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April 8, 2022

Rent Stabilization Update & Public Comment Period

Rent Stabilization feedback

This week, St Paul City Council approved a change to City code establishing duties for the Department of Safety & Inspections related to rent stabilization. These duties include: 

  1. Publicly declare rules that: a) Prescribe a uniform process for landlords to request exceptions to the limitation on rent increases. b) Define what constitutes a “reasonable return on investment” under Legislative Code Chapter 193A.05. c) Define a uniform process for appeals related to a landlord’s request for exceptions to the limitation on rent increases.
  2. Investigate complaints and process landlord requests submitted pursuant to Legislative Code Chapter 193A.
  3. Define a uniform process for intake, investigation and resolution of complaints related to violations of Legislative Code Chapter 193A.
  4. Appear at appeal hearings, provide staff reports and recommendations when necessary.
  5. Hire staff necessary to implement and enforce Legislative Code Chapter 193A.

Read the currently proposed rules for the Rent Stabilization Ordinance submit your feedback during the public comment period from April 7-22. Information at stpaul.gov/rent-stabilization-rulemaking.

rent stabilization

On Tuesday, April 12thfrom 6-8pm, the  rent stabilization stakeholders group will hold a public engagement session to hear input as to how rent stabilization should operate in Saint Paul.Attend the virtual meeting or submit written comments online.

Reparations Legislative Advisory Committee Sessions

Reparations Committee info sessions

Join the Reparations Legislative Advisory Committee at 1 of 4 sessions in April to learn more about their work and the ordinance proposal they’ve drafted to establish a permanent reparations commission in Saint Paul.

In-Person Sessions

  • Thursday, April 14th from 6-7p @ the Dayton's Bluff Rec Center (800 Conway St, St Paul)
  • Thursday, April 21st from 6-7p @ the Rondo Library (461 Dale St N)

Virtual Sessions - Co-hosted with the East Side Freedom Library, registration required

  • Friday, April 29th from 12-1p

Learn more and register at: https://tinyurl.com/2p84xucb

St Paul 30% AMI Deeply Affordable Housing Fund solicitation now open

affordable housing

The City of Saint Paul is excited to announce the release of the first solicitation for our 30% AMI Deeply Affordable Housing Fund.

Saint Paul’s current solicitation aims to deepen affordability in projects and facilitate the closing of projects within 2022. Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Anticipated closing date no later than the end of 2022;
  • New construction multi-family rental projects located in Saint Paul, with a total of 4 units or more;
  • At least 10% of the units are rent and income restricted to households earning 30% AMI or below;
  • At least 40% of the units are rent and income restricted at or below 60%; and
  • Applicants must commit to substantial, long-term affordability for a minimum of 30 years.

Apply today! Applications are due by Thursday, April 21, 2022, by 4:30 p.m.

Visit the City of Saint Paul website to learn more about the 30% AMI Deeply Affordable Housing Fund and the current solicitation.

Reasonable Accommodation Training

Reasonable Accommodation Training

Register on the Volunteer Lawyers Network website at vlnmn.org/events.

Purple Line Community and Business Advisory Committee

Purple Line Bus Rapid Transit

Apply by April 22 to be on the Purple Line Community and Business Advisory Committee!! www.metrotransit.org/purple-line-project

The METRO Purple Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is seeking people who live, work or own a business near Purple Line stations, as well as people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse perspectives to sit on the committee.

Apply to serve on the committee here (www.surveymonkey.com/r/CJWT9G6) or download an application form on the project website (www.metrotransit.org/purple-line-project). Submit applications, request a mailed paper copy and direct any questions to Purple Line Community Outreach and Engagement Lead, Liz Jones at elizabeth.jones@metrotransit.org or 651-602-1977.

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.

City Council Executive Assistant Job Opening!

St Paul City Hall

St Paul City Council is accepting applications for City Council Executive Assistant! Apply here now through April 11th! Current openings are with the Ward 4 office and the City Clerk office. Full employment information available at stpaul.gov/jobs

Neighborhood STAR Applications Now Open

Neighborhood Sales Tax Revitalization (STAR) Program

The Neighborhood STAR program provides loans and grants for capital improvement projects in Saint Paul neighborhoods.

Applications are now open for the 2022 funding cycle. Completed applications must be submitted by Wednesday, May 11 at 4 p.m.

All public, private, non-profit or for-profit entities located or doing business in Saint Paul are eligible to apply.

Find more details and a link to the application at stpaul.gov/nstar.

Pothole Patching

pothole repair

The snow is melting and that means POTHOLES. Please help get potholes filled faster by reporting them as soon as you see them! To report, call the 24/7 street maintenance line at 651-266-9700 or email potholes@stpaul.gov.

Curious about how potholes form? Want to learn the difference between winter and spring/summer/fall patching techniques? Need to submit a claim for vehicle damage from a pothole? Visit https://www.stpaul.gov/.../street.../pothole-patching.

Help envision the future River Learning Center

Mississippi river

Help the City of Saint Paul and Great River Passage Conservancy envision the future River Learning Center – a city-led project that will serve as a national gateway to the Mississippi River, with a National Park Service Headquarters and year-round outdoor recreation experiences. Learn more about this innovative community resource and share your thoughts on Thursday, April 14 from 7-8 p.m. at the next virtual community meeting.

Citywide Spring Cleanup

spring cleanup

Registration is open for the 2022 Citywide Spring Cleanup.
Join forces with friends, family and local organizations on Saturday, April 23 from 9-11:30am to help beautify Saint Paul parks and neighborhoods by collecting trash that has recently recently become exposed due to the melting snow.

Year Round STAR Grants

Ward 6 STAR funding

Do you own a business or run a non-profit in St Paul's 6th Ward? Are you in need of funding for a time-sensitive building repair or improvement?

You may be eligible for a Year-Round STAR Grant from Ward 6. Please email our office at Ward6@stpaul.gov with information on your project and to receive an application.

Applications are subject to approval from the St Paul STAR Board and St Paul City Council. Funding is given as reimbursement for approved expenses, up to $15,000 per project per year. 

COVID Resources

free covid tests

There is no longer a masking requirement for staff and visitors in City-controlled facilities. Face masks are still welcome and will be available for anyone wishing to wear one. Visit the COVID-19 Updates webpage for the latest information.

COVID Community Coordinators (CCCs) are community-based organizations that connect Minnesota’s diverse communities to COVID testing, vaccination, and other resources. Coordinators help community members find and get critical resources to deal with health concerns, as well as employment, food access, housing, child care, and legal rights. Search for a COVID Community Coordinator that fits your needs.

These COVID-19 testing sites are free and open to everyone who believes they need to be tested, with or without symptoms. Additional testing locations are open throughout the state. 

All Minnesotans are eligible for their COVID-19 booster shot. Make your appointment.