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Community Center Northwest of Rochester (Empowerment Center)

A project for homeless families in the Rochester area is seeking funding for what the planners are calling the "Empowerment Center" to be housed in a former elementary school. Center City Housing Corp., a nonprofit based in Duluth, announced Thursday that more than 80 percent of those that participated in a campaign planning study support the idea of turning the East Gage School site into a community center, to be called the Empowerment Center.

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Project Information

About the project

Collaborators 

Lead Organization: Center City Housing

Contact: Nancy Cashmen ; Email: TBD ; Phone: TBD

Known/Likely Collaborators: Center City Housing (Silver Creek Corners) ; Family Service Rochester ; Lutheran Social Service (LSS) in Rochester ; Olmsted County Community Services ; Olmsted County Housing Redevelopment Authority ; Rochester Public Schools ; Workforce Development Inc

Potential Collaborators:


Project Phase (Pre-concept, Concept, Plan, Develop, Available, Archive) 

Available Phase

Project Type

  Building; No  


Impacts

PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Basic Needs, Business Process, Children & Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, Housing

Level 2: Best Practice, Business Process, Financial Stress/Homelessness, Housing: Affordable Rate

DMC Impacts:

Sports, Recreation, Nature

Community Health Impacts:

Financial Stress/Homelessness


Related Projects

Gage East Apartments ; Housing Alliance Coalition

 

 

Detailed Description

 

The plan is to renovate the ex-school to house agencies that offer services to aid the tenants of the apartment complex. That means groups like Family Service Rochester, Workforce Development Inc., Olmsted County Community Services and more will rent space within the complex, which will be called the Empowerment Center.

A capital campaign, led by Rochester restaurateur Joe Powers and Post-Bulletin Publisher Randy Chapman, has been launched to raise $2.5 million to renovate the building. The renovations will include a new roof, a new HVAC system, upgrades to the bathrooms, a commercial kitchen, upgrades to the entrances, painting, and resurfacing the parking lot.

 

Key Beam Reports on:

Basic Needs, Business Process, Children & Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, Housing  
September 22, 2021: History Center of Olmsted County

Newsletter and article about importance of the history center. 

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September 14, 2021: Olmsted County Health Assessment and Planning Partnership (HAPP)

Status reports: September 2021, March 2021 from CHAP quarterly meetings

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September 10, 2021: Age-Friendly Olmsted County (AFOC) Meetings Log

9/10/2021 message from Dave Beal, August 2021 kickoff and inventory meeting

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September 09, 2021: Racism and the Economy -- Federal Reserve Series

Understanding the implications of structural racism in America's economy. 

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September 02, 2021: Targeted Business Enterprise Utilization Plan 3Q2021

Key info includes: 3Q 2021 News, 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, DMC Discovery Walk Pre-bid 

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August 29, 2021: NAACP, Rochester Chapter Speaker Series

Honesty in Education: A clarification of Critical Race Theory.

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August 27, 2021: Olmsted County Human Rights Commission

Welcoming week information and Police Responses to HRC questions. 

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August 22, 2021: State of Minnesota: MnDOT Equity Feedback

Feedback on the transportation equity working definition. MnDOT came to Diversity Council board meeting and presented to the board and asked for feedback. This is a collection of feedback comments.

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August 20, 2021: Press Release: $ 1M grant from HRSA

"The Diversity Council, a nonprofit based in Rochester MN, has received $1 million in grant funding from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through its “Local Community-Based Workforce to Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Access” Initiative for Covid-19 Vaccine promotion and awareness."

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August 16, 2021: SE MN Together: Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion SE Minnesota: Welcoming Week

Welcoming week 2021, 2020 information.  Welcoming America is a non-profit organization that is leading a movement of inclusive communities in the United States. Rochester, MN is proud to join the over 250+ cities and organizations around the country participating in Welcoming Week 2021 - Belonging Begins With Us.

 

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Last modified by support on 2021/09/05
Created by allnode on 2015/08/08

 

 

 

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