is a 33 year-old nonprofit volunteer organization whose goals are to promote neighborhood improvement and revitalization, and to
encourage citizen participation in civic affairs. Since 1996, NENA has been the designated group to receive Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization
Program (NRP) funds for the four south Minneapolis neighborhoods of Keewaydin, Minnehaha, Morris Park and Wenonah. (Nokomis East map). The independant NRP has since been replaced by a City department, Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR).
Through the years, NENA
volunteers and staff have developed over 20 programs in the areas of Housing, Environment, Neighborhood Development & Planning
and People Services & Safety. The programs are part of NENAs Neighborhood Action Plan (NRP Full Plan), funded by NRP.
NENA's first Neighborhood Action Plan strategies were designed during a lengthy process by neighborhood volunteers with much input from residents, and ratified by a community-wide vote in 1998. A similar, but shortened process was used to develop NENA's (current) Phase II plan, ratified in 2010.
At any given time, a number of programs are in various stages
of planning and implementation. Volunteers often work with partner agencies to implement projects. For example, Housing Task Force members work on guidelines for our home improvement loans while the Center for Energy and Environment administers the program. The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and NENA oversee the implementation of
the Lake Nokomis Naturescape project, but volunteer gardeners work to keep it looking good. These are just a few of our partnerships
where volunteers provide the inspiration and energy that make things happen in Nokomis East.
a neighborhood organization, NENA also tracks and responds
to community issues and concerns. Besides this Website, which
is updated several times per week, NENA also produces a newsletter
that is mailed to all Nokomis East addresses. We regularly
write a column in the Longfellow/Nokomis Messenger which highlights
events and issues important to the neighborhood.
holds several town meetings each year to provide information
topics of interest and to give residents an opportunity to
share their ideas, comments, and concerns. Past town meeting
topics have included Lake Nokomis Improvement projects, Light
Rail Transit, school closings, crime and safety issues,
housing projects, and NRP Phase II. We also host special
public meetings on topical issues or neighborhood concerns.
hot-topics have included the affordable housing project on the
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center campus, the Riverview Apartments (Section 8) project and the expansion of the Lake Nokomis Community School, Keewaydin Campus.
neighborhood issues is an important part of NENA's