Ward 6 Weekly Update 12/1/2023

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December 1, 2023

ESNDC LeadSafe Minnesota Services

Lead Safe MN by ESNDC

Lead exposure remains a significant public health concern, with potentially severe consequences for individuals, especially children, and the broader community.

Read the notice on elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes/buildings and what Saint Paul Regional Water Servies is doing about lead: stpaul.gov/saint-paul-regional-water-services/about-your-water/lead

Contact Saint Paul – Regional Water at 651-266-6350 for information on obtaining a water sample container for testing.

Additional education as well as FREE testing services are available through the East Side Neighborhood Development Company:

  • SWAB CLEANING: (Ramsey County residents ONLY) Lead Remediation by a certified Lead contractor who will encapsulate and stabilize lead hazards in the home up to $1,575 worth of work at no cost to you.
  • Free Education on Childhood Lead Poisoning (Available to all Metro residents)
  • Free In-Home Lead Assessment (Available to all Twin Cities Counties)
  • Referral to Ramsey County Lead Window Replacement Program (Ramsey County residents ONLY) for assistance 

More information: https://esndc.org/residents/ or contact ESNDC at 651-288-875.

Lead Testing Clinic

Lead Testing Clinic

ESNDC has partnered with Care 4 All Lab Services to offer FREE lead testing for children and pregnant women. No registration or insurance information is required. 

Where: 925 Payne Avenue, basement level, at Care 4 All.

When: Wednesdays, December 6 & 20, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, and Fridays, December 8 & 22, 10:30-11:30 AM and 3:30-4:30 PM.

Each child that receives a lead test through them will receive a free toy and each pregnant woman who gets a lead test will receive a $25 gift card just for getting tested. 

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. 

Affordable Housing Incentive Program - Dec 15th Deadline

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.

Parks & Rec Winter Fun

Winter Events 2023

Celebrate the season with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation at an upcoming holiday party or winter special event at your Rec Center

Operation Warm Toes Winter Gear Collection

Operation Warm Toes

Have a warm winter coat, boots, or accessories that you are looking to donate? Drop them off at your local St Paul Recreation Center through December 8th!

Learn to Drive a Snowplow


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

  • Tues, Dec 19 from 5-7 pm | Urban Research & Outreach Engagement Center (2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis MN 55411)

A Skatepark for the East Side

Eastside Skatepark Taskforce

The East Side Skatepark Taskforce, made up of East side residents and Twin Cities skateboarding advocates, is proposing a destination skatepark that will become an iconic feature in the Payne Phalen business corridor.

The East Side Skatepark and Recreation Area will provide the Payne Phalen and surrounding St. Paul neighborhoods not only with a skatepark, but with a multi-amenity outdoor space that includes native gardens, solar lighting, picnic and barbecue areas, and resident art that celebrates the cultural fabric of the community.

Help get a destination skatepark built for St. Paul's East Side by taking the East Side Skatepark Taskforce survey!

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