Website for the Encampment with FAQ’s, Blog, Updates & Donation Info

See Encampment website HERE.

What is the Franklin Hiawatha encampment?

This is a gathering of homeless Minneapolis residents, primarily of Native American descent. Some have jobs while some are unemployed. All lack access to shelter or affordable housing due to lack of shelter beds, lack of affordable housing, lack of a job, and other reasons.

What happens when winter comes? Will the camp be there forever?

The City and other agencies plan to transition the residents at the encampment to temporary transitional housing, shelter, or more permanent housing by September 30, 2018. The encampment along Franklin and Hiawatha will not be allowed to continue with winter setting in. Safety and public health reasons make it imperative that we find other lodging for residents.

Who is trying to help the residents find shelter/housing?

The Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors – a group representing the leadership of Native-led non-profits and businesses – have taken the lead on trying to find short, mid and long term solutions that will benefit the residents of the encampment. Short term we are trying to provide a secure environment, meals, and medical care as needed. Mid term we are tying to find temporary shelter. Long term MUID is trying to provide services and assistance including permanent housing, job training and more. The City of Minneapolis and other agencies have been partnering with MUID in this work.

Will going to the encampment increase my chances of getting permanent low income housing?

This is a rumor that has been going around. If you are currently in a shelter please remain there. Residents at the encampment will not be moved ahead of existing waiting lists for shelter or low income housing.

What are those bright lights at the encampment?

The lights have been provided for safety reasons.

Is it safe at the camp?

Living without shelter can be dangerous in and of itself, and homeless people are a vulnerable population. However the residents of the camp came together because they feel safer – the adage that there is safety in numbers is very true here. Natives Against Heroin volunteers are always on-site helping to organize, serve food and assist with questions and basic needs. The Minneapolis Police patrol regularly and lights have been placed on site to provide some illumination during night-time hours.

How can I help?

Making a cash donation is the most helpful, but there are other ways to help. Please see the How To Help, Donation and Volunteer pages on this site for more information.

Tea, Treats and Conversation at Somali Cafe

Tea, Treats and Conversation at Somali Café through Minneapolis Community Education.

The Conversation Circle at Capitol Café will bring together people who might not meet otherwise. Increase understanding between people from East Africa and others through facilitated conversation.  Option to purchase café items, Somali tea, Sambusas, panninis and smoothies.  The café owner will share his experiences opening a business in Minneapolis. Held at Capitol Café, 2417 E. Franklin Ave. Mpls
Sundays  Free

Oct 14 5 – 6:30PM
Oct 21 5 – 6:30 PM

Registration link HERE.

Welcoming Week Celebration

Join City of Minneapolis leaders, the Minneapolis Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and Carry-on Homes for a celebration of Minneapolis’s vibrant immigrant and refugee communities as part of Welcoming America’s national Welcoming Week, Friday, September 21, 2018 from 3:30-7:00 p.m. at The Commons park area outside of the Vikings stadium.

The event will feature music, dance, spoken word, interactive art, soccer, voter registration, food trucks and more. City leaders and staff will be on hand.

Whether you are a naturalized citizen, born in the US or recently arrived, come share your culture, learn about and show support for the cultures of others, and demonstrate that Minneapolis is a Welcoming City.

Click here for flyer in English.

Click here for flyer in Somali.

Click here for flyer in Oromo.

Cross Cultural Somali Program Opportunity At Mpls Community Ed

South Traditional Dance (Dhaanto)
Discover a culture through dance.  Dhaanto is a style of Traditional folk dance specific to certain Somali speaking areas in the Horn region.  Regardless of who we are and where we came from we can find common ground through dance
South High School
4 Saturdays   Free
Sept 29- Oct 20 3:30 – 5PM
Register Here

Longfellow/Seward Senior Connections Newsletter

Check out their Fall 2018 Newsletter HERE.

Community Development Committee Meeting October 9

The next scheduled Community Development Committee meeting will be October 9, 7:00 pm  at Matthews Center. 2318 29thAve. S. FFI, contact Doug Wise at

Seward Crime Hot Spots Map 2018

Your neighbors need you!

We have had an uptick in crime in the area of Seward North of Franklin and East of Riverside Ave and in the Evergreen area by 24th Ave. and 24th St./  We want to make that area as busy as possible with law abiding neighbors. Please consider biking and walking that way whenever you can.  Don’t be confrontational, we are just looking for more “eyes” on the street.  The Seward Coop has generously provided $10 gift cards for groups/block clubs who are willing to meet and walk in one of our “hot spots”.  See map for areas that need attending.  Thanks


Agenda for Community Development Meeting 9/11/18

All are welcome to join us for the CDC Meeting Tuesday, September 11 at Matthews Center.  2318 29thAve. S. 

See the meeting agenda HERE

Grant Opportunity for Seward Residents

The Seward Spread Joy Fund (SSJF) has been made available by an anonymous donor for distribution by the Seward neighborhood Group. The SSJF is intended to help create unique and lasting experiences for members of the community. Each year the SSJF will award a grant of up to $1,000 to a Seward resident who yearns to do something that is just beyond their budget. The lucky recipient of this yearly grant will be drawn at the Seward Neighborhood Group’s Annual Meeting in November. 

-Applicant must currently live in Seward and have been a resident for at least three years
-No age limit
-The grant must benefit the recipient in an experiential way, meaning limited physical gains. A grant application that includes physical gain that benefits the community may still be considered (see examples)
-The grant must fund something that would have been difficult for to the applicant to experience without the assistant of the SSJF.
-No more than one application may be submitted per individual each year.

Application Process
Application forms will be available at the Seward Neighborhood Group office and online. The application will include:
– a brief description (50 words or less) of how much money is being requested and
how the grant will be used
– applicant’s name, address and contact information
– confirmation that the applicant has lived in Seward at least 3 years
– agreement that applicant will allow the grant to be publicized

Examples of appropriate application ideas for Seward Spread Joy Fund include:
-A person living in Seward wishes to take a language course
-A person living in Seward would like to fulfill a personal dream by taking a hot air balloon ride over the Twin Cities
-A Seward youth hopes to have a wilderness experience in the BWCA.
-A person who lives in Seward wishes to have a bench built on their block for neighbors to use (an appropriate exception to the physical gain rule.)

Examples of unacceptable ideas include:
-A Seward youth wants to buy an iPhone.
-A Seward homeowner needs funds to make repairs to their home.

*If awarded the grant, the applicant must sign a contract agreeing to submit a report on their experience.
**Seward Neighborhood Group retains the right to deny an application it does not appropriately adhere to the grant’s guidelines.
No board members or SNG employees are eligible to apply.
Note: Seward is the area bounded by I-94 on the north, the Mississippi River on the east, the Midtown Greenway on the south and Hiawatha Avenue on the west.

***Click here to fill out an application! Once finished, you can email your application to OR send to The Seward Neighborhood Group office at 2323 E Franklin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406. You can also drop your application off at the SNG office from 11am-2pm Tuesday-Friday or put in our mailbox. DEADLINE November 1 by 2pm ***

Seward History Walk 8/29

Summer is ending and Wednesday will be the last Seward walk of the season, the
rescheduled Bob Roscoe talk on this Wednesday, August 29, on “How to Read a
House.” We will meet at the Birchwood Cafe at 7pm.