October E-News

Hope to see you at our 10/10 Litter Be Gone event!
This photo taken at Spring 2019 event.

EPNI Calendar 

We have a busy Fall calendar to share with you! We hope to see you in person or online sometime soon.

Thursday, October 1st - Pop-Up Food Market: 11AM-1PM at Chicago Ave & 15th St.  The market is back!  We'll have free produce and $2/piece frozen meat.  All are welcome - tell your neighbor and bring a friend!

Saturday, October 3rd - Downtown Tree Census: 11-11:30 AM at Elliot Park - 1000 E 14th St 
Let’s make sure our streets are as healthy, beautiful, and green as they can be! Join EPNI, the Minneapolis DID, and Green Minneapolis for the 2nd Annual Volunteer Tree Census.

Monday, October 5th - Community Safety Meeting: 6-7PM, via Zoom.  We will be coming together again to discuss community safety concerns and touch base on the follow-up actions from our 9/17/20 meeting.

Tuesday, October 6th - Early Mornings with Elliot Park Neighborhood: 7:30-8:30AM via Zoom.  Join us for a new monthly conversation!  This month, we'll be learning more about our neighborhood: businesses, residents, growth, historic district, parks, and more!  We will be joined by EPNI Executive Director Vanessa Haight and Park Manager Newmann Thomas.

Saturday, October 10th - Litter Be Gone Clean-Up Event: 9-11AM.  Join us for our fall neighborhood litter clean-up!  Meet at Elliot Park (1000 E 14th St) for an assignment and supplies.

Monday, October 12th - 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. Meeting link will be posted a few days ahead of the meeting.

Thursday, October 15th - 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.

Bulletin Board

Welcome our 2020 EPNI Board Members! 

The votes are in!  Thank you to all of you who voted in the Board of Directors election.  It was our first time doing both mailed and online ballots and we were thrilled with the response! 

Congratulations to the following community members on their election and/or re-election. 

Rebecca Thomas • Resident

Vachel Hudson • Resident

Glen Johnson • Resident

Jim Hirst • Resident 

Billy Brownlee • Resident 

Toya Lopez • Resident 



Welcome Halima Ahmed - NEW EPNI Community Organizer!

Halima Ahmed recently joined EPNI has Community Organizer. Outside of this position, Halima works with multiple student organizations at Hamline University focusing on community engagement and creating interfaith dialogue on campus. Prior to her time with EPNI, Halima worked with youth in various capacities such as reading engagement, after-school tutoring, and also spent a semester working with fifth-grade students on social justice issues and youth activism. 
Halima lives in North Minneapolis with her family and friendly orange cat. In her free time, she enjoys biking, spending time with friends and family, and getting out into nature.

Welcome to the team, Halima!

Food Market

We're so excited to invite you to the pop-up market! Our Food Solutions Team has been working for over a year to bring fresh, healthy, and affordable food to the neighborhood. Help us spread the word, tell a neighbor & bring a friend!

The market is open to ALL - Thursday October 1st from 11am - 1pm. Come on over to the pop-up market for some beautiful produce, dry goods, and frozen meat. See full menu on our website.  We hope to see you there! 


Welcome our new program, Early Mornings with Elliot Park Neighborhood!

Find us on Zoom, the first Tuesday of each month from 7:30– 8:30AM

We are looking forward to sharing our first topic: “Elliot Park Neighborhood 101 - The Past, Present, and our Future.” Vanessa Haight, EPNI Executive Director, and Newmann Thomas, Manager of Elliot Park & Franklin Steele Park will be leading a fun and informal conversation about our neighborhood! 

Learn more and register at www.elliotpark.org/earlymornings


Neighborhood Litter Clean-Up Event

Help make our neighborhood clean and beautiful Saturday, October 10th, from 9 – 11am!

Volunteer with your family and join your neighbors to clean up litter from our Elliot Park Neighborhood streets and boulevards before it becomes covered by leaves and snow. Show your community pride and feel good knowing that you are improving your neighborhood and preventing litter from ending up in our storm drains and waterways. 

Meet at the Elliot Park Recreation Center (1000 East 14th Street) to check-in and pick-up supplies for our annual fall litter clean-up event. Please wear a mask & bring gloves if you have them. If you prefer to clean-up on your own we would love to hear that you are participating! Please let us know how much debris you collected & the areas of the neighborhood you targeted. 

Thank you in advance for helping brighten our community & making a difference in our neighborhood!

Learn more at www.elliotpark.org/litter


Public health information: Slow the spread of COVID-19

Mask Up

Minnesotans are required to wear a face covering in indoor businesses and indoor public settings. Researchers have advocated for masking, calling it a simple and effective step to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

To protect yourself and other click the links below to learn more about COVID-19.

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

Change, House

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 211unitedway.org 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.


C4W 2020 Lush Future — A collection of honest and hopeful work 

C4W Lush Futre

Elliot Park Arts Quarter business, Gamut Gallery, announces their annual Call for Work Exhibition is just around the corner! Gamut is hosting back-to-back openings Friday, October 9th & Saturday, October 10th.

C4W:2020 is not an exhibition that influences what art should be. Instead, Guest Curator Katie Garrett, brought her unique perspective and interpretation of the submitted works ranging the full “Gamut” of visual media. When Garret accepted the challenge of curating this year’s C4W: 2020, she practiced an exercise in responsive curation, empowering the 175 artists to lead the way through all 745 submissions.

A theme emerged around ideas of projection, optimism, truth, and action - creating a wild, saturated world that breathes life into us from every angle. Revealed in a body of work by 42 artists, these elements convey a hopeful and restorative life ahead. Biological elements invite inspiration of growth through texture, material, pattern, and figure. This rich, fertile ground features jewel tones pulling everything together, welcoming wet, magnetic pieces to pull at the imagination and occupy your whole mind. These chosen 43 works tell you stories and let everything else slip away for a moment, releasing judgement allowing the art do the work.

Click to learn more about the show & purchase $5 tickets.

Minneapolis. Your City. Your Vote. Early Voting has Begun.

The Early Vote Center at 980 E. Hennepin Ave., makes early in-person voting more convenient for Minneapolis voters by mail or in person. It’s especially helpful to people who need language support or other special accommodations, such as curbside voting. While we are in a pandemic, voting early can help people avoid lines and crowds at polling places on the day of the election.

The Early Vote Center’s hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The center will have extended hours for the final two weeks of voting, including Saturday and Sunday hours. For the last seven days of early voting, the City will open two additional Early Vote Centers. All early voting hours and locations are posted on the Elections & Voter Services website: vote.minneapolismn.gov.

Read more about early voting 

City Begins Public Review of Draft Built Form Regulations

2040 Map

Online open house on October 7th, 3-4PM focused on proposed regulations in Downtown

The City has launched the 45-day comment period for the public to review draft built form regulations that will regulate the scale of new buildings and additions throughout Minneapolis. The regulations are critical to achieving the goals of Minneapolis 2040, the City’s Comprehensive Plan, which was approved by the City Council in 2018. The plan will shape how the city will grow and change over the next two decades so all residents can benefit. Under consideration now are technical aspects of Minneapolis 2040 implementation.

Minneapolis 2040 includes 14 Built Form Districts that will guide the development of new regulations, which will govern issues such as: building height, floor area ratio (FAR), lot sizes and setbacks from property lines, among other things. The new built form regulations will resolve some of the major conflicts between Minneapolis 2040 and the City’s current zoning regulations. They are also intended to provide more predictability for the scale of new buildings and additions in different areas in the city, including neighborhoods, downtown, production/employment areas and areas served by high-frequency transit. 

Minneapolis 2040 went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, following over two years of community engagement. The plan guides growth and change with 14 key goals, including eliminating racial disparities, promoting climate change resiliency, and increasing access to jobs and housing.

Read more about how to comment on the draft regulations


Park & Rec Board

 Updates from the Park Board on Encampments  

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) limits the total number of parks available for temporary encampments and the number of tents per encampment. It has also established a temporary permit that can be issued to an individual or body that agrees to be responsible for the day-to-day oversight of an encampment.

The board’s regulations respond to the growing number of people experiencing homelessness who are living in parks temporarily until dignified alternative spaces can be found. The MPRB is working with state, county and city health and human service agencies to find short, medium and long-term solutions.

For the latest information on encampment locations and Park Board actions, go to minneapolisparks.org/encampments

Learn more about the City's work with partners responding to the increase in homeless encampments. 


State Executive Order Suspending Evictions Extended until October 12th;
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 Oct. 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 www.hennepin.us/rent-help and find more information here:


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