Ward 6 Weekly Update 11/3/2023

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Nobember 3, 2023

Election Day Information

Ramsey Co Elections

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters can register to vote at their polling place. Find your polling place and sample ballot at mnvotes.org.

Absentee Ballot Returns on Election Day

On Election Day, Nov. 7, the only place you may return your absentee ballot in person is to our Elections Office - Plato building by 8 pm.

If you haven’t returned your absentee ballot, you can vote in person at your polling place. Your absentee ballot will be spoiled (made invalid) and you will be issued a new ballot to cast at the polling place.

Track your ballot

You can track your ballot to know when your ballot has been mailed to you, received by the Elections Office and counted. Statuses are updated daily. If you have questions, please call 651-266-2171 or email elections@ramseycounty.us.

More information at ramseycounty.us/VoteBeforeElectionDay.

Discharging Racial Covenants

Racial Covenants

The City of Saint Paul is working with the Just Deeds Coalition to remove racial covenants from property deeds in an effort to make Saint Paul more equitable today and contribute to the wellbeing of generations to come.

What are racial covenants? They are restrictive clauses in property deeds that require property remain in the hands of white people in perpetuity. While the Fair Housing Act of 1968 outlawed these covenants and rendered them legally unenforceable, some property deeds in Saint Paul continue to feature these clauses - 171 properties with racial covenants are within Ward 6. 

Check to see if your property has a covenant:

Search for your address on the Mapping Prejudice Initiative's online Map of Racial Covenants. Properties with racial covenants are highlighted in green.

Complete the Just Deeds Application:

Complete the online City of Saint Paul Just Deeds Application.

City Staff will Connect with You:

After completing the form, Just Deeds will share your application with the City of Saint Paul Just Deeds Project Team who will get in touch with the you and/or the applicant. 

Learn to Drive a Snowplow

plow drivers wanted

Want to learn to drive a snowplow or other commercial vehicle? Attend a FREE informational session and learn more! 

  • Thurs, Nov 9 from 5-7 pm | Palace Community Center (781 Palace Ave, St Paul MN 55102)
  • Tues, Dec 19 from 5-7 pm | Urban Research & Outreach Engagement Center (2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis MN 55411)

Affordable Housing Incentive Program - Applications Open

4D Program4D Program 2

To support owners committed to protecting and preserving affordable rental units, the Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA), through the City’s Housing Trust Fund, has launched the next application cycle for the Saint Paul 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program.

To receive this tax reduction, property owners must commit at least a 20% share of their property’s units to a 10-year period of rent limits and tenant income restrictions. Restrictions are tied to either 50% or 60% of the metropolitan Area Median Income (or “AMI”). In exchange for agreeing to rent ands tenant income limits, enrollment in the 4d Program qualifies properties for the 4d tax clasification, also known as Minnesota's Low Income Rental Classification (LIRC). Qualification for the 4d rate results in a property tax reduction tied to specific units enrolled in the program.  

Apply now through Friday, December 15, 2023. Properties must meet program eligibility requirements as outlined on the website and in the 4d Program Guidelines. 

Learn more and apply online at stpaul.gov/4d or contact 4d program staff at 4d@stpaul.gov. 

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. Visit the link above or call 651-556-6091.

Free Meals for Seniors

NE Seniors Food Boxes

North East Seniors are resuming their prepared meals and food box program, also known as Doorstep Delivery. Food boxes are available for pick-up every other Thursday 1PM - 3PM.

Are you a senior living in the Greater Eastside of St. Paul and in need of groceries? Please fill out this interest form for an eligibility determination. 

Got questions? Email neseniorsforbetterliving@gmail.com or call (651) 808-1901. 

ESNDC Friendly Storefronts Program

ESNDC Friendly Storefronts Program

Attention Ward 6 Businesses! Are you looking to refresh the appearance of your storefront this summer? Check out East Side Neighborhood Development Company’s Friendly Storefronts Program - Grant funding is available for façade improvement projects on a first come basis. See the flyer for general program guidelines, and send all inquiries to jmcgregor@esndc.org to start the application process!

Contact Us

Email: ward6@stpaul.gov

Phone: 651-266-8660

Facebook: NelsieYangWard6

Twitter: @NelsieYangCM

Meet & Greet virtual appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Council Reparations and Committee Aide

Reparations Aide

St Paul City Council is seeking a talented individual to perform skilled administrative work staffing the Saint Paul Recovery Act Community Reparations Commission and supporting other Council committee work. Learn more about the St Paul Reparations Commission at: https://www.stpaul.gov/.../city-council-reparations-efforts.

Apply at: stpaul.gov/jobs

Free Trees for East Siders

Free Trees for East Siders

Urban Roots has partnered with Frogtown Green to provide East Side residents with their choice of Serviceberry, Redbud, Crabapple, River Birch, Linden, or Elm tree to be planted on their property this fall.

Urban Roots can also offer residents a free site survey if they need help deciding the best place for the tree on their property and can also assist with planting if needed.

Go to the Urban Roots website for more info!

ReThink Disposable

ReThink Disposable

Are you a business owner and want to save up to $22,000 annually? Rethink Disposable is a FREE program that helps businesses and institutions switch from single use disposables to reusables for dine-in. Costs and technical assistance is available through Clean Water Fund.
Email Chloe Kintop at ckintop@cleanwater.org for details. 

CERTs Clean Energy Seed Grants

CERTs Seed Grant

Clean Energy Resource Teams is giving out $5-10k grants for clean energy projects.

Clean energy projects can include energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, electric vehicle-related projects, and energy storage.

See if your clean energy idea is eligible for funding!

Neighborhood Community Safety Council

office of neighborhood safety

The Office of Neighborhood Safety has established a Neighborhood Community Safety Council to support its work. 

The council is expanding to include more members from throughout the city. Apply to be part of the Neighborhood Community Safety Council.

Ward 6 Year Round STAR Grant

Ward 6 STAR funding

If you run a business or non-profit in St Paul Ward 6 and are you needing to make a permanent improvement (lasting 7+ years) to your building, you may be eligible for Ward 6 Year-Round STAR Funding!

Please email our office with information on your project to receive an application. Read full STAR eligibility guidelines here. Applications are subject to approval from the Saint Paul STAR Board and Saint Paul City Council.  

Join a State Board, Committee or Commission

MN Secretary of State openings

The MN Secretary of State has a large number of open seats on various state boards, commissions, and committees. If you live or work in the City of St Paul, one of these spots could be for you! View and apply for open state board, commission, and committee positions here.

COVID Testing and Treatment Resources

Test to Treat

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

Federal Government

Residential households in the U.S. can order four more free COVID-19 tests. Tests are updated to detect the presence of the latest variants. One order includes four individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests that have an extended shelf life and expiration dates. https://www.covid.gov/tests

State of Minnesota

Four free at-home rapid tests are now available to all Minnesota households through the state’s online ordering program, while supplies last.

Need help placing an order? Call the MDH COVID-19 Public hotline 1-833-431-2053 available Monday - Friday 9 AM - 7 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM. Language assistance is available. https://sayyeshometest.org/

COVID-19 Self-testing