Audubon Neighborhood Association

Northeast Minneapolis Minnesota

Congratulations to our 2021/22 incoming Audubon Neighborhood Association Board of Directors!

What is your vision for Audubon Neighborhood? You can make it happen! Run for the Audubon Neighborhood Association Board of Directors on October 4, 2021 at 7pm!


People may participate in the Community Meeting and Board Elections online via Zoom.

Please register in advance for this meeting here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsc-CuqzMsHtQc7zq2tqbcy79mJqZEnZDU

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Tentative Agenda:

Welcome, Audubon Neighborhood Association President, Evan Benson

Special thank you to our current and outgoing Board members, Vice President Anne Bechtel

Ward One Update, Minneapolis Council Member Kevin Reich

Northeast Middle School update, Principal Vernon Rowe

Crime and Safety Update, Abdirashid Ali, Crime Prevention Specialist

29th Avenue Task Force Update, Blake Hampton

Audubon Farmers Market: A Successful Season

Northeast Storm Drain Challenge, Michelle Spangler

Audubon Home and Business Grant and Loan Programs update

Audubon Neighborhood Association Board of Directors Elections




2021 Audubon Neighborhood Association Board of Directors Application Form


The Audubon Neighborhood Association (ANA) Board is responsible for overall policy and direction of the organization, and delegates responsibility of day-to-day operations to the staff and committees. The Board will consist of at least 5 and no more than 9 members. Board members are volunteers and receive no monetary compensation for their service to the organization.


Board of Directors application submissions may be received by email and must be received by 7:30 pm October 4, 2021

  • Email application to:

mail@audubonneighborhood.org


Eligibility Status:

An individual is eligible for membership and serving on the Board if they meet any of the following requirements:

  • A natural person over the age of 18 who resides in or owns a business (or property) in the Audubon Park neighborhood.

  • An individual representative appointed by a nonprofit or government institution that operates within the Audubon Park neighborhood.

  • Board membership type:

    • Resident

    • Business owner

    • Non-profit or government representative

Terms for directors are 2 years starting the month following the Annual October Meeting in which they were elected. Directors can serve a maximum of 5 consecutive terms. Time commitment is approximately 9 hrs/month (13 for officers). Training is provided.

For more information, contact mail@audubonneighborhood.org


Name: _____________________________________________________________________________

Street Address: ____________________________________________________________________

Email address: _______________________________________________ Phone number: ___________________________

____Resident ____Audubon Business Owner _____ Non-profit or gov. rep. that operates within Audubon Neighborhood


Tell us about why you want to serve:

Why are you interested in joining the ANA board?



What’s your favorite thing about living in the Audubon Park neighborhood?



What do you dislike about the Audubon Park neighborhood?



What would you like to see changed?




Areas of expertise/contribution you feel you can make are:




What other volunteer commitments do you have?



If you own a business or work for a nonprofit organization located in Audubon Park, what is the name?



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Minimum Wage in Minneapolis

The minimum wage in Minneapolis automatically increased on July 1st to $12.50 for all employees and $14.25 at franchises or employers with over 100 employees. Businesses may pay higher, but they may not pay lower than the minimum wage per hour worked in the city. Tips and gratuities do not count toward payment of a minimum wage.

Next year in July the minimum wage will reach $15 at large employers. The City is committed to supporting an economy that includes everyone. For more information, visit the City’s website. For additional questions call 311 or email minwage@minneapolismn.gov.


Visit us on our Audubon Neighborhood Association Facebook Page

The Minneapolis Police Department has established a new tip line.

Call 612-673-5335 to provide tips to MPD about suspicious activity not requiring an immediate response, such as vehicles driving without license plates. If someone’s safety is at risk and an immediate response from police, fire or medics is required, call 911.

Vaccinating your Workforce


Important Vaccination Information from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture

As COVID-19 vaccinations are now being administered to employees in the agricultural, manufacturing, food services, and food processing sectors, we want to provide as much clarity as possible about the process for getting your workforce scheduled for a vaccine appointment. There are two main options when it comes to vaccinating your workforce: (1) helping your employees connect to vaccination opportunities and (2) hosting on-site vaccinations.

1. Encourage your employees to sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Connector. The Vaccine Connector will alert users about their eligibility and opportunities to get shots near them, including potentially being selected for an appointment at one of the state’s Community Vaccination Program sites in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Duluth, Rochester, and Bloomington.

  • If anyone is unable to sign up online, has questions, or needs language assistance to sign up, they should call the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector Hotline at 1-833-431-2053.

  • The Vaccine Connector will:

    • alert you when you are eligible to receive a vaccine

    • connect you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment

    • notify you if there are vaccine opportunities in your area

2. Use the Employer Toolkit. Here you will find resources on the following topics, including how to host an on-site vaccination event, so you can assist your employees in getting vaccinated:

  • How to Vaccinate Your Workforce

  • Vaccine Information

  • CDC Essential Workers COVID-19 Toolkit

  • Legal Guidance

  • Vaccination Communication Toolkit in Several Languages

You can visit https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine to learn more about Minnesota's vaccine distribution.

After reviewing these resources, you may still have questions about vaccinating your workforce. We recommend reaching out to your local (city or county) public health agency. You can also contact the MDA at mda.responds@state.mn.us.


Hennepin County Draft Action Plan

Food, Shelter, Mental Health Resources are Available!

WOW! Over 800 pounds of food collected for Eastside Senior Food Shelf

Our recent December food drive, led by Audubon Neighborhood Association President, Evan Benson (pictured here), was a huge success! We received over 800 pounds of food from Audubon Friends and Neighbors that we then donated to Eastside Senior Food Shelf. In addition, Castle Building and Remodeling also donated a generous $500.00 check! THANK YOU for remembering our Seniors. Your kindness is overwhelming!

ADA Policy

The Audubon Neighborhood Association invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by ANA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at (612) 788-8790 at least five days before our event. You may also contact us through Minnesota Relay Services at 1-800-627-3529 or by dialing 7-1-1.

Audubon Neighborhood Association Announces Home Improvement Grant and Loan Programs

6/1/2020 The Audubon Park Neighborhood has made NRP dollars available that have been designated to help property owners make necessary repairs and improvements. The intent of this Grant Program is to encourage investment in the neighborhood by improving the housing stock. Other sources of funds are also available, such as MHFA and CEE, which may be used to supplement this program.

Audubon Park: Emergency Deferred Loan Program

The Audubon Park Neighborhood has made NRP dollars available that have been designated to help property owners make necessary repairs and improvements. The intent of these Programs is to encourage investment in the neighborhood by improving the housing stock. Other sources of funds are also available, such as MHFA and CEE, which may be used to supplement this program.


To qualify for this program, borrower(s) must not be eligible for any other financing administered by CEE.

Loan Terms

  • 0% APR

  • Minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $5,000 loan amounts

  • Loan is forgiven after 10 years, if the property is still owned and occupied.

  • No income limit

  • This loan is secured by a mortgage on your property

  • Closing costs apply

Property Eligibility

  • Owner occupied 1-4 unit residential properties located within the boundaries of the Audubon Park Neighborhood.

  • Individual condo and townhome owners and properties held in a trust are eligible.

Types of Improvements

An emergency is defined as an imminent condition that makes a house uninhabitable, dangerous to the occupants, or is capable of causing severe health problems

  • Eligible emergency repairs include, but are not limited to, water lines, sewer service, fire hazards, repairs to exterior steps, railings, retaining walls, water seepage into basement, structural problems, or replacement of a furnace or hot water heater.

  • Repairs that remedy code violations and those needed to address home repairs before they significantly de-value the home and become much more serious problems, are also eligible.

  • Only one bid is required for projects equal to or less than $15,000. All other projects must have at least 2 bids.

  • Eligible repairs will be determined through an inspection and/or analysis of the condition of the property. A CEE representative will conduct the analysis to determine the project eligibility.


The current terms and conditions stated, do not constitute a commitment to lend or an offer to enter into an agreement, and that such an offer may only be made pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 47.206(3) and (4).

https://www.mncee.org/find-financing-incentives/audubon-park-emergency-deferred-loan/

Audubon Park: Exterior and Energy Deferred Loan Program

The Audubon Park Neighborhood has made NRP dollars available that have been designated to help property owners make necessary repairs and improvements. The intent of these Programs is to encourage investment in the neighborhood by improving the housing stock. Other sources of funds are also available, such as MHFA and CEE, which may be used to supplement this program.

Loan Terms

  • 0% APR

  • Minimum of $500 to a maximum of $7,500 loan amounts

  • Loan is forgiven after 10 years, if the property is still owned and occupied

  • Income limits apply

  • This loan is secured by a mortgage on your property

  • Closing costs apply

Property Eligibility

  • Owner occupied 1-4 unit residential properties located within the boundaries of the Audubon Park Neighborhood.

  • Individual condo and townhome owners and properties held in a trust are eligible.

Types of Improvements

  • Permanent exterior and energy related improvements are eligible.

  • Only one bid is required for projects equal to or less than $15,000. All other projects must have at least 2 bids.


The current terms and conditions stated, do not constitute a commitment to lend or an offer to enter into an agreement, and that such an offer may only be made pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 47.206(3) and (4).

https://www.mncee.org/find-financing-incentives/audubon-park-energy-deferred/

Audubon Park: Home Improvement Loan Program

The Audubon Park Neighborhood has made NRP dollars available that have been designated to help property owners make necessary repairs and improvements. The intent of these Programs is to encourage investment in the neighborhood by improving the housing stock. Other sources of funds are also available, such as MHFA and CEE, which may be used to supplement this program.

Loan Terms

  • 1% APR

  • Minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $15,000 loan amounts

  • Loan terms up to 10 years

  • No income limit.

  • This loan is secured by a mortgage on your property

  • Closing costs apply

Property Eligibility

  • Owner occupied 1-4 unit residential properties located within the boundaries of the Audubon Park Neighborhood.

  • Individual condo and townhome owners and properties held in a trust are eligible.

Types of Improvements

  • Most permanent interior and exterior improvements are eligible.

  • Only one bid is required for projects equal to or less than $15,000. All other projects must have at least 2 bids.


The current terms and conditions stated, do not constitute a commitment to lend or an offer to enter into an agreement, and that such an offer may only be made pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 47.206(3) and (4).

https://www.mncee.org/find-financing-incentives/audubon-park-home-improvement/

Audubon Park: Purchase Assistance Deferred Loan Program

The Audubon Park Neighborhood has made NRP dollars available that have been designated to help property owners make necessary repairs and improvements. The intent of these Programs is to encourage investment in the neighborhood by improving the housing stock. Other sources of funds are also available, such as MHFA and CEE, which may be used to supplement this program.

Loan Terms

  • 0% APR

  • Maximum of $5,000

  • Loan is forgiven after 10 years, if the property is still owned and occupied

  • No income limit

  • This loan is secured by a mortgage on your property

  • Closing costs apply

Property Eligibility

  • Owner occupied 1-4 unit residential properties located within the boundaries of the Audubon Park Neighborhood.

  • Individual condo and townhome owners and properties held in a trust are eligible.

  • Eligible homebuyer(s) MUST attend a Home Stretch workshop or other valid homebuyers course offered through an approved counseling agency by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

  • ​Eligible borrowers must provide evidence of legal U.S. residence prior to closing.

Types of Improvements

  • These funds may only be used for down-payment or closing cost related to the purchase of the subject property.


The current terms and conditions stated, do not constitute a commitment to lend or an offer to enter into an agreement, and that such an offer may only be made pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 47.206(3) and (4).

https://www.mncee.org/find-financing-incentives/audubon-park-purchase-assistance/

Audubon Park Neighborhood is Challenging All Northeast Neighborhoods to:

The Northeast Storm Drain Challenge is On!!

Here in NE, all of our storm drains go straight to the Mississippi River carrying pollutants and debris with it. It's important to keep our Mississippi clean, not only for the plants and animals that call it home, but also because that's where we in Minneapolis get our drinking water from, along with millions of our neighbors down river from us.

Join us in adopting a storm drain near your house. Adopting a storm drain just means that you'll keep an eye on and clean it out with a broom and rake when it gets clogged with trash, leaves, and sand. Kids love to help and you feel like you're really doing something concrete to help our Planet and protect our water.

It's a friendly competition to see which NE neighborhood can adopt the most storm drains by the end of October. Do your part to rep your neighborhood! By this fall, we'll be able to measure the difference our efforts have made in keeping pollutants out of our Mississippi River! Go to Adopt-a-drain.org to sign up!

Office Hours:

Mondays closed; Tuesdays 12 noon to 5pm; Wednesdays 5pm to 7pm; Fridays 11am to 2pm or by appointment

Please call for appointment 612-788-8790 or email mail@audubonneighborhood.org

The ANA office is located at 2600 Johnson Street NE, Suite A, Minneapolis, MN 55418


ADA Policy

The Audubon Neighborhood Association invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by ANA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at (612) 788-8790 at least five days before our event. You may also contact us through Minnesota Relay Services at 1-800-627-3529 or by dialing 7-1-1.


Support Audubon Neighborhood Association

The mission of the Audubon Neighborhood Association is to encourage interaction and involvement amongst the people in our community and its organizations; to foster the continuing improvement of property and businesses within its boundaries; to increase security and safety within the neighborhood; to convey to other organizations, including government and business, the concerns of the neighbors represented.

The Audubon Park neighborhood is bounded by St. Anthony Parkway, Central Avenue, Lowry Avenue and Stinson Parkway.