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NENA November 2019

Posted on 01 December 2019 by Tesha Christensen

Home security rebates
NENA has launched a new Home Security Rebates project for homeowners, renters, and residential property owners in the four Nokomis East neighborhoods. Eligible participants can apply for up to $500 in matching grant funds. This is a one-to-one matching grant and a rebate / reimbursement project.
Eligible participants may submit an application after 1) Participating in a free home security consultation for their property conducted by a MPD Crime Prevention Specialist; or 2) Attending a MPD Home Security Workshop.
Examples of eligible improvements may include, but are not limited to:
– Steel exterior doors
– Security storm doors
– Deadbolt locks and security strike plates on exterior doors
– Reinforcement of windows within 3.5 feet of a door lock with grillwork or polycarbonate
– Grillwork or glass block for basement or garage windows
– Exterior dusk-to-dawn or motion lights
– Window pins for double hung windows and slide guards for sliding door/windows
– Alarm system installation
– Exterior security cameras
– Alley lighting
– Installation for labor performed by a non-applicant professional
– City permits required by the City of Minneapolis
– Home Security Rebate Applications.
More information on the program is available on our website.
Please contact Lauren Hazenson, Program and Communication Manager, at 612-724-5652 or lauren.hazenson@nokomiseast.

Night Before New Year’s Eve
Have a family New Year’s celebration without the late bedtimes or confetti cleanup afterward! The Night Before New Year’s Eve party, on Monday, Dec. 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Lake Nokomis Community Center (2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy.) is a family-oriented, free event chock full of activities, including a “midnight” countdown at 7:15 p.m. Enjoy a kid friendly dinner of (pork-free) corndogs, chips, and dessert. Kids Dance DJ and dancers will keep kids active all night. Plus carnival games, marshmallow roasting over a bonfire, face painting, and much more!

NENA commits to public health programming
Within the past two years, NENA has been tackling public health issues in the Nokomis East community. These projects were a result of extensive door knocking and surveying by the community organizing staff, focusing particularly on the Bossen area. Survey results indicated that some residents struggled to find affordable healthy food options, could not find physical activity options near where they lived, among other health concerns.
To respond to these needs and interests, NENA has partnered with several government and nonprofit health organizations to deliver education and resources year-round. Cooking classes offered with University of Extension taught families how to cook a variety of healthy dinners on a budget. Pop-up events throughout the summer offered the opportunity to grab discounted groceries at the Twin Cities Mobile Market while getting tested for lead or stopping by the Kare11 Health Fair. ReThink Your Drink, a partnership with the Minneapolis Health Department, showed the relationship between the regular consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks and chronic health problems. In early 2020, NENA plans to expand winter programming for families through a partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
“This work is important because we are responding directly to the community and what they want, not coming up with our own ideas of what is wanted” said NENA Community Organizer Karla Arredondo. “This is their community and they deserve a healthy home with access to programs for their children. “

Upcoming meetings and events:
11/6/19: NENA Housing, Commercial, and Streetscape Committee, NENA Office, 6:30 p.m.
11/12/19: Nokomis East Business Association Meeting, McDonald’s Liquor Event Room, 6:30 p.m.
11/13/19: NENA Green Initiatives Committee, NENA Office, 6:30 p.m.
11/25/19: NENA Board Meeting, NENA Office, 7:00 p.m.