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49th Ward Update
November 5, 2021
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Good Afternoon,

Alderwoman Hadden is traveling to visit her grandma in Ohio this weekend. Make sure to read through all the updates happening in our ward, and don't forget to set your clocks back an hour before going to bed on Saturday night. Daylight Savings is this Sunday, November 7. The 49th Ward hopes you have a great weekend! 


Best,

49th Ward Staff

P.S. - Are you looking for work or to switch jobs? Make sure to get to the end of the newsletter to check out our the employment opportunities section. There are some great opportunities with local organizations and some programs to get you into trades. Need help finding part-time or full-time employment? Reach out to our office, we're here to help.
Celebrations & Appreciations
Let's celebrate and appreciate what's wonderful about our ward, the people, the places and accomplishments. We need this more than ever, so please, send us the people, orgs and actions that you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at office@49thward.org
Vaccine Brigade Remains Tireless in its Efforts to Immunize the Community Against COVID-19
After a group of seniors received their COVID-19 shot in early 2021, they banded together to pay it forward and help others get immunized. From their collective efforts, they formed the Vaccine Brigade. The Vaccine Brigade has helped put on large vaccine events throughout the city this past year, including in the 49th Ward. As large pop-up events wound down and vaccines became more widely available, they shifted their efforts to outreach and education to encourage people to get vaccinated. 

Beginning in August, a group from the Brigade has been canvassing the Rogers Park census tract bounded by Touhy & Howard and Clark & Ridge, an area that CDPH identified as having the lowest vaccination rate in the ward. Since the beginning of August, the Brigade has knocked on 1,073 doors and spoken with nearly 500 people at those doors and in Pottawattomie Park. When they began their efforts, the vaccination rate of this area was at 51%. As of October 10, that has climbed to 71%. 

Thank you to the Vaccine Brigade for your continued efforts on getting our community immunized and on a path towards recovery! 
Twilight Kitchen's Grand Opening is November 7!
Join Twilight Kitchen, 7135 N. Clark, for their grand opening this Sunday, November 10, from 10 am until 3 pm. Twilight Kitchen will offer catered events, custom menus, cooking classes, prepared foods, and more. They will even feature a Sunday Market, an ever-evolving and changing affair offering prepared foods to go, specialty breakfasts, and coffee. Make sure to swing by to check out their space and welcome them to the neighborhood! Check out their website at twilightkitchen.com.
Eddy's Food Mart Re-Opens for Business
Over the past six months, Eddy's Food Mart, 7575 N. Rogers, has been working diligently and closely with my office and the Department of Buildings to bring their building into compliance. I'm happy to announce that they are now officially open again for business due to their hard work and investment in the building. 

Make sure to swing by to check it out and welcome them back. Their hours are Monday through Saturday, 7 am to 11 pm, and 8 am to 10 pm on Sundays. 
Ward Updates
View Wednesday's 49th Ward Town Hall
On Wednesday, the 49th Ward office hosted its monthly town hall. Joined by our office were State Senator Mike Simmons and State Representative Kelly Cassidy. They shared updates from the veto session and other things happening at the state. If you missed the town hall, you can still view it on Alderwoman Hadden's Facebook page by clicking here
Touhy Park Community Meeting November 13
On Saturday, November 13, at 2 pm, the 49th Ward office will join representatives from the Department of Family Support Services (DFSS) to host a second community meeting at Touhy Park on neighbors experiencing homelessness. Join to hear updates about our efforts to find safe and secure housing for residents currently residing in Touhy Park. Spanish interpretation and amplified sound will be used to make the meeting more accessible. 

Below are updates on what our office has been doing to address this issue, as well as the timeline of the next steps. 

Since our meeting on September 9:
  • September 14-16, DFSS staged an Encampment Assessment. During that assessment, they engaged 12 individuals. Medical assistance was provided to five; four individuals signed up for the Coordinated Entry System (CES) for housing; one individual was identified as already in the system and was matched with housing. 
  • Weekly services have been provided for individuals in the park by Heartland Health, the Salvation Army, and the Night Ministry. Heartland Health has signed up seven people for the CES. The Night Ministry has been helping people procure identification and documents necessary for housing and services. Many residents living in the park are undocumented.
Next steps and timeline:
  • DFSS scheduled an Accelerated Moving Event (AME) for November 18. AME is a rapid rehousing event designed to directly pair houseless residents with homes. DFSS will have 20 units of available housing for the event. Once the paperwork is done, it can still take 14-30 days to get individuals housed in their apartments.
  • In the meantime, weekly services will continue, and outreach is being done to inform people about the AME. Organizations are helping them with their documents in preparation for the event.
  • Cold weather preparations are being made for emergency warming centers for residents as needed. Police may be called on to assist with transportation to warming centers as temperatures drop.
  • We are looking to place a bathroom and handwashing station in or around the park to accommodate people waiting for housing placement in the meantime for health and sanitation reasons. 
Support Leone Park's Grant Proposal by Completing a Short Online Survey by 5 PM on November 11
Pictured: The current state of the Leone Beach Field House, which is closed to the public. The grant proposal would allow for improvements to the fieldhouse so it could open-year round to serve as a nature center for the community.
The results are in, and Leone Beach Park has been named a semifinalist in the Chicago Community Works Challenge! For years, the Leone Beach Park Advisory Council has been advocating to transform the existing field house into a nature center that could serve the community. Take a moment to complete a short online survey to show your support for the project.

History: 

The existing field house at Leone Beach Park is one of the oldest structures on the far north side. However, it is not open to the public due to its condition. A nature center would benefit the Rogers Park community and surrounding area by providing year-round access to educational and experiential programming for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Furthermore, it would strengthen our connection to the nearby, yet rare, ecologies of Lake Michigan and Rogers Park. 

For years the Leone Beach Park Advisory Council has dedicated itself to transforming Leone Beach Park into a sustainable area to benefit the entire community. They planted marram grass along the lakefront to help combat erosion along our shoreline and planted native plants around the park to attract monarch butterflies and help create a sustainable ecosystem. They are in the process of ushering in a nature play area for children in the community. In addition to all the infrastructure improvements they've implemented at the park, they've provided the community with robust programming year-round to connect neighbors to nature, including bird watches, nature walks, and more. 

Transforming this field house into a nature center would continue to build a cohesive vision for our sacred park and provide the Park Advisory Council with a safe space to continue programming in the winter months or when there is inclement weather. It will also allow the community the opportunity to learn about conservation, resiliency, and sustainability.

The proposal is one of twenty-one projects that has been selected as a semifinalist for the Chicago Community Works Challenge. The challenge is a $10 million grant competition to support upgrades to public properties throughout seven regions of Chicago. 

Please show your support for this project by completing a short online survey by 5 pm on November 11. We need our community to complete the survey to demonstrate their support for this improvement to a treasured local park. 
Complete the Survey
Join the Campaign to Rename the Park at
1932 W. Lunt after the Pollard Family
The 49th Ward Office has partnered with the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society to rename Paschen Park at 1932 W. Lunt Pollard Park after the Pollard Family.

John and Amanda Pollard brought their small but growing family to the Village of Rogers Park in the 1880s, becoming the first African-American residents of the community. John opened a successful barbershop in the center of the village business district, and the family lived at 1928 West Lunt for more than 60 years. There, they raised eight children who went on to distinguished careers and a host of civic accomplishments in sports, the arts, the medical profession, and other fields. The Pollards are a family whose story can inspire us all.

The Pollard home is next door to Paschen Park at 1932 West Lunt. Renaming the park is a way to recognize the Pollard family and their historic achievements and contributions to our city and country. Please take a moment to learn more about the incredible Pollard family and how you can support the effort to rename the park after them. 

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Ribbon Cutting Extravaganza November 10
Join the 49th Ward office and the Rogers Park Business Alliance to welcome new businesses into the ward. On Wednesday, November 10, from 12:30-2:30 pm, we are partnering with RPBA to host a Ribbon Cutting Extravaganza. Make sure to check out the list of participating businesses on RPBA's website, and swing by them to show your support! 
49th Ward Infrastructure Updates
Sewer Main Replacement Updates:

Lunt/Wolcott replacement (PN 7155):
  • Sewer work is ongoing on Lunt Avenue from Damen to the west
  • Crews expect all sewer work to be complete by the end of next week
  • Restoration will begin shortly after the completion of sewer work
Greenleaf/Wolcott (PN 7155):
  • Sewer work is ongoing on Greenleaf just east of Damen
  • Crews identified a potential underground utility conflict that could cause delays in the completion of the work and are working through the conflict 
Street Resurfacing Updates:

Resurfacing project on Ashland from Clark to Columbia:
  • Crews finished paving this week
  • Crews will finish up pavement markings by the end of the week
  • New signage and landscaping will be installed in the upcoming week
  • This project is still on track to be complete by November 15
Don't Trash it, Smash it!
The Edgewater Environmental Coalition is hosting its second "Green Your Halloween" event. On Saturday, November 6, from noon until 4 pm, swing by the parking lot located at 6040 N. Clark (just north of the fire station) with your pumpkin in tow. 

The goal is to have some Halloween-related fun while reducing waste. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about the advantages of composting food waste. Dearing last year's event, 2.27 tons of pumpkins were diverted from landfills!

The event is free and will follow COVID-19 guidelines of social distancing and mask-wearing. Residents will have the opportunity to drop off their pumpkins without getting out of their vehicles if they choose. Residents may also join in the smashing fun by tossing their pumpkins in the giant compost container. 
24th District Will Host its Second Community Conversation on November 17
On October 14, the 24th District held a Community Conversation to gather input from the community that will inform its 2022 District Strategic Plan. That meeting produced a lot of dialogue and produced a lot of feedback. 

On November 17, the 24th District will host its second Community Conversation. During the meeting, officers from the 24th District will review the feedback provided on 14 and seek additional input so they can expound on ideas and suggestions. The more voices they hear during the conversation will ensure a more inclusive and well-rounded strategic plan. 

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 17, at 6 pm via Zoom. Participants can register to attend on the Eventbrite page.
COVID-19 Updates
As we continue to combat COVID-19 across the city, state, and country, we are bringing back our section with the most up-to-date information on the ongoing public health crisis and any changes that are being implemented to address it. Information on aid and relief programs will continue to be housed in the "Need to Know Info" section of this newsletter. 
Kids Ages 5-11 Now Eligible to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

The CDC has approved the vaccine for children 5-11 years old. This exciting news allows our young children to be protected from COVID-19. Pediatric vaccine doses already arrived in Chicago with more being delivered this week. Providers can begin to administer them immediately.

The Pfizer dose for 5-to-11-year-olds is one-third the dose administered to adults. Like adult vaccinations, the pediatric vaccine includes two doses that should be administered three weeks apart. All COVID-19 vaccines for children are free, no insurance or government ID required.

CDPH recommends families first reach out to their pediatrician or family medical provider to see if appointments are available. The vaccine will also be available at Chicago Public Schools sites, at pharmacies, and through CDPH events. Visit chi.gov/YouthVax for more information.

Get Vaxxed at Home & Get a $100 Gift Card
All Chicagoans 12+ are eligible to be vaccinated at home. Up to 10 people can be vaccinated at a time, so Chicagoans can invite family, friends or neighbors to their home to be vaccinated together. Each person who gets vaccinated through the City's At Home program is eligible to receive a $100 visa gift card. 

To schedule your home vaccination appointment, call 312-746-4835 or visit chicago.gov/athome
Resources for Tenants Facing Eviction
With the eviction moratorium set to expire on Sunday, the Department of Housing has compiled eviction and lockout resources on their website for tenants. This can be found at chicago.gov/eviction.

They also have highlighted three points for tenants at risk of eviction. These three points are: 
  1. Don't self-evict. A notice of eviction from your landlord does not mean you need to leave your home right away. Only the Sheriff can legally remove you from your home.
  2. Get legal help. Free legal assistance is available to Chicago renters. Go to Rentervention.com, which is provided by the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, a DOH delegate agency.
  3. Get financial help. DOH maintains a current list of places residents can apply for emergency rental assistance at Chicago.gov/RentHelp.
Furthermore, next week, the Department of Housing is launching a court-based rental assistance program in coordination with the Chief Judge's office, Cook County, the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Chicago Bar Foundation. 

The court-based rental assistance program is an offshoot of the city's Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), and will serve as a safety-net of last resort for tenants and landlords in eviction court who have either applied for assistance but not yet received help, in which case their applications will be expedited; or who have not yet applied, in which case applications will be created for them if they are eligible. Receiving this direct rental assistance should have a significant impact on deterring evictions. Landlords who have received rental assistance already from the DOH program have agreed not to file evictions for at least 90 days after the period of assistance, and by Court policy, must attest that they have not received rental assistance at the time that they file for eviction for nonpayment. 

Finally, a Rogers Park neighbor and housing justice advocate, David Zoltan, applied his expertise in all things housing to create a comprehensive guide for residents facing eviction. This guide will help individuals facing a potential eviction understand their rights and what resources might be available to them. That guide is available to review by visiting bit.ly/EvictionDefense49. Also available now in Spanish! bit.ly/DefensaDeDesalojo
Protections for Workers Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine
On April 21, an ordinance passed City Council that established labor protections for Chicago workers that take time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Under the ordinance, employers are prohibited from taking any adverse action – including termination, demotion, layoff or punitive schedule changes – against an employee for taking time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Furthermore, if a worker has paid sick leave or other accrued time available, employers must allow their employees to use that time off to receive the vaccine. Finally, if an employer requires a worker to be vaccinated, it must compensate the worker for the time taken to receive the vaccine if it is during a shift, up to two hours per dose.

The ordinance expands the protections guaranteed under the Anti-Retaliation Ordinance that passed City Council in May 2020. That ordinance, which remains in effect, protects all workers from any retaliatory action from their employer if they are unable to work due to public health directive or COVID-19 related illness. Employers that violate this ordinance are subject to fines of between $1,000 and $5,000 per offense. 
Updates to the Emergency Travel Advisory

Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order was changed to an Advisory on June 29, after three consecutive reporting periods of no states crossing the threshold of 15 cases per 100,000 residents per day. That Emergency Travel Order could be reinstated by the City at any time, if surges in COVID cases continue and the number of states on the list continues to grow.

The advisory includes the same color-coded designations assigned to states based on their positivity rates. 

Any unvaccinated individual traveling from a state on the Orange list is advised to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period (or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter).  They should practice strict social distancing, mask-wearing, and avoid any in-person gathering. Unvaccinated individuals traveling from a state on the Yellow list are not required to quarantine or provide a pre-arrival test. However, it is advised that they continue to practice strict mask-wearing and social distancing. Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine or receive a negative test.

The lists are updated every two weeks based on state and Chicago case averages. There are no travel restrictions within Illinois. However, non-essential travel to the areas of high incidence is discouraged. If essential travel is needed, follow the prevention techniques such as using a face covering, frequent hand washing/sanitization, and maintaining social distancing.

Please visit chi.gov/eto for additional information and to view the latest information on travel restrictions. 
Latest Information on COVID-19 from the
Chicago Department of Public Health

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Chicago, visit the Chicago Department of Health's (CDPH) website at chicago.gov/coronavirus. For the latest information on COVID-19 in Illinois, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) website

Community Aid
Annual Fall Coat Drive
Every year, State Rep. Kelly Cassidy's office hosts a coat drive to keep our most vulnerable neighbors warm during the winter months. Consider donating coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and other winter clothing to help our neighbors in need. 

Gently used or new items can be dropped off through December 10 at Robert Jeffrey Hair Studio (5412 N. Clark), R Public House (1508 W. Jarvis), or the District Office (5533 N. Broadway. To view a wishlist on Amazon, click here
Redwood Literacy Launches Reading for All Campaign
Redwood Literacy has launched a campaign to stop the school-to-prison pipeline. The campaign aims to close the reading gap so students can have the literacy skills they need to succeed in school. For more information and to make an online contribution, visit readingforall.com
Community Engagement Opportunities
Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society Historic Virtual House Walks Continue in November

Join the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society for two virtual house walks this month. 

On November 7, join them for the story of a luxury lakefront co-op and the enterprising immigrants who made it a success. The Rogers Park lakefront, with its street-end beaches and large vintage apartments, is the envy of other neighborhoods. Learn how lakefront living began more than 100 years ago, and how manmade parks and beaches make access to the lakefront available to all.

Then, on November 13, hear the story of the first African-American family in Rogers Park and a proposal to keep their memory alive. Rogers Park's first African-American residents, John and Amanda Pollard, raised eight remarkable children in their home at 1928 W. Lunt in spite of the racial and religious prejudices common during their lifetimes. The story of the family's many accomplishments are an inspiration for all, and a proposal to give their name to the park next to their home will share their story for generations to come. 

The cost is $10 per episode, or get the whole tour for $30 ($25 with a membership discount). Watch the remaining episodes as they happen and view previous ones at your convenience with a special password you'll receive after registration.

Learn more and register to get your Zoom link by clicking here

Join Lifeline Theatre's Board!
Lifeline Theatre is seeking individuals who have experience and/or interest in the fields of fundraising, event planning, strategic planning, law, marketing, or real estate/development.  Ideal candidates have diverse networks and/or ties to art-supporting companies in the Chicago area.  They are encouraging people of all backgrounds to inquire, as they hope to build a Board that reflects our diverse community.

Board members contribute, on average, about 6-10 hours per month attending board/committee meetings and other board-related events. In exchange for your service, you have the opportunity to work with a dynamic group of people and play a vital role in Chicago’s cultural community. From their board members, to their artists, and to their patrons, Lifeline Theatre attracts a remarkable group of creative and diverse personalities.

For more information on joining Lifeline’s board or host committee, please contact Vashti Emigh, Managing Director at 773.761.4477 or vashti@lifelinetheatre.com.
24th District Senior Film Series Presents: Return to Me
The 24th District's Senior Film Series will present Return to Me this month. Following the movie, attendees are invited to stay for a discussion with Professor Lisa Skemp, Ph.D., of Loyola University's Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Professor Skemp specializes in nursing science, gerontology, and culturally-informed healthy aging.

The screening will take place on Friday, November 19, at 2 pm. Free parking is available on Schreiber Avenue just south of the station, and parking restrictions will temporarily be lifted during the event. Pre-registration is required to attend this film due to a 30 person limit. Please email Officer Kline in the 24th District Community Policing Office to RSVP at Hank.Kline@chicagopolice.org.
Government Corner
With the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a lot of information and resources available to people at all levels of government. To make sure you're receiving all the information to help you through this time, please consider signing up for the following newsletters or keeping your eye on the following pages. See something that should be added to this section? Email it to the office at office@49thward.org. 

City of Chicago Resources:
City of Chicago Coronavirus Resource Center Website
City of Chicago Coronavirus Updates Distribution Sign-Up
CPS COVID-19 Resources & Updates
Chicago Park District COVID-19 Response Page
BACP COVID-19 Resource Page

Cook County:
Cook County COVID-19 Response Website
Contact Commissioner Suffredin's Office
Commissioner Gainer Newsletter Sign-Up

State of Illinois:
State of Illinois COVID-19 Response Website
Sen. Simmons Newsletter
Rep. Cassidy Newsletter

Federal Government:
Sign-up for Congresswoman Schakowsky's newsletter
Federal Government COVID-19 Response Website
Need to Know Info
Each week we've been updating this section with the rapid information coming down from all levels of government. This has resulted in a long email with the information running for several weeks. To shorten the length of the newsletter and provide the freshest content, we have archived all the COVID-19 newsletters on the 49th Ward website. You can also refer to the Rogers Park Community Response Team's website, where resources and information are abundantly available for our neighbors. 
Lead Service Line Replacement Program Expansion Announced
To be eligible for a free lead service line replacement, residents must:
  • Have kids 18 and under at home OR
  • Have elevated lead levels in their drinking water; 
  • Reside in a single-family house or two-flat that they own;
  • Meet income requirements of $74,550 or less for a family of four
To learn more about the Equity Lead Service Line Replacement Program, visit www.LeadSafeChicago.org.
Apply for the Child Tax Credit by November 15
Most Chicago families are now eligible for $3,000- $3,600 per child with the expanded Federal Child Tax Credit, and you can start receiving monthly payments this year. Not receiving payments yet? Sign-up by Nov. 15: www.getctc.org/IL.
Tenant Rights and Responsibilities: Handling Emergency Situations Workshop
The Great Lakes Credit Union is partnering with the Uptown People's Law Center to host a free workshop on tenants' rights and responsibilities when handling emergency situations. Learn about tenant and landlord responsibilities, resources available in an emergency, state and federal laws that protect tenants, and more. 

The event will take place virtually on Saturday, November 13, at 11 am. For more information and to register, click here.
Emergency Heating Repair Program Application Opens Nov. 1
The Chicago Department of Housing's Emergency Heating Repair Program (EHRP) opens on November 1. The grant provides up to $24,999 to low-to-moderate income, owner-occupied residential buildings of one to four units. The program is limited to the repair/replacement services of a heating system. Remedies are commensurate to the level of damage determined by the DOH Rehab Construction division upon inspection. Grant funds are limited and provided on a first-come, first-serve basis to qualified Chicago residential property owners. 

For more information, eligibility requirements, and to download the packet, visit the Department of Housing's website
Chicago Creative Worker Assistance Program
The Chicago Creative Worker Assistance Program will provide $2,000 - $5,000 relief grants to artists and creative workers who are residents of Chicago and lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of whom are gig workers whose pandemic unemployment insurance benefits have expired.

The application is now open, and the deadline to apply is November 10. For more information on eligibility criteria, program guidelines, and more, visit chicagoculturalgrants.org.
Help Shape the First Citywide Plan in More than 50 Years
We Will Chicago is seeking the public's input on a series of questions drafted over the past several weeks. Your responses to these questions will help shape the policy recommendations included in the citywide plan. 

Select one of the plan pillars to provide your feedback. Each pillar has different guiding questions. You may provide comments on as many pillars as you would like.

Click here to take the survey. 
CHA Updating its Waitlist
The CHA is conducting a waitlist update to ensure they have current contact information for all applicants who applied for either Public Housing and/or Project-Based Voucher program on or before December 31, 2020. This helps the CHA verify the contact information for applicants and confirm that they're still interested in CHA housing. 

In January 2021, initial communications went out to all families on these waitlists. This fall, the CHA is sending additional communications to families on its lists that have yet to complete the update. If applicants have not completed the update yet, they must log in to CHA's online web portal to complete the update by December 31, 2021.

Applicants on CHA's waitlists can call 312-913-7400 or email CHAOccupancy@thecha.org with any questions.
Stormwater Tips from the Department of Water Management
The Department of Water Management reminds us that we still need to deal with stormwater in the fall and winter months.  Stormwater management can greatly reduce backups and flooding in basements when water and waste in overwhelmed sewers have nowhere else to go.  By reducing your water output during storms, making sure only rain goes down the drain, disposing of fats, oils, and greases properly and disconnecting your downspout you can help keep our sewers flowing and water out of your basement.
  • Sweep up leaves from driveways, sidewalks, and streets.
  • Clean roof gutters and drains of leaves.
  • Keep nearby catch basin grates clear of yard waste and trash.
  • Don’t litter or dump anything in storm drains. Storm drains are for rain only.
  • Avoid running a dishwasher or washing machine during storms.
  • Use a commercial car wash or wash your car over grass or gravel instead of on a driveway or in the street.
  • Do not dump fats/oils/greases in private drains.
  • Disconnect your downspout from the sewer system. See DWM’s website for a guide on downspout disconnection.
  • Before winter, empty your rain barrel and store in a garage or shed.
Child Care Assistance Available for Unemployed Parents
The Illinois Department of Human Services recently announced an expansion of the Child Care Assistance Program. Families interested in applying for support through the Child Care Assistance Program can contact Illinois Action for Children, the local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency (CCR&R), here.
Legal Aid Chicago Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
On January 1st, Legal Aid Chicago officially began operating its federally funded Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC). The LITC represents low-income clients in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and educates individuals about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers through community outreach programs. They also strive to assist low-income taxpayers whose primary language is not English.
 
Legal Aid Chicago provides free tax advice and representation to individuals and families in Cook County whose income is at or below 250% of the federal poverty level (currently $32,200 for a household of 1, $43,550 for a household of 2, etc.) with active disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding their federal income taxes, including:
  • IRS audits, including audits based on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) & Child or Dependent Credit
  • IRS debt collection attempts, including federal tax liens
  • Employee/Independent Contractor Misclassifications and 1099 income reporting issues
  • Tax return preparer fraud
  • Innocent and injured spouse relief
  • Tax-related identity theft
  • Representation before the U.S Tax Court
Taxpayers needing assistance can call Legal Aid Chicago at (312)341-1070 or apply online at legalaidchicago.org.
LCBH Rental Assistance Programs
The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) is helping connect eligible Chicago residents to rental assistance. If you are experiencing financial hardship and are having a hard time paying rent and utilities, you may qualify for rental assistance. Call LCBH's Social Services Department at 312-784-3527 and ask to speak to a case manager to see if you are eligible. 
Emergency Rental Assistance Application Open
All Chicago opened a streamlined, online application for rental assistance under the Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) through the Illinois Department of Human Services. The online application is available at allchicago.org.

Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of rental and utility arrears assistance, plus an additional 3 months if needed to ensure housing stability.

An eligible household is a rental household in the City of Chicago in which one or more individuals meets the following criteria: 
  • Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19; 
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and 
  • Has a household income at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI).
The application requires limited documentation to reduce barriers to the assistance. For tenants and landlords who need help or do not have sufficient internet access, All Chicago has partnered with Catholic Charities, Heartland Human Care Services, Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, Phalanx Family Services, and Spanish Coalition for Housing to provide assistance with the application process.

We encourage our community partners to spread the word for eligible households to apply directly online, by calling 311 or 312-744-5000 and asking for short-term assistance, or by contacting one of our tenant/landlord representative partners listed above.
Un[ ]spoken Supports Residents' Mental Health & Healing
‘Un[ ]spoken,’ is a citywide campaign to combat the negative stigma surrounding mental health and increase awareness of the publicly funded resources. Through this new citywide campaign, the City of Chicago will encourage residents to speak out and help break down the stigma surrounding mental health and connect them to the mental health services available in their community. More info here.
Safer Foundation Second Chance Program
The Safer Foundation has a second change program to helps connect people with arrest and conviction records to employment opportunities. For more information, visit Safer Foundation's website at saferfoundation.org, or call 312-922-2200.
Nationwide Natural Gas Price Spike Expected to
Mean Higher Heating Bills this Winter
As we head into winter, Peoples Gas is letting customers know that their heating bills will likely rise as the temperatures fall due to a nationwide spike in natural gas prices.

The price of natural gas has more than doubled this year and currently sits at the highest level in a decade. The increase is due mainly to tight supplies and a worldwide increase in demand for natural gas.

An analysis done by Peoples Gas predicts the typical residential customer will pay $60 more a month this winter compared to last winter. The analysis assumes typical winter weather. 

Peoples Gas uses a proactive, multi-pronged approach to make sure customers have reliable and affordable energy while limiting the impact of sudden price changes. The company buys and stores gas when it is typically lower-priced, locks in guaranteed natural gas contracts at fixed prices, and purchases gas in the market. By using this approach, Peoples Gas hopes that this will lower this winter's gas costs for its customers by approximately 20%

In order to help customers in the greatest need, bill assistance is available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Share the Warmth program. To see if you are eligible and to apply, Peoples Gas customers can call the Community Economic Development Association (CEDA) at 800-571-2332 or go to cedaorg.net.

Separate from financial assistance programs, Peoples Gas will work with customers to arrange a payment plan that best fits their needs and set up budget billing that keeps bills stable from month to month. Customers can call Peoples Gas or go to peoplesgasdelivery.com to discuss available options. 

Customers can take steps to manage their energy use by turning down their thermostats, using programmable thermostats, sealing gaps around windows and doors, and scheduling an annual furnace tuneup. Peoples Gas also offers free energy efficiency consultation. For more low and no-cost energy-saving tips, go to peoplesgasdelivery.com/savings/
Peoples Gas Heating Assistance Program
Peoples Gas has options to help customers struggling to pay their natural gas bills. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides financial assistance to help customers with limited income pay their energy bills. Grants are also available through the Peoples Gas Share the Warmth program.

The Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) manages both programs and is taking applications by phone. To see if you are eligible or to apply, call CEDA at 800-571-2332.
PIPP/LIHEAP Offer Customers Assistance with Utility Bills
To help eligible customers stay current on their bills and help them avoid unnecessary fees come spring, ComEd regularly works with state and federal agencies to provide assistance options to those facing financial hardship.
 
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program that can help you stay warm during winter by providing eligible customers with a one-time payment towards your energy bills. Benefits are available once per program year, from September 2021 through May 2022, or until funds are exhausted. Whether you rent or own your home, LIHEAP offers financial help to limited-income households to pay heat and electric bills.
 
The Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) is a choice within Illinois LIHEAP to help manage energy bills year-round. You will be placed on a budget billing plan that is subsidized by a monthly PIPP benefit amount, determined by a percentage of your household income. Each month, you receive a PIPP benefit towards a portion of your budget bill amount. If an on-time and in-full payment is received, you may also receive a monthly arrearage credit, if applicable.
 
Applications for LIHEAP and PIPP can be submitted online, by phone, or in person and are available at your Local Administering Agency. Visit LIHEAPillinois.com for details. Prefer to call instead? Residents of Chicago and Cook County can call 800-571-2332 for information. 
Utility Billing Relief

Utility Billing Relief (UBR) provides low-income City of Chicago residents with a reduced rate on their water, sewer, and water-sewer tax as well as debt relief for those who demonstrate they can manage the reduced rate bills for one year. Benefits for UBR participants include:

  • A reduced rate on water, sewer, and water-sewer tax.
  • No late payment penalties or debt collection activity including water shut-off.
  • Debt forgiveness after successfully completing one year with no past due balance.

Operating in partnership with the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), who operates the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the UBR program will utilize their expertise and extensive network of partner organizations to conduct outreach and enroll homeowners.

Apply Now!
Business Updates
Chi Biz Strong Grant Program
The City of Chicago has announced a program to support small businesses and nonprofits. The Chi Biz Strong Grants Program and Outdoor Dining Grants Program will provide over $20 million in grants to Chicago’s small businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Grants of $5,000 or $10,000 will be available to small business and nonprofit organizations throughout Chicago that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 from lost revenue or increased costs.

Applications are available now and will be open until Friday, November 12, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Grants will be disbursed via a lottery based on eligibility and prioritization criteria.

Learn more and apply at chicago.gov/chibizstronggrant.
Chicago Park Concessions & Alfresco Dining
Grant Applications Now Open
The Chicago Park Districted opened its Notice of Application for new concession opportunities for the 2022 park season as well as the Alfresco Outdoor Dining Grant Program.  

Small business owners are encouraged to apply for these unique opportunities. The deadline to apply is November 22. For more information and to submit an application, visit parkconcessions.com
Energy Efficiency Workshop December 8

The City of Chicago, ComEd, Peoples Gas, and EPA Region 5 are co-hosting an Energy Efficiency Workshop on Wednesday, December 8, at 8 am. The workshop will focus on industrial energy savings for Chicago facilities. The workshop will help companies reduce operating costs, increase profit margins, lower their greenhouse gas footprint, and earn incentives through energy efficiency. This two-hour workshop will cover:

  • Successful industrial energy efficiency case studies.
  • Energy management planning for your facility, including an introduction to Strategic Energy Management.
  • Incentives and recognition programs from ComEd, Peoples Gas, and ENERGY STAR.
  • Free resources for improving energy efficiency at your facility.

Interested businesses and industry partners can register to attend the workshop by clicking here.

ComEd Small Business Assistance Program

ComEd's Small Business Assistance Program provides eligible small business customers, with a one-time grant of up to $1,000 towards a past due balance, once every 12 months. Eligible customers may also place a remaining balance into a payment plan of up to six months.

Eligibility:

Small business customers applying for this program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have an active ComEd service account (includes customers disconnected within the past 30 days).
  • Use less than 1400 kilowatts (kWs) of peak demand. This includes customers who are
    0-100kW or watt hour. To confirm the amount of kWs your business uses, reference your ComEd bill (see sample bill).
  • Have a past balance, per the bill due date.
  • Have not received Nonprofit Special Hardship grants in 2020.
For more information and to apply, visit ComEd's website.
#SchoolsShineIn49
Senn Principal Selection Survey
Map of Senn boundary area
The Senn High School Local School Council is in the process of selecting a new principal after Ms. Beck started a new position within CPS at the end of the 20-21 school year. To ensure that the principal selection is inclusive and representative of the wants and needs of the entire Senn community, the LSC has created a survey open to anyone who lives within the Senn Attendance Boundaries to gain insight and help guide the LSC throughout this process.

If you live in the Senn boundaries, please take a moment to complete the online survey.
Safer Foundation Youth Empowerment Program (YEP)
The Safer Foundation's Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) is a not-for-profit organization that assists young adults with criminal records. The program prepares youth between the ages of 16-24 for their High School Equivalency test to obtain a GED. For more information and to register, call 312-575-3285.
Moran Center for Youth Advocacy Launches a Rogers Park Education Advocacy Program

The Moran Center for Youth Advocacy has launched the Rogers Park Project. The project is a pilot program that will provide free educational advocacy to students living in and/or attending school in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

To learn more, call 847-492-1410. 

Sprinter at City Colleges in Chicago

This winter, complete a full-semester class at City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) in less than one month.  CCC is offering a variety of online credit classes that can be completed in just four weeks. Open to everyone, CCC's winter classes are an opportunity to make progress towards your certificate or degree. To get started, apply today at www.ccc.edu/sprinter.

SUFEO Helpline Provides Free Legal Help on School Issues
Loyola's free legal helpline for the 2021-2022 school year is now OPEN. Stand Up For Each Other (SUFEO) Chicago is a group of law students that provides free legal assistance, all under attorney supervision, to K-12 students facing:
  • Inadequate special education services
  • Suspension, expulsion, and other discipline
  • Bullying, harassment, and discrimination
  • COVID-19 issues and remote learning barriers
  • Other school-related legal issues

If you work with any K-12 students or their parents/guardians who need help understanding their school rights, please encourage them to call the helpline at 773-800-0338.

Additionally, SUFEO Chicago offers free know-your-rights trainings and education law workshops to students and their parents/guardians and service providers, both virtually and in-person. Please contact SUFEO's Outreach Coordinators Sarah Bianchi and Brittany Haracz at sufeo-chicago@luc.edu with the subject line "Outreach Inquiry" for more information. 

CPS Launches a Children & Family Benefits Unit
Chicago Public Schools has launched a new program, the Children and Benefits Family Unit. The goal of the unit is to make sure that every student has proper medical care. They achieve this by focusing on 3 points: enroll, engage, and utilize. The Children and Benefits Family Unit help parents understand their options for Medicaid and other government benefits and help them apply and/or renew their benefits. The program also helps families utilize their benefits by connecting them with a primary care physician.

For more information, visit cps.edu/cfbu or call 773-553-KIDS (5437).
Employment Opportunities
Heartland Alliance Seeking Employees that Speak Farsi, Dari and/or Pashto to Help with Afghan Refugees
Heartland Alliance is working closely with Afghan refugees who recently arrived in Chicago. They're seeking employees and/or volunteers who speak Farsi, Dari, and Pashto to help with their efforts. 

For more information, visit heartlandalliance.org/careers or email careers@heartlandalliance.org. 
Madonna Mission is Hiring an ESL Language Instructor
Part-Time English as a Second Language Instructor                                                         
Madonna Mission is a not-for-profit organization providing educational and resettlement programs for refugee individuals and their families. Madonna Mission is located at 1706 W. Morse Ave., Chicago, IL 60626.
Madonna Mission is seeking a part-time ESL Instructor to support its Adult Education program. The ESL Instructor will prepare limited English proficient adult learners to succeed in the workforce, access postsecondary education or training opportunities, and otherwise participate in their communities. The part-time ESL Instructor will deliver English-language instruction classes, in person, to adult ESL students at Madonna Mission 2 days per week.

This position is part-time (approximately 7 hours per week). Pay is $20/hour.      
                                                       
Job Responsibilities
                                                
The English as a Second Language Instructor is responsible for the following:
  • Planning, organizing, and providing English-language instruction classes, in person, to adult ESL students at Madonna Mission.
  • Developing and delivering lesson plans that utilize a broad range of differentiated techniques.
  • Monitoring student attendance, goals, referrals, and testing; administering assessments for the purpose of evaluating student progress
Key Competencies
 
                                                                                              
We’re seeking candidates who have excellent organizational skills, demonstrate initiative and strong critical thinking skills, and are strong communicators. The candidate should have:
  • Previous experience teaching English as a Second Language to adults (required)
  • A bachelor’s degree (required)
  • Ability to teach multiple levels (beginning, intermediate, advanced)
  • Experience managing multiple projects, the ability to keep concise and accurate records, the ability to adapt to changing work priorities
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member, cooperating with and demonstrating cultural sensitivity to staff and constituents
How to Apply
 
                                                                                              
Please send a cover letter and resume to Peggy Forbes, Executive Director, at peggy@madonnamission.org by November 19, 2021.
Wild Onion Market is Hiring a Social Media Coordinator
Wild Onion Market is a food co-op in development that will be located in either West Ridge, Rogers Park, or south Evanston. A food co-op is a values-driven alternative to a conventional grocery store model. Their values of sustainability, access to fresh food, and supporting local farmers and producers drive their decisions. People before profit.  
 
Wild Onion Market is seeking a Social Media Coordinator on a contract basis starting immediately. Approximately 5-7 hours per week over 3-4 days each week.  $25/hour
 
Responsibilities:
  • Understand and embrace the mission of a food co-op (values-centered)
  • Assist in managing the co-op's social media accounts (Facebook and Instagram)
  • Work with specific project teams to assist in the development and management of social media strategies for Wild Onion Market constituents
  • Edit content for social media
  • Tag, comment, and engage social media followers and constituents
Qualifications / Skills:
  • interest in sustainability, equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • understanding of online engagement techniques
  • excellent verbal and written communication
  • organized, experience with project management
  • demonstrated experience in social media strategy and implementation
Please email your resume and a writing sample to lisa@wildonionmarket.com
Mary Crane Center is Now Hiring
Mary Crane Center is hiring a full-time teacher assistant and a classroom floater. Start a fulfilling career today in early childhood development. More information on the positions and how to apply can be found by clicking on the corresponding links below. 

Teacher Assistant
Classroom Floater
Collective Resource is Hiring
Collective Resource Compost, a specialty waste hauler that collects food scraps for composting, is hiring. They work out of a site just over the border in Skokie (near McCormick, between Howard and Touhy). The Driver / Compost Service Specialist job starts at $16 per hour and goes to $17 after a 90-day review. They're looking for people who are reliable, hard-working, tech-capable, and committed to reducing environmental harm.

Learn more at: collectiveresource.us/join-our-team/.
NAMI Chicago Now Hiring

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chicago has three exciting employment opportunities in their organization. NAMI Chicago is an inclusive employer that welcomes and encourages everyone who is guided by compassion, integrity, and the desire to create connections, to consider joining its dedicated team. 

Below are links to the details of the current vacant positions in the Training and Education Department at NAMI Chicago. This department provides information and tools to communities on mental health awareness and crisis Intervention. 

Training and Education Instructional Designer
Training & Education Manager I
Training and Education Manager II

Please apply at www.namichicago.org/career

CTA Second Chance Program Fall Hiring Event
The CTA's Second Chance Program is hosting a fall hiring event. This program allows people with barriers that have kept them from employment an opportunity to work with the CTA earning a starting wage of $15/hour. 

To learn more, complete a survey of interest at CTASecondChanceInterestFall.QuestionPro.com. Once you have completed the survey, the CTA will send an invitation to attend an in-person event to learn more. 
CPS is Hiring Lunch Attendants
CPS is hiring lunch attendants across the district! Employees get to work a regular Monday to Friday schedule with holidays off. Positions include medical, dental, and pension benefits.

For more information and to apply, visit cps.edu/careers
Thresholds is Hiring
Thresholds provides services and resources for persons with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. They work with many populations, including youth and young adults, veterans, young mothers, deaf, and individuals experiencing homelessness, among others.

Learn more and apply today at thresholds.org/careers.
Care for Real is Hiring
Care for Real is adding to its team! The new position, Bilingual Program Associate, will work directly with clients of the Rogers Park Food Pantry. Over a third of the guests to the pantry are Spanish-speaking and this position works with them and all guests to the pantry to ensure all are served with dignity and compassion.

For more information and to apply, visit Care for Real's website.
Howard Area Community Center is Hiring
Howard Area Community Center is seeking qualified candidates for several positions. They're currently seeking two part-time administrative assistants for its early childhood program, teachers for early childhood learning, a reentry coach, and a reentry navigator. 

For more information, email thorne@howardarea.org.
Apply to be a Parent Mentor
Loyola University Chicago is seeking well-qualified individuals to serve as part-time, seasonal Parent Mentor Coordinators in four Chicago Public Schools: Sullivan High School, New Field Primary, McCutcheon Elementary, and Clinton Elementary.

Each school will host one Parent Mentor Coordinator who will supervise a cohort of eight Parent Mentors in their assigned school. The Parent Mentor Coordinator position will pay $18/hour for up to 18 hours a week for the entirety of the 2021-2022 school year. Ideally, Parent Mentor Coordinators are parent leaders, meaning they come to the work with a parent perspective.

Interested candidates can email Mitch Hendrickson at mhendrickson3@luc.edu with their resume and brief cover letter.
Apply to be a Crossing Guard
Earlier this year, the City of Chicago transferred the crossing guard program from OEMC to Chicago Public Schools. During this transition, many crossing guards decided to retire or resign while school was not operating in person due to the pandemic.

As we have CPS has returned to in-person learning, they have been working hard to fill vacant positions. They are still seeking applicants to fill the positions to help families and children safely get to and from school. 

To apply to become a crossing guard, please follow the steps below:
  1. Please visit the CPS Careers Website at cps.edu/careers
  2. Click on "CPS Job Board" at the bottom of the page.
  3. On the top of the next page, click on "Basic Search."
  4. Type "Crossing Guard" into the "Keywords" field.
  5. Click on the Crossing Guard job posting for the location you want to apply to, and follow the instructions to fill out the applications.
If you have any questions, please contact Crossingguard@cps.edu.
Greater West Town Training Programs
Greater West Town Community Development and Project has over 30 years of expanding economic opportunities in education, job training, and job placement for Chicago. Check out the academic and location opportunities available to Chicago residence now, then schedule your orientation today. For more information, please call 312-563-9044 or visit http://GWTP.org
Find a Career with S&C Electric Company
S&C Electric in Rogers Park is hiring several key positions to join their team. S&C Electric is a 100% employee-owned team seeking several team members in the Rogers Park community to keep the lights on across the globe.

To learn more and apply, visit ww.sandc.com/careers.
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare Job Openings
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare is hiring several key positions to join their team. 

As one of the leading community mental health organizations in Illinois, Trilogy is committed to excellence, diversity, and opportunity. They are a mission-driven organization as committed to innovative practice models in mental health treatment as they are to helping our employees do their best work.

Working at Trilogy is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and help strengthen the community.

For more information on current job openings, visit Trilogy's Careers website at trilogyinc.org/careers.

 

Heartland Alliance Job Openings
Heartland Alliance has several positions open across Chicago. These positions include a bilingual mental health clinical practitioner, a clinical supervisor, an LPN, case managers, and more. 

Heartland Alliance works to advance human rights and champion human dignity by providing services and promoting solutions to achieve a more just global society. Heartland Alliance's mission is to advance human rights and respond to the human needs of endangered populations—particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced—through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society. Their approach is multi-faceted and intentional and intersects through three focus areas: health and healing, safety and justice, and economic opportunity.

For more information on job openings, visit Heartland Alliance's Careers website by clicking here
Chicago Botanic Garden Employment Opportunities
The Chicago Botanic Garden has a variety of seasonal and year-round job opportunities. For more information, visit their careers page at chicagobotanic.org/jobs. Applications are accepted online only via employment@chicagobotanic.org.  
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