Irene Fernando – District 2 Hennepin County Commissioner – October Update
October 7, 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.
New air travel requirements begin October 1, 2020
A standard Minnesota driver’s license or ID will only be valid for domestic air travel for one more year. After October 1, 2020, you will need a REAL ID, passport, or other approved card to board a plane. Decide now if you want a REAL ID and plan to get it ahead of the deadline. You can get your REAL ID at the Hennepin County Service Center nearest you. Learn more at www.hennepin.us/servicecenters.
25th Anniversary of the Domestic Abuse Service Center
The Domestic Abuse Service Center will celebrate its 25th anniversary this October. Since 1994, the center has connected with 1.5 million victims of domestic violence.
Through a trauma informed lens, culturally specific and bilingual staff provide victims of domestic violence immediate access to services and support in a safe location. On September 24, the county board accepted renewed funding to provide culturally-specific advocacy for African American crime victims.
Practicing mental health care in homeless shelters
Each year, 4,000 people experiencing homelessness visit Hennepin County’s Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) program. Many HCH clients report a mental illness, and HCH recently expanded its mental health services to be more responsive.
Read about this work through the lens of Naomy, an HCH psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
Census employees needed: Be a part of history while earning extra cash
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts every person in the United States, including everyone living in Hennepin County.
Census data helps determine:
Funding for public services in your community – About $15.5 billion of annual funding is at stake for Minnesota. This amounts to $2,796 per person each year or $27,960 per person each decade.
Your representation in Congress and the state legislature
Your community’s voice and visibility – More than 230,000 Hennepin County residents will not respond to the census without follow-up. You can help increase participation.
Apply now or refer friends and family
Help ensure everyone is counted in your community by becoming a census taker. View more details and apply at 2020census.gov/jobs.
Share your housing priorities for suburban Hennepin County
Hennepin County is in the process of updating our five-year plan for federal housing funds. This plan guides investment of about $6 million each year for affordable housing, community development, and services in suburban cities. Share your experience and priorities for housing in our community to help investment of these funds.
New collection of music by local artists added to MnSpin
With more than 90 albums added to the library’s free music streaming platform this fall, make a new connection to Minnesota music. Learn more or connect to MnSpin.
Library seeks Homework Help volunteers to help students
Make a difference working with K-12 youth at the library: 87% of students report feeling more confident in the areas they came in for help, and 93% feel welcomed and supported at Homework Help. Learn more at www.hclib.org/volunteer.
LGBTQIA+ History Month
Libraries are building community and pride with a film series and special storytimes this October.
Managing your eBooks
Apps like Libby and cloudLibrary make reading eBooks easy and managing your loans even easier. You can view your holds and return books as soon as you’re done reading them right from the app. Learn more about our eBook platforms in our online resources.