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- About Community Engagement
- Blueprint for Equitable Engagement
- One Minneapolis Fund
- Senior Strategic Plan
- Language Services
Role of Neighborhoods and Community Relations
The Neighborhoods and Community Relations Department (NCR) uses several strategies to bring underrepresented communities into the decision-making process. You can read about these strategies in the City's Blueprint for Equitable Engagement.
The NCR community engagement team builds connections between the City of Minneapolis and communities where cultural norms or practices, language or disabilities limit knowledge and access to government.
Meet the community specialists serving many communities, including the African American, American Indian, East African, Latino, Southeast Asian and aging communities.
These community specialists work with other City of Minneapolis departments to inform and involve all Minneapolis residents in citywide initiatives like Minneapolis 2040, the increased minimum wage and paid sick and safe time ordinances.
Multilingual radio shows
NCR community specialists host four radio shows that broadcast City news in Minneapolis's most widely-spoken languages.
- English: “Minneapolis 360” is every second & fourth Wednesday from 1:30-2 p.m. on KMOJ 89.9 FM and can be streamed at kmojfm.com.
- Spanish: "Mi Ciudad" is on La Raza 95.7 FM, 1400 and 1470 AM on every other Tuesday from 3-4 p.m. or online at Laraza1400.com.
- Hmong: "Kuv Lub Nroog Minneapolis" is every third Thursday from 2-3 p.m. on Hmong Radio AM 1590 and online here.
- Somali: "Magaaladayda Minneapolis" is broadcast on Somali American Radio, KALY-LP 101.7 FM every second Thursday from 2-3 p.m. You can listen online at Kalyradio.org.
One of the largest barriers to participation can be language. NCR staff work to remove language barriers following the City's 2015 Language Access Plan. The department has community specialists that speak Spanish, Somali, Lao and Hmong. Bilingual staff work with Communications and other departments to update the non-English snow emergency telephone line messages, record multilingual public service announcements and host radio shows on popular community radio stations. The City also maintains several phone lines to support non-English-speakers and those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Spanish Line: 612-673-2700
- Somali Line: 612-673-3500
- Hmong Line: 612-673-2800
- TTY Line: 612-263-6850
Read about how the City works to keep information and City services accessible for people with disabilities in our accessibility section.
Partnerships with community organizations
NCR funds projects that connect historically under-engaged residents to the City and engage communities and provide critical support to city residents who are the most vulnerable and disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 through the One Minneapolis Fund.
Senior strategic plan
Learn about the Minneapolis for a Lifetime Strategic Plan, which aims to put in place the policies and support services that promote independent living, meaningful engagement and provide resources and information to older residents so they can remain part of the fabric of this community.
NCR supports and administers City funding to neighborhood organizations, which play a critical role in community engagement in Minneapolis. Read more in the neighborhood programs section.