Mitchell’s problems with the landlord ultimately helped her acquire a tornado displacement voucher, though she wasn’t able to find any more Section 8 housing in North Minneapolis, so she settled for a home in Robbinsdale. But she misses her neighborhood.
“There’s so much good on the north, so many good people, and we found out about those people because of the tornado,” said Mitchell. “When you have your kids in school on the north side, when you have friends and family that are there. When you have doctors, in my case with health conditions …”
Meanwhile, Mitchell can tell that her kids, 11-year-old Philip and 9-year-old Kemya, were traumatized by the May 22 storm and have struggled in school as a result. Philip has developed ADHD, and Kemya has been bullied.
“The year anniversary coming up, it brings back memories, both good and bad. As far as good, all the people that came out to help. As far as bad, what we lost, what we had to go through and go without. … Here we are almost a year later and I’m still not over it.”