November E-News

Annual Fall Litter Be Gone MN

Thank you to everyone who came out to lend a hand, you made a difference! Our annual Fall Litter Be Gone MN event was on October 10th and with the help of our neighbors we picked up more than 30 large bags of trash throughout the Elliot Park Neighborhood. 

EPNI Calendar 

Hello November! Here is what we have in store for you this month.

Tuesday, November 3rd - Election Day! Your polling place may have changed! Check before you head to the polls Tuesday! It’s a trusted source for all your election questions and concerns.  Want to vote by mail ballot?  It's past the recommended date to vote by mail so please drop off your ballot by 3 pm on Election Day or use a delivery service.  If you changed your mind about voting by mail ballot, you can vote in person as long as they have not yet received and counted your mail ballot. When you get to your polling place or an early vote center, they will check if it has been counted.  Find more info here.

Monday, November 9th - Board of Directors Meeting6-7:30PM • 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.

Tuesday, November 17th - Early Mornings with Elliot Park Neighborhood: 7:30-8:30AM • via Zoom  
Join us for a new monthly conversation! This month, we'll be hearing from the businesses in the Elliot Park Arts Quarter.

Thursday, November 19th - Building, Land Use, and Housing (BLUH) Meeting6-7:30 PM • 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. November agenda includes: development concept for Plumber's Union site (708 10th St), update on Catholic Charities Exodus 2.0 project, NCU dining hall and their student union project.


Early Mornings with Elliot Park Neighborhood is back November 17th!

Early Mornings

Find us on Zoom, Tuesday November 17th from 7:30– 8:30AM

Brew up you favorite hot beverage and join us bright and early for a conversation our Elliot Park Community!

November's conversation will be focused on getting to know the businesses in the Elliot Park Arts Quarter. For those who attended our previous meeting, please fill out this Form to give us feedback.

Learn more and register at


EPNI seeks AmeriCorps VISTA Tenant Organizer

Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. has been selected as a 2021 host site for a full-time, Tenant Organizer VISTA through HOME Line's Affordable Housing Preservation Program -- a part of the AmeriCorps system. We are looking for candidates who will inform and activate at-risk renters to preserve their affordable homes and prevent displacement.  The project will build a network of existing tenant associations, identify opportunities for building tenant associations, begin building needed tenant association(s), identify funding opportunities to continue supporting tenant associations, and connect tenant associations EPNI.

Learn more at:



EPNI & Neighborhood Organizations Need Your Support!

EPNI, in collaboration with many other neighborhood organizations, is urging the City Council to allocate $3 million additional dollars into the proposed racial equity formula for Neighborhoods for a total of a $7.1 million investment to address racial disparities at the neighborhood level.

Read more: Whittier Alliance

Next up, the Public Health and Safety Committee will host a public hearing and presentation on November 5th at 1:30 PM. This is an opportunity to speak publicly about Neighborhoods 2020. EPNI will be testifying on the importance of organizing around equity and the need for sufficient funding for the work. 

Following the November 5th public hearing and presentation, the conversation will move to:

  • Nov. 12: Budget Committee presentation to discuss the program allocations and base funding amounts.
  • Nov. 13: Full City Council vote.
By voting on the program guidelines before the budget, the City Council can discuss the funding needed to implement the program as designed.

What you can do to help?

Join us in testifying during the 11/5 public hearing! Let us know that you can join us and we will share more details about how to sign-up to testify as they become available.

Sign the petition to support more funding for equity! We sent the petition to City Council on 9/30 and will speak to an updated petition when we testify on 11/5.

Write your Council Member about the importance of neighborhood organizations. You can find content and contacts here: The public comment period is closed but emailing Council Members is important as they consider the 2021 City Budget and how neighborhood funding fits in.

Find City Council meeting calendars, agendas and decisions on the City of Minneapolis’ Legislative Information Management System (LIMS).

Read more about Neighborhoods 2020

EPNI is partnering with House of Charity this Winter


EPNI has been supporting a group of residents in addressing food insecurity in our neighborhood. This summer, the EPNI Food Solutions Team hosted four pop-up food markets in partnership with The Food Group. Our last market, on October 1st, served over 140 households.

As we transition to winter and the need for food persists, EPNI is partnering with House of Charity to distribute food boxes to 150 households in the Elliot Park neighborhood through December 2020. Looking toward 2021, we will be working with House of Charity to figure out how we can continue the program. If you would like to support this work, please consider making a donation to EPNI and/or signing up to volunteer to pack the food boxes (Monday day shifts).

Learn more at


Free COVID-19 Testing & Flu Shots

The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 tests and flu shots. All are welcome.

You do not need insurance for the test. The flu shots are covered by insurance. If you have insurance, bring your insurance card for the flu shot. If you don’t have insurance, the flu shot is free!

  • Free COVID-19 tests and flu shots at Hennepin United Methodist, 511 Groveland Ave. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7
  • Free COVID-19 tests and flu shots at East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 Second St. NE Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14

You can expect to get your test results in about two business days.

The COVID-19 test is free, and you do not need insurance for the test. If you need medical care but don’t have health insurance, the Minnesota Department of Health offers resources to find low-cost health care or health insurance.

Free COVID-19 tests focused on the Cedar-Riverside community hosted by Pillsbury United 1-4 p.m. every Friday and Monday Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S. Note: Double-check with Pillsbury United for possible updates before heading over.

If you can’t attend one of these testing events, you can use this directory to find a testing location near you.

Watch and share these short videos in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong by the Minnesota Department of Health about what to expect.

City Council begins review of proposed 2021 City budget 

The City Council's Budget Committee has begun reviewing departments' proposed 2021 budgets and will continue through November. The City Council is scheduled to vote on budget adoption Dec. 9. 

Mayor Jacob Frey's proposed budget calls for a 5.75% maximum levy increase. With a 12% increase in the overall tax base growth, three-quarters of Minneapolis residential property owners will see a decrease in their property tax bills with the median-valued household set to experience a $59 yearly decrease. 

Public hearings on the proposed 2021 City budget are planned for Nov. 16, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. Visit the City’s website to learn more about the mayor’s recommended budget, key dates in the approval process, FAQs and more. You can also watch a series of videos on the City’s budget process.


 Rental assistance available through Hennepin County

The governor's latest extension of the peacetime emergency means that the suspension of evictions and landlord-initiated lease terminations remains in place until Nov. 12.

This suspension will allow households to remain sheltered during the peacetime emergency. The executive order does not relieve a tenant's obligation to pay rent.

While the eviction moratorium continues, housing providers can evict a tenant when the tenant violates a lease by endangering the safety of others, engaging in certain illegal activities, or significantly damaging property. Evictions can also proceed if the homeowner or their family member needs to move into the premises or if a writ of recovery was issued prior to March 24 at 5 p.m.

Emergency rental assistance

Hennepin County offers emergency rental assistance for residents with low incomes who have been financially harmed by COVID-19. Residents can learn more and apply at and find more information here:

COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program opens to help with housing expenses

Minnesota’s COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program has opened to cover housing expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities or other housing-related costs. This program will help keep folks in their homes and maintain housing stability for eligible renters and homeowners in communities across the state.

People in Minnesota interested in applying for assistance can call the Greater Twin Cities United Way’s 211 Resource Helpline at 651-291-0211, visiting or texting “MNRENT” or “MNHOME” to 898-211. The 211 Helpline has dedicated multilingual staff to answer questions about the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

For questions regarding the application process, check the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program frequently asked questions.



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