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A newsletter of the District 1 Community Council
St. Paul, Minnesota 
APRIL 2022 NEWSLETTER 
Battle Creek | Conway  | Eastview | Highwood
We are now taking applications for the 2022 Board!


We encourage renters, Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color, and younger residents to apply

The board application MUST be received by Wednesday, April 21

Voting occurs through 9pm April 25, 2022 

Candidates will be asked to attend the April 25th SECO board meeting and allowed to give a three-minute speech

We are a non-partisan organization that seeks to engage a board of directors who represent the cultural, racial, economic, geographic, age and other diversity in our community. Board members need to be at least 16-years-old.  To ensure that we have participation from diverse residents, we have added demographic information to our form. This is also information that we are asked to report for funding. This information will NOT be shared with the public. Voting at the annual meeting is open to all residents 18 years of age and older.  The board meets 10-11 times per year on the fourth Monday of the month. 
More information can be found on our website: 
https://www.southeastside.org

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THE BOARD

WE ARE LOOKING FOR OUR NEXT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR!
The mission of the Southeast Community Organization (SECO) is to share knowledge and power, to organize and to advocate with the people who live and work in our neighborhoods. We are seeking a new Executive Director to help move our work forward. Please send a resume and a letter or email outlining your interest in the position to SECOBoard@southeastside.org

The deadline for this position is April 30, 2022

CLICK HERE FOR POSITION DESCRIPTION
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The Saint Paul Parks & Recreation and Public Works teams are hosting the 36th annual Citywide Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 23rd!

Individuals and groups of all ages come together to pick up litter that has recently become exposed due to the melting snow. Join forces with your neighbors to clean up our parks and neighborhood streets

Upcoming SECO Meetings

We invite community members to attend or join our committees to have a voice in the things happening in our community. To participate online - contact us for the Zoom login. 

April 12, 2022 Environmental Committee  6:30-7:30pm at SunRay Library 2105 Wilson Ave, St. Paul, MN 55119

April 23, 2022 Citywide Clean Up Day at Conway Park 2090 Conway St, St. Paul, MN 55119

April 25, 2022 SECO Board meeting 6:30-8:00pm Zoom and In-Person
Sanneh Foundation 2090 Conway St, St. Paul, MN 55119


Submit information and events to hello@southeastside.org

 

Community Members Invited to

Provide Feedback on Proposed Rent Stabilization Rules


On November 2, 2021, Saint Paul voters approved a Rent Stabilization Ordinance for the City of Saint Paul. The Ordinance limits residential rent increases to no more than 3% in a 12-month period, regardless of whether there is a change of occupancy. After the Rent Stabilization Ordinance became law, the Department of Safety and Inspections (DSI) was tasked with working toward a May 1, 2022, implementation date. To that end, DSI is proposing rules to clarify and implement Saint Paul’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance. Rules clarify how a law or policy is to be carried out or enforced and have the force and effect of law. 

What Happens Next?
After public comments are received, the City will review and publish the final rules, along with text addressing substantive concerns on the City’s website by Friday, April 29, 2022.  On May 1, 2022 the intake form will be available on the website for landlords to complete to formally request an exception to the limit on rent established by the ordinance.   

CLICK HERE for the Rent Stabilization Website 

 
How do I Submit Comments? 
Commenters should identify the portion of the proposed rule addressed, the reason for the comment, and any change proposed.

Comment by mail:
DSI- Rent Stabilization
375 Jackson Suite 220
Saint Paul, MN 55101

Direct email comments to Email

rent-stabilization@ci.stpaul.mn.us
 
The preferred method is the COMMENT FORM
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Pothole Repair Season Begins

The City of Saint Paul strives to provide safe and well-maintained streets. Taking care of potholes in a timely manner prolongs the useful life of streets and reduces future maintenance and rehabilitation costs. Saint Paul Public Works fills and patches potholes all year round. To report a pothole, call 651-266-9700 or email: potholes@ci.stpaul.mn.us

Ramsey County Employment Assistance

Has your job been impacted by COVID-19? The county has workforce services and support available for residents. Call Workforce Solutions at 651-266-9890 or visit the Employment Assistance page

Spring Cleaning for Clean Water

Enjoy the fresh spring air while you clean your storm drains and remove any trash, leaves and debris to help keep our lakes and the Mississippi River clean and reduce local flooding. Sign up in the link below and volunteer fifteen minutes, twice a month, to clean a storm drain (or two) near you.

In 2021, Adopt a Drain volunteers in CRWD reported removing over 31,000 pounds of leaves, grass, sediment and trash from storm drains! That equates to stopping over twelve pounds of total phosphorus – that equates to 6,000 pounds of algae - from entering storm drains and flowing into our local lakes and the Mississippi River. For more information: https://mn.adopt-a-drain.org/

Register for summer camps & activities

Registration for summer camps and activities is now open. Parks and Recreation is offering a variety of fun, safe, and structured full and half-day camps for youth of all ages. Costs range from free up to $275. 
 

St. Paul Parks & Rec Fee Assistance Program

The City of Saint Paul operates a special program that helps families pay for Parks & Recreation youth classes and activities. Fee Assistance can be requested by families who meet program requirements when registering for youth activities. To be eligible for the program, youth must live in Saint Paul, be 18 years old or younger, and qualify for free and reduced lunches.

 

Fee Assistance can be used toward most recreational sports or activities offered by Saint Paul Parks and Recreation. To view the online catalog of all available activities offered, click here. Note: Although adult programs are also listed, they do not qualify for Fee Assistance credits.

2022 Summer Rec Check

Summer Rec Check has everything you love about our school-year Rec Check but with a summer twist!  Activities include crafts, art, tennis, cooking, swimming, gym games, water fun, outdoor nature activities, outdoor play, fitness, kitchen science, field trips and more. Partnering with the Saint Paul Public Library, youth are encouraged to keep reading all summer through fun literature activities and programs. A daily snack is provided.  

  • Cost: Free
  • Grades: Entering grades 1-6 in the fall
  • Days: Monday - Thursday
  • Dates: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - Thursday, August 25, 2022
  • Time: 1pm-4pm
For More Information on Summer Camps Click Here

Party for the Planet, now in person!
April 23 – 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

After a two-year hiatus, it’s time to celebrate “Party for the Planet” in person again at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory on April 23 and 24. Powered by our friends at Xcel Energy, Como’s annual Earth Day and conservation celebration is a full weekend of family activities, crafts and interpretive opportunities to learn more about the earth’s amazing animals and plants, and what we can do to protect them. 
https://comozooconservatory.org/2022-xcel-party-for-the-planet/

Energy Assistance and Water Assistance Programs

The Minnesota Commerce Department encourages households that are struggling with utility bills to apply for the Energy Assistance Program, with up to $2,000 available to eligible households. In addition, as part of the Federal relief funding, there is assistance available for household to pay past due water bills.

Households can apply for both programs through the Energy Assistance application. For more information and to find your local service provider, go to the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program webpage. There you will find links for the webpage in Spanish, Somali and Hmong as well as applications in Spanish, Somali, Hmong and Vietnamese.

You can also call 1-800-657-3710 for more information.

Español - MN Energy Assistance Webpage - Español

Hmoob - MN Energy Assistance Webpage - Hmoob

Soomaali - MN Energy Assistance Webpage - Soomaali
Do You Need Help Paying for Your Energy Costs? 

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has raised the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program crisis benefit per household. Income-qualified homeowners or renters can now receive up to $3,000 to pay past-due energy bills, to prevent energy disconnections, and to cover costs for emergency fuel deliveries. The crisis benefit had been $1,200. This grant is in addition to up to $2,000 in non-crisis benefits that households can qualify for. 

Energy Assistance funding is available for thousands more Minnesotans and is open for applications through May 31, 2022. Minnesota received more than $167 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds in 2021 for the Energy Assistance Program, which more than doubled the annual amount. With one application to the Energy Assistance Program, households may also qualify for water bill assistance and for the Weatherization Assistance Program, which can permanently reduce household energy costs.  

To get more information, please click here: https://mn.gov/commerce/consumers/consumer-assistance/energy-assistance/
CONTACT US!
SunRay Shopping Center  2105 1/2 Old Hudson Road St. Paul, MN  55119

Hello@Southeastside.org 
651-578-7600
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