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Folwell Harvest Festival 2018

Folwell partnered with the Cleveland Neighborhood Association to throw a Harvest Party for the neighborhood. The Penn ave Garden was the site chosen this year in large part due to the commitment from both neighborhoods to focus more energy on the struggles on Penn.

Community response, relationship building, and a deeper investment in the area is the path the neighborhood is taking to address high crime and violence on the block. The garden has been a refuge for many this summer, providing food and opportunities to connect.

More than 75 folks showed up to celebrate the season and break bread together. Community gathered a bonfire and listened to elders share stories. Children made scare crows and painted bird houses for the gardens. 50 pumpkins were given away for free and folks took family photos at the photo booth. Students played soccer and tag in the field, having room to run and play. We roasted marshmallows, listened to music, ate amazing food, and learned about one another.

Neighbors shared ideas and strategies they want to see in the neighborhood to address their struggles. Plans were made for future events and building projects. Residents were listened to and bridges were built.

The FNA and CNA are grateful for the funding available through the Penn Ave Safety Grant to provide opportunities for community members to build authentic connection and create grassroots strategies for addressing violence in the community.

Thank you to all the volunteers and staff that made this beautiful fall festival happen!

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Winter and Emergency Assistance Help

It can often be difficult to navigate through all the city/county/non profit resources.

In the midst of crisis, we don’t want you stressed about who to contact to find help. The Folwell Neighborhood Association has collected a short list of agencies that can help stand in the gap with you.

First, at any time you can call 211 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and they will connect  you with emergency health and human services.

Below you will find heat, energy, bill assistance and food and clothing shelter resources.

Energy Assistance

Neighborhood Hub 612-522-0942  3120 Washburn Ave   https://www.n-hub.org/

Resource Navigators assist with supplying information about housing, resume building, free use of computer lab, free notary. Limited amount of utilities support if Northside residents has disconnection notice and has been denied emergency assistance.

Hennipen County Emergency Programs  1-844-903-8466 https://www.hennepin.us/residents/human-services/emergency-assistance

Or contact gail.anderson@hennepin.us at 612-596-1300

MN Commerce Department 1-800-657-3710 https://mn.gov/commerce/eap.jsp

Low Income Energy Assistance Program  

Shut off Protection Plan protect and reconnect your heat

https://mn.gov/puc/consumers/help/shut-off-protection/

Community Action Partners (CAP)

https://www.caphennepin.org/files/8615/3848/6920/EAP_Now_Accepting_Applications_Press_Release_2018-19.pdf

Senior Community Services 952-767-7886

HOME Program Coordinator

10201 Wayzata Blvd. | Suite 335 | Minnetonka, MN 55305

Heat Share 1-800-842-7279  https://salvationarmynorth.org/programs-that-help/basic-needs/heatshare/

HeatShare is a Salvation Army program that provides emergency utility assistance for people with no place left to turn.

NorthPoint 612-767-3125 Housing and Livability programs

You must become a Program Participant to be given access to the variety of programs they offer. Call Rose McCullough for more info at the number above, or check it out online at https://www.northpointhealth.org/human-services

Sustainable Resource Center 612-872-3294 http://www.src-mn.org/energy-bills

Energy Conservation Program

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) https://liheappm.acf.hhs.gov/navigator

 

Food Shelf and Food Insecurity Assistance

United Way 211 https://www.211unitedway.org/

24/7 emergency help for all health and human needs

North Point Minneapolis 612-767-3125 https://www.northpointhealth.org/human-services  

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday – 9am – 3pm, Wednesday 11 – 6pm, Friday – Closed

Second Harvest Heartland http://www.2harvest.org/who–how-we-help/how-to-get-help/#.W7UbcminG3A

Camden’s Promise  612-521-3575  4656 Colfax Ave N

1st and 3rd Saturday 12:30 – 2:30pm

Salvation Army 612- 522-6581   2024 Lyndale Ave N, Minneapolis

Pastor Paul’s Mission  612 -521-4665    1000 Oliver Ave N Minneapolis

 

Minneapolis/St. Paul Clothing Closets

Contact Need Help Paying My Bills for a list of all Clothing Closets.

The Unlimited/Kidz Klozet Elim Baptist Church  612-789-3591  685 13th Ave NE Mpls 55413

Distributes free children and women’s clothing. May have Christmas gifts, toys, meals. Other aid is seasonal such as school supplies and backpacks.

Northside Life Care Center   612-522-6589  4367 Thomas Ave N Mpls 55412

Distributes free diapers and formula, baby clothes, maternity clothing, and more to newborns, pregnant moms, or new mothers.

Oak Park Neighborhood Center   1701 Oak Park Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Provides needed clothing for adults and children.

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Summer 2018 Housing survey and Neighborhood Connectors

The main focus for the Housing team in 2018 is meeting residents and gathering data around housing concerns and issues. Having a whole new board and many new residents, we felt it was important to hear from you, the residents, about how to develop this program. The housing team was awarded at $10,000 grant from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) a program within the University of Minnesota to hire Neighborhood Connectors.  The FNA hired four residents to door knock every home in Folwell throughout July and August.

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Meet your Neighborhood Connectors! Guinevere, Mysnikol, Cece, and Chuck

The Neighborhood Connectors have two primary goals:

  • Meet you, the residents. We are striving to be a neighborhood friendly face, provide contact info to individuals in an effort to support and connect them to resources that will assist in making lives a little bit easier.
  • They are outfitted with a housing survey to learn more about the real time demographics of Folwell. This aids in understanding who Folwell is and what are the hurdles to housing needs that folks have.

As the Mayor and City Council are focused on affordable housing, it was important to the FNA that Folwell had a strong voice and direction in what affordable housing and housing needs looks like for us. With a large percentage of rentals, abandon buildings, and empty lots, there is a lot of conversation around what could/should/needs to be built and prioritized. The survey will help provide the info, while the relationship building will provide the support.


A LITTLE ABOUT THE SURVEY

We are asking personal questions in the survey to learn about the neighborhood medium income and age, housing needs and barriers. This is to help us as the housing team and Neighborhood Association advocate for the real needs of the community. We need to know what level of affordable housing we are fighting for. We need to know if it’s families, elderly, young folks, etc that are experiencing housing insecurity. While this personal information can be invasive to some, all surveys are anonymous.

We also understand that our Neighborhood Connectors are asking your name because they want to get to know you. PLEASE NOTE: Your name is not attached to your survey. That information is collected in two different platforms and do not cross over. If you choose to take a survey, it is kept separate from the survey taken.


BLOCK PARTIES

Along with Door Knocking, the Housing team is hosting four block parties this summer to bring residents together, build relationships, and hopefully connect with those who weren’t home when our Neighborhood Connectors are out. The block parties will be hosted with free food, music, activities, games and our Neighborhood Connectors!  Come join us

Sunday July 8, 1-4pm: 36th and Penn at Penn Ave Garden

Tuesday July 31, 6-9pm: 33rd and James in the Northside Boxing Club parking lot

Friday August 10, 6-9pm: 33rd and Fremont in the Fremont Clinic parking lot

Saturday August 18, 1-4pm: 36th and Fremont near Fremont Market

Here are a few photos from our first successful Block Party!