Ward 8 Update: January 11th, 2019

CM Andrea Jenkins



Office Hours: Monday 9-11 a.m.

Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.

CM Jenkins to host a Coffee Summit on January 22nd, 2019 at Blackeye Roasting Co.


What: Please join us for an evening of community conversation and dialogue centered around racial healing, while thoroughly recognizing the harm of profiling African Americans in retail and service establishments that has been so prevalent in the news lately. It will also focus on issues of gentrification and what that means for community dynamics. This event will take place on the National Day of Racial Healing. Food will be provided.

When: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 at 6 pm 

Where: Blackeye Roasting Co., 3740 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Community Inauguration with Keith Ellison at Sabathani Community Center on Friday, January 18th

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Join us at the Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street Minneapolis MN 55409, on Friday, January 18th for a community inauguration and celebration with Attorney General Keith Ellison!

Community Inauguration Program: 6:30-7:15 pm (Auditorium)

Reception: 7:30-9:00 pm (Gymnasium)

Please register for your free tickets at http://bit.ly/2FklrsD

Reach out to transition@keithellison.org with any questions.

Navigation Center expands capacity to accommodate 148 people, Franklin/Hiawatha encampment site closes

The temporary Navigation Center has welcomed 148 people previously living at the nearby Franklin/Hiawatha homeless encampment.

The Red Lake Nation and Simpson Housing Services have partnered to oversee the center in south Minneapolis with support from a coalition of government and community partners, including the City of Minneapolis, which provided funding for the three large sprung structures at the site owned by the Red Lake Nation. It is a safe, warm and service-rich environment. 

Coalition partners have done extensive outreach to help people living in the encampment transition to the Navigation Center or identify alternative options. With the transition of those staying in the encampment now voluntarily shifted to the Navigation Center, the encampment site closed as of Friday, Dec. 21. Services, including hot meals, portable toilets and hand-washing stations, among other things, will only be offered at the Navigation Center. The winding down of services and debris removal had been ongoing for the previous week.

The Red Lake Nation has a service coordinator at the Navigation Center coordinating services among a network of government and nonprofit agencies working to assist residents with a wide range of services, including traditional Native healing, housing and case management and substance use treatment.

To date, partners involved in outreach at the encampment have assisted more than 100 people with securing access to permanent supportive housing. Twenty-eight families have also moved to family shelter.

This coalition, along with state and regional governments and community agencies, are actively working on policy and program recommendations for long term solutions to homelessness, including housing geared toward Native Americans experiencing chronic homelessness.

Reserve your free spot now at the 2019 Community Connections Conference


Sign up now for the 2019 Community Connections Conference Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Minneapolis Convention Center. This year's theme will be “Together: Mobilizing for a Better Minneapolis.” The free conference exists to build connections and foster collaboration between community, neighborhoods and government. Last year's event had more than 690 attendees from all over Minneapolis.

New this year, the conference will host a legal clinic on immigration, family law and housing issues. The exhibit hall will feature a neighborhood organization showcase and information on City of Minneapolis appointed boards and commissions. You can apply to serve on a board or commission that focuses on the issues you care about. City staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Metro Transit will provide complimentary bus passes for transportation to the conference.


Register through Eventbrite here.

Want to help spread the word?

Email Rebekah.Tedrick-Moutz@minneapolismn.gov to request printed flyers, or share the Facebook event.

Openings on Violence Prevention Steering Committee


The Violence Prevention Steering Committee, created in 2018, has several open positions for City Council and mayor appointments. Applications are open now until filled.

Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis help shape key policy decisions, give community-based input into the City’s administration of services and supply valuable insights. The City seeks applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City. Translation and interpreting services are available on request so all residents can participate.

The Violence Prevention Steering Committee’s roles include:

  • Overseeing the general implementation of the City’s comprehensive violence prevention strategic plan including prioritizing focus areas, making decisions about programming and resources, and informing future violence prevention work in the City.
  • Providing advice, recommendations and support with high level strategic policy and legislative issues.

People can apply and stay up to date on vacancies, position descriptions and timelines by visiting the open position pages.

Youth employment program now accepting applications for 2019 summer internships


The City of Minneapolis youth employment program Step Up has begun accepting applications for 2019 summer internship placements. Eligible Minneapolis youths ages 14-21 who are interested in participating in the Step Up class of 2019 have until Feb. 10 to complete an application online.

Step Up prepares Minneapolis youths for tomorrow’s careers. As one of the country’s leading youth employment programs, Step Up recruits, trains and places nearly 1,600 young people in paid internships at more than 200 employers each year. With a collective of partners spanning 15 industries and multiple sectors, Step Up is the largest and most enduring program of its kind in our region. It’s a backbone of support that unites businesses, schools, nonprofits and the City together in a common goal: to build and strengthen our future economy and the talented youths who will power it.

After Step Up applicants are accepted to the program, they must complete work readiness training certified by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber and then are matched with employers based on their skills and interests and the employers’ needs. Interns work part or full-time from June 17 to Aug. 16, and many also participate in additional professional development opportunities throughout the summer.

Step Up supports historically underrepresented youths in Minneapolis who are ready to navigate the professional world. The program helps organizations diversify their workforce and build a base of young, skilled workers for the entire region. Step Up has provided more than 27,000 internships since 2003, yielding a competitive talent pipeline, a stronger economy and millions of dollars in wages for Step Up interns.

Step Up is an investment in the future. By investing in the talent that will power Minneapolis for decades to come, businesses are helping to build a competitive regional workforce.

Businesses, public agencies and nonprofits interested in employing interns in 2019 can find information on the City of Minneapolis Step Up website.

Step Up is a partnership of the City of Minneapolis, AchieveMpls, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Project for Pride in Living.

To learn more or access the online Step Up application, visit the City of Minneapolis website. You can also follow Step Up on Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat @STEPUPMpls, like Step Up on Facebook or join the conversation at #STEPUPMpls.

35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown Update: 24-hour pipe work on I-35W begins Jan. 14

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Beginning Mon, Jan. 14, crews will line the storm sewer under I-35W between 33rd St. and 43rd St. to restore and repair the pipe. Crews will be working in the closed center portion of I-35W and there will be no additional traffic impacts on I-35W. Once this pipe-lining process is started, it cannot be stopped, which means crews will be working 24-hours a day for two weeks until the pipe is fully lined. Overnight work will include using lights and generators. We will do our best to minimize noise.

About the pipe lining process

The method to repair the pipe is Cured-in-Place-Pipe lining. The liner is inserted down into the sewer pipe and spreads out into the pipe by filling the liner with large volumes of water or steam. Hot water or steam is added until the heat-activated resin in the liner hardens to form a rigid new pipe inside the existing pipe.

Stevens Avenue closure begins Jan. 14

As work continues near the new southbound I-35W bridge over 31st St., we need to close Stevens Ave. for one block to work on the retaining wall along Stevens Ave. Currently, there is one lane of traffic allowed on Stevens Ave. Beginning Mon, Jan. 14, Stevens Ave. will be closed between 31st St. and 32nd St. This section of Stevens Ave. will remain closed until early February.

More about this project

To learn more, including all current traffic impacts and detour routes, visit the project website at: mndot.gov/35w94

Metro Transit bus routes will be impacted as a result of construction. For updated route information, and to sign up for Rider Alerts, visit metrotransit.org/35W.

Minnesota Valley Transit Authority routes will be impacted as a result of construction. For updated route information, visit mvta.com

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For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit 511mn.org/ or dial 5-1-1. 

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