, 9-11:00 a.m.
Sabathani Community Center 
310 E 38th Street, 1st floor hallway nearest to the parking lot

Call for an appointment or just
drop by!



City of Lakes

Lunch with Elizabeth:

Learning from Trans* Leaders and a City Commitment to Trans* Equity


Friday, June 24th, noon -1pm
Café Southside, 3405 Chicago Ave S

More than ever, Minneapolis is committed to visible and vocal support of Trans*Equity, in partnership with Transgender and gender non-conforming community members who are leading the way. Please join us on Friday June 24, as we head into PRIDE weekend, for conversation with some of Minneapolis' most powerful and prominent Trans* Activists who speak from the heart about the intersections of Black and Brown, Queer and Trans*.

We are proud to be joined by Cece McDonald, a nationally recognized LGBTQI Activist, featured in the movie "FREE Cece," Phillipe Cunningham, Policy Aide to Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, and Roxanne Anderson, owner of Café Southside and RARE Productions and honored as 2016 PRIDE co-Grand Marshal. We also welcome Remy Corso, Community Organizer at Outfront Minnesota, to provide an update on Trans organizing.

We will discuss national and local organizing efforts, including the work of the City of Minneapolis’ Transgender Issues Work Group and the upcoming 2016 Minneapolis Trans*Equity Summit.

Arrive early and support Café Southside with your lunch order! Program begins promptly at noon. We hope to see you there!

Cast your early vote!


Beginning this year, in-person absentee voting will no longer be at City Hall. The downtown polling location is moving to the Early Vote Center in the Community Services Building, 217 S Third Street, with entry on Third Street. The new location will have better security and allow a more ordered process for voters.

Absentee voting for the Aug. 9 primary begins Friday, June 24. People can vote early (by absentee ballot) by mail or in person.

Remember, there are three steps all voters can take to reduce waiting time—both in the Early Vote Center and on Election Day in the polls.
Those steps are:

  • STEP #2: Download and complete the absentee ballot application form and bring it to the Early Vote Center. Voters can download and complete the absentee ballot application form in advance, saving even more time in the polls. To access the request form, use this link: vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/ABSENTEE 

  • STEP #3: Use the sample ballot as a quick reference!! Using their customized sample ballot to practice, voters can have confidence that they are correctly marking their ballots and complete the entire process without fuss or unnecessary time delays. To access sample ballots, use this link: vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/BALLOT.

Minneapolis offers free home energy efficiency visits


The City of Minneapolis is offering free home visits from energy-saving experts to income-qualified Minneapolis residents including renters. Join more than 9,000 households that have already benefitted from the program. Home Energy Squad visits bring energy efficiency experts to participants’ homes to install energy-saving materials and make recommendations on energy-saving upgrades. Minneapolis households over the income limit for the free visits can still receive the visit for $70.

At the home visit a team of energy consultants will:

  • Install energy-saving materials such as door weatherstripping, a water heater blanket, compact fluorescent lightbulbs, a programmable thermostat, and high-efficiency showerheads and faucet aerators.
  • Test for air leaks.
  • Inspect attic and wall insulation using an infrared camera.
  • Recommend energy upgrades based on the test results.
  • Check heating systems and water heaters for safety.
  • Provide a quote for insulation and/or air sealing and the opportunity to connect with a qualified contractor if applicable.

Free visits and no-interest financing

The City of Minneapolis offers free visits to qualified households with an income less than $48,100 for one person, $54,950 for two people, $61,850 for three people, or up to $90,650 for eight people. If the Home Energy Squad recommends insulation or air sealing, income-qualified residents also have special access to zero percent financing to complete that work. Homeowners can call 612-335-5874 to confirm eligibility and schedule a visit. Funds are limited.


Watch and share these videos about Home Energy Squad in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.

Home Energy Squad is provided by CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy in partnership with the City of Minneapolis and delivered by the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), a Minneapolis nonprofit.

To schedule a Home Energy Squad visit, call 612-335-5874 or visit mncee.org/hes-mpls.