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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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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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.
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 email@example.com so that all the comments and concerns can be considered.
Did you participate in our first ever Falloween? We would love to hear back from you about your experience so we can continue to grow and improve the community’s collective experience around this event. You can find the form here.
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Remember the years when every porch light was on and the streets were full of children and families? Ghosts, Goblins, superheros, cheerleaders, and wizards would visit every home with the magical chant that granted them the one day a year where their pillow case would be full of candy. For many however, recent years have seen visibly empty streets and much of their bags of candy go untouched as kids and families choose to Trick or Treat in other neighborhoods.
Residents in Folwell have teamed up with the Folwell Neighborhood Association (FNA) and Folwell Park to bring Halloween back to Folwell! This year on Oct. 31 neighbors have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Falloween Fun!
Trunk or Treat will be held at Folwell Park. No registration required, just bring your car (decorated or not) and park it in the lot. This is a great activity for little kids! Come visit the FNA tent and get your picture taken at the Photo Booth before you get candy!
A Bonfire and treats will be waiting for kids and families at the Story Garden on 35th and Humboldt.
If you are looking for a more spooky experience, visit the garden on 34th and Penn “Eddie’s Garden of Dreams” previously known as the Love Garden. There will be a variety of harvest activities and a scary movie!
Residents of Folwell can also register their house for Trick or Treating to receive $10 to help offset costs. While anyone can hand out candy, those who register will be put on a map to help create a Trail of Treats journey for families to move them from event to event.