Help NENA plan for future
Starting this year, the city of Minneapolis changed its funding structure for neighborhood associations like NENA. We have a 40% cut this year, 60% in 2022, and an 80% cut after that.
The board of directors is spending the next few months collecting feedback from our community on how to right-size our organization and priorities. We hope you interacted with us at in-person events, and we will be offering online ways to engage this fall and winter. NENA will roll out the 2022-2024 Strategic Plan at our annual meeting in April 2022. For more information and updates, visit nokomiseast.org/planning/
Keewaydin park planning
Over the summer, the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) has been collecting community feedback on an improvements project at Keewaydin Park, based on the park’s master plan that was adopted in 2016. For more information, visit www.minneapolisparks.org and search for ‘keewaydin.’
Improvements will focus on constructing nature play, an adventure playground with a climbing/bouldering element – the first of its kind in the Minneapolis park system – and decommissioning the existing wading pool. The final plan is expected in December, and construction is planned for 2022.
Staying in Place grants
NENA is pleased to offer our Staying in Place grant program through its nonprofit partner, Rebuilding Together Twin Cities.
Staying in Place Grants help vulnerable adults (lower-income households, seniors, residents living with a disability, and/or veterans) address outstanding housing maintenance issues. Rebuilding Together Twin Cities will provide access to needed funds to help these property owners living on fixed incomes make repairs to live safely in place with economic stability.
• Safe at Home: Provide home safety and fall prevention modifications and ramps for older adults and individuals living with a disability.
• Home Repair: Provide volunteer-delivered repairs, including weatherizing, cleaning, installing flooring, patching and painting, siding, and landscaping, and timely contractor-delivered repair or replacement of essential systems, such as HVAC, electrical, plumbing, outer envelope, and roofs.
For more information, call Rebuilding Together Twin Cities at (651) 776-4273.
Home security rebates
NENA’s Home Security Rebates are for homeowners, renters, and residential property owners in the four Nokomis East neighborhoods of Keewaydin, Minnehaha, Morris Park, and Wenonah.
Eligible participants can apply for up to $500 in matching grant funds. This is a one-to-one matching grant and a rebate project. Examples of eligible improvements may include but are not limited to doors, motion lights for your home, garage, and alley, alarm, and camera systems. Ineligible expenses include window bars, ongoing maintenance and cost of security systems, and landscaping. Visit NENA’s website at nokomiseast.org/homesecurity/ for more program information and to apply.
Upcoming online meetings
12/7/2021: NENA Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee at 6:30 p.m.
12/9/2021: NENA Green Initiatives Committee at 6:30 p.m.
12/16/2021: NENA Board of Directors at 6:30 p.m.
More at www.nokomiseast.org.
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