2022 - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from all of us at EPNI!

Letter from the Director

On behalf of Elliot Park Neighborhood I would like to wish everyone a happy new year! This past year has been difficult for many, but during challenging times the community has continued to shows it's strength. The neighbors and businesses of Elliot Park Neighborhood came together in many ways to support and care for each other. Most notably, the work of the community built a food delivery program with House of Charity to bring food to residents in need, rallied together to raise money for our beloved Band Box diner, connected with one another for discussions on equity and justice, and addressed public safety with compassion and creativity.

We hope in the next year to continue building community as we explore the future together. Happy New Year!
- Becca Thomas

EPNI December Calendar

Saturday, January 8th - Hennepin Healthcare Postcard Project: 
2pm – 5pm • Elliot Park Recreation Center (1000 E 14th St)
Imagine Deliver, Voices for Racial Justice and Hennepin Healthcare want to engage community member who live and work in Elliot Park/Downtown Minneapolis. We have partnered with them to host a postcard project at the Elliot Park Rec Center.  Participants will be asked to draw or write a little bit about what a what a healthcare system that is truly built for them would look like in Downtown Minneapolis. 

Saturday, January 15th - Board of Directors Meeting & Retreat: 
Please note, there will not be an open meeting this month
The Board of Directors plan to hold the January meeting on the 15th following Diversity and Equity training. The boards training will be from 9am-12pm. The board will then hold a working board meeting at 1pm.

Thursday, January 20th - Building, Land Use, and Housing (BLUH) Meeting: 
6 – 7:30PM • via Zoom
Join your neighbors in advocating for development that fits our community needs.  EPNI convenes the community at the Building, Land Use, and Housing (BLUH) meeting, where residents can review & give feedback on proposed changes to the neighborhood.  This month's meeting will be focused around Catholic Charities.

- Register in advance for the BLUH Meeting

Tenant Organizing Update

Ellie Benson is sad to announce that she’s wrapping up her VISTA year as EPNI’s Tenant Organizer! Her last day is January 14th. It’s been an honor to build power alongside Elliot Park residents to advance housing justice in this incredible community. After VISTA, she’s excited to go back to school and organize Minneapolis residents around rent stabilization. 

There are plenty of resources you can access in Ellie’s absence. If you have any legal or organizing questions concerning your housing situation, please contact HOME Line, a local tenant advocacy nonprofit. They offer free legal advice through their tenant hotline at 612-728-5767 or www.homelinemn.org/email.

You can also contact Fartun, EPNI’s Community Organizer, at 612-335-5846 or [email protected].

Hennepin Healthcare Postcard Project

Please join us on January 8th between 2pm - 5pm at the Elliot Recreation Center to share your health and wellness vision for Downtown Minneapolis! 

Imagine Deliver, Voices for Racial Justice and Hennepin Healthcare want to engage community member who live and work in Elliot Park/Downtown Minneapolis. We have partnered with Imagine Deliver to host a postcard project at the Elliot Park Rec Center.  Participants will be asked to draw or write a little bit about what a what a healthcare system that is truly built for them would look like in Downtown Minneapolis. 

The postcard takes about 5 minutes to complete and the anonymized answers will be used to inform Hennepin Healthcare's Downtown Minneapolis plans.

Learn more at: Hennepinhealthcare.org/ourfuture

Winter Warm Up is back!

US Bank Stadium will once again host indoor inline skating and running events this winter, continuing the Rollerdome tradition most years since opening in 2016. The first Winter Warm-Up was Dec. 14th, with the event running just about every Tuesday & Thursday afternoon through Jan. 27th, 2022. Everyone will need to bring their own skates, shoes and safety gear, as the stadium won't have any items available to rent.

• Tickets are $12 apiece

• Inline skating takes place on the main concourse, with open skate from 5-8 p.m.

• Speed skating from 8-9 p.m.

• Runners will get the upper concourse to themselves from 5-9 p.m.

Purchase tickets & learn more at: usbankstadium.com/events/detail/winter-warm-up-1

Sign up for the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector

With the new coronavirus variant — Omicron on the rise, we encourage our community to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their loved ones and the community at large. The Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector is a tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine. After you fill out a simple form, the Vaccine Connector will:

  1. Alert you when you are eligible to receive a vaccine;

  2. Connect you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment; and

  3. Notify you if there are vaccine opportunities in your area.

Minnesotans can sign up at mn.gov/vaccineconnector. Minnesotans unable to sign up online can call 833-431-2053 for assistance signing up over the phone. Translation is available by phone in all languages. Minnesotans can call the translation hotline at 833-431-2053 for assistance signing up over the phone. In addition to the Vaccine Connector, Minnesotans can search for local providers on the State’s vaccine finder map.

Get or Give Food Security Help

Are you or someone you know in need of food? Or perhaps you are looking for ways to support hunger relief efforts in your community? You can find locations, hours, contact info, and volunteer/donation needs of local food shelves and food distributions. To view food shelves by location, explore this map

SNAP- Online ordering and delivery
Minnesotans receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) food benefits can now use their EBT card to purchase eligible items from authorized online retailers. Find more information about how to order food using EBT benefits, participating retailers and delivery options. 

Twin Cities Mutual Aid Project (TCMAP)
TCMAP is a local, volunteer-run collective that acts as a bridge, both supporting the work of mutual aid sites and helping our community find and access material aid and other resources. Our tools include (1) an interactive, searchable map that tracks the hours, needs, and available goods at over 200 Twin Cities aid sites; (2) a directory of mutual aid resources that don’t easily fit on a map, like free medical and economic assistance programs; and (3) a mutual aid calendar that lists educational trainings, community-led action, and other local events.

 Twin Cities Mutual Aid Project (TCMAP)

• Learn more and view the map.

Hunger Solutions 
Hunger Solutions provides information and advocates for hunger relief across the State. Visit the Hunger Solutions website or call their Minnesota Food Helpline on weekdays during business hours at 1-888-711-1151 to learn more.

  • To find meal sites near you:
  • View the Free Meals for Kids map for current meal sites being offered.
  • Access the Hunger Solutions search tool to locate free meal sites, as well as food shelves and other food resources near you. Please contact the organization to confirm schedules. 
  • Hunger Solutions also provides information on food resources such as the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Market Bucks. The Market Bucks program helps SNAP-EBT participants purchase more good food at their local farmers market.

Check review more Minneapolis food security resources on their website.

Notice Of a Public Hearing for the Mayhew Rowhouses on 9th St. in Elliot Park

On September 28, 2021, the Heritage Preservation Commission placed the Mayhew Rowhouses under interim protection and directed the planning director to prepare or cause to be prepared a designation study of the property. The HPC will now consider recommending approval of the designation.

The Heritage Preservation Commission will meet on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. During the declared local public health emergency, Minneapolis has transitioned to an electronic format for its public meetings and hearings, authorized under Minn. Stat. Section 13D.021, to minimize the risk of exposure to or potential spread of COVID-19. The public may view the public hearing using the following options: Watch on Comcast Channel 14 or 799 or live on minneapolismn.gov/tv/citycounciltv. 

In accordance with the Preservation Ordinance, all property owners within 350 feet of the subject property are notified of this public hearing. The public may submit comments or participate by phone in the meeting by using the following website: minneapolismn.gov/meetings/index.htm.

Planning Department staff will issue a recommendation to the Heritage Preservation Commission. After hearing from the public, the Heritage Preservation Commission will make a determination based on legal findings of fact. Please visit lims.minneapolismn.gov/calendar/independent/upcoming/hpc for the agenda with staff reports (web page will be updated by the end of the day Monday prior to the meeting date).

If you have questions about the project, please contact the City staff person listed below. If you would like to submit comments, you may make them verbally at the meeting or submit them in writing to:

John Smoley, Senior City Planner - 505 4th Ave S #320, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2830 Fax: (612) 673-2526

Email: [email protected]

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact 612-673-3710. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.


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Minneapolis Digital Puzzles

Meet Minneapolis has created 14 digital puzzles showcasing popular landmarks across our city. From Iconic greats like Bob Dylan to our infamous Cherry Bridge visit all our favorite Minneapolis spots and activities while staying warm and cozy this January!


Help Build Community Vitality in Elliot Park!

Please consider donating to EPNI so we may be able to continue the community support that Elliot Park needs for our future! Your donation goes directly toward supporting EPNI's work to build community vitality by connecting & empowering neighbors.  

Your generosity through financial contributions is the reason we are able to continue our important work in the community.  Your support, coupled with your neighbors’ support is what fuels our organization.  Please consider making a financial donation to EPNI today to support our work in responding to community need.

Any amount helps, please donate today at: www.elliotpark.org/donate 


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