Support Clare Housing Residents

Hey neighbors! Clare Housing could use some love. Here are two ways you can help them out from the comfort of your own home!

Send a card with a positive message to one of our residents.

It doesn’t need to be made out to anyone specifically, just include an encouraging message or a quote that inspires you. Cute drawings by kids welcome! Residents are feeling isolated right now, and this can make someone’s day. Send it to:
Clare Housing, Attn: Positive Messages,
929 Central Ave NE,
Minneapolis, MN 55413.

Donate supplies you have already to residents in need.

If you have any spare paper towels, all-purpose cleaners, bars of soap, or toilet paper, please consider donating. Living with HIV, and on a very limited income, many need help with basic needs. You will be saving a resident from a potentially risky trip to the store. If you do have the resources to purchase new supplies, we do have specific needs for items like thermometers. You can find a full list of needs and instructions here.

Thank you for advocating for and supporting the people we house during this unprecedented time. If you’re wondering how we’re protecting our residents and staff at this time, you can stay up to date on our policies and procedures on our website, or contact me directly at

Cheryl Jensen, Interim Executive Director, Clare Housing

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Board Member Scott and his family are using their #quarantinetime to clean up Community Commons Park!

Share a pic or message showing what you’re up to during your quarantine time and we’ll share with your neighbors!

Need resources or want to lend a helping hand?
Check out Neighbors Helping Neighbors on Nextdoor

Looking for other ways to stay busy during your social distancing? Apply to Adopt A Drain in your neighborhood! Great way to easily give back to your community!

Volunteer fifteen minutes, twice a month, for cleaner waterways and healthier communities. Storm drains flow directly to local lakes, rivers, and wetlands, acting as a conduit for trash and organic pollutants. Adopt a Drain asks residents to adopt a storm drain in their neighborhood and keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris to reduce water pollution.

-Adopt A Drain website

More info here:

Special Election House District 60A

There will be a Special Election to fill a vacancy in Minnesota House District 60A, which includes parts of Northeast Minneapolis. Enter your address to see if you are eligible to vote in this election. You can also view a sample ballot for the Special Election on the Secretary of State’s website.

Find out where to vote here.


Primary election
Tuesday, January 21

General election
Tuesday, February 4

Early voting at:  Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services,
980 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis 55414

Last day of Early Voting: Monday, January 20 from 8:00am – 5:00pm

Vote by Mail is available for the Special Election. Fill out the special Absentee Ballot Application to receive a ballot through the mail.

Learn more about Early Voting in Minneapolis

November 2018 Early Voting Information

Early Voting for this year’s general election begins Friday, September 21, and runs through Monday, November 5, when it closes at 5 p.m. There are basically three ways to vote early prior to Election Day:


Vote-By-Mail (VBM) allows voters to cast their ballots from any location with the same security protections, but without the hassles and pressures associated with the narrow window of time on Election Day. VBM enables active military service members and their families, voters who are overseas or away from home on Election Day, and anyone who otherwise cannot cast a ballot at the polls on Election Day to participate. Details about Vote-By-Mail are available on the EVS website, as well as instructions, helpful hints, etc. There is also a very handy video that provides step-by-step guidance on how to complete a VBM absentee ballot to minimize any errors, thus ensuring the ballot is accepted and tabulated.

Early In-Person Voting – Early Vote Center

For the general election the main in-person early voting location will be the Downtown Early Vote Center, one block north of City Hall, at 217 S. Third Street. The Early Vote Center will be highlighted with red, white, and blue banners and signage as well as sufficient staff to provide curbside support, interpretations, and other information or assistance to assure a smooth process for all voters taking advantage of this convenience. As in 2017, EVS will extend service hours at the Early Vote Center in the two weeks leading to Election Day. These hours are shown in the calendar below.

Direct Balloting

Direct Balloting for the general election begins on Tuesday, October 30, and enables voters to cast their ballot by putting it directly in the tabulator, just like on Election Day. There is no series of secrecy envelopes, no delay in the tabulation, no potential for the ballot not being accepted. Instead, it’s the same experience as for voters on Election Day—including the same levels of security—but offered as a convenience in advance of the “big day.” The Direct Balloting period listed below also includes the extended services hours

In addition, EVS is happy to announce that three additional Early Vote Centers will be opened only for the Direct Balloting period to maximize convenient access to all voters throughout the community. That means from Tuesday, October 30, through Monday, November 5, there will be a total of four Early Vote Centers open to serve Minneapolis voters. More information will be made available on these additional locations as we get closer to the start of Direct Balloting.


Prior to the primary election, a couple of changes to polling places used in the 2017 Municipal Election were made to improve service to voters.  These changes remain in effect for the general election and all affected voters were notified via postcard notices in July. Here are the affected precincts:

  • Ward 2 – Precinct 9 moves from the Augsburg University Oren Gateway Center to Matthews Park Recreation Center, located at 2318 29th Ave S.
  • Ward 6 – Precinct 5 moves from Minneapolis American Indian Center to Phillips Community Center, located at 2323 11thAve S.


Help us help voters! The EVS website—accessible at—has the most accurate and current information about this year’s election, helping us ensure all voters are “election ready.” The website features the Your Voter Guide that has quick links to a number of online tools, including:

  • Voter Registration Lookup — voters can verify their registration status
  • Online Voter Registration — voters can complete and submit a registration form
  • Polling Place Finder — voters can find details about their assigned polling place location
  • My Ballot — voters will be able to access their sample ballot starting around 46 days before the election
  • Absentee Ballot Request – voters can request to have an absentee ballot mailed to them
  • Absentee Ballot Lookup — voters can track the status of their absentee ballot

And, if you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to like/follow/share the EVS social media accounts—

EVS Facebook:

EVS Twitter:

East of the River Park Master Plan Meeting

Next East of the River Park Master Plan meeting is on Tuesday, March 13

East of the River Park Master Plan CAC Meeting #5

Date: March 13, 2018

Time: 6-8 pm

Location: Van Cleve Recreation Center
Address: 901 15th Ave. SE
Topic: “Data Jam” – we will look at and synthesize at all the data we’ve collected and develop recommendations for each park.


Meeting notes and presentation from the February Community Advisory Committee meeting posted online

Thank you to all of the community members working together to create the East of the River Park Master Plan! The next East of the River Park Master Plan Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting is scheduled Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 6-8 pm at Van Cleve Recreation Center, 901 15th Ave SE.

This meeting will focus on a “Data Jam,” where we will look at and synthesize at all the data we’ve collected from community and other sources and develop recommendations for each park. This is an exciting step in the design and planning process and we can’t do without you!

As usual, the CAC meeting is open to the public, with free dinner and children’s activities.

Meeting notes and other materials from the last CAC meeting have been posted online.

East of the River Park Master Plan CAC Meeting #4 Recap

Also save the date for the April CAC meeting, which is scheduled Moday, April 30, 6-8 pm at Luxton Recreation Center. This CAC meeting will kick off the Park Design Week where we will have six teams of designers and MPRB staff working on two park concepts for each park.