Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA)

Grantee Year: 
2018
City: 
Minneapolis
State: 
Minnesota

NENA will hire a Somali speaking community member to support their project to engage residents in the Bossen community, an area with more than 50 apartment complexes and 400 units of affordable housing, and 1,200 residents. Close to one-third of residents are East African. From limited conversations with East African families, NENA understands these residents are very interested in participating in NENA, though the barriers language and cultural barriers have thus far made engagement difficult. With enhanced language and cultural competency, NENA will be able to meaningfully engage, be responsive to, organize with, serve, and invest in Somali speaking residents.