Marcy-Holmes Monthly • April 2020


April 2020


Mon, Apr 6, 6:30 pm
online via Zoom

Community Safety & Infrastructure
Mon, Apr 13, 6:30 pm
online via Zoom

Board of Directors
Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 pm
online via Zoom



Ward 3 Info Meeting for Neighborhoods 2020 Program Guidelines
Wed, April 1, 6:30 pm
online via Skype - details TBD

Notice of a Public Hearing: Demolition of 3 Houses in Marcy-Holmes
1103 4th St SE / 406 11th Ave SE / 410 11th Ave SE / official MHNA response letter
Tue, Apr 7, 4:30 pm
online details unavailable right now

Coffee w/ Your Council Member
Multiple Dates / Locations

2020 Earth Day Cleanup





Participate in the 2020 Census TODAY to Help Your Community for a Decade 

In this time of unprecedented challenges and disruption to daily life, don’t forget to complete your Census form! The 2020 Census is here, and you can help ensure Minnesota gets its full share of funding for the University system, K-12 schools, health care, police, fire, roads, and much more. 


Visit our Census 2020 page for more information

It’s quick and easy:  The Census is offered online for the first time ever, or it is also available by phone or by mail. It takes just a few minutes to complete ONE Census form for your entire household. (A "household" includes everyone who lives together in a residence, whether you are related or unrelated.) You should complete your Census form where you live most of the time. It only asks for basic information (e.g., age, sex, race, etc.) for all people living in the household. 

If you need help filling out your Census form, contact a Census Questionnaire Assistance Center near you.

Or contact Jessica Focht-Perlberg, MHNA Community Organizer at to volunteer with the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association Complete Count Committee.

Reduced service in place for buses and trains

As part of the ongoing, shared effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, Metro Transit began a reduced service schedule on Wednesday, March 25. This is to address a sharp decline in ridership and to focus our resources where they are most needed to provide critical travel during this crisis.

Read more about the changes on the Rider's Almanac blog and continue to watch for the latest information. 


  • Use transit for essential travel only
  • Exit out the back door of buses
  • Keep distance between you and others, especially the driver
  • When boarding, if the bus or train does not have space to allow adequate social distancing, wait for the next one, if possible
  • Bus and light rail service is suspended nightly between 11 pm and 4:30 am.

Public Works recently released the draft of the City's Transportation Action Plan. Public comment will be accepted through April 22. 

Read the plan, see maps, and comment at

Public Works staff are also planning online open houses to get your input on the plan and interact in real time -- mark your calendar for:

  • Wednesday, April 8th, 6 - 7 pm
  • Monday, April 13th, 4:30 - 5:30 pm


MHNA has assembled a page of information and resources about the COVID-19 pandemic. It is obviously not exhaustive, but we hope you find it useful.

Some additional information can be found below


Special Open Enrollment in response to COVID-19

There currently is a special open enrollment period in response to COVID-19. Minnesotans that are currently uninsured can apply for health care coverage until April 21stLearn more here.

The Minnesota Department of Health has translated some of its coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) information and materials into several languages. Please share these links with your neighbors, colleagues and connections and help protect our communities. 

Find information and materials in several languages here

Hotline, email

The Minnesota Department of Health offers a coronavirus disease 19 hotline at 651-201-3920 with interpreters if needed.

The City of Minneapolis will answer questions during business hours in English, Spanish and Chinese at

Critical Need for Blood Donations

Blood supplies are running critically low as more people stay home, leading to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations. You can still safely donate blood to help correct this severe shortage, and healthy individuals are encouraged to give now to help folks in need who count on lifesaving blood donations. This need is constant, pandemic or not. Folks can give blood every eight weeks. You can find donation locations and make an appointment through the Red Cross here or Memorial Blood Centers here.

Renters Resources

Memorandum on Evictions

On Monday, March 23rd Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order to suspend evictions in response to COVID-19. Learn more about the Governor’s Executive Orders here.

Free Legal Help for Renters

HOME Line’s tenant hotline remains open during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, our physical office is closed. Please call or email for legal advice about your tenancy. General rental housing information regarding COVID-19 is available here.
HOME Line provides free and low-cost legal, organizing, education, and advocacy services so that tenants throughout Minnesota can solve their own rental housing problems. We work to improve public and private policies relating to rental housing by involving affected tenants in the process.
The hotline service is confidential.

If you are struggling to pay rent, or will have this problem soon, here are some tips for communicating with your landlord.

  • Talk to your landlord right away when the problem occurs.
  • Be honest with them about your current income situation. How has the spread of COVID-19 impacted your work?
  • Consider discussing the resources/assistance types that you’ve sought thus far.
  • Explain how vulnerable your family will be. How many members of the family will be impacted by the loss of housing?
  • Find out what other people in similar positions are doing with this landlord or with others. Discuss the Minnesota Multi Housing Association's 'shelter in place' guidelines.
  • Ask about payment arrangements.

Information for Landlords

Recommendation from the Minnesota Multi Housing Association to All Housing Providers

MHA calls upon every Minnesota rental housing provider to support the MHA ‘Shelter in Place’ Guidelines by adopting the following through May 31, 2020:

  • Halt evictions on renters affected by COVID-19, absent extraordinary circumstances.
  • Waive late fees for residents who pay rent after the rent due date because they have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and related government actions.
  • Offer flexible payment plans for residents who cannot pay rent by the due date.
  • Cease new rent increase notifications on all residents starting April 1.
  • Direct renters to available resources to assist with food, health, and financial assistance.
  • Communicate with residents proactively that you are available to assist them and want to work with them to ensure they remain housed.
Other Ways Landlords Can Support Renters
Many landlords are recognizing that their renters may be experiencing financial burdens, and are easing some of their lease terms temporarily. Reach out to your renters directly if you’re willing to help them through these uncertain times.

Here are some ways we have seen landlords offer to give their renters some flexibility:
  • Share these materials from the Minnesota Department of Health about preventing the spread of COVID-19 (available in multiple languages). Share other guidance from MDH too.
  • If you charge late fees, consider suspending them, or extending the grace period.
  • Allow renters to pay rent on a payment plan or in weekly installments.
  • Offer your renters a discount on next month’s rent.
  • Share local food support options.
  • Connect renters to access unemployment:
  • Share these community resources.

Worker Resources

Unemployment Insurance

For workers that have lost hours or been laid off due to COVID-I9 you are eligible to apply for unemployment benefits here.

More information

  • MNOSHA Compliance:  If you have workplace safety or health questions or concerns, contact MNOSHA Compliance at 651-284-5050 or

  • MNOSHA Workplace Safety Consultation:  If you would like to request workplace safety or health assistance, contact MNOSHA Workplace Safety Consultation at 651-284-5060 or

Small Business Resources

Business Technical Assistance Program:
COVID-19 Resources for Small Business

Stay Informed

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

Creatives Resources

MN State Arts Board Survey: COVID-19’s impact on the creative community and support needed

MSAB will be sharing this information with other arts funders, with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and others who can use it in their own efforts.  We are all in this together and I know we all want to do whatever we can to support one another.

Coronavirus Tech Handbook

Principles for Ethical Cancellation…/principles-for-ethical…/

Ways of Gathering in the Age of COVID-19: A Guide to Livestreaming on HowlRound TV

Performing Arts Loss of Income Calculator

New emergency grants

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

CERF+ Craft Emergency Relief Fund

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants

Authors League Fund

PEN American Writers’ Emergency Fund

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

The Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Fund

Musicians Foundation Aid Grant


Are you interested in participating in organics recycling, but you don’t have access where you live? Would you be interested in utilizing a public organics drop-off site if available in Marcy-Holmes?

MHNA has begun to collaborate with neighborhood partners in ways to expand organics recycling in Marcy-Holmes. If you are interested in utilizing a public organics drop-off site in Marcy-Holmes, you would like to learn more, or if you would like to get involved in this effort, please contact Jessica Focht-Perlberg, MHNA Community Organizer at


Check out random videos about past projects that happened in Marcy-Holmes on our YouTube channel

2020 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival Films to Stream

MHS Storied Videos

DNR EagleCam
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Concert Library


An Appreciation of the U of M Transitway | March 10

Police investigating sexual assaults in Marcy-Holmes, Dinkytown areas
KARE 11 | March 11

Minneapolis, U of M police search for sex assault suspect
MPR | March 11

Marcy-Holmes serial rapist sketches released
MN Daily | March 11

Here's where to get screened for COVID-19 near UMN
MN Daily | March 20

MSP FIlm Society's Susan Smoluchowski on postponing MSPIFF: 'A very difficult decision to make'
MinnPost | March 20

Businesses near campus face increasing uncertainty during outbreak
MN Daily | March 23

MPRB announces riverfront parkway and road closures to hep trail users maintain social distancing
MPRB release | March 26


  • Senator Kari Dziedzic's newsletter HERE
  • State Representative Mohamud Noor's newsletter HERE
  • City Council Member Steve Fletcher's newsletter HERE
  • County Commissioner Angela Conley's newsletter HERE
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Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association
500 8th Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Chris Lautenschlager
Executive Director

Jessica Focht-Perlberg
Community Organizer
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