July E-News

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Image from Art POP! Block Party, September 2020

EPNI Calendar 

For the foreseeable future we are holding meetings via Zoom (with access by computer, smart phone, or dial in).  Please let us know if you need any assistance connecting to these virtual meetings.  Hope to "see" you at a meeting soon!

Thursday, July 9th & Saturday, July 11th - Let's Get Uncomfortable: A Space to Talk About Race and Being Anti-racistthe Theater of Public Policy's “Let’s Get Uncomfortable” is a welcoming space to talk about race and what it means to put being anti-racist into practice. Two events are planned, the first on July 9th (virtual) from 6:30-8PM and the second on July 11th (socially distanced in Elliot Park) from 1-2:30PM. These will fill up quick!  See more info below.

Thursday, July 16th - Building, Land Use, and Housing (BLUH) Meeting, Zoom (access with a computer, smart phone, or dial in from a phone), 6-7:30PM. Agenda TBD.

Monday, July 27 - Ward 6 Candidate ForumA City Council Ward 6 Candidate Forum (webinar) is currently being planned for Monday, July 27th, 6-7:30 PM.  The forum is co-hosted by Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc, East Town Business Partnership, and Minneapolis Downtown Council. Stay tuned to our website calendar or Facebook for details!

August - Elliot Park Arts Quarter Art Walk - Stay tuned to our website calendar or Facebook for details!

Monday, September 14th - Save the Date! EPNI Annual Meeting & Board Elections, details TBD. Interested in joining the EPNI Board of Directors? Contact the EPNI office for more info.


We are excited to partner with Danger Boat Productions and bring "Let's Get Uncomfortable" to the Elliot Park community.  Let’s Get Uncomfortable” is a welcoming space to talk about race and what it means to put being anti-racist into practice.

Two events are planned, the first on July 9th (virtual) from 6:30-8PM and the second on July 11th (socially distanced in Elliot Park) from 1-2:30PM.

These will fill up quick! The Elliot Park community gets first chance at these tickets so please RSVP by July 2nd, when they'll go live to the general public. 

Visit https://dangerboat.net/events to register.  This is a pay what you can event.


Stay in touch with EPNI for local updates, resources, and connection to the community. 

Welcome Vachel and Glen to the EPNI Board

In June, the EPNI Board of Directors appointed two residents to fill vacant seats: Vachel Hudson and Glen Johnson.  Glen and Vachel also lead EPNI Building, Land Use, and Housing committee.  Welcome to the board!

Vachel Hudson

Vachel Hudson has made it his mission early on that he wanted to help build communities and the next generation of leaders.

Before jumping into his career in the nonprofit affordable housing industry, Vachel graduated from Kentucky State University, where he studied Mass Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism and Marketing. Out of high school he was the recipient of football and academic scholarships as a result of his hardwork. He has recently graduated with an MBA from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota with a 4.0 GPA. Vachel has demonstrated early on his career his ability to overcome the stereotypes of society and succeed at very high levels.

Vachel is a natural leader who was heavily sought after for his work in Louisville, KY with the Vision Russell Neighborhood Development and Revitalization Project, in which he was a key component in the city winning a Housing and Urban Development grant worth more than $32 million for his neighborhood’s economic development plan. In his role with this project, Vachel was the public voice for more than 1,100 residents and sat  on the board of the newly created Russell Neighborhood Association.

Vachel currently works for Aeon, a nonprofit housing developer, where his role is to identify residents who are at risk of losing their home, then intervene, mediate, and support positive changes to prevent eviction. Vachel also helps to stabilize the homes of individuals and families with the greatest barriers by connecting them to community resources such as mental health or chemical dependency treatment, job training, after-school pro- grams, and homeownership. Due to his evident drive and passion, Vachel was recognized as a Rising Young Professional by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce in 2018.

When Vachel is not preoccupied with work or busy with his role as a Vice President of Minneapolis Urban League Young Professionals and other boards, he likes to read community development and leadership literature, volunteer in underserved communities, build his brand and network within the Twin Cities. Vachel plans to continue to push and fight for social justice, economic equality and mobilize the masses for a purpose greater than himself.


Glen Johnson


Glen Johnson has been an Elliot Park resident since 2017. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and History from the University of Minnesota and now works in online education. His volunteering has been in transit, equity, and public health. He's interested in land use and transportation issues and passionate about making our community a healthy and equitable place for everyone. You'll likely see him at his adopted storm drain by Franklin Steele Park or biking through the neighborhood checking out architecture.

Congrats Madison Tenant Association


Congrats to Madison Apartments & Townhomes Tenant Association for their recognition by National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT)!  NAHT recognized the Madison Tenant Association for "fending off a redevelopment and displacement scheme and winning major rehab and on-site relocation for tenants". This recognition is well deserved as the Madison Tenant Association have shown tremendous courage and leadership as they have fought displacement and ongoing livability issues.

EPNI has worked with the Madison Tenant Association and HOME Line since 2018 to fight a redevelopment project that would displace the residents.  The Tenant Association successfully negotiated with the property owner to move forward with a rehabilitation project rather than a redevelopment, eliminating the need for off-site relocation.  The path has not been easy and the tenants are still actively standing up for their rights as the renovation moves forward.


Building, Land Use, and Housing (BLUH) Update

At the June Building, Land Use, and Housing (BLUH) meeting, we checked in as a community and talked about the Elliot Park Community Vision. See the full debrief at: https://www.elliotpark.org/061820_bluh_update



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Public Hearings Scheduled for July on Revised 2020 Budget


The City Council’s Budget Committee will hold two public hearings in July on proposed revisions to the City’s 2020 budget. The City faces a significant revenue shortfall as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and needs to make cuts to the City’s roughly $1.5 billion budget.

Mayor Jacob Frey will brief the City Council's Policy & Government Oversight (POGO) Committee on a revised 2020 budget July 9, and staff will present the revised budget to the City Council July 10.

Public Hearings
Engage and share your voice in this process during two online public hearings:

  • 6:05 p.m. Tuesday, July 14
  • 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 22

You can watch the online meetings and participate in the online public hearings.

The City Council is scheduled to vote July 24 on a revised 2020 budget.

Remember to Wear Masks or Face Coverings While in Indoor Public Places

Mask up MPLS at all indoor locations

Minneapolis Mayor Frey’s emergency regulation requiring people in Minneapolis to wear cloth face masks or coverings when they are in an indoor place of public accommodation is in effect.

Medical research has indicated that COVID-19 may have a high rate of transmission through respiratory droplets, particularly while indoors, and that wearing a mask can help reduce the risk of community spread. Research has also shown that people who don’t show signs of the virus can still spread it without knowing they have it.

Businesses will not be required to provide masks to customers or employees themselves, though employers shall be required to mandate the use of masks by their staff.

Non-compliance should be reported through 311.

Find more information here.

Donate Homemade Face Masks at Minneapolis Fire Stations for Mask Drive Mondays

Minneapolis residents can deliver homemade masks to their local fire station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday for Mask Drive Mondays. A big thank you to people who already donated 2,400 masks plus 100 more child-sized masks for the Memorial Day mask drive.

Remember to stay 6 feet away from others when dropping off your donation. Note: fire stations are not equipped to take any other donations at this time.

The City plans to distribute the donated masks throughout Minneapolis to residents, organizations and businesses that are most in need, including food shelves, congregate living facilities, small corner stores and shelters.


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