The Standish Ericsson Neighborhood Association was formed by residents to access funds from the City of Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) in order to advocate for and act upon neighborhood priorities. The NRP program was a bricks-n-mortar investment in stabilzing housing stock and ensuring the safety and livability of city neighborhoods. Details of the SENA Phase One NRP Plan and Phase Two can be viewed at these links.
In total SENA received $5,000,000 from NRP over a 20-year period which has been invested in:
- Housing stability
- Parks and Environment
- Safety and Livability
- Youth and Seniors programs
- Transportation/Pedestrian and Cycling
- Commercial/Small Business
Overall the City of Minneapolis invested over $300,000,000 across the city through the NRP program.
In 2010, the City shifted its focus away from bricks-n-mortar, making community engagement a priority and changing the funding program of NRP, to the newly established Community Participation Program (CPP). At this time, program funding was reduced by 80% from $20,000,000 annually to $4,100,000. Currently SENA receives $77K annually from the CPP program which equals approximately 50% of our annual operating budget.
SENA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and activities are managed by a staff of two:
- Candace Miller Lopez, Executive Director
- Kate Gens, Administrative Coordinator