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2017 HPDL Neighborhood Garage Sale

HPDL Neighborhood Garage Sale

Saturday, May 20th

Advertised Hours:  8 am to 4 pm

 

Got too much stuff?  Get rid of it during the HPDL Neighborhood Garage Sale!  Maximize customer traffic by recruiting your neighbors to join you.  Registration is free and puts your house on the garage sale map that will be available online.  The map will cover addresses in the HPDL area.  The boundaries of HPDL are Highway 35W on the west, Minnehaha Creek on the north, Cedar Avenue on the east, and both Highway 62 and 62nd Street on the south.

Registering before the deadline ensures that your sale will be listed on the map and on HPDL’s website prior to the sale.  There is no charge for the listing.  In return, we ask you to fill out a short survey after the event so we may learn how to make this event better next year.  Advertised hours are 8 am to 4 pm on Saturday, May 20th but your sale may extend additional days and/or hours.

**Note:  only the sale address and featured items will appear in the listing; no other information will be shared.

Registration Deadline is Monday, May 8th

New this year:  Each household participating can pick up a free yard sign to put up in their yard the week of the sale.  Pick-up information will be emailed out after the registration is received.

 

 

Housing Resources

Program Overview

This program is designed to complement existing loan programs available from the City of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA), private lenders and other housing resources. It is not intended to be the sole source of rehab funds available to the neighborhood. The HPDL program has three components:

A revolving loan fund for owner-occupied and absentee-owned properties

An emergency deferred loan program for low-income homeowners, and

Adeferred loan program for homeowners needing to make accessibility related improvements.

 

Revolving Loan

Eligible Properties: Properties must be located in either the Hale, Page, or Diamond Lake neighborhood. Properties can be either owner-occupied or absentee-owned, and they must be either a single-family homes or duplexes. (See #10 below for match requirement for absentee-owned properties.) Owners of condominium, townhouse, or cooperative units are also eligible to participate in this program for improvements to the portions of the property that they own individually. Assessments for improvements issued by a “homeowners association” to the owners are not eligible. “Homeowner associations” are not eligible under this program.

Income Limit: There is no income limit to participate in this loan program.

Interest Rate:   3% simple interest.

Loan Amount: Minimum loan size of $1,000 and maximum of $10,000.

Loan Term: Generally, one year per $1,000 borrowed. The maximum term will be 10 years.

 

Emergency Loan

Definition of Emergency: An emergency is defined as an imminent condition that makes a house uninhabitable, extremely dangerous to the occupants, or is capable of causing severe health problems.

Eligible Properties: Properties must be located in either the Hale, Page, or Diamond Lake neighborhood. Properties must be owner-occupied and homesteaded, and they must be either a single-family homes or duplexes. Owners of condominium, townhouse, or cooperative units are also eligible to participate in this program for improvements to the portions of the property that they own individually. Assessments for improvements issued by a “homeowners association” to the owners are not eligible. “Homeowner associations” are not eligible under this program.

Income Limit: 80% of the area median income

 

Accessibility Loan

Program Purpose: The intent of this program is to finance home improvements for seniors and other homeowners who have long-term accessibility needs (for themselves or members of the immediate family who live in the same property) and lack the resources to assess, evaluate and repair or remodel their home to make it more accessible and safe.

Eligible Properties: Properties must be located in either the Hale, Page, or Diamond Lake neighborhood. Properties must be owner-occupied and homesteaded, and they must be either a single-family homes or duplexes. Owners of condominium, townhouse, or cooperative units are also eligible to participate in this program for improvements to the portions of the property that they own individually. Assessments for improvements issued by a “homeowners association” to the owners are not eligible. “Homeowner associations” are not eligible under this program.

Loan Amount: The minimum loan size is $2,000, and the maximum loan is $7,500.

 

To see if you qualify for a loan please call The Housing Resource center at 612-588-3033

Friends of Diamond Lake Canoe Event

Friends of Diamond Lake is planning their second annual Canoe Event on Saturday morning, May 13th at 10 am.  It’s a great opportunity for people to get out onto the lake in canoes, enjoy unique views of birds and help clean up trash – both the garbage visible along the shore and the significant amount submerged underwater.  Canoes and Kayaks will be launched from the shore behind Diamond Lake Church on Portland Ave at 10 am.  Please bring paddles, life preservers and binoculars for bird watching.

 

For more information visit their website:  http://friendsofdiamondlake.org/

Metro Blooms Workshops

Unseasonably warm weather, long periods of drought and flooding rains are the new normal for Minnesota’s spring and summer seasons. Metro Blooms Creating Weather Resilient Yards workshops will give you an overview of Minnesota’s changing weather patterns and ways to mitigate the impact in your own yard. We’ll cover options for establishing mowable, native alternatives to “grass” turf, raingarden basics and other resilient yard practices. Receive one-on-one assistance creating a plan for your yard from Metro Blooms landscape designers, Blue Thumb Planting for Clean Water Partners, Hennepin County Master Gardeners, and Master Water Stewards, as well as information about cost share programs and Blue Thumb resources for help along the way.

 

April 18 Tuesday 6-9 PM St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, Minneapolis
April 27 Thursday       6-9 PM Audubon Park Recreation Center, Minneapolis
May 9 Tuesday 6-9 PM Redeemer Lutheran Church, Minneapolis (FREE)
May 13 Saturday 1-4 PM North Regional Library, Minneapolis (FREE)
May 24 Wednesday 6-9 PM Edina Public Works Building
June 10 Saturday 12:30-3:30 PM Lake Nokomis Community Center, Minneapolis

 

Visit metroblooms.org or call 651-699-2426 Cost: $15 per household unless otherwise noted.  Register soon, some locations fill up fast. You can also mail your registration to Workshop Registration, P.O. Box 17099, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Enclose a check payable to Metro Blooms, and include the workshop location, your name, address, zip code, phone number and your email address.

Become a Master Recycler/ Composter

Master Recycler/Composter volunteers

Master Recycler/Composter volunteers are trained on waste prevention, recycling and composting through an extensive six week course that features industry experts and field trips to local recycling and waste management facilities.

Once training is complete, participants become advocates for the 3Rs in their communities, committing to volunteer at least 30 hours conducting outreach and implementing projects to improve recycling and reduce waste.

Registration is now open for the spring 2017 training course. The course will be held Wednesday evenings, March 1 – April 5, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 NE 2nd St., Minneapolis.

For more information, contact Carolyn Collopy at carolyn.collopy@hennepin.us or 612-596-0993.

Volunteer to care for trees

Tree care

Hennepin County is seeking volunteers to help care for trees. Volunteers will take a full-day tree-pruning workshop and then have opportunities to help care for trees with partner organizations.

The workshop will be held Saturday, March 18 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Rockford Road Library, 6401 42nd Ave N in Crystal. The cost is $25 per person.

The workshop will cover tree identification, tree biology and proper pruning techniques through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on, outdoor field experience. The class is open to the public, and no experience is needed. The University of Minnesota will provide the pruning tools and safety equipment.

Learn more and register by March 3.

For more information, contact Jen Kullgren at jen.kullgren@hennepin.us or 612-596-1175.

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The Psychology of Sustainable Behavior – Workshop

Are you someone who cares about the environment and wishes more people would make environmentally sustainable choices?  Have you ever wondered how you can help people make those choices?  You won’t want to miss this!

 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lynnhurst Community Center  

 

The Psychology of Sustainable Behavior:  A skill-building workshop to support voluntary behavior change

Developed and Facilitated by Dr. Christie Manning, Macalester College

 

Building a sustainable community will come about through many human decisions, some large and consequential (e.g. what will our community put on the roads to mitigate ice in winter?), some small and seemingly innocuous (e.g. should I water my lawn today?).  When people make these decisions, the environmental and social consequences are often not their primary consideration.  Instead, choices and actions are driven by the set of circumstances and priorities they face in the moment.  In this workshop, Dr. Manning will introduce a set of psychological guidelines, drawn from research studies, that help create situations where the sustainable choice is also the most obvious or appealing.  These guidelines facilitate individual-level action, and build bridges to larger-scale, city-level systemic change. 

 

The workshop will offer several exercises designed to help you: 

1.  Identify and overcome barriers that stop people from taking action.  

2.  Understand your community’s identity and values.

3.  Build social norms for sustainability.

4.  Meet people’s deeper psychological needs.

 

The workshop facilitator, Dr. Christie Manning, has spent the last 15 years applying psychological research to issues of natural resource use, social justice, and sustainability.

 

REGISTER HERE.  Registration deadline is February 17, 2017.

Questions, email lynnhurst.env.comm@gmail.com.

Neighborhood Roots Winter Farmers Market

Neighborhood Roots Winter Farmers Market
Keep up your local shopping all year long at the Neighborhood Roots Winter Farmers Market! Find many of your favorite vendors from the Nokomis, Fulton, and Kingfield Farmers Markets in the greenhouse of Bachman’s Garden Center (6010 Lyndale Ave. S) on Saturday Jan. 28th from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. Shop for amazing local meats, cheeses, fresh bread, fermented veggies, jams, crafts and much more! Enjoy breakfast or lunch from tasty bakeries and food vendors and sip on a beer from Able Seedhouse + Brewery while you shop! Don’t miss this opportunity to buy your food directly from farmers, spend time with neighbors, and enjoy a fun Saturday morning event!

Nokomis Farmers Market Meet-and-Greet!
The Nokomis Farmers Market is made possible, in large part, by neighbors like you who give a little of their time. If you love your market and want to ensure it’s success for years to come, join our team of volunteers! Neighborhood Roots, the organization behind the Nokomis, Fulton, and Kingfield Markets, will be hosting an informal meet-and-greet for interested volunteers on Tuesday Feb. 7th from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Town Hall Tap (4810 Chicago Ave. S). Chat with Nokomis volunteers, Neighborhood Roots board members and staff about market day volunteering, operations committees, and other opportunities to help out. If you are unable to make the happy hour but still interested in volunteering, get in touch at volunteers@neighborhoodrootsmn.org. RSVPs appreciated but not required!

Theft from Motor Vehicle Prevention

Several cars have been broken into in the HPDL neighborhood.  Please read through the flyer from the Minneapolis Police Department for useful tips on how to prevent theft from your motor vehicle.

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Friends of Diamond Lake Invasive Species Removal Event

Our efforts to clean up buckthorn around Diamond Lake have been so successful that there is minimal buckthorn to clean up in public areas this year. So, for the first time, we will be removing honeysuckle and grapevines in addition to buckthorn. Join us on Saturday, November 5th for our Invasive Species Removal Event from 9:00 – 11:00 am. We will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Pearl Park parking lot. Tools, training, and refreshments will be provided. Bring work gloves and wear work boots or sturdy shoes.

HPDL City Contract changes

The HPDL board is planning to take action on an expired contract through NRP.  The HPDL board proposes to make a financial modification to its NRP Plan. The contract funds totaling $51,206.53 which are in NRP Phase II Implementation, will be split the following ways: $36,000 will be moved to housing related strategies within the Phase II NRP plan and the other $15,206.63 will be used to build the shelter at Triangle Park.  The HPDL board is also planning on moving $6,000.00 of Phase II Housing Program Income to Crime Prevention (Graffiti Abatement).  The board also proposes to move $6,018.84 of Phase II Housing Program Income to Phase II Strategy, Commercial Development.

If you would like to hear more about this or have questions please plan to attend the committee meeting on Monday, October 17th at 6:30 pm at the HPDL office (5144 13th Ave South) or email office@hpdl.org.