Ward 6 Weekly Update 2/18/2022

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February 18, 2022

2022 Legislative Agenda

Legislative Agenda

This week at City Council, we passed the St Paul 2022 State Legislative Agenda. Highlights include pushing for State financial support for: 

  • The Hillcrest Golf Course Redevelopment Site and the ReConnect Rondo Land Bridge
  • City unsheltered homeless services
  • State and local government tools that increase supply of housing units for our most vulnerable residents and expands tenant protections
  • Community First Public Safety investments, gun violence prevention, legalization of cannabis, post-conviction relief exceptions
  • Supporting new Americans
  • Supporting early childhood learning and caring
  • Improving city infrastructure, including streets, sidewalks and bikeways
  • Energy resilience and water treatment improvements

For the complete 2022 Legislative Agenda click here

Serve on Director Selection Advisory Panels for Parks & Recreation and Safety & Inspections

Community Advisory

Community members interested in serving on a community advisory panel are invited to apply now through March 1, 2022 here. Two panels will be formed, with one panel for the Parks & Recreation Department director position and one panel for the Department of Safety & Inspections director position 

Each panel will consist of up to 10 community members who will meet 2-3 times between late March and early April to provide input on interview questions, review application materials, and conduct interviews of candidates. Once they finish their review process, each panel will provide their feedback to the Mayor who will conduct final interviews and selections. Interested members of our community can apply to serve on a community advisory panel here 

Energy 4 Equity with the Payne Phalen Community Council


The Payne Phalen Community Council (PPCC) is partnering with Streetwyze in the Energy 4 Equity Project – a collaboration with low-income communities of color aimed at reducing the burden of high energy costs. They will be hiring five trainers to learn and teach a community mapping tool called “Streetwyze” that helps everyday people share their voice about issues that are important to them in their community. Trainers/educators are paid $20 hourly wage. Work hours are flexible, about 100 hours throughout the year. No application or resumes needed; just an earnest interest in the future of our communities and our planet! For more information, see http://paynephalen.org/engage/ or contact jackbyers@paynephalen.org.

Be a Right Track Employer!

Right Track call for employers

Business leaders: Help cultivate Saint Paul’s future workforce.
The workforce of the future will be made up of young, diverse talent – and Right Track, the City of Saint Paul’s official youth employment and training program, can help connect you! Regardless of the industry or organizational structure, your company will truly benefit from mentoring Saint Paul youth. Employer applications to host a Saint Paul intern for 2022 are now open! Learn more and reach out to Shaina Abraham at shaina.abraham@ci.stpaul.mn.us to get started on investing in our collective future today.

1-4 Unit Housing Zoning Changes

housing study

Join City staff, District Council representatives, and residents at the upcoming virtual engagement sessions to share input for Phase 2 of the 1-4 Unit Housing Study! One more session: 6:30 pm March 2 (Wed).

This study is exploring the potential to create more neighborhood-scale housing types that are missing across the city.

Attendees will see a presentation on the study and take part in small group discussions on neighborhood-scale housing types and potential opportunities for the City to add more housing.

For a link to attend the virtual meeting and to learn more, visit www.EngageStPaul.org/1to4HousingStudy.

Contact Us

Email: ward6@stpaul.gov

Phone: 651-266-8660

Facebook: NelsieYangWard6

Twitter: @NelsieYangCM

Meet & Greet phone call appointments are available on Thursdays. Register online at stpaul.gov/ward6.

New Resources for Homeownership

homeownership programs

The City of Saint Paul is partnering with the Minnesota Homeownership Center to create and administer the new Saint Paul Homeownership Preservation Program.

The program will provide foreclosure prevention advising and potential financial assistance to struggling homeowners within the city limits.

Learn more here on stpaul.gov

A Mask for Everyone Initiative


A Mask for Everyone is a Ramsey County initiative to ensure that individuals and families - specifically racially, ethnically and culturally diverse communities - have access to free masks to reduce transmission of COVID-19, accurate information about the importance of wearing a mask, and instructions on proper use of masks.

Together, we want to help protect our residents and keep our communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Free masks are available to Ramsey County residents only. Masks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. You can request up to five masks per person, limit of 20 total masks per household.

Get your masks here.

Get Boosted

booster shot

All Minnesotans are now eligible for their COVID-19 booster shot!
 Officials have authorized 'mixing and matching' COVID-19 vaccine boosters, meaning anybody who is eligible to get a booster shot can get either the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson booster shot regardless of what they received for their primary series. Make your appointment!

MN's Kid Deserve a Shot Incentive

kids deserve a shot

$200 Visa gift card: The State of Minnesota is offering $200 Visa gift cards to families in Minnesota who get their 5-11-year-olds fully vaccinated in January and February. To be eligible, kids in Minnesota ages 5-11 must receive their first and second dose between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28. 

Test at Home for FREE

covid tests . gov

Order free, at home, COVID-19 tests from the federal government. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order up to four free at-home tests. All tests distributed as part of this program are FDA-authorized at-home rapid antigen tests, not PCR tests. These tests provide results within 30 minutes and no lab drop-off is required. Learn more about ordering a test from these frequently asked questions.

Need an in-person test?

covid swab

Need an in-person saliva or rapid test? The State of Minnesota and Ramsey County are operating COVID-19 testing sites that are free and open to everyone who believes they need to be tested, with or without symptoms.

The State of Minnesota offers community testing at multiple locations. Currently, the closest Saint Paul locations include Roy Wilkins Auditorium and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport in Terminal 1. Appointments can be made through the Vault Health registration site. Walk-ins are also accepted. 

Additional testing locations are open throughout the state.