Growing Minneapolis September: News and Information from the City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development

Growing Mpls 2

September 2021

Homeownership Support Programs

Minnesota Homeownership Center logo

The City is partnering with Hennepin County and Minnesota Homeownership Center to create and administer the Hennepin Homeownership Preservation Program (HHPP). HHPP promotes foreclosure prevention advising to residents of Hennepin County, including the City of Minneapolis. Limited financial assistance for past due mortgage and utility payments will be available to homeowners who are below 50% of area median income (AMI), were economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and have completed foreclosure counseling.

Learn more about full program guidelines. Call 651-236-8952 for more information.

The City is also supporting City Lakes Community Land Trust (CLCLT) with their Project: Sustained Legacy (P:SL) which focuses on assisting existing homeowners facing potential loss of housing while remaining in their home. CLCLT invests in debt restructuring for a sustainable housing payment and/or significant rehabilitation in exchange for the homeowner enrolling in a perpetually affordable housing model that will sustain a home’s affordability to future purchasers.

Career Search Services

professional head-shots of people looking for a career

The Dislocated Worker Program offers free career planning and job search services to workers that lose their job through no fault of their own. You may be eligible for Dislocated Worker Services if you have been laid off (did not quit or were not fired), are unlikely to return to your previous occupation or industry, and eligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits. Fill out an Interest Form

Your local CareerForce location can help: Your local CareerForce center can help you identify transferrable skills and obtain a new job. 

The majority of currently enrolled people in training have been able to access classes online and for those that are looking for work, the City continues to help with job search activities such as resume review and interview skills coaching. If you know of someone who has been laid off due to no fault of their own, they can also call: 651-539-4421 or 952-417-2108 to be connected to a program counselor.

Trans Equity Summit


Connect with your community on October 3 and 4 at the eighth annual Trans Equity Summit! The theme is "Routes to joy, community and social change." Our annual Trans Equity Summit celebrates our trans and gender non-conforming community. There will be in-person and online programming. The summit is free and open to all.

May it help illuminate paths toward joy, each other and the creation of something new.

Engagement meeting about local historic designation study of Fire Station 24

old fire station with firetruck outside of the building

image of Fire Station 24 from Minnesota Historical Society

The community is invited to discuss the local historic designation study of Fire Station 24 (located at 4501 Hiawatha Avenue, Minneapolis). This study is funded by a Minnesota Historical Society Legacy Grant. CPED Historic Preservation staff will open the meeting and then will have a local historic preservation consultant, the 106 Group, conduct the meeting. The 106 Group is researching the history of the building and writing the historic designation study for the City. This meeting will go over the results of the research and designation study.

Join the event on September 20, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.

Join through Microsoft Teams 

Or call in (audio only) +1 612-276-6670,,392583470# United States, Minneapolis Phone Conference ID: 392 583 470#
Find a local number

Partner Profile

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis

JFCS logo

JFCS has been a partner of Minneapolis Employment and Training since 2006, providing a variety of employment services to Minneapolis residents, including those who were displaced from the workforce by the COVID pandemic. A highlight of the work of JFCS is working with job seekers who are interested in a career in tech. Experienced job counselors assist participants in selecting and training for tech careers with MSP TechHire, which provides scholarships that enable participants to obtain highly marketable credentials as network administrators, full-stack software engineers and UX designers.

Since January 2021, JFCS supported 79 low-income Minneapolis job seekers in this pathway, with 52 participants completing training, 33 of whom are now employed in the tech sector. In addition to helping participants find and select the right tech training, JFCS counselors assist with job search upon graduation, provide support while training, and have the ability to helping participants who may experience financial challenges or emergencies while in training. 


WomenVenture Overview
Thursday, September 16 | 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Come learn about the programs WomenVenture offers at their free information session. A valuable coupon for WomenVenture's Getting Ready class is provided to every attendee at the Entrepreneurship Information Sessions (Information Session attendance is required prior to Getting Ready class enrollment in order to receive the coupon and discount).

More Information


Twin Cities Start Up Week
Friday, September 17 – Friday, September 24

Twin Cities Start Up Week 2021 logo

In every corner of the Twin Cities Metro Area there's a hacker, builder, artist, engineer, and entrepreneur whose efforts power the future economic vitality of this great state. The Twin Cities Start Up Week celebrates their efforts in the form of attention, praise, and investment. It's an entire week of Minnesota-made innovations on display. #TCSW21

More Information


Thinking About Business Workshop
Every third Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Are you thinking about starting a business? Join every third Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. for the Thinking About Business Workshop through ZOOM (free of cost). Log in information will be sent out 1 week before the workshop. The workshop will walk you through some business basics and brainstorm how to turn your idea into a reality. You'll connect with an expert business advisor and learn how to create a business plan.

More Information

New/Expanding Businesses




In the News

Get homestyle cooking at Minneapolis' new Soul to Soul Smokehouse and CHX restaurants
Read in the Star Tribune

Black Business Spotlight: CHX
Read in Minnesota Spokesman Recorder

Sioux Chef’s Owamni Restaurant Opens
Read in The Circle

Tourism industry starts to return in Minneapolis: 'We were devastated'
Read in the Star Tribune

Suspension of License Fees
Read in the Longfellow Business Association

Twin Cities Startup Week Leans Into Arts and Culture
Read in Twin Cities Business

About this Newsletter

Growing Minneapolis is published monthly by the City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department. If you have questions, please contact

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please call 311 at 612-673-3000.

People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-263-6850.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-673-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.