Ward 6 Weekly Update 2/25/2022

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February 25, 2022

Creating the Office of Neighborhood Safety

Office of Neighborhood Safety

I'm proud to be a sponsor of Ordinance 22-9 that passed this week, creating the Office of Neighborhood Safety and immigrant and refugee program!

The Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS), will be a safety-focused public office outside of the Police Department with programs that are community-centered and non-punitive, where community participation is a key element of operations.

The ONS aim will be to increase public safety using a combination of community engagement and data-informed strategies to invest in residents and neighborhoods that creates a safer, more secure Saint Paul utilizing individuals who have experience or knowledge of the criminal justice system, restorative justice, human services, public safety, and public policy to implement community-based safety initiatives

The Office of Neighborhood Safety will:

  • be city-staffed office focusing on gun violence, youth violence, group-based violence, and structural violence
  • provide youth (under 24) programming
  • focus on helping neighborhoods most impacted by violence
  • focus on prevention programming and interruption, reconciliation/healing
  • have an advisory council
  • create volunteer opportunities
  • partner with other government entities and community-based organizations

This work is important, and I am proud to push for this change in our St Paul justice system.

Read the full resolution here

East 7th St. and Arcade St. Design Survey

street redesign map

MnDOT is improving safety for all users along East 7th St. (Hwy 5) and Arcade St. (Hwy 61), all the way from I-94 in Saint Paul to Roselawn Ave in Maplewood. Design and engineering are underway, and construction is anticipated to begin in summer 2024. Improvements for this project area include: 

  • ADA accessibility improvements 
  • Safety improvements for people walking and rolling
  • Curb and sidewalk improvements
  • Lighting improvements
  • Traffic light replacements
  • Roadway resurfacing
  • Stormwater drainage updates 

Using community feedback in 2021, MnDOT has put together some design ideas for improvements along East 7th St. and Arcade St. Give your feedback on these design plans through this survey through March 1st!

Youth Jobs through Right Track!

Right Track at City Council

The deadline to apply for Right Track is fast approaching!
If you are looking for summer employment, apply to Right Track here. Applications close on February 28th!

About Right Track Youth Jobs 1 (YJ1):

YJ1 provides you the opportunity to develop fundamental job skills to build on throughout your life. Learning about time management, teamwork, responsibility, and initiative will help you now as a teen and as an adult. Most positions work at community organizations, recreation centers, and other city of Saint Paul offices for 15 hours a week and earn minimum wage, the skills learned will be transferable to any position in your future. Some examples of positions are working with younger youth, filing/office support, selling concessions, gardening, mentoring, working with technology or media and more.  

About Right Track Youth Jobs 2 (YJ2): 

YJ2 provides you access to resume building internships in a variety of professional settings. Interns are placed at for profit, nonprofit, and public sector agencies throughout Saint Paul. Interns earn at least $13.00 an hour and work between 15 and 40 hours a week. As a YJ2 intern you may work at a fortune 500 company, with a small nonprofit, or even at a family-owned business. Every opportunity is unique and allows you the opportunity to grow and develop new skills within or outside of the field you are interested in. Some examples of positions are bank teller, engineering aid, desktop support, marketing, media production, health care, and more. 

About Right Track Youth Jobs Pro: 

Advanced internships run by partner organizations that build skills for specific careers.

​Right Track encourages participation by persons with disabilities.  If you need an accommodation to fully participate in the Right Track program, contact Right Track staff directly at RightTrack@ci.stpaul.mn.us or call us at (651) 266-6363

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.

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.

MN's Kid Deserve a Shot Incentive

vaccinated child

The MN "Kid's Deserve a Shot" $200 Visa gift card incentive ends on Feb 28th!
 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. Click here to register online to receive the $200 Visa gift card.

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.

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

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!

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.