Racial equity analysis from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs

Neighborhoods 2020

Update on Neighborhoods 2020 from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs

The following is an excerpt from a message sent from the University of Minnesota's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) to Neighborhoods 2020 stakeholders.

Neighborhoods 2020 stakeholders,

Over the past couple months, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) has meet with an array of stakeholders to create a Racial Equity Analysis of previous funding and programs of neighborhood organizations. This was the first step in the process to create the new neighborhood guidelines. If you were not able to attend the large neighborhood meetings and wish to view the Racial Equity Analysis and a report on the meetings overall they are attached to this email.

CURA reviewed previous and current funding patterns, previous evaluations, and the Board Diversity Surveys to complete their Racial Equity Analysis. CURA has further developed draft funding formulas to demonstrate what a racial equity funding formula may look like. These are proportional formulas to see what an allocation pattern may look like throughout the neighborhood system and are not intended to reflect specific allocations yet. The City of Minneapolis’ Neighborhoods 2020 Steering Committee has not recommended any allocation formula nor has it made a recommendation on base funding. Therefore, any document detailing allocations to neighborhoods would be premature.

Based on the research conducted, interviews with neighborhood representatives, BIPOC representatives and those who are not involved with neighborhood organization, CURA is working with NCR to create guidelines for the program. These guidelines will be the basis for the next iteration of neighborhood programming to be presented to the City Council.

The future timeline of events is as follows:

  • January 30: Draft guidelines developed
  • February 1: Draft guidelines presented at the Community Connections Conference
  • February 3: PECE Committee presentation on Racial Equity Analysis
  • February 10: Release of proposed guidelines – 45-day Public Comment starts
  • March 31: Public Comment period closes
  • April 6 or 20: PECE Committee Presentation/Public Hearing
  • May: City Council approval

NCR will ensure residents and neighborhoods are updated on the timeline and any changes moving forward. Periodically, we will send a progress report on the status of Neighborhoods 2020. In the meantime, please register for the Community Connections Conference at minneapolismn.gov/connectionsconf.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact C. Terrance (canders@umn.edu), CURA’s Director of Community Based Research Programs or Steven Gallagher (steven.gallagher@minneapolismn.gov), NCR’s Policy Specialist.

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact Nick Ngo at ncr@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-3737. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000.  TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626. Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-673-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.