MINNEAPOLIS - Three years ago a deadly tornado outbreak hit North Minneapolis. The twister packed winds of up to 125 miles an hour and left a path of destruction. Two people died.. and up to 37-hundred homes, and other buildings were damaged.
Since then, the community has undergone a period of rebuilding. Today, community leaders are shifting the focus to the financial insecurity of many residents.
In the aftermath of the storm, the Northside Community Response Team (NCRT) was created to respond to the needs of victims.
"When you deal with people that don't have a lot of money, its hard-hitting. They're already down," said Louis King, a member of NCRT.
"While it was a tragedy initially, we were able to respond very quickly, put the housing back together, settle people down and now we face the real issue – the economic deprivation in North Minneapolis," said King.
According to NCRT, 67% of North Minneapolis residents rely on state financial assistance. King said, the figure is "intolerable."
The Workforce Investment Network (WIN) is a new program that provides vocational training and job placement assistance in high-demand industries for North Minneapolis residents.
Alan Smith is a participant who is weeks away from completing his construction training. Smith experienced the aftermath of the storm.
"There was lot of need. A lot of people had to resort to shelters, which they've never been in their lives. A lot of people didn't know what to do. It was devastating to the whole community," said Smith.
The father of 5 dreams of working on the New Vikings stadium.
Smith said, "I want to help everybody to get back to the standards that they were at and excel beyond."
The Northside Community Response TEAM (NCRT) is hosting an event on May 22, from 5pm-7pm, to highlight the efforts that have taken place in the North Minneapolis community.
The event is behind held at the U of M Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center (UROC), which is located at 2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN.
Speakers include State Senator Bobby Joe Champion, Peter Hayden, executive director of Turning Point, and Rex Holzemer, Assistant County Administrator for Human Services of Hennepin County.