During this challenging time, we are trying to keep the community updated with ways to stay connected, how to lend a hand, and available resources.  This page will be updated continuously as information changes.  If you have a suggested update, please email it to [email protected].


Connecting with Community

In person EPNI meetings and events are cancelled for the time being due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  In an effort to stay connected, we have created a Facebook Group for the Elliot Park community.  We can use this space to ask for help, offer help, share information, and keep in touch.  

Don't have Facebook?  Stay tuned to this page for updates.  You can also continue to reach our office at [email protected] or by phone 612-335-5846 (messages are checked daily).


Ways to Help (Elliot Park Specific) 


Volunteer with or make a financial contribution to our local emergency service organizations such as: House of Charity , Catholic Charities, St. Stephen's 

Support Hennepin Healthcare: write a thank you note to the healthcare providers, donate equipment, and/or make a financial donation. 


Support our local businesses! 

(Last updated June 9, 2020) 

Segue Coffee: Open

FINNEGANS Brew Co.: Open

Tavola Italian Kitchen:  Temporarily closed

Gamut Gallery: Online shop open

Kristi Abbott Collage: Online shop open

Elliot Park Grocery: Open

East Village Market: Open    

Fades of Gray: Taking appointments


Emergency Assistance 

If you need help paying for rent, food, or childcare, apply online for emergency and cash assistance, food benefits (SNAP), and child care assistance:  For one-time emergency financial assistance, call the county where you live.  Hennepin County: 612-596-1300 


Government Resources 

City of Minneapolis: Contains a variety of information, including COVID-19 information, impacts to City services, and links to resources for residents and business owners.   

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board: Information on the MPRB's response to COVID-19, including closure information. 

Hennepin County: Information on the County's response to COVID-19. 

MetroTransit: Information on reduced service and more.  

Minnesota Department of Health: state-level information about COVID-19 

- COVID-19 schools/child care/business information hotline: (651) 297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 (7 a.m.-7p.m.) 

- COVID-19 health information hotline: (651) 201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903 (7 a.m-7 p.m.) 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: federal-level information about COVID-19 



House of Charity(501 S 8th St): Free meals, public showers, housing, and chemical and mental health treatment. Shelf of Hope (Food Shelf) open Wednesdays 10am-1pm.

Community Emergency Services(1900 11th Ave S): Neighborhood Food Shelf, M-Th, 1-4 pm:  If you are sick or considered high-risk, or have been in contact with someone who is sick, please do not visit the food shelf. Instead, call 612-870-1125 and leave a message with your name and number, and CES will contact you about options for getting food. 

Catholic Charities Mary F. Frey Opportunity Center (740 E 17th Street): Meals, mail, lockers & showers, 7am - 3pm Monday – Friday and Saturday 7am-1pm.  

Minneapolis Public Schools (closest distribution is at Brian Coyle Center or at Anderson): Meals for children under 18 years old, do not need to be students of MPS. 

Meals on Wheels (delivery): Meal delivery service for seniors and people with disabilities. Sign up at or call 612-623-3363. 



Hennepin Healthcare: Healthcare and COVID-19 informational resources.  If you think you have been exposed to Coronavirus (COVID-19) or if you are experiencing symptoms, the safest first step to finding out if you need to get tested is by calling 612-873-6963.  As of 6/8, Hennepin Healthcare now offers walk-in COVID-19 testing at their downtown Viral Screening Clinic (900 S 8th St).


Sick Time & Unemployment 

City of Minneapolis Sick & Safe Time: FAQ on COVID-19 and Minneapolis Sick & Safe Time. 

Minnesota Unemployment Insurance: The Governor's office has made special accommodations for workers affected by the pandemic, suspending a waiting period for unemployment insurance and ensuring benefits are available to those quarantined or self-isolated as well as those impacted by loss of childcare. 



Energy Assistance: Deadline of July 1, 2020. Minnesota residents may also obtain an application and more information by calling (800) 657-3710 or by downloading them and mailing them to their local energy assistance program provider.

Water:Minneapolis will not turn off water service for any unpaid bills during the COVID-19 emergency.

Electricity:Xcel Energy, the electricity provider for Minneapolis residents and business owners, announced over the weekend that it will indefinitely suspend service disconnections. The company also said it would work with customers who face difficulty paying their electricity bill to arrange payment plans to meet those circumstances. If you have questions about your electricity bill or service, call Xcel’s customer service line at 1-800-895-4999. 

Gas: CenterPoint Energy, the gas provider in Minneapolis, also announced it will suspend service disconnections and work with customers who need payment assistance, extensions, or other help. If you have questions about your gas bill or service, contact CenterPoint Energy’s customer service line at 1-800-245-2377. 

Internet Access: US Internet has opened their wifi network in Minneapolis for those that may need temporary Internet access. To use this tool: Select the “City of Minneapolis Public WiFi” or “USI Wireless” network on your device and you will be connected.  


Small Business Resources 

See links to City & County resources above. 

East Town Business Partnership (ETBP) Small Biz Owner Support Guide: 


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