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CAP-HC regularly gathers input from community members and community-based organizations to ensure that our programs and services address the specific factors that cause and reinforce poverty in Hennepin County. Read our blog about what we learned from this important community listening.

Published on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination (Apr. 4, 2018), this article by The Atlantic summarizes the last months of King's life. During this time, King’s greatest focus was on poverty and economic injustice.

January is National Poverty in America Awareness Month. Our blog will feature information about poverty in Hennepin County and how CAP-HC's anti-poverty work is designed to disrupt poverty in our community. This first post is all about poverty statistics in the Hennepin County community.

We're pleased to share a snapshot of what Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County (CAP-HC) has accomplished from January through November of 2021!

Governor Tim Walz has proclaimed October 30 Weatherization Day in honor or the 45th anniversary of the Weatherization Assistance Program. Weatherization measures have saved nearly 50,000 Minnesota homes an average 15% on their energy costs since 2005.
Recently, several organizations, including MinnCAP which is made up of 24 state Community Action Agencies and 11 Tribal Nations in Minnesota, discussed the potential benefits of expanding the weatherization program as proposed in the Infrastructure Bill.
If you live in the Twin Cities metro or surrounding suburbs, learn more about weatherizing your home from our partner the Sustainable Resources Center.

This October, we’re sharing videos during Energy Awareness & Weatherization Month with helpful hints for saving energy and money on your utility bills. Watch and learn how making small adjustments in your home can help you save!

Today’s installment: Save Energy & Money on Your Water Bill.

During this Energy Awareness & Weatherization Month, we’re sharing videos with helpful hints for saving energy and money on your utility bills. Here’s our second installment. Watch and learn how making small adjustments in your home can help you save!

Today’s installment: Save Energy & Money on Your Heating Bill.

October is Energy Awareness & Weatherization Month! To help you learn how to save energy and money on your utility bills, we've created short videos with helpful, energy-saving hints. Watch and learn how making small adjustments in your home can help you save!

Today’s installment: Save Energy & Money on Your Electricity Bill.

We’re excited to share our 2020 Annual Report with the community! CAP-HC served over 46,000 individuals last year. We're proud of our accomplishments, especially in light of the unique challenges that 2020 presented. And we are committed to continuing the work of making our vision a reality—Hennepin County without poverty.

Have you read Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Writing* or seen the film The Fabulous Filipino Brothers^? Do you know about Senator Tammy Duckworth**? Today is the last day of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021, but there are always more stories to explore about the AAPI people who have shaped and continue to shape the U.S. through art, policy, and more. Check out this round up of stories that celebrate AAPI Heritage Month from AsAmNews, a curated selection of headlines and blogs about Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. And remember to stay curious.

* Sixty authors of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, and Southeast Asian American origin published together in one anthology edited by Rajini Srikanth and Ester Y. Iwanaga.
^ The directorial debut of Dante Basco, who plays himself along with his real-life brothers in a film that explores love, romance, and family.
** A war veteran and Purple Heart recipient. After she lost her legs in a helicopter accident in Iraq, she advocated for war veterans. As an Illinois senator, she has been outspoken about issues that impact communities of color.

Born and raised in Punjab Province, British India, Dalip Singh Saund earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Punjab in 1919. He continued his studies at the University of California, Berkeley, receiving his PhD in mathematics four years later. Saund became a citizen in 1949, and in 1956 won the congressional seat in California’s 29th district, his home district. He served three terms in congress and was known as a staunch supporter of farmers and civil rights legislation.
Painting by Jon R. Friedman, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

CAP-HC has recently partnered with A Mother's Love to provide support for Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park. Learn more about this partnership backed by funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash

On February 19, 1952, Amy Tan was born in the U.S. to immigrant parents from China. After the loss of her older brother and father at the age of 15, graduating from high school in Switzerland, and attending five different colleges, she received her B.A. with a double major in English and Linguistics, followed by her M.A. in Linguistics.
In 1985, Amy began writing fiction as an incentive to cut back on her workload. Her first short story was published in 1986, and in 1989, her bestselling novel The Joy Luck Club was published. She has gone on to write several other best-selling novels, short stories, and more, firmly establishing herself as one of the most prominent and respected American literary voices working today.
Photo: public domain

The month of May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. This celebration began after Congress introduced a resolution that the President should proclaim the first ten days in May of 1979 as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.” President Jimmy Carter signed the resolution on October 5, 1978. The first ten days of May were chosen to commemorate two historic events: May 7, 1843 – the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States and May 10 1869 – the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, since the majority of workers were Chinese immigrants. Presidents passed annual proclamations until 1990 when congress expanded the observance to a full month. In 1992, congress designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month to be observed annually, and in 2009 the name was officially changed to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
This month, CAP-HC will recognize and celebrate the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to American history, starting with the resources provided by The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Browse exhibits and collections, watch videos, and learn about upcoming events that pay tribute to AAPI throughout U.S. history.

Ramadan began Monday at sunset, observed by Muslims all over the world as a holy month of fasting, prayer, introspection, and community. We wish everyone in the Muslim community a blessed and generous Ramadan.
There are many ways people celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. Learn about some of the customs and traditions in this article by Isabel Updegraff of Aquila Style.

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