South Minneapolis remains a port of entry for many immigrant and refugee community members, primarily from Africa, Mexico, and Central and Latin America. It is also home to one of the most densely populated urban American Indian communities in the nation, known as Little Earth. South Minneapolis has many historically black communities as well. Despite a richness of cultural, ethnic, religious and spiritual diversity, far too many South Minneapolis residents face great economic, education, employment and wealth-building challenges.
During the Great Recession’s foreclosure crisis, South Minneapolis held nearly 25 percent of the city’s foreclosed properties. In addition, according to the Economic Policy Institute’s 2010 “Uneven Pain” report, African Americans in Minneapolis are 3.4 times as likely as whites to be without jobs, regardless of income and education–the worst employment disparity in all 40 metropolitan regions studied.
Demographic shifts are happening rapidly in our state and in Minneapolis, with the number of people of color expected to double by 2030. It is critical that low-income and people of color are positioned to lead the way as their stakes in creating vibrant communities continue to rise.
Nexus knows that the people most impacted by these issues hold the solutions to them. That’s why we invest in and support the creative and innovative leaders and programs that the Southside says it requires to prosper. Nexus’ investments in South Minneapolis are increasing residents’ social networks and capacity to impact change, building organizations’ capacity to create and modify these programs, and linking these engagement efforts to greater social change.
Nexus has been working in South Minneapolis since 2003.
- Minneapolis American Indian Center
- Hope Community
- Lyndale Neighborhood Association
- MN Immigrant Freedom Network
- African Economic Development Solutions
- Latino Economic Development Center
- Native American Community Development Center.