Seward Neighborhood Group

Neighborhood Board Representation Training on July 14

CURA’s Neighborhood Organizing and Leadership program is looking for Black, Indigenous and People of Color to participate in a free training to support and assist them on their journey toward leadership. We are looking for Black, Indigenous and People of Color who want to create change and fight injustice in their community through neighborhood board membership. The Neighborhood Board Representation Leadership Training for Black, Indigenous and People of Color will be Thursday, July 14, 2022, 5:30pm – 8:30pm via Zoom virtual meeting.

We believe neighborhood residents are the most powerful force against injustice in their community. Our Neighborhood Board Representation Leadership Training for Black, Indigenous and People of Color values recruiting and supporting people to join their local neighborhood board to create change in their community and to transform the injustice of not having diverse voices and leadership in neighborhood groups. Our program creates learning sessions and a support network for Black, Indigenous and People of Color to join their local neighborhood board and use their power to make their vision for their community a reality through organizing. 

Who is this for?
The training is open to Black, Indigenous and People of Color who want to join their neighborhood board and create local change so they are prepared to run at their neighborhood association or district council annual meeting elections, or want to inquire about board vacancies in their community.

Apply now! Fill out this brief form to apply

Questions? Email Malik Holt-Shabazz or call 612-624-2300.

We will do our best to accommodate your interest in participating in the program, but because space is limited, we will contact you shortly before the training to confirm your enrollment.

We’re looking for a Tenant Organizer

Come work with us! Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) and Longfellow Community Council (LCC) are hiring for a VISTA Tenant Organizer position starting August 29, 2022.

ABOUT SNG & LCC

SNG is recognized by the City of Minneapolis as the community engagement organization for the Seward neighborhood. SNG works to make the Seward neighborhood more vital, equitable, livable, and sustainable – by building relationships, by engaging all community members, by promoting equitable and accessible development of the built environment, and by acting as stewards of our natural environment. SNG organizes community events, projects, and programs; connects residents to important resources; and advocates for policies that improve the lives of Seward residents.

LCC is the resident participation group for the Cooper, Hiawatha, Howe, and Longfellow neighborhoods. LCC is a community-based organization that represents the interests of residents in the Greater Longfellow area. We develop, protect and enhance neighborhood assets through community engagement. The mission of the Longfellow Community Council is to improve the well-being of our diverse community through engagement, involvement and empowerment.

ABOUT THE VISTA POSITION

SNG & LCC are looking for a passionate, community-focused, self-directed VISTA to assist both organizations in three key areas of our renter engagement work:

  • Rental property identification
  • Building Ambassador identification
  • Renter communications networks identification

This position reports directly to the LCC Executive Director and works with the SNG Executive Director, Community Organizers for both organizations, the joint LCC/SNG Communications Manager, and any relevant committees. The start date for this position is August 1, 2022.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Rental Property Identification
  • Identify all of the rental properties in the two neighborhoods
  • Identify a primary owner/manager contact for each property
  • Create a spreadsheet/database for each neighborhood with this information
  1. Building Ambassador Identification
  • Identify at least one resident in every multifamily (4+ units) rental property who is willing to be a primary contact/building ambassador for SNG or LCC
  • Connect primary contacts to LCC and SNG Community Organizers and Communications Manager
  1. Renter Communication Network Identification
  • Identify any formal or informal resident communications networks in 4+ unit multifamily buildings (e.g. newsletters, Facebook group, community bulletin boards, etc.) that SNG and LCC can link to in order to promote activities and initiatives
  • Connect these resident communications networks to LCC and SNG Community Organizers and Communications Manager

COMPENSATION & SUPPORT

The VISTA will receive the following compensation for this position:

  • A bi-weekly living stipend of $575 (paid by Americorp*VISTA)
  • A healthcare allowance of up to $7,900 that can be used for any eligible medical expense (paid by Americorp*VISTA)
  • A housing stipend of $600 per month (paid by host organizations directly to landlord or morgage)
  • At the end of the VISTA service year: choice of an education award ($6,345) or cash stipend ($1,800)
  • Childcare allowance (if eligible)
  • Federal student loan deferment/forbearance or credit toward Public Service Loan

Forgiveness

  • Additional benefits to be determined

The following support is also provided to the VISTA:

  • Enrollment in the Neighborhoods Now! community organizer training program at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
  • HOME Line provides technical assistance, peer support, supervisory support, networking and professional development opportunities, and education on tenant/landlord law and renter rights.
  • As the host organizations, SNG and LCC will also provide opportunities for training, mentoring, professional development, and connections to partner organizations.

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate for this VISTA position will have all or most of the following:

  • Some previous community organizing experience
  • Ability to build relationships with a wide range of individuals and organizations.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience working with diverse communities and a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Enthusiastic, outgoing, patient, and persistent
  • A self-directed self-starter
  • Team-oriented, with a good sense of humor, and a sense of camaraderie
  • Adventurous and willing to jump into spaces they may not be familiar or comfortable with

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for this position, please send an email to: info@longfellow.org with “Application for VISTA Position” in the subject line. Please attach a current resume and a cover letter describing your interest in the position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled. The start date for this position is the end of August. Questions about the organizations, the position, and the status of the application process are welcome. Please email any question to: info@longfellow.org with “Question” in the subject line.

Last Call for Board Nominations

To date, SNG has received 9 nominations for 9 open board seats for the upcoming election. SNG has decided to extend the deadline for nominations until 5:00pm, Tuesday, April 26. If you are interested in running for a seat on the SNG Board of Directors, please send an email to apply@sng.org to request a nomination form. 

Our board members come from many different backgrounds and have a range of talents and experiences. Board members attend monthly meetings, help make organizational decisions, volunteer, and more. Seward residents and property owners are welcome to apply! 

If no additional nominations are received, those currently nominated will be elected via proclamation at the SNG Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 18.  There will be no nominations from the floor at the Annual Meeting.   

If additional nominations are received, the Board of Directors Election will be held Saturday, May 14 – Monday, May 16.  Both on-line and in-person voting options will be available, and more information about voting will be available in early May. 

Use Your Voice!

The City of Minneapolis is asking for your input. As a resident, you have the right to shape the City’s plan for these important issues. Please use the information provided below to get involved, make your voice heard, and share these resources with others.

Climate Action Plan

Hennepin County has released a draft of our first Climate Action Plan (PDF). The county is gathering feedback on the plan through online meetings and a comment form through Wednesday, March 3.

Online community meetings

The county is holding two online meetings where county staff will present core goals and strategies. Anyone interested in the county’s response to climate change is encouraged to attend.

Using online facilitation tools, participants will complete polls about the goals and strategies, offer comments, and ask written questions that will be answered through a moderated process. Meetings will be held:

  • Monday, February 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, March 1 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Sign up to attend a meeting now by completing the RSVP form.

Both sessions will have the same agenda, so you only need to attend one session. Information about how to access the meeting will be emailed a few days prior to the event.

Comment form

Individuals who wish to offer feedback on the plan but do not want to attend an online meeting may share their comments through an online feedback form

Learn more

County staff will summarize the feedback and made final edits to the plan in March. The board would take up formal adoption of the plan, which will include a final public comment process, in April.

Read more about the plan development and previous community engagement efforts process at hennepin.us/climateaction.

Covid-19 Vaccination

Help the City, State and County plan to equitably distribute the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available later in 2021. Your perspectives are vital on:

·         What vaccination means to you.

·         Your concerns, hopes and suggestions

More information and the survey link can be found here.

Public comment period for new MPRB Comprehensive Plan, Parks for All, extended to July 18

At its Jan. 6, 2021 meeting, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) of Commissioners voted to extend the Parks for All public comment period by six months. The new deadline to send feedback on the draft plan is July 18, 2021

Parks for All will set MPRB priorities and policy direction for the next decade. Minneapolis community members, park users, MPRB staff and partners are encouraged to review the plan and send feedback before the comment period ends Sunday, July 18, 2021.

Your input is welcome whether you have been deeply involved in the planning process over the past two years or if you are hearing about this for the first time! There are numerous ways to learn about the plan and send feedback using the link below.

Draft Parks for All Plan

Following the public comment period, the draft plan will be revised based on public input and presented to MPRB Commissioners for review and approval. Share the Parks for All draft plan with your friends, family, neighbors or other networks using minneapolisparks.org/parksforalldraft or bit.ly/MPRBCompPlan.

Learn About the Draft Plan

There are number of different ways to dive into the plan, including: 

About Parks for All

The draft document will be the MPRB’s agency policy direction based on shared values with community, agency staff and elected officials.

It will provide guidance in developing policy, establishing or changing programs and services, setting the annual MPRB budget and creating park improvements over the next decade.

It is a tool for communicating to MPRB staff, commissioners and the general public about what the MPRB does and it values.

It will build on what works now while identifying gaps in programs, services and strategies that need to be filled in the next decade. Parks for All focuses on the park system as a whole, not specific recommendations for individual parks.

It will build from master plans, other policies and activity plans, strategic directions and the community input gained during the last two years of engagement across the system, all of which incorporate more specific recommendations.

To learn more about this project and others, visit www.minneapolisparks.org/planning.

Ownership Survey

Answer this ownership interest survey to help direct future SNG initiatives and trainings: respond HERE.

What do you need to reduce food waste?

Take Hennepin County’s survey to share what would help you waste less food

We love food, which is why most of us hate seeing it go to waste. By taking steps to reduce food waste, you can ensure the money you spend on your food and the energy, land and water it takes to grow it and get it to you doesn’t go to waste. Reducing food waste is also one of the most important actions we can take to address climate change.    

Help Hennepin County understand more about food waste so we can work together to reduce it! Take the 5 minute survey to provide insights into how you interact with food – from shopping, storage, cooking, and finally disposal – and how the county can support you in preventing food waste. Your responses will be used to create better resources that help residents reduce food waste.

This survey is open to all Hennepin County residents, with a special focus on getting responses from people living in multifamily housing. So if you live in an apartment building, please share this with your neighbors or ask your property manager to distribute it! Take the food waste survey now.

Encampment & Houseless Resources

Resources for navigating encampment formation, resources for houseless neighbors and property owners from the City of Minneapolis Homeless Response Team. Find more information about the City’s HRT and the City’s response to homelessness on their website.

What to do if you believe an encampment is forming on your property

The Homeless Response Team (HRT) supports private property owners in managing encampments. The HRT will assess the encampment and offer resources to people who are staying there.

You can contact either:

To curb trespassing, you can:

To report continued trespassing or criminal activity:

Property owner responsibilities

You are responsible for cleaning up trash on your property.

If there are syringes, use appropriate protective gear and dispose of them safely.

Once the property is cleared, it is your responsibility to secure the property so people do not return.

Information to share with unsheltered individuals on your property

If you think an encampment is forming, you may share this information with the individuals trespassing on your property.

Hennepin County Resources

The City provides a comprehensive list of resources for people experiencing homelessness or financial hardship.

AgencyPhone
Adult Shelter Connect (single adults)612-248-2350
Hennepin County Shelter Team (family shelter)612-348-9410
After-Hours Shelter Team (family shelter)

Community Development Committee July 12th Meeting Cancelled

The Community Development Committee meeting tonight, Tuesday 7/12 has been cancelled. We will meet again in August. Please contact Michael Jon at admin@sng.org if you have questions or ideas for the next meeting.

No Community Engagement Committee Meeting in July

The Community Engagement Committee Meeting for Thursday, July 21st has been cancelled. We will meet again in August. Any questions or ideas for the next meeting? Email jasmine@sng.org

Get help paying your mortgage with HomeHelpMN

If you have fallen behind on your mortgage due to COVID-19, HomeHelpMN is a program you should know about. It’s a mortgage relief program from Minnesota Housing, designed to get you the help you need, when you need it most.

If you are behind on your house payments, you may qualify for financial assistance to reinstate your mortgage. You may also qualify for other expenses like property taxes, insurance, association fees or lot rent.

If you need other options, we’d be happy to direct you to a HUD-certified housing counselor.

Visit HomeHelpMN.org to find out what you need for the application. Once you’re ready, simply create an account to register and click the apply button.

HomeHelpMN is offered through Minnesota Housing to help if you have fallen behind on your mortgage or other housing-related expenses due to the pandemic. Whether it’s providing financial assistance or guiding you to trusted resources, we want you to get the help you need, at the time you need it most.

The current application period is May through August 17 at 5pm. Applications will be processed as they are submitted. In the event of high demand for funds, the funds may be fully allocated before the date the application period closes. Homeowners are encouraged to submit their applications early in the application period. If applications received during the application period exceed available funding, applicants may be put on a wait list. A submitted application is not a guarantee of funding availability.

SNG Community Engagement Committee

We have a Community Engagement Committee meeting on Thursday, June 2nd at 6:30pm.

We’ll be planning for SNG’s involvement in the upcoming Franklin Open Street.

Join us on Zoom or contact jasmine@sng.org.

2022 Annual Meeting on Wednesday!

Join us for our Annual Meeting, to be held 6:00 – 7:00pm, Wednesday, May 18 via Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83980864538

There will be a report from SNG to the Community, Election of board members and opportunities for the community to get involved. Find out more HERE.

Seward Neighborhood Garage Sale this weekend!

The Seward Neighborhood Garage Sale is this weekend. There will be over 40 sales throughout the neighborhood selling vintage wares, clothing, books, and more. Sales will go Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Check out the event page for more information.

SNG Community Development Committee Meeting

Please join us for the SNG Community Development Committee meeting, 7:00-9:00pm, Tuesday, May 10 via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86315962194

On the Agenda:

  • Presentation from Debre Selam Medhanealem Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church regarding a new church and community center at 2629 30th Avenue South.
  • Presentation on ReConnect Rondo
  • Updates from Redesign
  • Discussions of Twin Cities Boulevard Sign-on Letter, Normanna Triangle, Open Streets Franklin