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April 1, 2020

Stay at home order in effect until April 10

Stay Home Minnesota, what you can and cannot do during the stay at home order

The Minnesota Department of Health is leading the statewide response to the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic, and Minnesota is under stay at home orders March 27-April 10 to save lives. The City is working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health and Hennepin County to respond. Right now the most important thing for everyone to do is help keep the disease from spreading.


To find more resources about COVID-19:

Impacts on public services

You can visit the City's coronavirus impacts to services web page to view a running list of adjustments to public services that the City and other institutions are making, including meetings & hearingssolid waste & recyclingwaterutility billingservice countersparksschoolsHennepin County and MetroTransit.

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Resources and how to help

Several companies, agencies and institutions are providing assistance in Minneapolis.

Visit the community support page to find resources for topics, including job loss, health insurance, housing, utility bills and how to use free, unlimited internet access across the city.

Sign up for City COVID-19 newsletter

The City of Minneapolis is launching a newsletter with updates and information about coronavirus disease 19, the City’s response and the impacts to our services. It also lists resources for workers, renters, communities and businesses.

Sign up for updates here to get the newsletter delivered to your inbox.

Mayor Frey, Police Chief Arradondo denounce discrimination against Asian Americans

There have been increased incidents and attacks against Asian American communities across the nation as a result of racism coupled with coronavirus fears. Watch and share Mayor Frey and Chief Arradondo's video to learn about how the City is responding.

Call 311 to report discriminatory actions to the City's Civil Rights Department and call 911 in an emergency.

Download and share "viruses don't discriminate" and other posters from the Minnesota Department of Health.

  Viruses don't discriminate. Stigma will NOT fight coronavirus. Sharing accurate information will. LEARN MORE: health.mn.gov

Census Day is April 1

We count video still. Community members hold letters that spell the phrase We count.

You can fill out your census form online or over the phone today in twelve languages. Data from the responses to the 2020 census will determine how the federal government will distribute congressional representation and billions of dollars to communities over the next decade.

Under-counted communities could face:

  • Diluted political representation.
  • Under-funded schools.
  • Under-funded health programs, social programs, roads and infrastructure.
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Get counted and make sure your community is counted as well

Non-English census options

You can fill out the census in twelve languages online or by phone. For 59 languages, there are census guides that can be used as a reference that show translations of the English form.

Offline options and assistance 

Deadline extended to apply for funding for leadership development and community engagement projects

Immigrant Women's Network CAPI 2017 (One Minneapolis Fund Recipient)

The deadline to apply for the One Minneapolis Fund has been extended to May 1.

Cultural and community nonprofit organizations, you're invited to apply for funding for leadership development and community engagement projects in Minneapolis through the One Minneapolis Fund.

Read more and view answers to frequently asked questions on the One Minneapolis Fund web page.

City-designated neighborhood organizations receiving CPP funding are ineligible to apply directly, but may partner with other organizations on eligible projects.

Pictured: CAPI USA's One Minneapolis Fund project from 2015, Immigrant Women's Network

Community Connections spring learning labs move online during stay at home order

Spring 2019 Effectively Planning for Community Engagement learning lab attendees conversing

Neighborhood organization staff and volunteers, community partners and City staff are invited to join NCR's community engagement team for a series of free learning labs about how to do effective, inclusive community engagement.

Learning labs have moved online during the statewide COVID-19 stay at home order.

You can view the learning lab schedule and register here.

Find more information about the Community Connections learning lab series and sign up to get notifications when new classes are announced at Minneapolismn.gov/ncr/learninglabs.

Public comment period for Neighborhoods 2020 draft program guidelines extended to July 15

Collage of Neighborhoods 2020 community meetings from 2016

The public comment period has been extended through July 15 for the Neighborhoods 2020 draft program guidelines on neighborhood programming and funding to support the City’s 70 neighborhood organizations in 2021 and beyond. 

During the extended public comment period, NCR will expand our outreach and hold additional virtual public meetings.

The April 2 informational meeting will now be in a virtual, webinar format to comply with the governor's COVID-19 stay at home order. Staff will present information about the guidelines and participants will be able ask questions via the chat feature.

To join the meeting:

Because the coronavirus outbreak creates uncertainty in this process, the Neighborhoods 2020 steering committee will continuously reevaluate the situation and may make further changes to this time frame. Read more...

Find more information about Neighborhoods 2020 and its process here.

Neighborhood organization services during coronavirus response

Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) staff have shifted to remote work. You can reach staff through voicemail or email.

Neighborhood bylaws, City contracts and public meetings

NCR will not enforce the open meeting provision within Community Participation Program contracts during the coronavirus outbreak. Neighborhood organizations will not be in violation of their bylaws for holding online meetings during this unprecedented time.

Organizations may wish to explore alternative methods to host gatherings, such as:

  • Facebook Live
  • Social Pinpoint
  • GoToMeeting
  • Zoom
  • Skype
  • Twitter/Facebook polling
  • Survey Monkey
  • Mentimeter
  • Social media posts including boosted posts and advertising
  • Web materials
  • Videos
  • Mass emails
  • Phone calls

Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) Plan Modifications

The NRP Policy Board will not meet during the outbreak per direction from the City Clerk. This means that NCR is unable to process plan modifications over $100,000 until NRP Policy Board meetings resume.

As all NRP plan modifications over $25,000 require a community meeting, if you need to submit a plan modification of over $25,000, please reach out to your neighborhood specialist as soon as possible to discuss options.

How neighborhoods are supporting the community during the COVID-19 outbreak

Here are some actions neighborhood organizations are already taking:

  • Sharing accurate information and dispelling misinformation.
  • Helping neighbors in need.
  • Organizing mutual aid such as grocery delivery, checking in with neighbors, or sharing supplies, knowledge or skills.

Some examples include the Sheridan Support Network For COVID-19 and the Folwell community resource page and #FolwellStrong activities. You can reach out to your neighborhood specialist for more ideas.

Job opening at Webber Camden

Webber-Camden Neighborhood Organization is hiring an executive director. Read more and apply by April 19.

Transportation Action Plan open houses move online

Transportation Action Plan illustration of biking walking bus and scooter

All in-person engagement meetings to collect public input on the draft Transportation Action Plan have moved online. This 10-year action plan will guide planning, design and implementation of transportation projects for all people and modes of transportation.

Respond on our interactive website

Check out the draft Transportation Action Plan website to read the draft plan and provide feedback. The interactive website includes opportunities to provide your input on specific strategies and actions.

Attend an upcoming online open house

We’re planning a series of online open houses to get your input on the plan. Join us to hear about the plan and interact in real time.

  • 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, April 13

Find updates on the Transportation Action Plan website.

Minneapolis, Saint Paul announce new, lower speed limits

Crowd holding signs reading 20 is Plenty. Slower is Safer.

The Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul announced plans to lower speed limits to support safer streets.

New speed limits will be 20 mph for local residential streets; 25 mph for larger, arterial city-owned streets; and 30 or more for a few city-owned streets. By Minnesota law, cities do not have authority to change speed limits on county and MnDOT roads. Speed limits on these streets in Minneapolis and Saint Paul will not change.

The lower speed limits are in line with national trends toward lower urban speed limits to support safety. Lower traffic speeds reduce the likelihood of a crash and make all types of crashes less likely to lead to death or a life-changing injury. A person hit at 35 mph is three times as likely to die as someone hit at 25 mph. Read more...

City Council approves buyout of Kmart lease, paving way for reopening of Nicollet

The City Council has authorized City staff to move forward with an agreement to terminate the Kmart store’s leases at 10 W. Lake St. early – a major development in long-time efforts to reopen Nicollet.

City staff will begin the process of preparing to move ahead with demolishing the structures on the Kmart site later this year and working with the community on a new street and a new development vision for the site. Read more...

Minneapolis property owners can buy a low-cost tree now

city trees

The City of Minneapolis offers twice as many low-cost trees this year for property owners to plant on their private property. About 2,000 Minneapolis property owners will each be able to order a 3- to 8-foot tree for $25 to plant in their yards. This year, Minneapolis property owners who haven’t gotten a tree in the City Trees program in the last three years will get a chance to order a tree earlier.

The 22 varieties available this year include large species, flowering trees and several kinds of fruit trees. Comparable trees cost about $125 at a nursery.

  • Low-cost trees are available first-come, first-served for Minneapolis residents, businesses and nonprofits.
  • Limit one tree per address.
  • Trees must be picked up May 16, 17 or 18 at the City of Minneapolis Impound Lot. Volunteers onsite will help load each new tree and a complimentary bag of mulch into vehicles. Order your tree here.


Minneapolis Connects is published by the City of Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations department (NCR). If you have stories or community events that should be included in next month's edition, email rebekah.tedrick-moutz@minneapolismn.gov.

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