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Wednesday June 12th 2024

News You Can Use: Nov. ’23

Get Free or Discounted Internet and Technology Support
You might be eligible for free or low-cost internet services and a discounted computer. The City and County are partnering with local providers to help make the internet more accessible through:

  • Discounted internet for household use
  • Free temporary internet access at Wi-Fi hotspots
  • Free internet access to public sector information including City, County and State resources
  • Low-cost computers
  • Public computer access
  • Personal help from a “digital navigator”
  • Minneapolis residents can call 311, email 311, or go to minneapolismn.gov/government/programs-initiatives/digital-equity/internet-services to find details, a list of resources, and see if you qualify for different internet services programs.


Eligible Hennepin County households can pay for internet service and get a discount on a device through the Affordable Connectivity Program. Find out if you qualify for the program at hennepin.us/your-government/projects-initiatives/technology. This information is also in Spanish, Somali and Hmong

Energy Assistance: Stay Warm and Safe this Winter
The Energy Assistance Program helps pay energy bills for eligible Minnesotans! The program is free and provides benefits of up to $1,400, plus additional support to respond to emergencies.
Both renters and homeowners can qualify. Eligibility is based on income and household size. For example, a family of four could earn up to $62,822 annually and qualify to receive financial assistance with energy bills. For details in English, Español (Spanish), Hmoob (Hmong), or Soomaali (Somali) go to mn.gov/commerce/energy/consumer-assistance/energy-assistance-program

Learn About New Protections for Minnesota Tenants
Tenant advocacy organization HOME Line is hosting a series of free live and recorded public education seminars to get the word out about new renters’ rights laws passed by the legislature in 2023 and going into effect in 2024. These include expanded eviction notification requirements, standard minimum temperature requirements, the right to inspection and more. Go to homelinemn.org/newlaws to learn more and download a summary of the new protections.

Share feedback on Mayor Jacob Frey’s recommended 2024 City budget
There are two upcoming public hearings for people to provide feedback on Mayor Jacob Frey’s recommended 2024 City budget. Comments can also be submitted online at the City’s website.
The public hearings will take place at City Hall, 350 S 5th Street, Room 317, at 10 am Wednesday, November 1st and at 6:05 pm Tuesday, December 5th (this will be a Truth in Taxation hearing, The City Council will vote on adopting the budget following the hearing).
To learn more about the mayor’s recommended budget, key dates in the approval process, FAQs and more, visit minneapolismn.gov/government/budget.

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