Ward 6 Weekly Update 6/24/2022

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June 24, 2022

Twin Cities Pride Festival, Parade, and More!

Twin Cities Pride

Twin Cities Pride Festival

June 25 - June 26, Loring Park 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis, MN

The 50th annual Twin Cities Pride Festival will be held at Loring Park on June 25 - 26, 2022 and will feature local BIPOC and LGBTQ+ vendors, food courts, a beer garden, and music stages.

Twin Cities LGBTQ+ Pride March Honoring Ashley Rukes

The Twin Cities LGBTQ+ Pride March celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Twin Cities Pride will be taking place on Sunday, June 26, 2022. The MARCH/PARADE starts at 7th & Hennepin and proceeds down Hennepin to Spruce then into Loring Park. 

Many more events to join in at Twin Cities Pride Events!

First Award from 30% AMI Deeply Affordable Housing Fund Announced

affordable housing

This Wednesday, City Council and the Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) approved the first funding allocation for a project utilizing the City’s 30% AMI Deeply Affordable Housing Fund

The Twelve-22 project, located at 1222 University Avenue, will add 55 affordable units to the City’s housing stock. The development will include 15 deeply affordable units at 30% of Area Median Income (AMI) and 40 units affordable at 60% of AMI. The developer, JB Vang, has made a 50-year commitment to affordability for all units. 

The City’s investment is being made in conjunction with Ramsey County, which has also dedicated $37 million of ARPA funds for deeply affordable housing. This collaboration will infuse more than $74 million of federal funding into deeply affordable housing throughout Saint Paul and Ramsey County. 

Details on how Area Median Income is calculated here.

River Balcony - Community Open House - Sat, June 25

River Balcony community open house event

Join in the community open house this Saturday, June 25th from 11 am-2 pm at Kellogg Mall Park in downtown Saint Paul.

There will be walking tours of the future River Balcony site at 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm. The K-Town Street Foods food truck will be onsite from 11 am to 1 pm, and there will also be interactive play activities for children. 

For more information and updates on the project, visit the Great River Passage website.

River Learning Center Design Survey

River Learning Center design option 3

This Wednesday, City Council received a presentation on the current stage of designing the River Learning Center, part of the City's Great River Passage initiative. Watch the presentation, see the design concepts, and take the survey to learn about the three current design options and share your thoughts!

Frontline Worker Pay Application Now Open

frontline worker pay

The MN Frontline Worker Pay application is OPEN NOW through July 22, 2022. Apply online at frontlinepay.mn.gov.

The application will be open for 45 days, and the funds are not first come, first served. The money set aside for this program will be split equally among all approved applicants after the 45-day application period, the 15-day appeals period, and the appeals review period.

Eligibility criteria for frontline worker pay were established by the Minnesota legislature and are set forth in the Frontline Worker Pay law. You can review the criteria and guidance in the Frontline Worker Pay information sheet.

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.

Solidarity Street Gallery - Call for Artwork!

Solidarity Street Gallery 2022

Solidarity Street Gallery
invites all visual artists to submit work to a juried fine-art exhibit, to be held Sept 9 + 10 along Payne Ave, in St. Paul, MN. 

The exhibition theme is RESILIENT GENERATIONS, centered around Southeast Asian communities – and other displaced groups. Visual artworks are being sought, by artists of any background, that reflect on the immigrant experiences of being forced from a homeland; rebuilding lives in a new diaspora home; and establishing a new identity while revitalizing culture, language, and history across generations. 

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

Test to Treat

Test-to-Treat locations
are now open in the Twin Cities! Find test-to-treat locations where you can get and fill COVID treatment medications same-day. 

Order FREE At-Home COVID Tests at www.covid.gov/tests.

Make your COVID booster shot appointment here.

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. Find a COVID Community Coordinator that fits your needs.