May E-news

May 2021 E-News


Dear Neighbors,

We hope you are finding ways to care for yourself, your loved ones, and your communities as we continue to navigate the collective trauma and grief of the past year. From loss of life and social isolation throughout this pandemic to unrelenting state violence against our Black neighbors, this is such an important moment to reconnect & build community.

We look forward to the day when we can gather together again – soon, hopefully, as vaccines become more readily available. Until then, please read on for ways to connect virtually with our neighborhood.

- Kim Forbes
  EPNI Board President

EPNI Calendar for May


Monday, May 10th - Board of Directors Meeting: 6-7:30PM • via Zoom
The EPNI Board of Directors meetings monthly, on the 2nd Monday of the month, at 6 PM.  Guests are welcome to attend and observe.  If you would like to attend, please email [email protected] and request the Zoom meeting link. Feel free to email with any questions or suggestions for board members. 

Saturday, May 15th & June 12 - COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic: 9AM-1 PM • NCU Gymnasium, 910 Elliot Ave
In partnership with Hennepin Healthcare and North Central University, Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc (EPNI) is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic. Reserve your spot today!  Register at or by calling the EPNI office.

Thursday, May 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.  Agenda will be posted ONE week prior to meeting.

- Register in advance for the
 BLUH Meeting

Monday, May 24th - EPNI Annual Meeting: 6-7:30PM • via Zoom
Join us for the 2021 Annual Meeting! Voting is now open for the Board of Directors!  Check out the Candidate Guide & election details here:

- Register in advance for the 2021 Annual Meeting

2021 EPNI Board Elections are here!

We can't wait to see you all at our 2021 Annual Meeting!  This year's meeting features updates from Council Members Lisa Goodman and Jamal Osman, EPNI highlights, ways to get involved in your community, and prizes!  Find the full agenda on the EPNI website.

In the meantime, check out the 2021 Board of Directors Candidate Guide & election details here:

2021 EPNI Board Elections

EPNI is governed by a 15-seat Board of Directors composed of residents and employees of the Elliot Park neighborhood.  The Board of Directors helps shape the future of the neighborhood by setting the vision for the organization and allocates financial resources toward that vision.   

Board Elections are held in May of each year.  This year, there are 5 seats open for election.  The term of these seats is 2021-2024. 

After reviewing the candidates, you can vote online at or by mail.
Online voting opens May 1st.

Are you interested in joining the EPNI Board?  Know someone who would be great?  We welcome write-in candidates on the ballot!  We will also take nominations from the floor at the May 24th Annual Meeting. 

VOTER GUIDE • Meet the Candidates!
We asked 3 questions to all candidates seeking election, see their answers below!

1. What makes you a unique candidate?
2. What areas are you interested in working on?
3. What do you hope to accomplish?

Chris DeLaurentis 
Seeking Re-Election 
1. I do not know how unique I am, but I am passionate about creating healthier living solutions for Elliot Park and encouraging more business to support its residents. 
2. Building, Land Use & Housing | Events | Fundraising 
3. I hope to have encouraged fellow board members and residents to take greater ownership to our Elliot Park Community. 

Jerry Dustrud 
Seeking Re-Election 
1. Strong interest in housing management and residential support 
2. Community Safety 
3. Establish a sound process to ensure residential safety 

Trent Redmann 
Seeking Re-Election 
Employee, North Central University  
1. I have a long history with Elliot Park. My grandparents lived here in the 1930's. I lived on campus in the 1990's and work at NCU now. 
2. Building, Land Use, and Housing Fundraising  
3. Help make Elliot Park a better place to live. 

Janelle Sullivan 
Employee, Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis 
1. I am the Property Manager for Catholic Charities’ Exodus Residence; once relocated to Elliot Park, this residence will provide safe, stable, permanent homes to 203 people who have previously experienced homelessness, veterans and those with complex medical needs. Serving on the EPNI Board of Directors is an opportunity to become a member of this community, foster open communication, & build trusting relationships.  
2. Building, Land Use, and Housing  
3. I hope to successfully serve as a convener between the people I serve and the neighborhood of Elliot Park—setting us all up for a long relationship built on mutual understanding and respect.  

Vaccine Clinic

In partnership with Hennepin Healthcare and North Central University, EPNI is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic.  We have been visiting community members through out the neighborhood and are thrilled to learn so many individuals have been vaccinated.  We would like to assist as many people as possible and ask that you may share this clinic flyer & information to those looking to get vaccinated may have easier access to the clinic at North Central University.

LOCATION: NCU Gymnasium, 910 Elliot Ave
DOSE #1: Saturday, May 15, 9 AM - 1 PM
DOSE #2: Saturday, June 12, 9 AM - 1 PM

PLEASE NOTE: You must receive both doses for maximum protection. Please attend both clinics.

Pre-registration is required. The clinic is open to all, and no ID or insurance is required.

Reserve your spot today:

Community Vision

Check out the 2021 Community Vision and share your feedback at

In 2019, EPNI embarked on the creation of a new community vision. Until recently, a 2002 master plan guided development in Elliot Park. With enormous neighborhood growth since 2002, EPNI determined a new community vision was essential to proactively review and provide feedback on proposed developments.

That year, EPNI hosted community conversations to learn more about what residents loved about the neighborhood and what they wished could change. With a local planning firm, EPNI launched an online survey, installed in-building participation boards, surveyed residents through door-knocking and public interception, and requested feedback at committee meetings.

Guided by this community input, a task force composed of EPNI staff, board members, and community members drafted the 2021 Community Vision. The primary purpose of this document is to serve as a guide for the future of Elliot Park. Unlike the 2002 master plan, the 2021 Community Vision is a living document that EPNI will review and update annually.

EPNI will use the 2021 Community Vision to advocate for community priorities when:
1) meeting with elected officials
2) meeting with developers
3) convening the community to review proposed development
4) identifying EPNI program and project priorities.

Need help accessing the document? Call us at 612-335-5846 or email [email protected].

Chicago Avenue Safety Patrols

In partnership with neighborhood residents, businesses, and institutions, EPNI is hiring a community based safety patrol vendor to address the persistent safety challenges along Chicago Avenue between 15th & 17th Street. We are currently finalizing a contract and expect the patrols to activate in May. The patrols are trained and experienced in violence prevention and intervention through security detail and community outreach.

How You Can Help
EPNI received a $10,000 grant from the City of Minneapolis Great Streets Business District program to support safety patrols over the period of four months.  We are now seeking to raise an additional $30,000 to fully fund this work.

EPNI is accepting restricted donations for the safety patrol program.  These restricted donations will only be used to address safety along the Chicago Avenue corridor between 15th & 17th Street.  Donations are tax-deductible as tax laws allow.

To make a donation for this work, send a check payable to EPNI with a letter noting the intent to restrict the donation to the “Chicago Avenue Safety Patrols”.  Checks can be mailed to EPNI, 810 S 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415.

Donate online at  Please note there is a 3% fee deducted from your donation.

Thank you for your support!

Spring Clean-Up 

Thanks to all who attended EPNI’s semi-annual neighborhood clean-up on April 10th! Your incredible participation helped us collect 53 bags of trash, helped brighten our community & made a difference in our neighborhood. Check out these great photos of the event, courtesy of Jade Patrick from Gamut Gallery

We hope they inspire you to join us again in the fall! 

Missed the April BLUH meeting? We've got you covered!

  At the April Building, Land Use, and Housing (BLUH) meeting, we discussed Community Advocacy around the I-94 Project.
Alex Burns of the Sierra Club North Star Chapter presented about the community stakeholder group that has formed in response to MnDOT's Rethinking I-94 Project. This project seeks to reconstruct I-94 from downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul.
The stakeholder group’s working priorities include: re-evaluate infrastructure, co-create plan with communities along the corridor, advance equity, reduce air and noise pollution, reconnect neighborhoods and improve access, improve street safety, reduce carbon emissions, increase transit options, reduce traffic injuries and deaths, support economic vitality, and prevent displacement.
Check out the meeting recording hereRegister here for the next BLUH meeting on Thursday, May 20th at 6 PM.


From the Elliot Park Archives 

Halima Ahmed, EPNI’s Community Organizer, dug up some fascinating images from Elliot Park neighborhood’s history. We wanted to share a few favorites!

Images from left to Right are: Bandbox Diner, Minneapolis POP Orchestra circa 1985, EPNI Volunteer Awards circa 1991 & the Elliot Park Neighborhood House.


Emergency Rent Assistance Available through RentHelpMN

Emergency rent assistance is now available for Minneapolis residents through RentHelpMN. Updated information is also available on the City’s Coronavirus Housing resource webpage.

RentHelpMN is a collaborative effort between local and state government across Minnesota to provide emergency rental assistance to Minneapolis households and households across the state through one joint application process. Government partners for RentHelpMN include the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, City of Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, and the State of Minnesota.

Help for Renters
Renters can apply for assistance directly at RentHelpMN. Renters with questions or who need help with the application process can call 211 today. Trained operators are available to answer questions about eligibility, bills or documents. 211 has translation services available.

Minneapolis residents can also call the following community partners for assistance:

  • NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center: 612-767-9198

  • Comunidades Latinos Unidos en Servico (CLUES) Assistance in Spanish: 651-362-0162

  • New American Development Center (NADC) Assistance in Somali, Oromo and Amharic:

  • Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA): for residents of public housing and Housing Choice Voucher holders.

Help for Property Owners
Through the RentHelpMN system, property owners and managers can register their properties, proactively submit their W-9s and payment information, and complete a basic application initiation that will then be sent to the renter for completion. HousingLink staff are available to answer questions from property owners/managers at 612-200-1614.

The City of Minneapolis are continuing to work closely with a multi-jurisdictional group of local government partners to supplement what is currently available to property owners/managers through the RentHelpMN system so that property owners may submit applications on behalf of their renters. We will share more details as they are available.

They are complementing the administration of the program by contracting with community-based organizations and administrators to serve as housing assistance navigators. Housing assistance navigators will implement community outreach and engagement strategies to connect with households that might not learn about or have access to apply for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program and other emergency assistance programs, and to assist applicants to submit complete applications. Earlier this month, the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County issued a joint Request for Proposals for community navigators. They expect to select and announce those awardees by early next week.

Hennepin County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

Community household hazardous waste collection events are for residents to safely and properly dispose of unwanted paints, chemicals and more. Three collection events will be held in Minneapolis from 9 AM – 4 PM. 

  • June 25-26: Pillsbury Elementary School (2250 Garfield St NE)
  • July 30-31: Anthony Middle School (5757 Irving Ave S)
  • August 13-14: South High School (3131 19th Ave S)

Residents must wear masks and remain in their vehicles.  Visit the household hazardous waste collection event webpage to learn what items will be accepted and to review safety guidelines.

Nice Ride 2021 Season Open

The Nice Ride bike-share program is up and running for the 2021 season. The bike-share service has more than 3,000 bikes and more than 400 stations across Minneapolis. 


  • Return classic bikes and ebikes to Nice Ride stations.  Only ebikes and scooters can be locked (using the locking cable) for free at e-stations or for $1 to any public bike rack within city limits.  Avoid locking ebikes or scooters to themselves, trees, signposts, private property, or other structures, and don’t block pathways, sidewalks or ramps.  Parking violations like these, as well as parking outside Minneapolis city limits, will incur a $25 fee.

  • Make sure to ride in the roadway, not on the sidewalk.

COVID-19 safety
Nice Ride will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health for COVID-19 protocols.  High-contact bike and scooter surfaces will be disinfected every time they arrive at the depot, as well as high-contact surfaces on vans used to transport vehicles at the start of each shift.  Nice Ride associates wear gloves when handling bikes and are required to follow CDC guidance and wear a face covering.

Learn more about Nice Ride. And check out the Nice Ride for All program - only $5 a year for unlimited 45-minute rides if you qualify for certain assistance programs.

    published May E-news in News 2021-05-01 09:29:23 -0500