Ward 8 Update Newsletters - February 17, 2017

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

February 17, 2017

CONTACT INFORMATION

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

Phone: 612-673-2208
elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov

 

OFFICE HOURS

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

Protecting Choice in Housing: Prohibiting Discrimination Against Section 8 Voucher Holders and More!

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Tuesday, February 28, 6:00-7:30pm
Optional networking time, 7:30-8:00 pm
UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave North

Light refreshments and childcare available. 

Join us for this important discussion. Affordable and safe housing choices are increasingly limited in our current rental market. For families participating in the Section 8 voucher program, that challenge is increased ten-fold, with many landlords publicly refusing to accept Section 8 voucher holders.

After a year of exploring Section 8 program improvement needs, Council Members Elizabeth Glidden and Abdi Warsame are moving forward with an ordinance to prohibit discrimination against Section 8 voucher holders, an incentive fund for landlords serving Section 8 voucher holders, and support for many changes recommended to the Section 8 program.  Reports on inspections improvements and best practices changes for the Section 8 program have been prepared for the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) and the City of Minneapolis. 

Please attend to hear details about the proposed ordinance and other recommended improvements to the Section 8 program — and give your feedback.  Our need for equity and improvements that benefit the Section 8 program is urgent! 

Event Hosted by the City Council Offices of Elizabeth Glidden and Abdi Warsame, with support from Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA), HOME-Line and Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid.


Minneapolis Public Schools will hold community meetings in support of immigrant and

refugee families

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Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is committed to being a safe haven for everyone. The district knows that recent current events have raised questions for some immigrant and refugee families. To offer support, MPS is joining with community partners to host two meetings to answer questions and connect families with resources both in our schools and in the community:

Wed, March 1, 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at South High School, 3131 S. 19th Ave.

Sat, March 4, 2 -4:30 p.m., Davis Service Center, 1250 W. Broadway Ave.

MPS is partnering with the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR MN), NAVIGATE and the Somali American Parent Association (SAPA) to provide information about changing policies, legal resources and social and emotional supports available.

Find more information here.


Lakewood-Harriet street repaving projects Neighborhood Meeting Feb. 21st

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The “Lakewood Harriet Projects” neighborhood meeting will be hosted by Public Works.  This street repaving project includes most of Kingfield neighborhood.

When: Tuesday, February 21st, 6:00 PM
Where: Lyndale Farmstead Park, 3900 Bryant Avenue, Minneapolis

The City of Minneapolis, Department of Public Works will be improving the neighborhoods in the Harriet/Lakewood area.  Neighbors should have received an assessment and a project description in the mail.  These two projects were originally built in 1980 & 1978, respectfully.  As ongoing improvements on the City’s streets, Public Works is planning a resurfacing (mill and overlay) in these two areas in the summer of 2017.  As part of the funding for this work, there will be a property assessment included.  City staff will be available to discuss this in more details at the upcoming meeting.

Also at this meeting, a plan for a 42nd/43rd Street bikeway will be presented for feedback.


Minneapolis repays over

$9 million to Minneapolis neighborhoods

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On Friday, February 10, the City Council approved repayment of over $9.1 million to neighborhood Neighborhood Revitalization Program plans over the next four years.  These funds were frozen in 2012 and 2013, when state changes to the property tax system and other reforms resulted in financial challenges to the city and a need to reduce property taxes for residents.  At that time, Council Members committed to replace the frozen funds when additional income was received from the consolidated TIF district which funds the NRP program.

Nearly $7 million of the repaid funds are associated with housing strategies across the city, with some funds able to be used for improving the environment, crime reduction, community building, and more.  Almost all neighborhoods in Ward 8, with the exception of Lyndale, will see frozen funds returned, including significant funds returned to Bryant, Bancroft, Kingfield, Central, and Field-Regina-Northrop.  

The Neighborhood Revitalization Program began in the early 1990s, with public funds allocated directly to Minneapolis neighborhood groups to be spend on improvement projects determined by residents.  It has been considered a unique national model of empowering neighborhoods and residents in direct decision-making in response to neighborhood needs.

You can see the reports related to the City Council action here.


Minneapolis Fire Department’s EMS Pathways Academy applications open Feb. 13

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Starting Feb. 13, the Minneapolis Fire Department is taking applications from men and women for a certification course in emergency medical services (EMS). The Fire Department offers the EMS Pathways Academy with Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) to train Minneapolis residents from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds as emergency medical technicians. There is no cost to trainees. Trainees will be considered City of Minneapolis student interns and will earn $15 hourly to take this college-level course three days a week for 11-13 weeks.

The goal is to provide a pipeline of candidates for the fire service and the Hennepin EMS workforce. This career pathway program will provide free training and emergency medical technician (EMT) certification to young adults from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Becoming a certified emergency medical technician opens the door to many career paths. This is a rapidly expanding field, and as more jobs for EMTs are created demand will increase for qualified candidates who reflect the multilingual and culturally diverse communities they serve. 

Apply online Feb. 13-24 under “Internship Opportunities.”

Find more information at www.minneapolismn.gov/fire or call 311.


Listening session to discuss minimum wage Feb 21 at Sabathani

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The City of Minneapolis is hosting several listening sessions to gather feedback on a potential minimum wage policy for employers in the City of Minneapolis.

The City Council has directed City staff to present minimum wage policy recommendations mid-year after doing additional research and community engagement on the topic. The listening sessions will be an opportunity for community stakeholders to share viewpoints on how a change in the minimum wage would impact them. 

Details are posted at the City’s minimum wage webpage ; check the webpage to verify dates and times as additional listening sessions and details are confirmed. 

A listening session for the general public is an opportunity for you to participate.  Details are:

Tuesday, Feb. 21: general public, 6-7:30 p.m. Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.

These listening sessions follow a presentation to the City Council’s Committee of the Whole in October 2016 by a research team presenting highlights of a study analyzing the relative impact of a local minimum wage increase in the City of Minneapolis and regionally in Hennepin County and Ramsey County. The study, led by the University of Minnesota’s Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Justice, examined the impact of increasing the wage to $12 and $15 per hour phased in over five years.