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St. Anne’s Place

With a generous $250 donation from its foundation, the Edina Realty Marketing Department purchased and planted flower borders and a beautiful garden at St. Anne’s Place. Boston Scientific donated seedlings and fresh vegetables for their heart-healthy garden. 

Next Step Housing also received a makeover in June. Volunteers Ted and Cindy Kopacek and Patti Lisberg donated trees, shrubs, flowers and lawn furniture to its newest building.

At Ascension Place, Community Action of Minneapolis planted a vegetable and flower garden, which was tended and harvested by residents all summer.  The Association of Universalist Women have dedicated three weekends so far this summer to landscaping at Ascension Place-giving the building some real curb appeal.
St. Anne’s Place kids will be returning to school soon and need backpacks, pencils, notebooks, etc. To donate, contact Sara Gomoll at 612.521.2128 or

Back To School Community Gathering

Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC) hosts  a night of celebrating children going back to school 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Thursday, August 18 at 2100 Plymouth Av. N. Neighbors, representatives of community organizations working with youth and educators will talk about the upcoming school year. Free ice cream,  kids’ activities by 4-H, and Back-to-School prize drawings  will be provided for those who attend.

Minnesota Housing

Minnesota Housing is now offering financial assistance for Minneapolis homeowners affected by the May tornado who are not eligible for federal assistance or need additional assistance.  Funding was approved by the Minnesota Housing Board in the amount of $1 million for the Quick Start Disaster Recovery Program through the agency’s Disaster Contingency Fund.  Funding is available to Minneapolis residents with property located in the 55411, 55412 or 55430 ZIP Codes. In addition, the agency modified a previous Community Revitalization Fund award for Minneapolis of $750,000 to be used for tornado victims in these ZIP Codes to address pre-existing code violations.   

Quick Start provides assistance as a last resort when private insurance and Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance are not adequate to return a damaged home to its pre-disaster condition. The program provides no-interest loans of up to $30,000 for home repair and is forgiven if the owner remains in the home for 10 years.  For more information contact Brenda Yaritz at 612.335.5891 or email at

Penn Ave Closing. 

Penn Ave N from 37th will be closed to all traffic for 14 days.  Detour routes available.  Further information relating to the Minneapolis Sewer project can be obtained at the following link

Jordan Area Community Council 

JACC will hold a Housing Community and Development meeting on Tuesday August 9 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at 2009 James Av. N.

Harrison Neighborhood Association

Harrison Neighborhood Association meetings:

  • 7pm Monday, August 8 HNA Board meeting at the HNA office 503 Irving Ave N.
  • 6pm Thursday, August 11, Housing Committee.

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