Minneapolis Connects July Newsletter

Minneapolis Connects: News and information from Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations

July 11, 2018

Meet the Director of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

Michelle Rivero Photo Portrait

NCR is excited to announce the hiring of the City of Minneapolis's Director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Michelle Cecilia Rivero.

Michelle brings more than 18 years of immigration law experience to the position. Her legal work has involved cases ranging from U visa and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) petitions to asylum applications and removal hearings.

Michelle has served as a longtime volunteer for the Advocates for Human Rights and the Minnesota Detention Project. She has also served as a liaison to the local immigration court and USCIS asylum office, and has worked to increase pro bono service in the immigration attorney community.


As Director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Michelle will provide guidance to elected leaders, policy makers and City staff on immigrant and refugee issues. Her office will recommend policies to the City Council, provide feedback to City departments during program development and connect residents to City resources. Read more...

Neighborhoods 2020 update

Neighborhoods 2020 work groups have been selected. The work groups will recommend policy related to the City's neighborhood organization system on program guidelines, funding structure, governance and the City of Minneapolis community engagement practices.

The work group on governance is still seeking applications from members of cultural communities to fill one of its seats. Read more and apply at Minneapolismn.gov/ncr/2020

Prepare for Natural Disasters: Ready Camp in Folwell and Cedar Riverside

Storm Scene over Skyline from Meet Minneapolis

Ready Camp is a free 2-day training course that teaches Minneapolis residents how to be resilient, prepare for and recover from natural or human-caused disasters with little assistance for 72 hours. This course contains important information about dealing with emergencies and keeping yourself, your family and your neighbors safe until emergency services arrive. 

Topics will include: community warning systems, emergency communications, severe weather signs, creating an emergency preparedness kit, and understanding pandemics and infectious diseases.

Folwell Recreation Center

1615 N Dowling Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55412
Monday, July 23 – 6:00-8:30 P.M.
Tuesday, July 24 – 6:00-8:30 P.M.


Cedar-Riverside Opportunity Center

*Somali interpretation onsite.

505 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55454
Tuesday, July 31 – 5:30-8:00 P.M.
Thursday, August 2 – 5:30-8:00 P.M.

For more information, email Nicole at nicole.prak@minneapolismn.gov.

Neighborhood & Community Engagement Commission Seeks Candidates from Southwest Neighborhoods by July 13.

Districts 2 and 6 are still seeking candidates to represent Southwest Minneapolis neighborhood organizations on the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) by Friday, July 13. 

Interested in serving? Download the application here and learn more about the NCEC here.  NCR will request electors from districts 2 and 6 neighborhoods once candidates are finalized, and a special election will be held at a later date.

Please send your applications for districts 2 and 6 candidacy to Cheyenne Brodeen at ncr@minneapolismn.gov. Call 612-673-3737 with questions. 

Collaborative Safety Strategies Projects Announced

2017 Collaborative Safety Strategies Grantee from Little Earth Presentation at 2018 Community Connections Conference

This June, the Minneapolis City Council approved funding for ten collaborative community projects that prevent violence and encourage positive, healthy public activities in four areas: Lake Street, Little Earth, Penn Avenue and Broadway Avenue.

Read about the projects on the Collaborative Safety Strategies web page Minneapolismn.gov/ncr/initiatives/css.

Pictured: 2017 Collaborative Safety Strategies Grantee from Little Earth Presentation at 2018 Community Connections Conference

National Night Out 2018 Registration Now Open


National Night Out is an annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, holding block parties and getting to know their neighbors as a way to encourage crime prevention. It's a great way to promote community-police partnerships and enjoy a Minnesota summer evening surrounded by friends and family. For more information, see the Minneapolis NNO mission statement.

To close your street, register your block for free before July 24, 2018.

Convenient Drop-off Events for Hazardous Waste

Woman holding hazardous waste

You can drop off your household hazardous wastes for free at any of these Hennepin County events in Minneapolis from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday-Saturday.

  • July 27-28, Jenny Lind Elementary School, 5025 Bryant Ave. N. (Enter off Dupont Avenue.)
  • Aug. 10-11, Anthony Middle School, 5757 Irving Ave. S. (Enter off Sunrise Drive.)
  • Aug. 17-18, South High School, 3131 19th Ave. S. (Enter off 21st Avenue South.)


View the list of eligible hazardous waste products and other information at www.hennepin.us/collectionevents. For questions, contact Hennepin County Environment and Energy at 612-348-3777 or environment@hennepin.us.

Public Assistance Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Update

In May 2018, enforcement began on an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in housing against renters on public assistance, including the Section 8 program. Enforcement has stopped until further notice due to a court decision. You can call the Civil Rights Department with questions at 612-673-3012 or email Abdifatah Mohamed at abdifatah.mohamed@minneapolismn.gov.

New Minimum Wage In Effect

Minimum Wage Graphic Chart

On July 1, 2018, the minimum wage in Minneapolis increased to $10.25 for small employers (100 or fewer employees) and $11.25 for large employers (over 100 employees). The minimum wage ordinance applies to anyone working in Minneapolis for at least two hours a week, and tips and gratuities do not count towards fulfilling the minimum wage. Workers are encouraged to report violations online to the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights.

Welcome, Steve Gallagher!

Steve Gallagher Portrait Photo 2018

Please join us in welcoming Steve Gallagher to the NCR team as our new Neighborhood Policy Specialist. Steve has worked with neighborhoods for 11 years through his previous position as Executive Director of Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO). At NCR, he will be leading the Neighborhoods 2020 efforts. We hope you will join us in wishing him good luck in this new role. You can reach Steve Gallagher at 612-673-2905 and Steven.Gallagher@minneapolismn.gov.


Neighborhood Resources

Whittier BIG IDEAS Grant

The BIG IDEAS grant will provide funding of up to $4,000 for a period of up to one year to support a project or program that engages and strengthens the Whittier neighborhood in Minneapolis. Read more on the Whittier Alliance website...

Grief After Community Violence

Coping with grief, resource for survivors of community violence, including understanding grief in adults and children (SAMHSA, 2014).

SAMHSA training and educational resources for response and recovery after disasters and traumatic events.



Neighborhood Jobs

Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association is hiring a community organizer.

East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association is seeking a part-time neighborhood coordinator.

Can neighborhoods get involved in elections? 

View NCR's answers to frequently asked questions on what 501(c)(3), City-recognized neighborhood organizations can and can't do during election season.


Upcoming Events




























Neighborhood and Community Relations Department


Director, David Rubedor 
Crown Roller Mill, Room 425
105 5th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 673-3737