Third Avenue Bridge Closure

Third Avenue Bridge will be closed Friday – Monday.

The Third Avenue Bridge will be fully closed from 10PM on Friday, May 15 through 5AM on Monday, May 18, so crews can prepare for upcoming bridge work.

Starting Monday, May 18, the Third Avenue Bridge will be reconfigured to include a transit-only center lane down the middle of the bridge to support buses traveling into downtown Minneapolis during the weekday morning commute and out of downtown during the afternoon commute.

There will be a single auto lane in each direction, and pedestrians and bicyclists will share the protected sidewalks on the bridge.

Full closure of the bridge begins next year, from January 2021 through November 2022.

Learn more here:  

Board Meeting Tonight + Virtual Happy Hours

Join SAENA’s Board of Directors tonight at 7pm for our April Board Meeting!

We’ll be digitally gathering to discuss neighborhood updates and more.

Join Zoom Meeting via video:

To access the meeting by calling in:
Dial: +1 301 715 8592 US
Type in Meeting ID: 896 1384 7775

SAENA Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, April 30th – 7:00-7:30pm
Saturday, May 2nd – 7:00-7:30pm
Monday, May 4th – 7:00-7:30pm
Thursday, May 7th – 6:00-6:30pm

Join us via Zoom here:

Census 2020

The 2020 Census is happening now. You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.

Six separate images highlighting adult, children, shops, fire engines, and roads.

Your Invitation To Respond

The time is now. Help shape your future, and your community’s future, by responding to the 2020 Census.

Most households received their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12 – 20. These official Census Bureau mailings will include detailed information and a Census ID for completing the Census online.

In addition to an invitation to respond, some households will receive a paper questionnaire (sometimes known as the census form). You do not need to wait for your paper questionnaire to respond to the Census. 

The 2020 Census is for everyone – RESPOND

Please complete your form online, by phone, or by mail when your invitation to respond arrives. Visit to begin.

How To Respond

The 2020 Census will ask a few simple questions about you and everyone who is or will be living with you on April 1, 2020.

For the first time, you can choose to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail. Find out more about each of these methods below:

  1. Online Response Guide
  2. Phone Response Guide
  3. Paper (Mail) Response Guide

Please note that if you are responding online, you must complete the census in one sitting, as you don’t have the ability to save your progress. See the questions the census asks here.  

If you do not receive an invitation to respond from the Census Bureau, you may respond online or visit our Contact Us page to call our phone line.

Language Support

You can complete the census online or by phone in 13 different languages: English, Spanish,  Chinese,  VietnameseKoreanRussianArabicTagalogPolishFrenchHaitian CreolePortuguese, and Japanese.

In addition, bilingual invitations and paper questionnaires in English and Spanish will be sent to select areas of the country.

To help you respond, the Census Bureau also offers webpages and guides in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, as well as guides in Braille and large print. Visit Language Support to learn more.

Important Dates

In mid-March, homes across the country began receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker.

April 1: This is Census Day, a key reference date for the 2020 Census—not a deadline. We use this day to determine who is counted and where in the 2020 Census. When you respond, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020, and include everyone who usually lives and sleeps in your home. You can respond before or after that date. We encourage you to respond as soon as you can.

Monitoring COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations to protect the health and safety of our employees and the public, and to ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities based on guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities.

Questions Asked on the Form

The 2020 Census is easy. You will answer a simple questionnaire about yourself and everyone who is or will be living with you on April 1, 2020.

Who Is Required To Respond?

Everyone living in the United States and its five territories is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census.

Special Living Situations

People in some special living situations may have questions about how to respond. This includes:

  • Students.
  • Service members.
  • People in correctional facilities.
  • People who move on Census Day (April 1, 2020).
  • People who do not have fixed addresses.

Visit Who To Count for information on how people in these groups will be counted.

Impact in Your Community

School lunches. Plans for highways. Support for firefighters and families in need. Census results affect your community every day.

Helping Communities

Did you know that census data helps communities respond to natural disasters and secure funding for hospitals and fire departments? Explore these videos and stories to learn more.​

Shaping Your Future

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.

Think of your morning commute: Census results influence highway planning and construction, as well as grants for buses, subways, and other public transit systems.

Or think of your local schools: Census results help determine how money is allocated for the Head Start program and for grants that support teachers and special education.

The list goes on, including programs to support rural areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse, to prepare for wildfires, and to provide housing assistance for older adults.

Curious about what other programs are impacted by census data? Download this report to see a full list.

DID YOU KNOW…Census results affect planning and funding for education—including programs such as Head Start, Pell Grants, school lunches, rural education, adult education, and grants for preschool special education.

Importance of the Data

The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.

The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live, and so much more.

The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.

The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP. 

DID YOU KNOW…Each year, Census data informs federal funding for more than 100 programs, including school lunches, highway construction, and education.


The U.S. Constitution mandates that the country count its population once every 10 years. The results are used to adjust or redraw electoral districts, based on where populations have increased or decreased.

State legislatures or independent bipartisan commissions are responsible for redrawing congressional districts. The U.S. Census Bureau provides states with population counts for this purpose.

Federal Funding

The results of the 2020 Census will inform decisions about allocating hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding to communities across the country—for hospitals, fire departments, school lunch programs, and other critical programs and services.

Learn more about how census results can have an impact on your community.

Business Decisions

The 2020 Census will be valuable to businesses, as the results will provide a rich set of data on the communities they serve, including population trends and growth projections.

Business owners rely on census results to make decisions, such as where to open new stores, restaurants, factories, or offices, where to expand operations, where to recruit employees, and which products and services to offer.

2020 Do-It-Yourself Earth Day Cleanup

April 20th – April 30th: Minneapolis Earth Day Clean-Up
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), along with the City of Minneapolis, invite residents to participate in this year’s Do-It-Yourself Minneapolis Earth Day Clean-Up, through the end of April. 

The Minneapolis Earth Day Clean-Up has been the city’s largest community service project for many years. Since 2008, more than 20,000 residents have removed more than 160,000 pounds of garbage from Minneapolis parks, neighborhoods, and watersheds. To keep volunteers safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the 2020 cleanup – during the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – is going forward as a DIY project.

Everyone is encouraged to share photos of their cleanup: a great way to show what we can all accomplish #alonetogether #mplsdiyearthday
No registration needed! Just follow these steps:

1. Use a trash bag from home.

2. Head to a nearby park or trail to pick up trash (while getting fresh air and exercise).

3. Practice physical distancing and other current COVID-19 guidelines. Learn more at

4. Share photos of your trash haul on MPRB’s @MPLSEarthDay Facebook page and get a prize!

Two Ways to Maintain Physical and Social Health

East Side Neighborhood Services has two no cost opportunities to help maintain physical and social health during this time:

1) Join us for Vital Fitness (Home Edition)
An exercise class for all abilities on Facebook Live
Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30 AM.
(You do not need a Facebook account to participate.)
Click on this link or the link below to view a previous recording and join us!

2) Help others who may not have internet access stay connected and make a new friend while staying at home.

How can we stay socially connected especially if we do not have access to the internet? One answer is in the “old” technology of our telephone and using it in a purposeful and fun new way. East Side Neighborhood Services is currently enrolling people who would like to be a part of Sharing Our Stories Call Tree.

· The Sharing Our Stories Call Trees are groups of people who once a week call another participant and are, in turn, called by another participant. We will assign people to a group and share the names and phone numbers with just the people in their group. Each group is limited to 6 participants.

· Each week, the Sharing Our Stories Call Tree uses a story prompt like, “How did you come in live in the Twin Cities?” as a place to start a conversation. Sharing stories from our lives is powerful and life affirming.

This will be an on-going project as long as it helps fill the need we all have for socializing and deepening friendships. Participants are asked to commit to making their calls for at least 4 weeks.

We all have life stories to share and a deep desire to hear stories from others. Sharing stories from our lives is not just giving our opinion about something-it is letting people know more about us and what shaped our lives-and often sharing a good laugh!

Our hope is that after the threat of the coronavirus has subsided, we can gather and celebrate sharing our stories in community.

To learn more, please contact us at or call 612-787-4086.

East Side Neighborhood Services
1700 Second Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Community nonprofit NeighborWorks Home Partners offers new programs for purchase mortgages, down payment, and refinance

Customers can apply for mortgage and refinance loans from home.

More information about the programs can be found at, or by calling 651-292-8710.

NeighborWorks Home Partners (NWHP) announced three new programs to make buying a home or refinancing a mortgage more accessible for Twin Cities residents. 

NeighborWorks Mortgage now offers first mortgage financing, and refinance financing, to homebuyers and homeowners throughout the 11-county metropolitan area. Purchase and refinance products are available to buyers of any income level, with no limit on purchase price.

In addition to mortgages, NeighborWorks has rolled out a new down payment assistance program, NeighborWorks Leap, that pairs with their mortgage products. The Leap program provides up to $15,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance for buyers who are using NeighborWorks Mortgage first mortgage products, and homeowners refinancing with NWHP. Buyers must have an income below 140% of the Area Median Income in order to qualify.  Leap DPA is also available to for homes throughout the 11-county metro area.

Community Lending Manager Casey Ware said she’s excited to help more people reach their dreams of homeownership. “I meet a lot of people who want to buy a home, but just don’t believe they can do it, or don’t know where to start,” said Ware. “Give NeighborWorks a call. We have everything you need to get started on that path to homeownership.”

“We shop to find the best loan product for each individual borrower,” said Ware. “We offer a variety of loans, including conventional, FHA, and VA. And we have resources to support homebuyers every step of the way, so they can feel confident as shoppers, and supported as new homeowners.”

“NeighborWorks is also a resource for homeowners who have been eager to refinance their existing mortgage to a lower rate to lower their monthly expenses,” said Ware.

Jason Peterson, Chief Executive Officer of NWHP, noted that customers who choose a mortgage product from NeighborWorks are supporting affordable and accessible homeownership in their communities.

“Buyers who get their mortgage through NeighborWorks will find competitive rates and excellent customer service, but there’s more to it than that,” said Peterson. “They’ll also be helping another homebuyer access pre-purchase education, or a down payment, or they may be helping a senior neighbor get needed accessibility improvements so they can stay in their home. It’s really a mortgage that pays it forward.”

Peterson said that the new products round out what was already a diverse suite of homeownership services to help homeowners at every stage.

“NeighborWorks is one-stop shop for homebuyers and homeowners,” said Peterson. “You can start with us to improve your credit and learn about the homebuying process, take homebuyer education, get personalized coaching, and find a down payment.  You can come to us for home improvement financing, and to remedy hazards in your home. And we hope you never need it, but we also have free and confidential foreclosure intervention counseling if you should be at risk of missing payments.

More information about the programs can be found at, or by calling 651-292-8710.

NeighborWorks Home Partners is a community based nonprofit organization with offices in Saint Paul and Minneapolis, and is a member of the national NeighborWorks America network. Specializing in homebuyer education and preparation, including credit repair, first mortgage loans, refinance loans, home improvement loans, down payment assistance and foreclosure prevention, NWHP serves the eleven-county metro area.    The organization currently provides services in English, Hmong, and Spanish.  More information is available at