Irene Fernando – District 2 Hennepin County Commissioner – August Update
July 1, 2019
Our office is dedicated to serving residents and making the County more transparent, accessible, and just.
Please reach out with questions or comments, or to learn more about how to get involved.
Building Deeply Affordable Housing
As the chair of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, I believe Hennepin County is uniquely positioned to lead at the intersection of affordable housing and human services. Our new direction aims to couple housing units with human services, to support people and families more holistically. We aim to invest $91 million to build 1,000 units with integrated services in the coming years, for those at the lowest income levels.
On July 30, 2019, nearly 70 people from 40 organizations came together to learn more about the plan and provide early feedback on how we can ensure successful implementation in coming years. Over 50 people contributed to these small-group discussions, resulting in over 2,100 minutes of dialogue (factoring in lunches and breaks, this is equivalent to a full-time work week!).
Our office created a road map of HRA’s journey to date and our direction going forward. Read it at hennepind2.com/hra.
Grow your business with technical support programs
Hennepin County offers technical assistance and business support through multiple programs.
CEO Next Business Institute—now accepting applications
The program helps second-stage companies through advanced business and market research, peer and cohort learning, and expert forums. Privately held businesses that have between 10 and 99 employees, and $1 million -$50 million in revenue are eligible.
When the weather gets hot, it’s important to stay cool by staying indoors in air-conditioned buildings. Use this interactive map of cooling centers to stay out of the heat and stay safe. These spaces are welcome to all.
National Breastfeeding Month events
Hennepin County joins the nation in recognizing August as National Breastfeeding Month, to raise awareness of breastfeeding benefits and to support breastfeeding families.
Chocolate Milk: The Documentary
Told through the narratives of three African American women: a new mother, a midwife and a WIC lactation educator, the film seeks to answer the longstanding question of why more African American women are not breastfeeding.
Celebrate black breastfeeding families with food, games, prizes and more. This event is hosted by Dr. LaVonne Moore of Chosen Vessels Midwifery Services.
Thursday, August 29, 6 to 8 p.m.
621 North 29th Avenue, Minneapolis
News From the Library
Read + Ride Day at the Minnesota State Fair, August 28
Bring your library card and present it at a State Fair gate for discounted admission on Wednesday, August 28. Stop by Dan Patch Park 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for stage shows and family fun. View details on the day’s activities and events at readrideday.org.
Reading recommendations from Mary Moriarty, Hennepin County Chief Public Defender
Learn about the criminal justice system, criminal justice reform and the legacy of unjust systems of the past. View book recommendations by Chief Public Defender of Hennepin County, Mary Moriarty.