Ward 6 Weekly Update 5/13/2022

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May 13, 2022

Hmong Day Celebration

Hmoob Day

St Paul City Council proclaims May 14, 2022 as Hmong Day!

May 14, 2022 marks the forty-seventh anniversary of the evacuation of General Vang Pao and the Hmong people out of Long Cheng. That day led to the introduction of the spoken and written name of Hmong to the United States personnel working in Thailand and the U.S. government; and thereafter the name Hmong was recognized and used in the U.S. official documentation of the Hmong people. 

Many Hmong refugees and their families took refuge to the U.S., and today over 80,000 Hmong Americans are residents of Minnesota!

Come celebrate Hmoob Day 2022 at Lake Phalen PavilionSaturday, May 14th from 10 am–10 pm. This event is free and open to all. 

AAPI Business Expo on Saturday!

AAPI Small Business Expo

Enhance your entrepreneurial knowledge at the upcoming business-to-business showcase & networking event of the year! AAPI Small Business Expo will provide information and resources to help small business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs take their business to the next level. Presented by the Minnesota Hmong Chamber of Commerce (MHCC) and partner organizations, this event is open to ALL BUSINESSES and ENTREPRENEURS. May 14th at Metropolitan State University from 9am-6pm! More at aapibusinessexpo.com.

2023 City Budget Feedback

2023 city budget

Share your input on the 2023 City Budget! There will be a series of 5 virtual community conversations this spring for community engagement to shape the 2023 city budget.  

Led by the Office of Financial Services in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office, these 5 virtual community conversations will be held on Microsoft Teams, will be free, and open to the public. Community members interested in participating can register here.  Dates below:   

  • Thursday, May 12 – 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, May 19 – 9-10 a.m. 
  • Tuesday, May 24 – 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, June 2 – 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

  For more information, visit stpaul.gov/budget-events.

St Paul Storm Response

fallen branches

Fallen trees or branches? Hanging tree limbs that look like they may fall? If it's in a park, boulevard, or right-of-way (close to the street on private property), contact Saint Paul Forestry at 651-266-6400 M-F, 7:30am-4:30pm, or email forestry@stpaul.gov. For downed trees blocking a roadway, the 24/7 Maintenance Hotline 651-266-9700 is here to help. If you suspect a tree is in contact with energized wire, stay away and call 911 to report!

More on St Paul's Storm Response (like what to do with downed branches on your property) visit https://www.stpaul.gov/.../natura.../forestry/storm-response.

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.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Event this Saturday!

EV Spot Network

I'm excited to share about the launch of the St Paul - Minneapolis Electric Vehicle (EV) Spot Network! Our Ward 6 office is incredibly grateful to the partnership with the Payne Phalen District Council for leading and partnering with Hourcars to help make today possible. Sign up to use the vehicle network at https://eviecarshare.com!

The EV Spot Network is a series of 70 renewably-powered curbside EV Spot Charging locations within Saint Paul and Minneapolis that offer public access to the new all-electric Evie carshare service and the EV spot electric charging stations. The carshare network is the first 100% renewably-powered municipally-owned carshare in the country and provides our residents with cleaner and more affordable transportation options.

Internet through the Affordable Connectivity Program

computer and phone

The Affordable Connectivity Program is an federal benefit program that helps ensure households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.

The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households. You can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet

Learn more about providers at www.fcc.gov/acp

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

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.