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When the Poor Face Housing Court. 1993 Lipkin, Rachel S.

Tenants are often evicted from rental units in bad repair. They are unaware that the bad conditions in their unit might have provided a defense against their landlord. Many tenants feel they do not have a chance to be heard in court. Advocates for low income people at Lutheran Social Service's Housing Resource Center were able to survey tenants in housing court through one of CURA's Communiversity Personnel Grants. In 1993 a graduate student in the School of Social Work conducted the survey and presented the results to the Hennepin County Housing Court Advisory Committee.

Communiversity Communiversity, courts, Hennepin County, housing, legislation, Minneapolis, public policy, surveys, tenants, unlawful detainer
Unlawful Detainer Court Study. State of Minnesota, Hennepin County, Fourth Judicial District Court, First Division, Minneapolis. 1993 Lipkin, Rachel. Communiversity Communiversity, courts, Hennepin County, housing, legislation, Minneapolis, public policy, tenants, unlawful detainer
Unlawful Detainer Court Study. State of Minnesota, Hennepin County, Fourth Judicial District Court, First Division, Minneapolis. 1993 Lipkin, Rachel. Communiversity courts, Hennepin County, housing, legislation, Minneapolis, public policy, tenants, unlawful detainer
United Negro College Fund (Minnesota): Donor Profile 1992. 1992 Sridhar, Vengesana R.

Historically, Black colleges and universities in the United States have always been heavily dependent on donations to survive economically. Most of these institutions, based primarily in the southern states, have been under increasing financial stress in the last twenty years. The United Negro College Fund is a nonprofit fundraising organization for forty-one Black colleges and universities. The local chapter wanted a demographic profile of potential donors, and this 1992 study was carried out by a CURA graduate student.

Communiversity African Americans, Blacks, colleges, Communiversity, corporate philanthropy, foundations, minorities, philanthropy
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.

Understanding Alcohol Use in the Karen Community. 2011 Glass, Kaela . 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.

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
The Institute for Immigrant & Refugee Health and Wellness. 2009 Moe, Karen

West Side Community Health Services is the largest community clinic organization in Minnesota, with multiple locations in the metro area. West Side provides innovative and multicultural/multilingual health care services and education to immigrant and low-income communities. The mission of West Side is 'Caring for the Health of Diverse Communities.' Founded in 1972, West Side Community Health Services is one of the largest and most established community health care organizations.

Communiversity Communiversity, public health, St Paul
The Benefit Bank: An Aid to Public Benefits in Minnesota. 2009 Henriksen, David

This paper is an extensive analysis regarding The Benefit Bank and the current public benefit application, certification, and outreach processes in Minnesota. In this analysis the existing Minnesota public benefits that would be covered by The Benefit Bank were examined, along with a study of how the current application and certification process in Minnesota is conducted. This study also examined why many public benefits are not being used by the eligible population and how The Benefit Bank can help increase utilization.

Communiversity communities of color, Communiversity, low income, poor
Survey and Analysis of South St. Anthony Park. 1997 Crowell, Herbert. Communiversity businesses, Communiversity, St Paul, surveys
Summary Report on the Bus Mediation Program at Olson Contemporary School. 1993 Hahn, Debra. Communiversity Communiversity, conflict resolution, Minneapolis, neighborhoods, school buses, schools, students
Study Area Electric Utilities. 2004 Wickman, Paul. Communiversity alternative energy, Communiversity, cooperatives, electric power, interconnection guidelines, Minnesota, renewable energy, utilities, wind generators
Social Media Evaluation: A Survey of Minnesota Nonprofit Organizations. 2011 Cici, Kristen. Communiversity
Social Capital Database Pilot Project: Results and Recommendations. 2009 Lymburner, Allison

The Social Capital Database, developed and implemented by the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches (SPACC), has been on the organization's mind for several years. The term 'social capital' was used in 2000 by Robert D. Putnam to describe what happens when connections are made between individuals and organizations and these connections build a network of resources and relationships. SPACC wanted to use that idea and apply it to the social outreach work that congregations do for our community; thus, the 'Social Capital Database' was born.

Communiversity Communiversity
Safety on the Streets. 2009 Gun, Yael

SOS is a collaborative pilot project in the 3rd police precinct of Minneapolis to encourage and support women involved in prostitution to file a police report if they have been physically or sexually assaulted by a purchaser ('john,' client, trick, etc.) or a pimp. Our framework, process and activities have been informed the following principles: Do no harm; Respect and non-judgment; Consensus building; Fostering collaboration between stakeholders who are often on different sides of the debate.

Communiversity Communiversity, crime, Minneapolis, prostitutes, prostitution, safety, sex workers
Sabathani Community Center: Transition of Improvement. 2010 Henriksen, Dave. Communiversity
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

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.

Refugee Mental Health Project. 2011 Jennifer Simmelink. Communiversity
Reality Based Research Study of American Indians in the Frogtown and Summit/University Neighborhoods. 1996 Kramer, Jessica. Communiversity Communiversity, Frogtown neighborhood, low-income groups, social services, St Paul, Summit neighborhood, Summit-University neighborhood, surveys, University neighborhood
Quality of Life in Castle Towers Park: A Survey of Resident Attitudes. 1998 Crowell, Herbert. Communiversity Communiversity, mobile home parks, quality of life, surveys
Quality of Life Change and Immigration Legal Benefits:Documenting Outcomes of Status Change for Immigrants and Refugees. 2010 Rechitsky, Raphi. Communiversity
Public Interest Law Consortium (PILC). Formative Evaluation. 1996 Agresta, Stephanie. Communiversity Communiversity, education, evaluations, law students, legal aid, pro bono, surveys
Public Interest Law Consortium (PILC). A Project of the Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF), the University of Minnesota School of Law, and the William Mitchell College of Law. Formative Evaluation. 1996 Agresta, Stephanie. Communiversity Communiversity, curriculum, law students, legal aid, low-income groups, pro bono, surveys
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
Program Evaluation of the Intervention Program of the Women's Coalition, Duluth, MN. 1993 Mayer, Teresa. Communiversity advocates, battered women, children, Communiversity, courts, criminal justice, Duluth, intervention programs, minorities, mothers, shelters, surveys
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.

PRISM Express Program Evaluation. 2009 Toburen, Matt

Transportation is a necessity that many people take for granted. We live in a mobile society that requires the ability to travel long distances within cities to meet our daily needs. However, there is a portion of the population who are unable to travel because they lack private transportation, and public transportation does not adequately cover their area or they are physically unable to use transportation due to disabilities and health reasons.

Communiversity Communiversity
Preliminary Development of a Study Protocol to Evaluate the Efficacy of Acupuncture Therapy for Treatment of Chronic Pain and Depression. 1992 Salo, Kelley and Amos Deinard. Communiversity acupuncture, Communiversity, healthcare, mental health, minorities, Southeast Asians