Ward 6 Weekly Update 2/24/2022

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February 24, 2023

Restore the Vote and Diver's Licenses for All Passed the House and Senate!

Driver's Licenses for All and Restore the Vote

Good news! The MN House and Senate have now approved two long-awaited bills: Driver's Licenses for All and Restore the Vote! These bills are particularly relevant to our Ward 6 community which includes many recent immigrants and folks who have faced incarceration. 

Driver's License for All: Those who have been unable since 2003 to obtain Minnesota driver's license will soon be able to do so following the passing of this major legislation. 

Restore the Vote: If you served time for a felony, you can now vote as soon as you are released even if still on probation. I am so thrilled to see this move to the Governor's desk as I worked on the Restore the Vote campaign while at Take Action MN! 

Thank you to the organizers and legislators who made these possible! 

Request for Grant Proposals -Community Gun Violence Prevention

gun violence prevention

St. Paul’s Office of Neighborhood Safety is currently accepting application proposals for programs that promote health and well-being for the Saint Paul community and reduce barriers to safety by disrupting gun violence, youth violence, and group-based and structural violence trends.

Programs should creatively incorporate elements of Community First Public Safety recommendations and seek to prevent, intervene, or interrupt activities that impact public safety and/or rehabilitate communities adjacent to or impacted by violence.

Program details, selection process, and application here.

Join ONS Director Brooke Blakey and other City staff members for an informational webinar on February 23 at 6 p.m. Register here to join the event.

Saint Paul Financial Empowerment Community Awards

Office of Financial Empowerment

Nominations are now open for first ever Saint Paul Financial Empowerment Community Awards. Deadline: 5pm, Monday, March 13, 2023.

Award Categories. Consider nominating for one or more of the Award Categories here by 5pm, on M, March 13, 2023.

  1. Community Impact: Delivered high impact financial health, community wealth building, or fair housing program, policy, or strategy impacting Saint Paul residents
  2. Community Impact – Youth: Delivered high impact financial health, community wealth building, or fair housing program, policy, or strategy focused specifically on youth between the ages of birth to age 24.
  3. Community Innovation – COVID response: Advanced a cutting-edge financial health, community wealth building, or fair housing program, policy, or strategy in response to the economic impacts of COVID 19.
  4. Community Innovation – Financial inclusion: Advanced a cutting-edge financial inclusion program, policy, or strategy impacting Saint Paul residents. Financial inclusion means that individuals and businesses have access to useful and affordable financial products and services that meet their needs – transactions, payments, savings, credit and insurance – delivered in a responsible and sustainable way.
  5. Community Impact – Advocate. A non-managerial role for an individual working directly on the front lines with Saint Paul residents to advance financial health, community wealth building, or fair housing. The award winner will be a staunch advocate and effectively achieved participant-centered goals.

SAVE THE DATE. The Financial Empowerment Community Awards will occur on Tuesday, April 25 at 4:30pm in downtown Saint Paul. To register for the award ceremony, click here.

To learn more about the award ceremony and nominations, visit us here. Reach out to ofe@ci.stpaul.mn.us with any questions.

Seeking Community Reparations Staff and District Council Liaison

District Councils

The City of St Paul is now hiring a Community Reparations Commission Staff and District Council System Liaison! View full information and apply at stpaul.gov/jobs

Community Reparations Commission - Now Accepting Applications

reparations report

The Saint Paul City Council has announced the launch of the application process for the Saint Paul Recovery Act Community Reparations Commission

This 11-member Commission will serve as an advisory body to the Mayor and the City Council on matters related to damage caused by public and private systemic racism in the City of Saint Paul which resulted in racial disparities in generational wealth, homeownership, health care, education, employment and pay, and fairness within the criminal justice system among the American descendants of slavery.

Applications due by March 24th: https://www.stpaul.gov/department/city-council/city-council-reparations-efforts/saint-paul-recovery-act-community.

Youth Jobs through Right Track

Right Track 2023

Right Track provides paid summer internships for young people from St Paul. Join Right Track to develop your employment skills, build your network, and earn money. Apply now at stpaul.gov/righttrack!

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.

Play Area Improvements

Play area improvements

New play equipment and other improvements are coming to the play areas at Duluth and Case Recreation Center and Hazel Park Recreation Center. Learn more on our play area projects webpage and take the surveys below to help us plan for these exciting upgrades:

HREEO Commission Application Open

HREEO commission

The Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) Commission is seeking new members. This commission works to promote human rights and opportunities in St. Paul. Apply online by April 1st at stpaul.gov/Apply.

Possible Truck-Parking Ordinance

truck parking

Discussions are underway about a possible restriction on truck parking in St Paul. A possible ordinance could limit semi parking to off-street locations only within the city. 

If you are a trucker, a resident with ties to trucking, or someone who has had difficulties with trucks parked on city streets, please reach out to our office! You can email ward6@ci.stpaul.mn.us or call 651-266-8660. 

Property Tax Deferral for Senior Citizens

Property tax deferral

Property Tax Deferral for Senior Citizens through the State of MN may allow you to defer a portion of the property taxes you owe. Read full details here or call 651-556-6091.



 can help with past-due mortgage payments, other past-due expenses, and find resources to avoid foreclosure. Apply online at homehelpmn.org.

East Metro Main Street Economic Revitalization Grants 

open business

Is your business along Payne Ave, Arcade St, East 7th St, or White Bear Ave? If yes, apply for the Main Street Economic Revitalization Program! This program will distribute up to $7 million in grants to businesses and nonprofit organizations for capital projects in select St Paul business corridors. 

Learn more and apply here. For translation support, please call 651.325.4202.

Year Round STAR Grants Available

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 Testing and Treatment Resources

Test to Treat

Find test-to-treat locations  where you can get and fill COVID treatment medications same-day. 

Make an appointments to receive the newest covid booster, available for adults and children ages 5-11.

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Self-testing 

What to do if you are Sick or Test Positive: COVID-19

Close Contact or Exposure to COVID-19