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Rental Licensing to Achieve Compliance. 2012 Hackett, Silvana.

This report provides background information on policy options used by suburban cities in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area to address issues of non‐compliance with city property maintenance code and geographically concentrated criminal activity. It focuses primarily on rental licensing programs as a policy response and analyzes the experiences of cities with universal and targeted rental licensing programs. This study includes a literature review and a summary of the interviews conducted with surrounding cities and with Roseville Inspections Department staff.

Digital Inclusion and the Twin Cities Homeless Community. 2012 Orrick, Rebecca.

Digital literacy is an essential skill in the 21st century, especially for homeless individuals searching for housing and other resources to leave the streets. In partnership with Open Access Connections, this project investigated whether homeless individuals in the Twin Cities metropolitan area felt that existing computer-based social services were available and accessible to them.

Communiversity Communiversity, digital literacy, homeless, Internet
Project Update: Mutual Adaptation between Karen Refugees and a Rural Minnesota Community. 2012 Stone, Barbara.

This article reports on a project to identify key success factors for the Karen—a minority ethnic group from Burma’s eastern border along Thailand—in their relocation to Worthington, Minnesota. Based on in-depth interviews with refugees, civic, business, education, social-service, and faith-community leaders, several success factors were identified:

Communiversity cultural adaptation, cultural differences, Karen, refugees, relocation, Worthington
Understanding Alcohol Use in the Karen Refugee Community: A Qualitative Study. 2012 Clements-Green, Caitlin.

A recent study suggests refugee populations may be at greatest risk for alcohol abuse (Ezard, 2011). Concern is growing for the Karen refugee community in St. Paul, Minnesota in regards to alcohol use and misuse. This qualitative study assessed the perspectives of community members and providers related to alcohol use in the Karen community. The study also assessed the quality of alcohol-related educational and treatment opportunities for Karen community members. Ten Karen community members, seven providers of Karen descent, and eight non-Karen providers were interviewed.

An Assessment of Current Trends in Injection Drug Use in the Twin Cities Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Population. 2012 Flunker, Dylan.

The Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition (MTHC) is committed to improving health care access and the quality of health care received by transgender and gender-nonconforming people through education, resources, and advocacy.

Review of Use of Restrictive Procedures in Minnesota Schools. 2012 Markanda, Sonal.

Project Goals:
The purpose of this project was to assess the statewide implementation of existing Minnesota Laws (Appendix A) regarding the use of seclusion and restraints with special education students. The following information provides insight into compliance with the
current law, barriers and strengths in implementing the law, and will serve to inform future policy. The role of the National Alliance on Mental Alliance (NAMI) Minnesota has been to bring together various organizations and schools, which have a vested interest

Economic Justice Monitoring Project. 2012 Ngyuen, Thao Phuony.

The Central Corridor also known as the Green Line stretching between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul crossing University of Minnesota covers 11 miles area with many businesses and residential houses. The Green Line is expected to make commuting easier to support the development of the Twin cities.

PPL Resident Services Assessment. 2012 Caulum, Libby. Communiversity
Production, Yield, and Market Analysis of Produce Raised by Minnesota Hmong American / Immigrant Farmers. 2011 Heilmann, Katherine.

Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG), is a 25--‐year--‐old nonprofit law center dedicated to providing legal services and support to family farmers and their communities in order to help support family farmers’ livelihoods and keep them on the land. Hmong American and other immigrant farmers have a prominent presence in the Twin Cities Metro Area’s markets and local foods production.

Developing an Achievement and Educational Equity Gap Library Resource for the Twin Cities. 2011 Manganaro, Christine.

Minnesota policymakers, teachers and community members have known about the achievement gap for decades, and despite their best efforts it continues to exist. The challenge has launched numerous initiatives, reports, pilot projects, and task forces, from school-specific solutions to broader community-based solutions. School districts, state and local governments, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and others have all worked on the problem. A review of the historical record shows a long list of well intentioned but inadequate efforts to close the gap.

Refugee Mental Health Project. 2011 Jennifer Simmelink. Communiversity
Envisioning an Internet Center for Homeless Individuals: One Group’s Quest to Reduce the Digital Divide. 2011 Orrick, Rebecca. Communiversity
A Rural Community’s Response to its Changing Demography: Welcome to Worthington. 2011 Stone, Barbara.

Worthington, Minnesota, has provided employment for Karen refugees from Burma since 2007 due to the availability of positions where English language was not a prerequisite for employment. Many of the refugees were assisted in resettlement by non-profit refugee employment service agencies located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul. In 2010, Karen refugees were interviewed to determine their satisfaction with the move to Worthington.

Communiversity Communiversity, cultural differences, immigrants, immigration, refugees, Worthington
Ending Long-Term Homelessness: Housing Stability for Adults in a Scattered-Site Housing First Program. 2011 Stone, Barbara.

Using the "Housing First/Harm Reduction" model (getting people into affordable housing first, and then addressing other issues they may have, such as mental illness, chemical dependency, or other barriers to stable housing) St. Stephen’s Human Services runs five programs to End Long-Term Homelessness.

Communiversity affordable housing, Hennepin County, homeless, homelessness, Minneapolis
Understanding Alcohol Use in the Karen Community. 2011 Glass, Kaela . Communiversity
Medical Needs and Healthcare Services for the Somali Community in the Twin Cities. 2011 Mohamed, Ifrah Y. and Abdul Wahab Warsame. Communiversity
Social Media Evaluation: A Survey of Minnesota Nonprofit Organizations. 2011 Cici, Kristen. Communiversity
Minnesota Community Blueprint to Asian/American and Pacific Islander Health Equity: Indicators for Success. 2011 Pham, Joseph B. Communiversity
Emergency Shelter Evaluation Guide 2012. 2011 Cici Kristen.

An evaluation guide is an operating manual for an evaluation incorporating its design, research questions, methods as well as data collection and analysis protocols. The Emergency Shelter Evaluation Guide is the foundation for evaluation of the Emergency Shelter. The Emergency Shelter Evaluation Guide is divided into seven core sections, including

Cimarron Needs Assessment. 2011 Cici, Kristen.

In 2011 FamilyMeans received funding from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota to conduct a survey of Cimarron, a mobile home community in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, to determine programming and service needs of the community. The focus of the project was to determine what activities and services were most needed in Cimarron for both adults and youth. A survey was developed and English and Spanish surveys were mailed to all 382 homes in Cimarron.

An Evaluation of Lifetrack Services to Karen in a Second Wave of Migration to Worthington, Minnesota: Nine Rays of Light Reach the Star of the North. 2010 Stone, Barbara.

Between October 1998 and June 2010, 2,792 refugees from Burma, mostly via Thai refugee camps, arrived in Minnesota (Minnesota Department of Human Services Resettlement Programs Office, 2010). The highest number of refugees, 667, from Burma came in DHS grant year 2006 (October 2006 through September 2007). In the first three quarters of the current grant year (GY 2009), 595 refugees arrived in Minnesota from Burma (Minnesota Department of Human Services Resettlement Programs Office, 2010).

Communiversity employment, migration, refugees, relocation, Worthington
Quality of Life Change and Immigration Legal Benefits:Documenting Outcomes of Status Change for Immigrants and Refugees. 2010 Rechitsky, Raphi. Communiversity
Parent Engagement in Education: Minneapolis Public Schools. 2010 Shkolnik, Anna. Communiversity
Time Banking Feasibility Study and Pilot Project. 2010 Klatt, Kathryn.

In the fall of 2009, Project for Pride in Living (PPL) began a time banking feasibility and pilot site study. PPL, a nonprofit affordable housing provider and social service agency in Minneapolis, MN was interested in establishing a time bank program for PPL residents and program participants. The study was designed as an outreach process to assess the success and challenges of implementing and operating a time bank program, and to determine PPL resident and program participant interest in a time bank program.

Making Connections: Evaluation Use by Father-serving Programs. 2010 Cici, Kristen. Communiversity
Sabathani Community Center: Transition of Improvement. 2010 Henriksen, Dave. Communiversity
Minnesota Fathers & Families Network Evaluation Use by Father-serving Programs. 2010 Cici, Kristen.

The Minnesota Fathers & Families Network’s mission is to enhance healthy father-child relationships by promoting initiatives that inform public policy and further develop the field of fatherhood practitioners statewide.

The key objective of this project was to determine how Minnesota's father-serving programs are utilizing program assessments, outcome data, evaluations, and evidence-based practices to support and improve their ongoing work with fathers.

The Minnesota Benefit Bank: Piloting Tax Preparation and Tax Credits. 2009 Henriksen, David

The Minnesota Council of Churches is providing leadership to implement The Minnesota Benefit Bank pilot with hopeful assistance from multiple community partners. The pilot is aimed at providing a resource for individuals to complete their tax returns, while becoming familiar with The Minnesota Benefit Bank. Should the tax pilot prove to be successful, it is the hope of The Minnesota Benefit Bank Civic Infrastructure Working Group that there will be a growing desire and recognition of need for a more comprehensive implementation of all public benefit and tax credit programs.

Communiversity Communiversity, economic development
Camp Katherine Parson Business Plan. 2009 Denzer, Kristin

Today, Phyllis Wheatley touches the lives of more than 3,000 men, women, and children annually. The agency has structured its programs to support, strengthen, and empower families. Phyllis Wheatley's diverse programs range from academic enrichment and child development to social services, sports and recreations, and Camp Parsons. In keeping with Katharine Parsons' vision, our objective is to expand the camp into a state of the art facility while retaining the rustic charm of the past.

Communiversity Communiversity, economic development, education
GIFT Project-Phase I. 2009 Gun, Yael

The Goal of GIFT is to reduce recidivism of women on probation for prostitution using evidence-based best practices to remediate the issues leading women to involvement in prostitution. The purpose of the CURA funded GIFT Project - Phase I was to finalize the design of the GIFT Project in order to measure the degree to which all planned project components are currently being executed.

Communiversity Communiversity, Minneapolis, Powderhorn Park neighborhood, prostitutes, prostitution, sex workers