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The Hawthorne Neighborhood Council seeks to improve the quality of life in the Hawthorne neighborhood through empowering the residents in order that they can address the physical, cultural, social and economic needs of the community.
The Hawthorne neighborhood is located in North Minneapolis and is bounded by the Mississippi River to the east, Emerson Avenue to the west, West Broadway Avenue to the south, and Lowry Avenue to the north.
Named after the American writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne, the Hawthorne Neighborhood Council (formerly known as the Hawthorne Area Community Council, or HACC), was incorporated in January 1980. The grassroots organizers who founded the organization sought to address the social and economic needs of the neighborhood residents. From its humble beginning as an organization with limited financial resources, HNC has undergone significant program and structural transformation in order to effectively create and nurture comprehensive programs that focus on bettering the community.
HNC works to help revitalize the neighborhood through housing opportunities and assistance, business development, and services to families. Four major committees have been in place for many years addressing the issues that residents have deemed most vital in affecting change throughout the neighborhood. These committees include Housing, Crime Prevention and Family Safety, Business, and Environment. The Hawthorne neighborhood relies heavily on a small but committed group of volunteers that execute a great deal of the work as outlined by these committees. HNC recognizes the need to expand the number of individuals involved in working on neighborhood goals. To this effort, a fifth committee, Community and Communications, has been designed to increase HNC’s visibility as a source of neighborhood information and to act as a catalyst for implementing positive change.