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Drake Residents Relief

For Drake Residents

The FNA form has now been closed as the funds available have been distributed. Pillsbury United has been brought in with greater staff capacity and more funds to assist Drake residents. For all financial assistance through Pillsbury, please contact: Jacara at jacaraw@pillsburyunited.org.

We are so grateful for the opportunity to serve as on of the first agencies to help release funds and get families housed. It was a pleasure and honor to work with so many of you.

FNA’s role with Drake residents

The historic Drake hotel in downtown Minneapolis experienced a devastating fire at 3am on Christmas day. We are deeply grateful that no one was hurt. Since then, residents have been housed at First Covenant downtown, at friends homes, and scattered throughout a couple select hotels.

From the beginning community members have been showing up, caring, advocating, and assisting Drake residents. Our neighbor Mysnikol Miller, who has been on the ground from the beginning as a community member helping and assisting, asked FNA to act as a fiscal agent in an effort to release funds through the Minneapolis Foundation to directly help residents.

$25,000 was released by the Minneapolis Foundation to the Folwell Neighborhood Association (FNA) on Dec. 31, 2019 to cover immediate housing needs such as direct deposits, application fees, and first month’s rent for former residents of the Drake Hotel. FNA committed to release all $25,000 for housing needs. No overhead costs or admin fees were removed from this fund. All time dedicated to these efforts have been volunteered.

FNA participated in the Red Cross MARC event on Jan. 3 -4, 2020 connecting with residents to begin releasing the funds. A form was created on our website for residents to apply and volunteers were available at First Covenant to connect with residents.

As of Jan. 18, 2020:

  • $20,859.27 has been distributed to 16 families. These 16 units have all been relocated into housing. This has come in the form application fee’s, direct deposits, Jan rents, prorated Jan rents and a couple Feb. rents. The closer we move to the end of January, assisting with Feb rent to provide stabilization is needed.
  • $9,721 has been promised through Letters of Guarantees for an additional 7 families.
  • We have been assisting with another 5 families who have filled out the form, but currently don’t have housing options.
  • FNA received an additional $7,422 in donations.
  • FNA has $1,842 left.

With funds running low, FNA has closed our application form. We are committed to following through with each of the families that have reached out to us. All of them are in different various stages of rehousing. If/when they are all housed and there are funds left over, that money will be redistributed to Pillsbury United. They received $250,000 from the Minneapolis Foundation to assist residents. They have greater staff capacity to provide better resident care, and larger funds to address to greater needs. FNA will be sharing all of our funding commitments with Pillsbury to assist with equitable distribution to residents. For the sake of privacy, we will not post families names whom we have helped or allocation amounts, but that list has been given to the Red Cross, Hennipen County and Pillsbury to ensure all residents are receiving the care and help they need.

Donations

The FNA is no longer collecting donations on behalf of the Drake residents. 100% of funds dedicated to Drake Hotel Residents that went through the FNA have been or will be used to support residents. FNA has not and will not take any funds from donations or grants to assist with organizing efforts or admin costs.

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FNA Office/Community Business Space

3701 Fremont Ave N – Potential FNA Office and Community Business Space

The Folwell Neighborhood Association has the opportunity to rent a commercial space, located on the 1st floor at 3701 Fremont Ave N. Occupancy would begin March 1, 2020, the rent of $1800/mo would cover the entire first floor, newly remodeled in an open concept, multi-use floor plan as well as an attached heated garage. The goal of this project is for the FNA to have minimal organizational space by sub-leasing the majority of the first floor for a community based business.

This post is to provide the information the Board of Directors and staff currently have in order to establish trust and transparency with the community in making this decision. Below are the answers we have collected from a variety of questions asked of the building owner and city reps.

We encourage all residents to participate in the survey below to help the Board of Directors make a fully informed decision. Be sure to include your questions, concerns, ideas or suggestions.

FNA OFFICE FORM

As of Thursday evening Dec. 12, there were three responses to the survey. The questions and answers have been included in the link below with names being removed for privacy.

PUBLIC COMMENT ON OFFICE AND COMMUNITY SPACE

Two major themes that are showing up is how much the community wants a cafe/eatery/food business and that FNA doesn’t need office space, especially when any FNA funds can go toward better purposes. To make sure intentions are clear, the FNA agrees that they do not need this much office space, and $1860 per month is too much for the organization to commit to without assistance. Without the FNA in this process however, the building will be fully converted to residential loosing an ideal multi use commercial space in the community. The FNA can act as a conduit to provide a space for a community business to thrive while they share the risk. The goal is for FNA to partner with a business to increase small businesses in Folwell. The letter of intent provides FNA the time to build a sub-lease partner.

The FNA is excited at the chance to explore this unique opportunity and how the organization can make this space be valuable as a community center, business incubator, and/or a co-working space with shared occupancy. A small team of board members and staff are researching opportunities and gathering information to present at the upcoming Neighborhood Night on Monday Dec. 16th at 6pm. (Dinner is served at 5:30pm so come early to enjoy a meal.)

Here are some of the answers to questions we have already been hearing:

The FNA is looking at a 1-3 year lease, not 5 year.

The Building is zoned as C1.

Owner will pick up Water, sewer, and gas as part of rent. FNA will be responsible for electric.

How old is the electrical? It is 240 on the commercial side, three pronged outlets will be everywhere and should accommodate basic fridge and stove if brought in.

The furnace was old so it will be replaced with a mini split – it will do heat radiation and air conditioning.

Would the owner consider doing a community buy with us? It is too late for that option at this point, but the owner might will give FNA a first right of refusal when selling.

The FNA will need an architect to work with on the project.

When exterior damages incur (broken windows, etc) the current proposal on the table is to share damage expenses between FNA and the owner. The owner will be installing a security system on the outside of the building.

We hope you are able to join us on Monday, but if not, we hope you will send your thoughts to info@folwell.org so that all the comments and concerns can be considered.

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National Night Out

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National Night Out (NNO) can be an incredible opportunity to get out of the house in a casual setting and meet the folks you share a block with. Neighbors coming out of their doors to build relationships with one another is the surest way to build stronger communities. 

The FNA has intentionally decided not to host its own official gathering in an effort to direct all residents to build relationships with those on their own block.(This is part of our “Build Strong Communities Effort) By FNA hosting it’s own large event, this would draw people away from their own local level block party. Instead the FNA staff, connectors, and board members will be out visiting all of you where you are at on your own blocks! Look for them in their green FNA shirts! They will be passing out Resource bags to folks who need/want them, along with large yellow trash bags to help keep the streets clean after the party is over!

Did you forget to register with the city to block off your street? No worries, you can still register with the FNA and host in your yard! The FNA gives you a FREE $50 to help with the cost of hosting a party. You can Register Here!

Are you need in Invitations for your Block Party to deliver to every house on your street? Email the FNA at info@folwell.org and we have some ready for you! All you have to do is schedule a pick up! 

Below are some great ideas for hosting your event on Tuesday! These have all been done at different parties and turned out great! 

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Food Ideas:

Ice Cream Sunday’s – 4 gallons, toppings and utensils (non dairy option)

Taco Bar with all the fixings!

Hot Dog Bar with the fixings! Please be sure to purchase all beef hot dogs for neighbors who don’t eat pork. 

Baked Potato bar with all the fixings!

“Make your own” food stations with lots of options allows for serving folks with a variety of dietary needs possible and inclusive. It is an intentional choice to make sure everyone can participate and eat. 

Activity Ideas:

Bubbles

Sidewalk chalk

Music

Jump ropes

Water Balloons

Basic Event Ideas:

Trash cans with caution tape to block off street – keep your car safe

Pull a recycle bin out to encourage recycling

Use a Bluetooth speaker to fill the block with music

Karaoke

Dance Competition  

Provide a sign in sheet so neighbors can stay connected after the event is over.

Don’t forget to take pictures #FNANNO2019

Remember to please make a commitment to leave your block cleaner than when you started! Help us protect our kids from harmful trash and protect the Mississippi water from liter! Let’s model behavior of caring and loving the earth, each other, and the community by taking care of it.

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Come join the fun at the Fair!

The Folwell Neighborhood Association and Folwell Park are excited to bring you the 2019 Annual Resource Fair and Ice Cream Social! Come join the fun on Thursday June 20 from 5-8 pm at Folwell Park over by the Park Building.

Check out all the Incredible things you will find at the Fair this year!

We are elevating things year to provide a solid three hours of community fun!

There will be tables and chairs so residents can sit, stay, and enjoy the event. Thank you to Northend Hardware for helping sponsor!

Our very own Fremont Clinic will be there as First Aid to ensure the safety of all participants.

Food

Free Ice Cream: The park was donated a ton of Diet Root Beer so Root Beer floats are available! Vegan frozen treats will also be available!

$1 Snow Cones from Lady Kay: Ice donated by NPR’s Water Main, and compostable cups donated by FNA.

Wha’Jamacian is hosting $3 plates of incredible food! A menu set special just for Folwell:
Jerk Chicken
Brown Stew Chicken
Steamed Veggies Medley,
All Served with Coconut Basmati Rice
This is cash only – purchase your food ticket at the FNA info table.

Events & Activities

For the first time ever Marcus Kar with Youth Farm is Emceeing the Xcel sponsored entertainment stage! You will experience the gifts of DJ SciPreme, David Abide Pellinen (House of Dance), Traiveon Dunlap and Unlimited & Next Level Drill & Dance Crew. It will be a solid three hours of entertainment, so make sure to bring a chair and stay for the evening

Starting at 5:30 pm: FLY UP Youth Team is hosting A Kids on Wheels event near the park Building. There will be 20 bikes ready to be fixed up and given to the first 20 kids who come.

7 pm: Kickball pick up game hosted by Squad of Players Adult Kickball League – (There is a picture on the Ice Cream Social Event page on FB if you want to grab that.)

Loppet is hosting a Free Sample Bike Adventure Course in the parking lot off Dowling.

The local Fire Department will have a rig on site so kids can get an up close and personal look and tour of the truck.

Folwell Park is sponsoring Youth Activities that include: a Video Game Truck, Inflatable Race Course, Face painters, Lawn Games and the Baron of Balloons. The Folwell Fun Factory Trailer will be coming out of retirement and making an appearance again in the Kid zone!

Vendors

More than 60 Resource Vendors will be available to chat with residents about the work they do that impacts your lives.

Full Vendor List

  • Asian Media Access-Multimedia afterschool programs
  • Athleadership
  • Bill Magnuson Crime Prevention Specialist Minneapolis Police Department 4th PCT
  • Build Youth of America
  • Camden Lions
  • Centered On Youth (COY)-Youth Prevention Outreach Services
  • City of Minneapolis – Councilmember
  • City of Minneapolis-Census and Neighborhoods 2020
  • City of Minneapolis – Solid Waste & Recycling
  • City of Minneapolis Regulatory Services-Housing Inspections, Fire Inspections, Traffic Control, Animal Control
  • Cleveland Neighborhood Association
  • Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Admissions Department)
  • CURA
  • Emerge Community Development- Employment Services and Training
  • FLY UP Folwell Youth
  • FNA FNA Info booth
  • FNA Housing
  • Folwell Neighborhood Association Green Team
  • Folwell Park
  • Fremont Clinic
  • Goddards Gardens
  • Green Garden Bakery
  • Greenway Homes Realty
  • Growing North
  • Hennepin County Child & Teen Check Up program – Promote preventative health & dental visits for children, teens & young adults .
  • Hope Academy-K-12 Private School
  • Hopewell Music Cooperative North – Art (Music) Education
  • Housing Resource Network
  • Juxtaposition Arts
  • Juxtaposition Arts/EJCC
  • Lowry Fire
  • Mastery School
  • McKinley Community Neighborhood Organization
  • Metro Transit Public Transportation
  • Minneapolis Urban League – Workforce/Wealth Accumulation/College Readiness
  • Mississippi Watershed Management Organization-Partner with the community to keep local lakes and the Mississippi River clean and healthy, as well as supporting related habitat.
  • MN House Fue Lee
  • MN SNAP – spay/neuter surgeries for low-income families
  • Mother’s Love-Resources for Black Mothers
  • MPRB Water Quality Education lead
  • NEON (Northside Economic Opportunity Network)
  • Nice Ride Mn-Transportation and recreation
  • North News
  • North Regional Library
  • NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, Inc
  • Northside Boxing Club
  • Northside Fresh
  • Northside Greenway Now!
  • Northside History Association
  • Northside Seniors-Social group for seniors and people
  • Off The Blue Couch-Healing & Sustainability
  • Park Board Rep
  • Park Board Strategic Plan & Park Plans
  • Prodeo Academy
  • School Board Rep
  • SCV-Domestic Abuse Support
  • Sustainable Resources Center-Free lead testing, lead poisoning prevention and healthy homes education
  • Tree Trust -Trees/Youth Employment Job Training
  • Urban Homeworks-Home repair and owner assistance
  • VINA
  • WBC
  • West Broadway Avenue Bridges reconstruction project – Hennepin County Public Works
  • Women’s League of Voters – Voter registration
  • Youth Farm

Are you interested in Tabling at this event?

Fill out this registration form by Monday June 17, 2019.

Already registered and looking for details?

Vendor information here

Interested in Volunteering?

Email Dani at danielle@folwell.org. Volunteers receive a free T-shirt, food tickets for the night, and an opportunity to give back to the community.