Ward 8 Update Newsletters April 14, 2017

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

April 14, 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

City Council Approves New $1.5 Million Fund to Preserve Affordable Housing

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Today, the City Council approved $1.5 million for the Minneapolis Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing (NOAH) Preservation Fund to assist non-profit housing providers to acquire and preserve NOAH rental property in Minneapolis. 

NOAH generally refers to unsubsidized multifamily rental housing affordable to households with incomes at or below 60 percent of the area median income ($51,480 for a family of four.)  Rents in NOAH units average between $550 and $1,200 per month.  The strong real estate market and low rental vacancy rate (2.7% regionally) has made these properties more attractive to investors, leading to increased sales, higher rents and displacement of tenants who cannot afford increased rents.

Minneapolis has experienced a disproportionate share of these sales.  In 2016, Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP) released Sold Out, a report stating from 2010-2015, Minneapolis saw the greatest number of apartment property sales compared to all other communities in the metropolitan region.

In Minneapolis, approximately 53% of residents live in rental housing and about half of them are considered “cost burdened,” meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on rent.  Over the last decade, the City of Minneapolis has led the region in both its investment in and production and preservation of affordable housing units.  Still, there are about 10,000 fewer rental housing units in the city affordable to low-income households than there were in 2000.

In response to this affordable housing crisis, the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, with the support of the McKnight Foundation, Minnesota Housing, Hennepin County, and private investors, launched a new regional $25 million affordable housing impact fund, or the NOAH Impact Fund, in 2017.  The NOAH Impact Fund provides a source of funds for socially minded owner-operators to acquire and preserve the affordability of NOAH properties.  


Sick and safe time rules and FAQs available: Public comment period open now through May 1

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The City of Minneapolis has drafted rules and guidance (under employer and employee resources) to explain the sick and safe time ordinance, which takes effect July 1. The rules and guidance are now available for public review and comment until May 1.

Based on feedback from the community, City staff will review both documents to ensure employer and employee rights and responsibilities are well-defined and understandable.

Public comments and questions submitted by email to sicktimeinfo@minneapolismn.gov will help City staff identify where clarification is needed. Questions about the frequently asked questions should include “FAQs” in the subject line of the email. Questions about the rules should include “rules” in the subject line of the email.

People can also find more information and resources about the sick and safe time ordinance at www.minneapolismn.gov/sicktimeinfo.

The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges approved the sick and safe time ordinance last May. Phased enforcement begins this July 1. Currently, four out of 10 Minneapolis workers lack access to paid sick time.

With some exceptions, the new ordinance governs all employers. Those with six or more employees – including full-time, part-time and temporary employees or paid interns – will provide paid sick and safe time under the new law. Employers with five or fewer employees must provide time off, but they may choose to provide it unpaid. Other requirements include:

  • Employees may use sick and safe time for their own health and certain family members’ health.
  • Victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and stalking may use sick and safe time to receive medical treatment and other necessary services.
  • Employees may use sick time to care for family members during emergency closure of school or place of care, including for inclement weather.
  • Employees will accrue one hour of sick and safe time for every 30 hours worked and can carry over accrued but unused sick time to the next year.

City of Minneapolis Prescribed Burns FAQ’s

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The City of Minneapolis is beginning this season’s stormwater pond maintenance with prescribed burns in the next 2 weeks, weather dependent.

What is a prescribed burn? 
Prescribed burns are an intentional ignition and burning of grass, shrub, or forest fuels.

How are they used in Minneapolis?
The Minneapolis Public Works Department uses prescribed burns as a means to maintain prairie and savanna areas that are part of their Stormwater management systems. Without fire, these grassland plant communities usually located near a pond or wetland would be invaded by shrubs and ultimately overtime would turn into woodlands.

What is done to protect wildlife during the burns?

  • Sites are walked through prior to the burn to move animals out of the area.
  • Only Small sections of a site are burned at any time, allowing safe areas for animals to move into.
  • During prescribed burns, most animals find cover by retreating into burrows, flying away or moving to surrounding areas.
  • Many species benefit in the long run from the habitat improvements resulting from a prescribed burn.

For more information click here.


Ready for a Southside Investment Cooperative?

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Share your Thoughts on this Opportunity for Community Ownership of Real Estate

Over the past few months, the Ward 8 office has helped convene open meetings for neighbors interested in exploring a Southside Investment Cooperative.  You can look at notes of our past meetings here

A cooperative is an association of people united voluntarily to meet common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled business. A Southside Investment Cooperative would be a cooperative that would use member investment to purchase real estate, such as commercial or residential properties.

We are seeking more community input to help neighbors assess this opportunity, using a short survey.  Please give us your thoughts!

Click here to fill out the survey.


Walking and bicycle safety starts with all of us

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This time of year, more people are taking to our sidewalks, streets and trails on foot and bicycle. Whether you walk, bike, drive a car or do some of each, safer streets start with all of us. People who walk, bike and drive motor vehicles are equally responsible for safety.

When you drive, remember to slow down and look for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially when turning. Stop for crossing pedestrians at marked crosswalks and at all intersections without marked crosswalks or stop lights. This is Minnesota law.

When you walk, cross at intersections and look both ways before crossing the street.

When you bike, remember to follow traffic laws and ride predictably.

No matter how you get around, thank you for making our streets safer.

For more information on walking in Minneapolis, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/pedestrian. For more information on bicycling in Minneapolis, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles.

Video

Riding a bike is one of the most popular ways to get around Minneapolis. This video in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong explains to drivers and bicyclists what the different bike markings on the road mean.

Know the Road: Bike Lanes

Conociendo el Camino o Andando en Bicicleta en la Ciudad (Biking in the City, Spanish)
Andar en bicicleta es una de las maneras mas populares de ir a muchos sitios en Minneapolis. Vea porque es importante para los ciclistas y conductors conocer el camino, en este Video de las series "Sabia Usted" de Minneapolis.

Kaxeenta Baaskiilada ee Magaalada Gudaheed (Biking in the City, Somali)
Baasikiiladu waa gaadid caan ah oo loo isticmaalo socdaalka Minneapolis. Ka daawo fiidyowgan taxanaha ee loo yaqaan ''Ma Ogtahay" muhiimada kaxeenta baaskiilada iyo baaburta ee socdaalka jidadka.

Kev Cai Txog Lub Tsheb Tuam Hauv Nroog (Biking in the City, Hmong)
Yog xav paub ntxiv, sais nroog Minneapolis cov tshooj xov xwm hu, "Koj pos paub."


Rebuilding Together and the Super Bowl's Kickoff to Rebuild event is offering free home repairs

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The Super Bowl is coming to town.
And with it is a chance to score free home repairs.

Are you a resident of or otherwise associated with the Bryant, Central, Field, Northrop or Regina neighborhoods? Do you need your gutters replaced or new flooring installed? Do you have difficulty getting in and out of your home? Do you want to be involved with a community-wide celebration that will take place in October?

If yes, you are invited to attend St. Peter’s AME Church (401 41st St E) on April 26 from 6—8 PM. There, Rebuilding Together Twin Cities will talk with neighborhood residents about opportunities to apply for no-cost home repair services and participate in the NFL-sponsored Kickoff to Rebuild event this October.

A light dinner will be provided.


Co-ops Feasibility Class May 11 to June 29: sign up by May 5

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Protect our Earth: #Resist and Take Action!

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Show us the Money! Tax day March and Rally, April 15
Sat, April 15
11am - 2pm
MN State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155

Water Action Day, April 19

Wed, April 19
8am - 4pm
Christ Lutheran Church & MN State Capitol
105 University Ave W.
St Paul, MN 55103

With events all day, Water Day features a rally at 1:30 at the Capitol Rotunda. Speakers include Wynona LaDuke, Walter Mondale, Sen. Durenberger, and Gov. Dayton.

Participate April 22 in an Earth Day Cleanup at your Park
Sat, April 22
9:30am - noon
At a green space near you!

Kids Climate March, April 22
Sat, April 22
9:30am - 1pm
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 Kellogg Blvd W, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102

March for Science, April 22
Sat, April 22
11am - 2pm
Cathedral Hill Park
215 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55102

March starts at Cathedral Hill Park at 11am -- Rally at Minnesota State Capitol at 12 noon

People’s Climate Solidarity March, April 29
Sat, April 29
2:30 - 6pm
US Federal Courthouse
300 4th St. S, Minneapolis