Emergency Assistance with Rent and Mortgage Payments

You may be concerned about interruptions in your income and paying your bills. Ramsey County is here to help with Emergency Assistance (EA) and Emergency General Assistance (EGA).

Emergency Assistance helps adults with children, and pregnant women. Emergency General Assistance helps adults without children.

EA and EGA help with shelter, such as past due rent, a damage deposit, or to stop foreclosure. EA and EGA also help pay for utilities, when there is threat of disconnection. Utilities include electricity, heat, and water.

 

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North End Neighborhood Organization Updates March 23-April 23 2020

These are just a few of the things we are doing at the North End Neighborhood Organization. If there is something missing or information/support you are looking for please contact us via email: ed@nenostpaul.org. There are 17 district councils in the city of St Paul who are all working to engage and support their neighborhoods in varied capacities during these challenging times. If you would like more information on how to get involved with your neighborhood organization, check out the city website at https://www.stpaul.gov/residents/live-saint-paul/neighborhoods/district-councils/district-council-directory to identify your district council.

NENO board, committees and staff are practicing physical distancing. The office has been closed with Jubilee Dee working from home and Kerry Antrim going to the office as necessary to ensure the organization meets its’ obligations and mission. All meetings are hosted and attended remotely. The following is a snapshot of NENO’s work during month 1 of the pandemic

In Response to COVID-19

  • Signed up for Zoom meetings
  • Set up a Covid-19 resource and information portal on nenostpaul.org.
  • Researched open restaurants and grocers in the North End, including restaurant hours, ordering information, and delivery services.
  • Kept up with changing information coming out from city, county, state, and national sources.
  • Connected with Noel Nix, District 5 and District 10 on the city’s Neighbor’s Helping Neighbor’s volunteer sign-in.
  • Connected with the North End South Como Block Nurse Program-they have volunteers but not as many are in seniors in need.
  • Additional e-news letters are being sent out as information changes.
  • Reached out to both NEBA and the North End Foundation regarding stipends for volunteers and connections for people in need.
  • Jubilee Dee is working with Keystone regarding proxies to be able to pick up food at the food shelf and deliver it to people who are afraid to go out. (Because of Covid-19 or those
  • Kerry Antrim joined the Ramsey County Community Engagement Workgroup regarding food and basic needs security and distribution. The purpose is to work with the community to develop a unified food and basic needs supply and distribution system that is prepared to meet community needs, prioritizing our most vulnerable communities.
  • With North End Development Team members, called businesses regarding the Bridge Fund. Sent information to the North End Business Association members and posted to social media. Jubilee Dee connect with both Karen families and businesses
  • Supported the city and Dai Thao and submitted a resolution condemning racial attacks against our Asian American and Pacific Islander neighbors

Projects/Programs Reworked due to COVID 19

  • The City Wide Parks Clean-ups are cancelled-we will set up individual parks clean-ups if we have the volunteers, masks and gloves and are able to ensure physical distancing
  • The June City-Wide Drop-off event has been cancelled and the one at the Fair Grounds has been postponed-we will be working with district 10 regarding volunteers and senior pick-ups
  • 1199 Rice Street Garden-Friends of the North End is working on getting the garden maintained. Staff will connect with volunteers to ensure physical distancing and if needed provide gloves and masks if available. The garden is separated into 4 quadrants and two people can work each quadrant. Photos of what to pull out will be available.
  • 168 Front Community Garden-there are fifteen gardeners. Jubilee Dee is providing physical distancing information and recommending that only one family garden at a time.Census 2020
  • Cancelled being a QAC location. Jubilee Dee has been calling her Karen community and others regarding the census. She is assisting the Complete Count initiative making calls to people 3 times a week.Work as Usual-but different
  • Updating message boards with relevant information.
  • The Chair & staff met with Ward 5
  • The District Councils in District 3 met with County Commissioner Trista MatasCastillo
  • The Community Engagement Contract Workgroup met and is continuing to work on streamlining the contracting process for 2021.
  • The deadline for the AARP grant for additional benches at Trout Brook has been backed up to May 15th. The grant is 90% finished.
  • Met with Cat Beltmann, district councils coordinator and Noel Nix X2
  • Attended Zoom District Council Steering Committee x2. The Executive Director/Community Organizers will begin to meet weekly. Community organizers will start to meet as a group.
  • Continued working with other district councils.
  • Held North End Roundtable meetings.
  • Updating Social Media.
  • Continued the ELC meetings
  • Continued with administrative tasks-reimbursements, paying bills, meeting set-ups, agendas etc.
  • Started the housing report.
  • Submitted a recommendation on RM Zoning ordinance changes.
  • Working on CIB business projects.
  • Working on Neighborhood STAR projects. .
  • Working to get a recommendation regarding Safe Housing.
  • Working to support the Small Businesses against predatory lending.Trust for Public Land
  • Met with the local TPL manager regarding where we are at moving forward.
  • Met with the National TPL checking in on timelines etc.
  • Finalized Parks & Green space Survey for TPL and putting it in a survey form.Challenges Faced:

    The biggest hurdle is unable to meet with people face to face and cancelling our New Neighbor sessions and Community Pop Up events for April, May and most likely June. We are also experiencing challenges in getting information to all our residents-most municipalities and organizations are.

Public participation in land use and zoning applications during COVID-19

The City of Saint Paul has temporarily adjusted the way it conducts public meetings to respond to the Governor’s Stay-At-Home Orders and the COVID-19 pandemic. Hearings of the City’s boards and commissions, which members of the public are encouraged to attend and normally are held in City meeting rooms, are being conducted virtually using secure online meeting technology.

Applicants, interested residents, business owners and others, are invited to participate in all hearings scheduled, which are now using online meeting tools, email and conference lines.

Background

Supporting ongoing projects and new development is critical to our City’s growth and economic development. Therefore, special hearing arrangements during COVID-19 pandemic have been made to comply with the Governor’s Executive Orders.

The Chairs of City boards and commissions have determined that it is not practical nor prudent to meet in person or pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 13D.02. In light of the COVID-19 health pandemic, it is not feasible for any member of the commissions to be present at the regular location(s) and all members of the commissions will attend meetings by telephone or other electronic means.

It is also not feasible for members of the public to attend these meetings at their regular locations due to the pandemic and emergency.

The revised public hearing notices related to specific meetings or hearings each include instructions regarding how to monitor and/or participate.

Zoning-Related Boards or Commissions impacted
The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) holds public hearings on all major and minor zoning variance

applications and administrative appeals. The board meets at 3:00 p.m. on Mondays every other week. The public hearing notices include the following information on how to participate in the hearing:

  • A unique Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is generated for the online meeting via Skype for Business, which requires downloading the application in advance of the meeting.
  • A list of phone numbers, and a conference call identification number, which allows members of the public to call in if they do not have access to the Internet.

    The online meeting URL and conference line number for each public hearing held virtually will be sent to all parties affected by the application at least ten (10) days before the hearing.

    Public comment

    Public comment can be submitted via email up to 2:00 p.m. the Friday before the scheduled hearing and will be provided to all commissioners and/or board members in advance of the virtual meeting. Name and address must be included in the body of the email to be included in the public record.

Comments sent after 2:00 p.m. the Friday before the public hearing will not be included in materials sent to commissioners due to staffing limitations during this time.

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Public Hearings

Public hearings related to plans and zoning studies are held at Planning Commission meetings. Planning Commission meets at 8:30 a.m. every other Friday. Public testimony must be submitted in writing prior to the meeting. Members of the public may monitor this meeting remotely over the telephone using numbers posted on the meeting agenda. Details about upcoming public hearings and where to send comments are posted on the Planning and Economic Development’s Current Activities website.

All Zoning Committee meetings are public hearings. Zoning Committee meets at 3:30 p.m. every other Thursday when there are agenda items. Public testimony may be submitted by 12:00 p.m. the day of the meeting. (Note: You must include your Name and Address for the public record). Comments should be submitted to: ZoningCommitteeSecretary@ci.stpaul.mn.us Members of the public may monitor this meeting remotely over the telephone using numbers posted on the meeting agenda. (Note: Telephone numbers change for each meeting). Applicants will have the opportunity to present to the Zoning Committee and respond to questions.

Application Materials

Application materials may be found here:

  • Rezoning
  • Zoning Variances
  • Conditional Use Permits

    Applicants may apply for a variance for required petitions during the Governor’s Stay-At-Home Orders. It is not advised that applicants go door-to-door seeking signatures during the COIVID-19 pandemic.