Tornado Relief Information
NORTHSIDE TORNADO RECOVERY HOUSING RESOURCES
I Need Shelter.
I am part of a family with children, or I am pregnant:
Hennepin County families in need of emergency shelter should apply at:
Century Plaza, 330 S. 12th St, Minneapolis. (Mon‐Fri, 7:30 a.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m.).
Families apply on the 1st floor. Contracted shelters are People Serving People and St. Anne's Place. After 5:00 pm, and on weekends and holidays, call 211 to be referred to the after hours shelter team. Questions? Call the Shelter Team at (612) 348‐9410.
I am a single adult, or a couple without children:
The single adult contracted shelters are Salvation Army Harbor Lights and Catholic Charities.
Hennepin County single adults in need of emergency shelter should apply at: Century Plaza, 330 S. 12th St, Minneapolis, 3rd floor. (MonFri, 7:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.) Questions? Call (612) 348‐3007.
Three private shelters, St. Stephen's, Our Saviour's, and Simpson Shelters, hold a combined weekly lottery every Monday night at Simpson Shelter, 2740 1st Ave S, Minneapolis (28th and Nicollet). Doors open at 6 p.m., you must arrive by 6:30 p.m. but not before 5:45p.m.
All lottery participants must be sober on the night of the lottery. Questions? Call (612) 874‐0306.
I am under 21:
If you are under the age of 21 and do not have children, a youth shelter may be available for you. There are several youth shelters in Minneapolis. Please see below to find the one best suited for you.
• County Shelter
Youth over the age of 18 are eligible for county shelter. Information is available at Century Plaza, 330 S. 12th St, Minneapolis, MN, 3rd floor. (MonFri, 7:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.), or call the Shelter Team at (612) 348‐3007.
• The Bridge for Youth, call (612) 377‐8800
Emergency shelter for 10 through 17 year old males and females who are able to be reunified with family. Shelter for 16 to 18 year olds, overnight stay only, for youth unable to be reunified with family.
• Avenues for Homeless Youth, call (612) 522‐1690
Shelter for 16 through 20 year old males and females.
• Hope Street Shelter, call (612) 827‐9372
Shelter for 16 through 20 year old males and females. All families of youth are contacted if possible.
I Need to Find Rental Housing.
Find a Home to Rent on the HousingLink Website
1. Go to www.housinglink.org.
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- On the left side of the map click the box next to the number of bedrooms you need.
- Under "Rent" click on "maximum" and select the amount you can afford for rent. For example, if you choose $700, this will show you available homes for $700 or less.
- In the Google search bar at the bottom of the map type in an address that is close to where you want to live. Then click the blue "Search" button. For example, if you want to see places close to where your kids go to school, type in the address of the school. The map will zoom into that area and show nearby openings.
1. Click on the orange "Show Listings" button at the bottom of the map to see a list of all the openings that match what you are looking for.
If you don’t want to use the map, click on the "Tornado Response" tab on the top of the map. Repeat steps 2 & 3. Then select the city you want to live in and click "Show Listings."
Free internet is available at:
Sumner Library -611 Van White Memorial Boulevard, (952) 847‐2875
North Regional Library -1315 Lowry Avenue North (952) 847‐8450
Webber Park Library -4310 Webber Parkway (952) 847‐2750
Minneapolis Urban League - 2100 Plymouth Avenue North (612) 302‐3100
Creekview Park- 5001 Humboldt Ave N. (612) 370‐4965
Folwell Park- 1615 Dowling Ave N (612) 370‐4917
Farview Park - 29th and Lyndale (612) 370‐4922
I Also Need Help with Deposit and First Month’s Rent.
Hennepin County can often help with deposit and first months rent. Call (612) 596‐1300 to apply. Often, you can apply before you find a unit, and then when you identify a place you will finish the application.
I am on the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority’s (MPHA) Waiting List for Public Housing or Section 8.
Please contact MPHA and alert them if you have been displaced by the tornado.
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I Need Legal Assistance
to Help With a Landlord or Insurance Company.
Legal Aid: Renters affected by the tornado with questions about landlord/tenant law, emergency assistance and other public benefits, and school‐related questions can call Legal Aid at (612)332‐1441. If Legal Aid cannot assist, they will refer tenants to Volunteer Lawyer Network, Conflict Resolution Center or other services. Additional information is available online at www.mylegalaid.org. HOMELine: Tenants can ask attorneys landlord‐tenant law questions at the HOMELine free tenant hotline at (612) 728‐5767. HOMELine does not have income limitations, so any tenant can call. More information, including a detailed renters’ resource sheet, is available online at www.homelinemn.org.
For Landlords and Homeowners:
Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN): Homeowners and property owners affected by the tornado with questions about insurance claims, repair contracts, and other real estate matters, or other legal issues can call VLN at (612) 752‐6677. Owners should identify themselves as affected by the tornado. VLN works with volunteers, so attorneys will not be available immediately to answer questions, but the organization will move quickly to connect owners to attorneys as soon as possible. Additional information is available online at www.volunteerlawyersnetwork.org/clients/aboutus.
Conflict Resolution Center (CRC): If the amount of coverage from the insurance company is not adequate, negotiating with them is an option. CRC has mediators who will provide a structured process to resolve matters involving insurance claims or any other disputes between the insured and the insurance company. Mediation is quick, free and an effective way for the insured to work out a solution that will allow necessary repairs and rebuilding. Call (612) 822‐9883.
For All Residents:
Housing Court Project: A walk‐in legal clinic for landlord/tenant law questions, located at the Hennepin County Government Center, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Legal Aid and Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) jointly operate this clinic. The VLN attorneys can assist low‐income landlords, and both Legal Aid and VLN attorneys can assist low‐income tenants. (In the current situation, the Housing Court Project will try to be flexible on income limits.) If possible, clients should bring a copy of their lease or other relevant paperwork. More information about the Housing Court Project is available at www.mncourts.gov/district/4?page=296.
1. Tenants: Go to Housing Court clerks' front counter located on the 3rd floor, in the Court Tower of the Hennepin County Government Center, at 300 6th St. S., in downtown Minneapolis.
2. Landlords: Go to the 4th Dist. Court Self‐Help Center on the Public Service Level (2nd floor) of the Hennepin County Government Center.
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LawHelpMN.org has posted legal resources and videos on issues related to the tornado, including information on renting and tenants' rights, insurance and other legal questions. Visit www.lawhelpmn.org and click on emergency tornado information.
If you think you have been the victim of a tornado‐related scam:
Criminal investigations in Minneapolis are done by the Minneapolis Police Department and that is where initial concerns should be made. Contact the Police at (612) 673‐5704 (select prompt #3 or stay on the line for assistance).
Prosecutors want to help early in the process. Attorneys both in the Minneapolis City Attorney's Office and Hennepin County Attorney's Office are also available to help.
1. Minneapolis City Attorney's office: Contact Nnamdi Okoronkwo, the 4th Precinct Community Attorney at (612) 673‐2801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Hennepin County Attorney's office: Contact Senior Attorney Paul Scoggin, head of our Property Criminal Prosecution team at (612) 348‐5161 or email@example.com.
More information is available at www.hennepinattorney.org.
I Need Assistance Fixing My House.
For property owners needing financial assistance for home repair, contact these organizations to learn about available loans and grants:
Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation, (612) 588‐3033
Center for Energy & Environment, (612) 335‐5884
Neighborhood Housing Services, (612) 521‐3581
Tornado Emergency Relief Resource List
Family Assistance Center- The North Commons Park (Health/family support/shelter organized by the American Red Cross & the City of Minneapolis) 1801 James Ave. N. 612-370-4921
Shiloh Temple (offering shelter for women with children and a partnering church will house men) Shiloh Temple is located on Broadway Ave. N. and N. Fremont. Call 612-302-1463 for more information
The Salvation Army (basic needs/food/clothing): 2024 Lyndale Ave. N in Minneapolis.
The Bridge for Youth as a resource for families and youth. They are offering youth shelter between the ages of 10-17. 612-377-8800 or www.bridgeforyouth..org
Nellie Stone Johnson: Offering basic needs/food/clothing, shoes to student families of NSJ
Pillsbury United Communities: Oak Park Neighborhood Center, 1701 Oak Park Ave. N. 612-377-7000- Translation services, food, clothes, crisis line
North United Methodist Church 4350 Fremont Av N -Clothing Closet clothes for anyone in need. Our regular hours are the first and second Saturdays of each month from 9 until noon and the first Monday evening of each month from 6 until 8 pm. People can also call the church for special appointments if these times do not work out. 612-522-4497 leave a message & we will get back to people as soon as possible.
Sharing & Caring Hands – 525 North 7 th Street 612.338.4640
North Point Health and Wellness Center Inc (Human Services) 1315 Penn Ave. N 612-767-9500 NorthPoint Food Shelf is open 9AM - 3 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & 11 AM - 6 PM on Wednesday, closed on Fridays. Supplies are being given to tornado victims as needed. For info, call 612 767 9175.
Freshen Up & Shower Facilities
YMCA 1711 West Broadway - Towels and basic soap available. Everyday 8:00 – 1:00P
YMCA Blaisdell Ave - Towels and basic soap available. M-F 7:00 A – 8:00P Sat-Sun 9:00 – 6:00P
Transportation Coordinated by Nick at 612.363.3993
Fremont Clinic is Open Regular hours see www.neighborhoodhealthsource.org
NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center (Clinic) 1313 Penn Ave N. 612-543-2500 Offering medical, dental & behavioral health services, along with pharmacy, lab and radiology. Walk-ins are welcome.
Clinic hours are 8:30 - 5 PM Monday & Friday, 8:30 - 7 PM Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays. For after hours care, please call 612-873-3000. After hours behavioral health needs, Contact: Crisis Center at 612-873-3161.
University of Minnesota Physicians Broadway Family Medicine (Emerson & Broadway) Call 612-302-8200 for an appointment. They can also re-charge cell phones and use our public computer while here.
Prescription Eye Glasses FNA 1206 37 th Ave North– Bring Broken glasses/RX for replacement. Until 6/10
Pillsbury Crisis Nursery
Pillsbury Crisis Nursery is a community-based, family support program that provides services to parents and children in times of crisis or stress. We provide services for: Families in Hennepin County, Children ages newborn through twelve years, Short-term daycare placements, Information and referrals, Services provided free of charge. Call Pillsbury United Communities Crisis Nursery at 612-302-3500
Minneapolis Animal Control Provides Short-Term Pet Kennels For Tornado Victims:
Animal Control is available for residents of north Minneapolis to temporarily kennel their pets for free for up to five days. Call 311 for more information.
Metro Transit Bus Detours: Routes 5, 7, 14, 19, 22 and 721/724 in North Minneapolis are being detoured due to tornado damage. www.metrotransit.org 612.373.3333
POWER/CELL PHONE CHARGING AND INTERNET ACCESS
Energy at 1-800-895-4999 -For power outages, downed power lines.
Emerge Community Development 1101 West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55411 (Emerson/Broadway- 2nd Floor) 612.529.9267 . Contact is Paul Hours: 9:00am- 5:00pm.
University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC ) , 2001 Plymouth Ave North .Contact number is 612-626-UROC (8762). You can use facilities between 8am and 5pm
WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT BURGLARY:
Do not assume that the person taking or loading items from your neighbor’s house is legitimate. When in doubt, call 911. Alert your neighbors & block club members to the problem & be sure to watch out for each other. Remember, the majority of burglars who are caught in the act are caught because a neighbor reported seeing something suspicious. If your neighbors’ house is damaged, talk to them about their plans for clean up and repair so you know what to expect in the coming days. If your home is damaged, secure your personal property & ask your neighbors to keep an eye on your property.
WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT FRAUD:
Be wary of anyone going door to door offering home repair services.
There are a number of fraudulent home repair and contracting schemes. Watch out for the contractor who approaches you with a deal thats too good to pass up. If someone says that he has materials left over from a job down the street and can give you a great deal, dont believe him. This is a very common scam that can wind up costing you thousands of dollars. All persons soliciting goods or services door to door in Minneapolis MUST have a Minneapolis Peddlers License. Demand to see their license. If they are unable to, call 911 Be especially wary of people using high pressure sales tactics, or who won’t let you take the time to think it over. If he demands that you sign now, just say no. Always get multiple bids from different contractors before signing any home repair contracts. Be especially wary of contractors who require cash up front.
Public Works & Park Board crews will collect tree debris that can be brought to the Blvd beginning Wednesday, May 25 through June 10 for properties affected by the tornado in the city west of I- 94 and north of Highway 55 (Olson Memorial Highway). This service is for property owners clearing their property of tree debris after storm damage only—it is not for contractors doing work for property owners or for regular tree pruning. It is only for tree debris, not construction or other materials. Here's how residents in the area can prepare downed trees and branches for collection:
• Move larger limbs, branches, & trunks to the boulevard area in front of your house. The City will pick up & dispose of these items at no charge. Crews will collect tree debris from the boulevards beginning May 25 thru June 10. -Property owners adjacent to tree debris placed on the blvd are asked not to park vehicles near the debris, to help crews in the removal process. "No parking" signs may be posted & enforced to facilitate the cleanup operation.
• If residents have large tree debris that is located in the back of the house by the alley, call 311 to request an alley pick-up. However, please be advised that this may not be possible in some instances if the needed equipment can’t access the site. Before clearing trees & debris make sure there are no downed power lines.
City opens an office to make it easier to get the necessary construction and repair permits needed to fix damage to properties following the North Side tornado. The North Side Construction & Repair Permits Office is available beginning June 1 to help homeowners & licensed contractors doing work in the area. The office is located at Hamilton School at 4119 Dupont Ave. N. & will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wells Fargo & Urban League Team Up to Aid Uninsured Homeowners in North Mpls
Our Wealth Accumulation Intersection is working directly with Wells Fargo to help uninsured North Minneapolis homeowners who suffered tornado damage get needed repairs. If you know of anyone in the north Minneapolis area whose home suffered structural damage please send the following information to WA Director Nick Jaeger at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Name, Address, Phone Number, Type of repairs / Help needed
Our Wealth Accumulation staff will then compile a list of those households and will work on finding resources to assist them in their recovery. We need this information as soon as possible, preferably before Thursday 10:00am. There is limited dollars for this project so the sooner we can gather the names and information, the sooner we can move forward. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nick at 612-302-3164
Legal Aid Society – Helpline for Residents with Tenant / Landlord Issues – 612.332.1441
Volunteer Lawyers Network Helpline for Insurance and/or Contractor Issues 612.752-6677
VOLUNTEER DAY WAS A SUCCESS
At least 2,000 volunteers were working in North Minneapolis neighborhoods, helping folks get construction and tree debris cleaned off their properties. City staff were among those volunteering, with staff from a number of City departments helping out on both morning and afternoon shifts.
In total, volunteers removed about 180,000 pounds of construction debris on Saturday, which is on top of the 70 tons of debris that the City removed from the streets since the tornado struck on May 22.
TRANSITION FROM THE EOC TO LONG-TERM COORDINATION & RECOVERY
The EOC closed its operations after Saturday’s volunteer event, having been operational since the evening of May 22. Now work is transitioning to City Hall, where a cross department work team is being formed to coordinate and support the ongoing recovery efforts. The City team will likely have its first meeting this week.
TRAFFIC SIGNAL LIGHTS REPAIRED
The storm knocked out traffic lights at 21 intersections on May 22. Public Works crews have been working to get those back on line and today traffic lights are working at all but one intersection.
VIDEO UPDATES ON CHANNEL 14 & SOCIAL MEDIA
Were continuing to produce video updates as they are needed (though they will likely not be daily for the time being). The productions are running on the top of the hour on Channel 14, and being pitched through our social media sites. You can find the short videos on the Citys Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/cityofminneapolis.
Last updated Sep. 27, 2011