North Minneapolis has a rich history created by diverse cultural groups committed to their families and their community. North Minneapolis is home to African Americans, Southeast Asian (primarily Hmong and Lao), growing East African and Latino populations, as well as people of European descent. The communities of North Minneapolis have faced a long history of disinvestment and have been impacted by discriminatory policies that contribute to inequities today.
During the latest foreclosure crisis, North Minneapolis held nearly 44 percent of the city’s foreclosed properties. Communities impacted the most by foreclosures experienced steep declines in population, especially the Hawthorne, Harrison and Jordan neighborhoods. North Minneapolis households have also been significantly impacted by the region’s employment inequities, which have left 24.3 percent of African Americans and 20.4 percent of Asians unemployed.
The challenges facing North Minneapolis are significant, but there are also incredible community leaders, business owners and community organizations working to create change. Nexus has been working to strengthen the organizational capacity of neighborhood-focused groups, to identify and support new and promising initiatives, and to help create connections among our partner organizations. In the context of trusted relationships, this work is lifting up the voice of the community to affect change now and in the long run.
Nexus has been working in North Minneapolis since 2008.