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Northeast Emergency Food Growers Network

The urgency to produce fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits

at a hyper-local level has never been greater.


Our Northeast Minneapolis neighbors (including seniors, vets, children, the disabled, those that are chronically ill, families, and individuals, who are, or who may soon become food-insecure), need reliable, nutritious, fresh produce. This is especially important at a time when resources along our entire food chain are becoming more and more precarious and expensive.

Collectively, however, we have the power to greatly improve the availability and accessibility of fresh food for our neighbors in need, even during the pandemic. The Audubon Neighborhood Association has initiated the Northeast Emergency Food Growers Network to immediately begin preparing, growing, then harvesting, collecting and finally distributing produce that is grown by residents in the Northeast community (in much the same way as our Victory Gardeners did in the past). We need you!!

How will it work? The Network will be an organized way to ensure a variety of produce will be grown with new gardeners growing easy vegetables, fruits, and herbs, and more experienced gardeners tackling more challenging produce. Gardeners select two or three varieties of produce, agree to set aside a small section of their gardens specifically dedicated for the Northeast Emergency Food Growers Network. They also agree to use organic methods for growing.

When produce is ready for harvest, a staging area will be set up for easy collection and distribution. Distribution will be handled in one of three ways: 1) through a weekly pay-what-you-can market, 2) directly to the Eastside Senior Food Shelf and other local non-profit food shelves and kitchens, and 3) through Second Harvest Heartland.

Please consider participating as a neighborhood gardener or supporter and join the Northeast Emergency Food Growers Network. You will receive a free window sticker or small yard sign signifying that you are a member of the Network. We may also have growing resources available for those that join the Network early. We need all garden skill levels! If interested in learning more, please contact Audubon administrator, Deborah Brister at deborah@audubonneighborhood.org.


If you would like to become part of the Northeast Emergency Food Growers Network, please click on this link: Network Database Google Form.

We are also seeking $2,500 to cover basic supplies for our emergency food growers to use including seeds, trays, seed starter soil, grow lights, shelving, lumber, compost, containers, tools, and truck rental fees for collection days so we have set up a GoFundMe page if you'd like to contribute a few dollars.

Hennepin County Draft Action Plan

April 5, 2021 Audubon Community Meeting ONLINE 7 pm

Tentative Agenda

Neighborhood update, Council Member Kevin Reich

Crime and Safety, Abdirashid Ali

29th Avenue Task Force

Home Improvement and Business Grant and Loan Program update

Volunteer Opportunities: Northeast Emergency Food Growers Network

New/Old Business


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 Vice 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!

Upcoming Ward One Forum: An Eastside Community Solar Garden

Tuesday, January 26, 6:30-8 p.m.

Join Council Member Kevin Reich and representatives from Minneapolis Climate Action (MCA) to discuss a Community Solar Garden that’s coming soon to the First Ward and ways our community can participate and benefit.

MCA has been working with Emerge Enterprises and minority enterprises Renewable Energy Partners and S3 Solar Service Solutions to install the Second Chance Community Solar Garden on the roof of Emerge’s Second Chance Recycling Facility in the Mid-City Industrial neighborhood. The system is estimated to be fully operational by early March, 2021, offering opportunities for community members to become subscribers. Shares can be purchased up front and a portion of the shares will be reserved for pay-as-you-go subscribers that can participate regardless of income, credit score, or whether they rent or own their own home. Anyone who pays an electric bill can participate and receive a credit on their electric bill.

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Ward One Community Forum:

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Next Steps

Metro Transit is planning new routes in the METRO Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network. Join Council Member Kevin Reich, who represents the city on the Transportation Advisory Board at the Met Council, and Metro Transit outreach staff for a virtual community forum to learn more about the proposed routes and Metro Transit’s Network Next planning initiative and help prioritize implementation of the next BRT line.

Thursday, January 14, 5-6:30 p.m.

Join on your computer or mobile app

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Or call in (audio only)

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Three of the four alignments that have been identified for near term implementation run through or adjacent to the First Ward: Central (Route 10), Como/Maryland (Route 3), and Johnson/Lyndale (Route 4). Through January 20, community is asked to rank the top alignments to help prioritize implementation using an online survey: surveymonkey.com/r/futurebus. Once prioritized, the corridors will be designated as the future METRO F, G, and H Lines. Even if you can’t attend the Ward One community forum, we encourage you to take the survey by January 20 and let your voice be heard.

BRT lines provide a streamlined route with fast, frequent bus service about every ten minutes. Bus stops and shelters are upgraded to stations with amenity upgrades include electronic informational signs, heat, and security cameras.

Network Next is part of the future vision of transit service in the region, which includes four more lines in mid-term and three more in the long-term planning. This slate of BRT lines follows the METRO A and C Lines which are in operation and the B and D lines which are in the planning phase and have received full funding. The METRO E Line will begin planning in early 2021.


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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.


NEW: 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: Emergency Grant

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

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.

Definition of Emergency

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

Grant Terms

  • Maximum of $5,000.

  • No closing costs.

  • Income limits 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

  • Eligible improvements will be determined through a required analysis of the emergency condition of the property.

  • Eligible repairs include, but are not limited to, water lines, sewer service, fire hazards, repair 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 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-emergency-grant/

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/

PLEASE READ: Important Information from the City of Minneapolis on Protecting your family, home and commercial business

Protecting your family and your home

Stay inside. Experts agree this is the safest place for you and your family. Calling 911 continues to be the best way to report unlawful activity as it connects directly with dispatchers. If you feel additional measures are needed to protect you, your family and your belongings use these recommendations:

  • Lock your doors and windows.

  • Leave all lights on.

  • Keep watch from the second floor of the building.

  • Put away your trash, recycling, and organics carts, lawn bags, lawn signs and other items that are not secured.

  • Lock up or secure your flammables such as cans or containers of gasoline, propane, kerosene, diesel fuel. It is not safe to leave flammable fluids or materials on the porch, in the yard, or in unlocked garages or sheds.

  • Place your vehicles inside a locked garage if possible.

  • Chain up dumpsters and drench them with water.

  • If strangers are approaching make noise with whistles, noisemakers, or by banging on pots and pans so they know the home is occupied.

  • Pull hoses out for easy access and turn them on.

  • Fill buckets of water.

  • Know your vulnerable neighbors and provide them assistance.

  • Identify medically trained people on your block.

  • Ask people what neighborhood they live in.

  • Get license plate numbers of suspicious vehicles.

  • Charge phones and portable power banks in case the power goes out.

  • Pack a bag and have a plan to leave if you feel your residence has become unsafe:

    • Identify a safe place you can go and stay. This may be the home of family or friends.

    • Identify how can communicate with your loved ones. This should include a location to meet if cell service is interrupted.

    • Pack items you will need while you are away. Be sure to include medications.

    • Plan several routes to your safe place and avoid areas of large crowds. Write them down. GPS may not be available.

Calling 911

Call 911 to report any situation that requires police, the fire department or an ambulance. If you get a busy signal, please continue to call until you get through to dispatch.

When 911 calls are made, they are assigned to first responders by a 911 dispatcher based on the severity of the situation. Be prepared to answer the dispatcher’s questions, which may include:

  • The location of the emergency, including the street address.

  • The phone number you are calling from.

  • The nature of the emergency.

  • Details about the emergency, such as a physical description of a person who may have committed a crime, a description of any fire that may be burning, or a description of injuries or symptoms being experienced by a person having a medical emergency.

Remember, the dispatcher’s questions are important to get the right kind of help to you quickly. Be prepared to follow any instructions the dispatcher gives you, such as instructions to aid someone who needs first aid or CPR. Do not hang up until the dispatcher instructs you to do so.

For some calls, you may be contacted by phone instead of a squad response, or you may be encouraged to call back at another time.

All 911 calls that require a fire or emergency medical response are entered. When a call comes in that requires an emergency medical services response, EMS resources are dispatched by Hennepin EMS or North Memorial dispatch. When the Fire Department or emergency medical services are responding with police, they will stage at a safe location until police have determined the scene is safe.

If the Fire Department is not on site, you can use hoses or buckets of water to put out flames. Do not use fire hydrants. They are a critical resource for the Minneapolis Fire Department. Any interference with the fire hydrants negatively impacts the Fire Department’s ability to respond to fires across the City.

Protecting your commercial property

Businesses and commercial property owners have asked for guidance on protecting private property. While there are not official City regulations for securing private property, here are some tips:

  • Secure the property, such as removing cash drawers and boarding windows.

  • Remove flammable items such as gas and propane tanks.

  • Chain up dumpsters and drench them in water.

  • Put away and secure dumpsters and recycling carts.

  • If you choose to stay at your business or property, please avoid confrontations.

  • Plan a secondary exit in the event of a confrontation and leave the area. Do not engage with anyone breaking in or threatening you. Plan how to connect with loved ones once in a location of safety. Choosing to stay and defend your business property puts yourself, those you encounter, and the general public in danger.

Responding to damaged property

Owners of the damaged properties in Minneapolis can take the action to secure or remove a hazard without checking with our City’s Construction Code Services department (the code allows for emergency action to take place). In most cases, removing hazards or boarding openings will not require a permit. It is in the best interest for Minneapolis residents that the owners take the responsibility to clean up and secure their property. Owners may also hire a contractor to help safeguard a hazardous situation if they choose.

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:

Working Remotely from home

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.