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American Indian Community Development Corporation

The American Indian Community Development Corporation’s mission is to provide culturally unique initiatives, housing and entrepreneurial programs that will strengthen American Indian communities.

Address: 1508 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55404
Phone: 612-813-1610
You can find out more about our recent work by visiting our programs and services page

We are dedicated to providing culturally specific housing and supportive services in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. AICDC understands the special needs of American Indians and creates unique programs and projects that prepare the community’s most vulnerable people to find and maintain housing. Through major grants from the McKnight and Bush Foundation organizational capacity was strengthened and housing advocacy services were formed to address housing needs for homeless families.

Anishinabe Wakiagun (The People’s Home in the Ojibwe language) was the first AICDC housing development project. The planning for Wakiagun was launched in 1993 and is an example of our efforts to find creative ways to fill serious gaps in existing services.

Franklin Library

Franklin Community Library has been a gathering place for new immigrants and lifelong learners since 1914. In its early years it featured a large Scandinavian collection, as the community was heavily populated with newcomers from Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Today, the surrounding neighborhoods are home to people from all ethnicities and walks of life, including many who are learning English as a second language. To meet the needs of its diverse users, Franklin Library’s World Language collection focuses on materials in Somali and Spanish. Adult Learning materials and a large American Indian collection are also featured at Franklin. The library complex includes the Phillips Technology Center and the Franklin Learning Center, and a popular after-school homework help program.

Address: 1314 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, 55404
Phone: 612.543.6925
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday – 12:00 to 8:00
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday – 10:00 to 6:00

Free Wireless Internet Available Here
Books, DVDs, CDs, magazines & more!
21 computers in Library, Homework Helper for K – High School

Franklin Learning Center
Monday 12-8, Tuesday – Thursday 9-3, Friday 10-6
Saturday Learning Circles 1:30 and 3:00
Adults 16 and over work on English skills, citizenship prep, GED/One on one tutoring.

Phillips Tech Center
Phillips Technology Center/class schedule available at Minneapolis Public Library website, or visit library/Open structured lab also available

Franklin Bank

At Franklin Bank, we have a mission… well, actually, it’s a passion for improving the urban community.

Our vision is to be the Leader in Improving the Urban Community. Everyday we work hard to find new ways to use our resources to improve life in urban Minneapolis. We believe social responsibility based on solid partnerships is vital for the success of our communities. We embrace diversity and support the individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations who work tirelessly to: create jobs, build affordable housing, help individuals reach their goals, and improve the quality of life for all of us.

May we serve your financial needs? We are a locally owned, community bank, offering all the financial tools you need. Partner with us and together we can accomplish great things!

Franklin Bank has four locations in Minneapolis to serve you, and additional depository locations for your convenience. Plus, our 24-Hour TeleBank and Online Banking allow you to conduct most of your banking anytime, anywhere.
Looking for additional depository locations? Click here for locations and a map.

Our roots run deep in Urban Minneapolis.

In 1961, Franklin National Bank was founded. We opened our doors on the corner of LaSalle and Franklin, in this beautiful limestone building built in 1899. The building was a home of splendor to many prominent Minneapolis families over the years, complete with a third floor ballroom. The bank enjoyed its years in the italian provincial building, until it relocated nearby to a new building in 1973. Today, that office at 2100 Blaisdell Ave. So. remains a cornerstone of our business. In January 2002, we celebrated our expansion into the Warehouse District/North Loop community. This new headquarters allows us to bring our services closer to Downtown and North Minneapolis communities.

We are proud to support the exciting growth and revitalization of urban Minneapolis!

Franklin Street Bakery

The Franklin Street Bakery encompasses both a wholesale commercial bakery and a retail operation. Along with providing the sinfully delicious pastries and breads to Tejas and Bar Abilene, our products are available to the finest restaurants, hotels and retail establishments through your food service distributor. Our bakery started as an in-house bakery , but moved to South Minneapolis in 1994 to accommodate the growing demand for its products.

Address: 1020 E Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: General Administrative/Wholesale Inquiries: (612) 871-3109
Retail Store/Retail Orders: (612) 879-5730
Fax: (612) 871-3286

Hours: Monday – Friday, 7am to 5pm
Saturday 8am to 2pm
Sunday 8am to 12pm

The first retail operation of the Franklin Street Bakery opened in October of 1998 in the Marketplace of Dayton’s (now Macy’s) flagship store in downtown Minneapolis. In the spring of 2001, our popular line of made-to-order personal gourmet pizzas were introduced and became an instant hit to an eager public.

Hope Community

Hope Community has a 31-year history of community connection in one of the most diverse and economically challenged areas in Minneapolis, MN. We began as a place for people to gather in community. Our original shelter and hospitality house was a respite from the isolation and pain of homelessness. When drugs and violence overwhelmed the neighborhood and others focused on the negatives, Hope took a stand for community and children. Over the last 10 years, we designed and built the two-square block Hope Campus in a neighborhood a mile south of downtown Minneapolis – a recognized model of affordable residential place making. We built our reputation as we built a living model, attracting investment and delivering on our commitments. Hope now owns and operates a thriving multi-cultural community in 126 low-income rental units.

The Hope Campus is a place where community is encouraged to happen through the creation of relational environments.
Flower gardens offer beauty and a sense of respectful caring, brightly colored playground equipment invites children to engage with one another, and sidewalks wind from house to house, playground to garden, picnic pavilion to indoor community and children’s rooms.

Address: 611 E Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612-874-8867 | Fax: 612-874-8650

Building Sustainable Community
Relationships with area residents ground all our work. Our overriding goal is to revitalize community for the long-term, as culturally diverse, low-income residents develop roots and long-term stability. Each year Hope staff create opportunities that involve hundreds of youth and adults from many cultures. Hope’s Community Listening strategies have involved more than 1000 diverse adults and youth in dialogues about their community. Hope tenants and people from neighborhoods surrounding Hope participate in learning and leadership opportunities, activities for children, youth and families, and community and cultural events.

Our Neighborhood Demographics–
Hope Community is located in a neighborhood just south of downtown Minneapolis that has almost 20,000 residents and a long history of minority and immigrant residents including Native American and African American communities. About 70% of the residents are people of color–the increasingly diverse population includes many more Latino and African immigrants. The median income in the neighborhood is about a third of the median income for the metropolitan area.

In the neighborhood where Hope is working, there is clear evidence of gentrification dynamic ( as developers become increasingly attracted to properties so close to downtown Minneapolis. According to a Minneapolis Star Tribune article, the area had the biggest percentage increase in median single-family home price between 1996 and 2001 in the metro area – a 134% increase. Current residents stated over and over in Hope’s listening sessions that they fear they will be completely displaced in the near future by housing they can’t afford. Low-income people of many cultures who are creating the future of this neighborhood tell us they want to stay in the neighborhood. Hope’s work to create affordable housing and our strong commitment to engaging the community will help make that possible.