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49th Ward Update
August 28, 2020
LEE EN ESPAÑOL

Hello neighbors,

We’ve had some ups and downs this week. 

The fire at 6828 N Wayne destroyed homes, injured a resident and displaced several neighbors, but the response from our community has been a heartening reminder of the compassion and solidarity that we’re capable of when put to the test. 

The last of the tree debris left in the wake of the tornado is being removed from alleys, but it will take the better part of the next year to restore the urban canopy we lost in the storm. 

We’ve been able to support many of our small businesses during the gradual reopening but winter is coming and even harder times are coming with it if our Congress can’t provide more financial aid, a pathway for economic stability, and more unified leadership through the pandemic.

And of course,  we all witnessed the devastating shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin and the violent aftermath. Mr. Blake’s shooting is salt on an open wound and the protests and boycotts that have come in response this week are the voices of people who demand healing through justice. Our city is bracing for another weekend of protests and I ask people to please be safe and take care of one another.

Last week, I released a statement about the cycle of violence we’re repeating and the missing piece in our government actions. We need to take steps to reconcile and bring justice to the people we’ve wronged through state actions. Without justice, there will be no peace. You can read the statement here.

Next week, Mayor Lightfoot is releasing her 2021 Budget Forecast to the city. The State of the Budget kick-off will be on Monday, August 31 at 6pm. She hasn’t shared anything with City Council yet, so I’ll be learning alongside you what the administration is projecting and presenting. You can count on me doing my best to engage and inform you throughout the process. Check out the info on when and how to participate here.

Lastly, our COVID-19 infection numbers are still rising. We are seeing an average of 352 new cases and 3 deaths each day. Our positivity rate is at 5.3% These numbers are not good. We’re dangerously close to the 400 new cases a day mark that public health commissioner, Dr. Arwady, says will require more restrictions again. So please, wear your mask, practice physical distancing and get tested if you’ve been exposed. There’s more important info and updates in the newsletter below so please take a few minutes to browse. 

Take care,

Maria Hadden
Alderwoman

Ward Updates
PB49 Kicks Off this Week!
PB49 kicks off this week. This year's cycle will look different than previous years due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, but we still want to hear from you! 

This year we are starting with an open-ended question: If you could change one thing about our community that would make life better for you, what would it be? 

Between now and September 19, folks will have the opportunity to answer that question and inform our 49th Ward participatory process.

How can you answer that question?
  1. Fill out this online Google Form
  2. Text "PB49" to 33339;
  3. Flyers will be posted in the main corridors of the ward with a QR code that folks can scan to open the Google Form on their smartphones starting this weekend;
  4. Participate in the virtual Neighborhood Assembly on Saturday, September 12, at 10 am.
Be on the lookout for more information on how and when to vote in early October!
 
Do you want to become a community representative? We'd love to have you! Just make sure to check the "yes" box on the second page of the Google Form!
Fargo Film Notice for September 4 & 5
Fargo returns to the 49th Ward next weekend to wrap up filming for their fourth season. Please be advised of the listed parking restrictions. 

This week, our office hosted a meeting with the Fargo crew to discuss their plans for filming in the area. Overall, Fargo's logistics plan will remain largely the same. Their filming footprint will continue to take place on Lunt, Wolcott, Greenleaf, and Damen (pictured below). 

There will be some changes from previous filming in the ward. Fargo is setting up a perimeter around their filming footprint where residents who don't have homes will not be allowed to access. This is to continue to practice social distancing and protect both the Fargo crew and cast as well as the broader Rogers Park community as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. There will be additional social distancing ambassadors around the set asking folks to cross the street as well as signage throughout the area. 

Additionally, Paschen Park will become an important asset for crews. In an attempt to limit movement and exposure to different environments during the day, the plan is to erect large tents in the park for catering and crew rest area. 

The health and safety of Fargo's cast and crew is their top priority, and they have implemented rigorous protocols, including weekly testing for all employees, mandatory PPE, and constant sanitizing of props and equipment.
The Fields Community Process Update
Last week, our office hosted a meeting to resume the community process around the Fields schools.

During the meeting, Principal Dobbins shared some of the matriculation work Eugene Field is partnering with New Field on to have a seamless and cohesive transition for students entering the fifth grade. We also heard from the Fields communities and Rogers Park residents regarding some of their concerns they have around our neighborhood schools, including the student-based budgeting model and the decrease of school-aged children in the neighborhood. 

Our office is finalizing the date for the next community meeting, where folks will have the opportunity to bring recommendations for consideration. Please keep your eye on this space, where we will announce the next meeting date. Additionally, we will share a Google Form for folks who are unable to attend the meeting but would still like the opportunity to share an idea or recommendation. 

Finally, please note that the infographics we previously shared in our newsletter inadvertently had switched out the "strengths" section for the schools. A corrected version of those SWOT analyses is available on the 49th Ward website
Levy House Financing Passes the
Committee on Housing and Real Estate
In May, our office announced the sale of the Levy House on 1221 W. Sherwin to the Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH). This sale assured that 100% of the units at the Levy House will be affordable and no current tenants will have to be displaced.

On Wednesday, the financing for POAH's acquisition unanimously passed the Committee on Housing and Real Estate. POAH worked closely with the City's Department of Housing and the CHA to assemble their financing, which ensures the affordability of the units. It will now head to the full City Council on September 9 for a final vote. 

A full overview and background of POAH's acquisition of the Levy House are available on the 49th Ward website
September Shredding Event Canceled due to COVID-19
Our office regrets to announce that due to concerns with COVID-19 and large group gatherings, we have made the tough decision to cancel this year's shredding event.

We know that this is an event that many residents look forward to, and we are happy that we were able to provide this resource to the community last year. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic still a looming threat and numbers steadily increasing across the city and state, we had to make the tough decision to cancel this year's shredding event. 

While we know that this will come as a disappointment to the community, we believe that we are making a decision that prioritizes the health and safety of our residents. Please know that we will work with the shredding company to find an alternative date in 2021 when hopefully a vaccine becomes available and we can safely host community events once again. 

For those looking to shred documents before then, Staples does have a coupon for free document shredding of up to 5 lbs between now and August 29. You can access that coupon on the Staples website here
Community Alert: Robberies
The 24th District issued a community alert this week for a series of robberies that took place in the Rogers Park neighborhood. If you have any information on these incidents, please contact the Area Three Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8263.
49th Ward Back to School Supply Drive
The fall semester is going to look a lot different for our students this year. To help prepare them for success and get them in the school mentality, our office is partnering with our local schools to host a Back to School Supply Drive. 

Due to COVID-19, we won't be able to host the annual Back to School Picnic where supplies would have otherwise been distributed to students. Instead, this year we're asking that community members and organizations drop their donations off at our schools directly. 

Below you will find a list of school supplies that students and teachers need of this year as well as the addresses, days, and hours for our schools where these items can be donated. Folks may also opt to purchase items online to be delivered to the schools in lieu of delivering them in-person if they so choose. 

School Supplies:
  • Bookbags
  • Binders
  • Folders
  • Wide-ruled notebooks
  • Composition notebooks
  • Graph paper
  • Lined loose-leaf paper
  • Construction paper
  • Sheet protectors
  • Index cards
  • Post It notes
  • Clipboards
  • Protractors
  • Calculators
  • Scientific calculators (grades 6+)
  • Pencil bags
  • Pencils
  • Individual pencil sharpeners with shaving receptacle 
  • Erasers
  • Red pens
  • Black pens
  • Blue pens
  • Highlighters
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers (not permanent)
  • Glue sticks
  • Elmers glue
  • Scotch tape
  • Mini stapler
  • Staples
  • Scissors
  • Dry erase markers
  • Kleenex
  • Paper towels
  • Gallon size Ziploc bags
  • Sandwich size Ziploc bags
  • Baby wipes
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Headphones
Donation Drop off addresses, hours, and days information:
Acero Cruz
7416 N. Ridge
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
9 am - 3 pm

Chicago Math and Science Academy
7212 N. Clark
Monday - Friday 9am - 3:30pm

Eugene Field Community School
7019 N Ashland Blvd
Monday - Friday 10am-1pm

Gale Community Academy
1631 W. Jonquil Terrace
Monday - Friday 8am-3pm

Jordan Elementary Community School
7414 N. Wolcott Ave
Monday - Friday 9am - 1pm

Joyce Kilmer Elementary School
6700 N. Greenview
Monday - Friday 9am-2pm

New Field Primary School
1707 W. Morse
Monday - Friday
9am - 1pm (in the cafeteria)

Additionally, our office is looking to connect volunteers to our neighborhood schools to assist them with distribution of devices and supplies to our students. If you are interested in volunteering, please email office@49thward.org and we will connect you to our neighborhood schools.

Please keep your eye out for more volunteer opportunities this fall to help students and parents succeed with remote learning! 
Celebrations & Appreciations
You didn't think we were going to allow a pandemic to make us stop celebrating and appreciating our community did you? Of course not! 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
Rogers Park Community Neighbors
Demonstrate Community and Resiliency in the Face of Crises
After an electrical fire spread to the decks of a Rogers Park building on Wayne, our neighbors once again stepped up to help out those impacted.

Thank you to our local Chicago Fire Department Engine 102 for quickly responding to the fire and extinguishing it. 

Thank you to the Rogers Park Community Response team, who organized supplies and volunteers to help the households that suffered damage. C
ontact the Rogers Park Community Response Team
if you have items or skills to offer or that you need! You can reach them at 773-831-7668 or via rpcrt49@gmail.com.

Finally, Northside Community Resources generously agreed to help provide emergency financial relief to the impacted households through their emergency fund. To make a financial donation, visit their GoFundMe page
Community Aid
Rogers Park Tree Fundraiser
Over the last two weeks, a small group of neighbors came together to start a fundraiser to the eventual replacement of Rogers Park's trees. According to the Bureau of Forestry, it takes approximately $525 to plant and maintain a parkway tree for two years. The group's goal with this fundraiser is to raise enough money to start a movement, with an eventual goal of leveraging the support for the City to make it a priority.

This idea all started as a Facebook Conversation. Three local artists immediately donated designs, Tee Mart (1445 W. Morse) is the main vendor, and the Rogers Park Business Alliance agreed to serve as the fiscal agent.

Make sure to get your merchandise to commemorate this historic storm while giving back to our neighborhood at the same time! Click here to shop today!
Sullivan Solidarity Fund
As of August 17, the Sullivan High School Solidarity Fund has provided direct support of $250 each to 24 of its highly vulnerable families to help them survive during the critical COVID-19 pandemic. Of those families, 16 of them do not qualify for federal or state benefits, and the others are experiencing compounding factors that also place them at grave risk.

The pandemic has exacerbated families’ ability to provide basic sustenance and shelter. Additionally, over half of the students qualified for ELL support, over a third were eligible for Diverse Learner Services & Supports, and a quarter work to support their families because many parents had lost their jobs or had their hours greatly reduced. Over a quarter of the families had at least one family member with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Three had a guardian die. It is overwhelming to ponder the intensity and magnitude of the needs our students face in their daily lives. Now with COVID-19, their situations have reached a critical level.

Sullivan is a school community focusing on the education of its youth. The students' needs are complex and extensive, but $250 is a lifeline that communicates in a concrete manner that we are with them and will walk with them in these challenging times.

Please consider making an online contribution to help our Sullivan students and their families. 
Volunteer with the Syrian Community Network
The Syrian Community Network is seeking volunteers for a variety of programs. Specifically, they need volunteers for their Homework Room program, where students can meet with a tutor two days a week for extra support as remote learning continues throughout the fall.

For more information and to sign up, visit the Syrian Community Network's website.
Community Engagement Opportunities
Rescue and Recovery March August 30
The Institutional Rescue and Recovery Coalition is hosting a Rescue and Recovery March on Sheridan. 

Show your support for our neighbors and loved ones living and working in congregate care facilities during the march. 

Marchers are asked to meet at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard, at 2 pm on Sunday, August 30. From there, participants will march to Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf. For more information, email irrc@yahoo.com. 
Women Respond to Violence Event August 31
Indivisible IL9, a grassroots organization located in Andersonville/ Edgewater, will be hosting a virtual Webinar to highlight the work of women in street outreach. While plenty has been written about the importance of men in street outreach and their effectiveness in interrupting and reducing community violence, women who work in this field are often less recognized, even though their particular vantage point can be crucial in understanding root causes of violence and the overarching results of trauma.

Panelists will include: 
The discussion will be moderated by:
  • Tara Dabney, Director of Development and Communications at the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago (INVC), based in Austin, West Garfield Park and Back of the Yards.
When: Monday, August 31, 2020,  10:00-11:00 AM
Where: Register to join by Zoom
This event will also be livestreamed on the Indivisible Illinois Facebook page
Apply for the Mayor's Youth Commission
Do you know a young person between the ages of 14 and 19 who is passionate about their community? We are looking for young leaders to join the Mayor’s Youth Commission. If selected, Youth Commissioners will serve a two-year term and must commit to attending monthly virtual (for now) meetings. Those interested in serving can apply here. Applications should be submitted no later than August 31st for consideration.
My Chi My Mask Contest
PrideMasks.com has partnered with the city to launch a citywide kids' mask design contest. ​The contest is an extension of the "My Chicago, My Future"  program.

Kids are invited to draw, paint, or design on a computer their best interpretation of the theme “My Chicago”. The grand prize mask design will be produced for and worn by Chicago’s First Lady, Amy Eshleman. PrideMasks.com will also donate 50 winning masks to the artist for distribution to their family, friends, and classmates. 

The deadline to submit a design is August 31. Submissions can be emailed to contest@pridemasks.com

For more information, rules, and to download mask templates, visit the contest page on PrideMasks.com's website.
Kids are Invited to Complete Chicago Public Library's
 Summer Learning Challenge to Earn a Prize
Share how your kids have been Building Stories by reading and learning throughout the summer. Complete the Summer Learning Challenge to Earn Your Prize! Kids who read at least 500 minutes, completed at least one hands-on Discover activity and did at least one Create activity by making something cool can pick up their prize tote bag and a certificate at their neighborhood library.

Be sure to tell the Chicago Public Library about all those extra minutes of reading and additional activities completed! Keep learning all summer by trying activities at chipublib.org/summer and trying new online programs.

Parents and caregivers, remember to turn in your completed Family Learning Log (available in English or Spanish) for a chance to win a technology prize package to keep your family learning throughout the year! Summer Learning Challenge entries will be accepted through September 5.
Complete the Census Online!
Census Enumerators Going Door-to-Door to Gather Census Data
This month you might notice Census enumerators going door-to-door to encourage Census participation. All Census enumerators will be wearing masks and a valid ID badge. Please help us get an accurate count this year by taking 5 minutes to fill out the 2020 Census online
Census Bureau Announces
Plans to Stop Count a Month Early
On August 3rd, the Census Bureau announced their plan to stop conducting end field data collection by September 30, 2020, a month earlier than previously anticipated. All residents are encouraged to complete the Census online at 2020census.gov to ensure our community receives proper levels of funding and legislative representation during the next round of redistricting.
Do You Part! Complete the 2020 Census Online!

Amid the rapid changes we are implementing, there is still a Census count underway. A public health crisis like COVID-19 really drives home the urgency to have an accurate count. These counts help determine state and local funding as well as draw legislative districts.

Right now, only about 62% of households in the 49th Ward have completed the census. That amounts to 13,124 households in our ward having responded to the 2020 Census. This means there are about 10,438 households that still have yet respond!

For every person who completes the census, the city will receive approximately $1,400 in federal funding. That's money that goes back to our everyday infrastructure needs, our schools, our parks, and more. It only takes about 5 minutes to complete. 

You should have received information in the mail on how to complete the Census. Please take a moment to look at the U.S. Census Bureau's website and complete yours online today.
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. Steans Newsletter Sign-Up
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. 
Virtual 2021 Budget Town Hall Series
Mayor Lightfoot and the Office of Budget and Management announced this week their framework for the public engagement phase of the 2021 budget that includes safe and engaging ways for participation and feedback given the COVID-19 pandemic.

The framework process includes “Budget Week," a weeklong series of virtual budget town hall meetings which will be livestreamed on Facebook. As a part of the process, the City has also launched a new interactive website where residents can submit questions for the town hall series as well as find other ways to provide feedback for the upcoming budget.

During Budget Week’s virtual 2021 Budget Town Hall series, the Director of the Office of Budget and Management, Susie Park, will sit down with key City department leaders to review the critical functions of each department and update the public on important issues facing the City’s finances. Each day, Director Park will host the virtual town hall that will focus on specific City operations and will be live-streamed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chicagomayorsoffice from 6:00-7:00 pm and made available on the Budget Engagement website post-Budget Week at www.chicago.gov/2021budget.

Budget Week’s online Facebook Live schedule is as follows:
  • Monday, 8/31: State of the Budget with Susie Park, Budget Director; Jennie Huang Bennett, Chief Financial Officer; and Alderman Pat Dowell, Chairman of the City Council Committee on Budget and Government Operations
     
  • Tuesday, 9/1: Public Safety with Susan Lee, Deputy Mayor of Public Safety
     
  • Wednesday, 9/2: Human Services with Commissioner Lisa Morrison Butler, Department of Family and Support Services; Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady, Department of Public Health; and Commissioner Rachel Arfa, the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
     
  • Thursday, 9/3: Infrastructure with Commissioner Randy Conner, Department of Water Management; Commissioner John Tully, Department of Streets and Sanitation; and Commissioner Gia Biagi, Department of Transportation
     
  • Friday, 9/4: Neighborhood and Economic Development with Commissioner Maurice Cox, Department of Planning and Development; Commissioner Marisa Novara, Department of Housing; and Commissioner Rosa Escareno, Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection
As part of the engagement efforts, the City is seeking Budget Ambassadors to organize and facilitate one-hour virtual or in-person focus groups with up to 10 community members from September 7-20 to gather feedback about the needs and values most important to residents. Signing up is easy and can be done by visiting www.chicago.gov/2021budget. Residents can also use computers available at Chicago Public Library branch locations citywide to sign-up.

The City will provide a toolkit and train-the-trainer session to give Budget Ambassadors the framework and information necessary to structure the conversation and subsequently provide this feedback to the City.
IHDA Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program Now Open
IHDA rolled out its Emergency Mortgage Assistance program this week. Eligible mortgage holders who have suffered a financial hit due to COVID-19 can apply to receive up to $15,000 to be applied against the mortgage. In Rogers Park, Northside Community Resources can help mortgage holders navigate the application process. Northside Community Resources can be contacted at 773-338-7722.

More information on the EMA program is available at ema.ihda.org.
Masks Now Required When Ordering and
Interacting with Staff at Restaurants
Photo credit: Chicago Sun Times
Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a new set of guidelines for bars and restaurants Tuesday to help protect the health and safety of our restaurant workers. The new guidelines require patrons to keep their masks over their mouths and noses during all interactions with wait staff and other food service workers.

Please be considerate of all our workers and neighbors and continue to wear masks when you interact with them. This simple task is critical for protecting everyone's health and for containing the spread of COVID-19. 
Winter Design Challenge
The City has launched a contest that asks our residents how we might continue to offer outdoor dining in the winter as the COVID-19 pandemic is still underway. 

Providing our restaurants with the opportunity to offer outdoor dining will be integral to helping them continue to weather the public health crisis. 

The competition asks Chicagoans to propose innovative outdoor dining solutions that adhere to COVID-19 protocols. Three winners will be selected from the contest and awarded a prize of $5,000 each.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Tuesday, September 7. For more information and to submit an idea, visit the competition's website

Healthy Chicago 2025
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is launching its virtual event for the city’s next community health needs assessment and improvement plan, Healthy Chicago 2025.

(CDPH) conducts a Community Health Assessment and develops a Community Health Improvement Plan every five years. The Health Assessment goes through many phases, including partnership development, vision development, assessments, and priority identification.

Starting in September, workgroups will meet to finalize strategies for each of the areas identified on the Healthy Chicago 2025 website. Over 600 public health stakeholders and community members are engaged in this work.

More information is available online. If you would like to submit any suggestions or questions, you may do so at healthychicago2.0@cityofchicago.org.
Medication Discounts and Free School Supplies
at Heartland Health Center
Heartland Health Centers offers a medication discount program. If you have Medicaid or do not have health insurance, you may be able to get your medications at a discount of up to 50% regardless of your immigration status through the 340B Program. 

Additionally, Heartland Health Centers is offering free school supplies for the first 600 students between the ages of 5-11 who get their back to school physical. 

For more information, visit www.heartlandhealthcenters.org
State's Attorney Rolls Out
North Side Friends & Family Network
The Cook County State's Attorney's Office rolled out a Family and Friends Network for the North Side. The network acts as a support group for loved ones of gun violence victims. 

Email Northsidesupportgroup-StatesAttorney@cookcounty.onmicrosoft.com for more information and to register.
CPS Unveils Remote Learning Framework
Chicago Public Schools unveiled its final reopening framework for remote learning in the fall this week. 

The plan aims to mirror a typical school day experience for students while they remote learn at home. This means that teachers will take daily attendance, use Google Suite tools to post work and host live instruction, and be available during school hours to provide their students with feedback and support. Teachers will also be available to host parent conferences as needed. 

Students in kindergarten through 12 grade will participate in real-teim instruction for their teachers for at least three hours per day under the final framework. High school students will participate in live instruction for 80% of their school day. The remainder of the school day will comprise of independent learning and small group activities through the Google Education Suite. 

In an effort to mirror a typical school day, there will be lunch and other breaks built in to students' schedules while they remote learn. This will provide students with the structure they need to be successful while remote learning. 

For diverse learners with IEPs, IEP teams will determine how to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities from home in a way that is both safe and supportive. Educators will provide their students with live, real-time instruction as well as individual check-ins and independent learning activities. 

Bilingual education teachers will continue collaborating with classroom teachers to deliver instruction that meets the needs of English learning (EL) students. ELs will receive live, real-time instruction and independent learning activities. 

CPS will offer additional mental health interventions and supports, introduce grief curriculum, expand small trauma interventions, and provide virtual classroom-based activities for managing stress and anxiety. 

Finally, CPS is working to connect families to broadband access through it's Chicago Connected program. Families can check their eligibility and access their activation code by simply entering their child’s student ID number and birthdate into the eligibility tool at Chicago Connected. You can find your child’s student ID on their report or progress report. If you need assistance, please call your child’s school.

Please note that in meeting with our principals over the past couple of weeks, our office has learned that there is still a broadband gap that will exist for those students who are not eligible for the Chicago Connected program. Our office has reached out to CPS to see if they have a plan for ensuring that students are able to access broadband support this fall. Please stay tuned for more information next week on how our neighbors can help support students this fall by providing households with MiFi internet devices for the school year. 
Chicago Housing Assistance Portal

The City launched the Chicago Housing Assitance Portal this month. The Portal is available at Chi.gov/housinghelp and serves as a tool to match residents with the rental or mortgage assistance program that will best meet their needs. After completing an inquiry survey, residents will be routed to either the DFSS Rental Assistance Program (RAP); DOH COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant Program; DOH Mortgage Assistance Program; or the Illinois Housing Development Authority Statewide Housing Assistance. Those financially impacted the hardest will be eligible for Chicago Housing Assistance grant funding that has been set aside for the lowest earners.

USPS Mail Delivery Issues
Photo Credit: Chicago Sun Times
Our office has received an influx of concerns regarding mail delivery issues in the past couple of weeks. We have contacted Congresswoman Schakowsky's office to discuss the problem and how we can partner with her to remediate this matter. We will also be reaching out to the Postmaster for Chicago to escalate the concerns our office has been fielding.

The Associated Press published an article this week addressing the issue of nationwide mail delivery, and the likelihood of continued delays in services. In May 2020, Trump appointed Louis DeJoy to serve as Postmaster for the United States Postal Services. At the time of DeJoy's appointment, House members expressed concerns about his ties to private postal contractors.

In memos obtained by the Associated Press, mail carriers will be told to leave behind parcels of mail if it causes delays to their routes. Additionally, postal carriers will no longer be provided with overtime pay to finish deliveries. These changes may continue to cause delays in mail delivery services across the nation. 

Additionally, USPS has faced significant financial issues in the past decade due to private competitors ramping up their services. Last year, the agency saw an $8.8 billion loss in revenue. USPS is on track to run out of funding by the end of September if Congress doesn't take action to provide supplemental funding. 

In an early Coronavirus relief package, the House of Representatives authorized $10 billion in supplemental funding for USPS. USPS has not yet accessed that funding due to a stipulation that would provide the U.S. Department of Treasury much control over the operations of the agency, which has been independent and apolitical since its inception.

While the delay might not seem like a significant issue at first glance, many people rely on USPS for critical needs, including medication refills and other important documentation. The dependence on our independent mail system has only increased since the start of the pandemic as well. Additionally, many remote places cannot rely on private carriers to deliver their mail, and USPS remains their only option. 

Congresswoman Schakowsky's office has communicated to our office that they are trying to figure out how they, along with their colleagues in the House, can best push for improvement. They are also talking to the Lettercariers Union about their ideas to improve services. Finally, they are pushing back on the proposed changes to delivery services. 

Our office will work with them to escalate the issue locally and identify ways solutions to delivery problems. We will also discuss with USPS and the Chicago Board of Elections how we can ensure mail is delivered efficiently ahead of the November General Election and maintain the integrity of the democratic process. 

If you are experiencing issues with mail, please provide either our office or Congresswoman Schakowsky's office with the name, address, phone numbers, and the specific issue you're encountering. This information helps our offices advocate for improvements. USPS also responds to residents individually when a formal complaint is submitted. Folks may also opt to complete a complaint form on the 49th Ward website. This information is shared with USPS and Congresswoman Schakowsky's office. 

Finally, knowing what we do about the impending changes coming down from D.C., we must implore that residents request a vote-by-mail ballot sooner rather than later as not to overwhelm our local postal service and the Board of Elections.

Those who are requesting a vote by mail ballot this election may opt to drop off their mail ballot (and, thereby, avoid delays with USPS) at any early voting location October 14 through November 3. Those locations and hours are still being finalized and will be published on the Board of Election's website next month. 
Flatten the Ballot Request Curve, Apply NOW to Vote by Mail! 
Photo Credit: Common Cause

Make sure to apply to vote by mail now to help the Chicago Board of Elections prepare to send out ballots in a timely and efficient manner ahead of the November 3 General Election. Those who apply now will be the first in line to receive ballots when mailings start beginning in late September and early October.

Voters can apply to receive a vote-by-mail ballot on the Chicago Board of Elections websiteThose who are requesting a vote by mail ballot this election may opt to drop off their mail ballot (and, thereby, avoid delays with USPS) at any early voting location October 14 through November 3. Those locations and hours are still being finalized and will be published on the Board of Election's website next month. 

#Vote2020 #VoteSafe #VoteByMail

State Moratorium on Evictions Extended an Additional 30 Days
In response to the growing number of cases of COVID-19 and the housing crisis that looms over our state, Governor Pritzker extended the moratorium on residential evictions an additional 30 days. The last eviction extension was set to expire on August 22. 

For the latest information on the State's response, visit coronavirus.illinois.gov
Emergency Quarantine Order for
People Returning from Out of State
In July, Commissioner Arwardy issued an Emergency Travel Order for travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a 14-day period. The list of designated states is updated every Tuesday and goes into effect the Friday of that same week. 

This order pertains to both Chicago residents returning from travel to a designated state, and travelers arriving in Chicago from a hard-hit state. 

For the latest list of affected states, click here. For an FAQ on the Emergency Travel Order, click here.  Read the latest COVID updates here.
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

Need Help?
Call or email the Rogers Park Community Response Team!

The Rogers Park Community Response Team is an action-oriented group created in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. RPCRT was created by 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden in coordination with local service providers and community organizations. Partners include IL State Representative Kelly Cassidy, Protect RP, Northside Community Resources, Loyola Community Nursing Center, and hundreds of deeply committed community volunteers.

We are working together to support each other. We will do so, to the best of our combined ability care for all of our RP family, with fierce love and compassion. We want every Rogers Park resident to know that you are cared for and not alone.

Contact us at rpcrt49@gmail.com or call our Support Hotline at 773-831-7668. Volunteers are available to answer your questions and direct you to resources now.


Please also take a moment to look at the Rogers Park Community Response Team's robust website, rpcrt.org. This website acts as a centralized location where a variety of resources can live to help residents in the wake of COVID-19. 

Business Updates
Vintage Pop-Up September 1-14
The Rogers Park Art Gallery, 6902 N. Glenwood, will host a Vintage Pop-Up shop September 1 through September 14. 

The pop-up will showcase vintage clothing, jewelry, accessories collectibles, film/photo equipment, ephemera, books, records, crafting supplies, toys, housewares, tools, and furniture.

Please note that the gallery is limited to hosting five shoppers at one time, and all shoppers must maintain 6-feet of social distance while wearing a mask. Finally, there is a 20-minute limit for shoppers.

Email studiometro@yahoo.com with questions or for more information.
Apply for the Second Round of the Together Now Fund
The Together Now Fund has begun accepting applications for the second round of grants for Chicago businesses and non-profits. Businesses that continue to suffer from the impacts of COVID-19 are eligible to apply for operational grants of $4,000 each.

Applications are available now at chicago.gov/togethernow, and the application will remain open until August 31 at 11:59 pm.
 
To be eligible, businesses must have 100 or fewer employees and have experienced economic distress and loss due to COVID-19. Please visit the website for all eligibility criteria and for an FAQ.

Businesses that received an operational grant during the first round of funding will not be eligible for another grant, but all other businesses are encouraged to apply, including those that applied during the first round and did not receive a grant. 

Access the application and other information at chicago.gov/togethernow and sign up for the webinar at chicago.gov/businesseducation.
Business Mask Requirements
Governor Pritzker announced new guidelines that will require businesses to enforce mask-wearing for their employees and customers. Businesses who do not enforce mask requirements may be subject to a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by up to $2,500 in fines.
Rogers Park Business Alliance COVID-19 Resources

The site maintains updated information on how we can support our small business community as well as resources for businesses in how they can adapt during this unique and challenging time. From their site:

Rogers Park Business Alliance is proud of the caring, work ethic, dedication and resiliency of our community. We firmly believe that, together, we will meet the challenge that we are all faced with today and going forward.  

Out of an abundance of love and concern for the health of our community we are closing our offices. Based on recommended precautionary measures and public health guidelines, team RPBA will be working remotely until given the all clear. We are available via phone and email. We appreciate your patience at this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at (773) 508-5885 or info@rpba.org.

You can view our growing list of Rogers Park businesses that are open and/or receiving donations. You can also checkout the Chicagoland Dining at a Distance list.

#SchoolsShineIn49
Principal Kuran Recognized as a 2020 Principal Game Changer
Chicago Math and Science Academy's Principal Kuran was informed that he is on a short-list of CPS's distinguished leaders as a "Principal Game Changer."

According to CPS, a Game Changer is defined as a person who - by personality, attitude, and/or influence - is a real stand-out amongst the norm. A visionary, someone who looks beyond conventional methods, conceives new strategies, and works to transform their industry by realizing the vision in their school.

Principal Kuran is just one of many examples of why schools shine in 49! Congratulations! 
Industrial Arts Teen Classes
The Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center has classes designed to spark your teen’s interest in STEM, Art/Design, and Industrial Trade career pathways. This Fall, they are offering out-of-the-home learning experiences at times flexible for busy schedules: school day offerings, afterschool offerings, and weekend offerings.
 
They offer a safe, creative, and welcoming environment, with health and safety as their top priority. Give your teen the chance to learn skills they will carry for a lifetime!
 
View scholarship opportutieis online. Register your teen on CIADC's website here
Register for Truman College's
Transitional Bilingual Learning Community Program
Truman College offers a Transitional Bilingual Learning Community (TBLC) program. This is a two-semester, full-time college credit program offered to students who, because of limited skills in English and limited financial resources, would otherwise not be attending college on a full-time basis. The TBLC program is designed to prepare ESL English language learners (ELL) for college-level courses taught in English within a period of two semesters. 

For more information visit Truman College's website
Essential Jobs/Help Wanted

Trilogy Behavioral Health Seeking
an ACT Team Leader for Rogers Park

Trilogy Behavioral Health is seeking an ACT Team Leader for the Rogers Park area. The ACT Team Leader will have the opportunity to make a difference in clients’ lives each and every day by helping clients discover their own unique self, purpose, community, and wellness. Trilogy fully embraces a collaborative team approach to each client’s treatment in order to enhance our clients’ recovery from severe and persistent mental illness. 

For more information on the job description, eligibility requirements, and how to apply, visit the job posting on Trilogy's website

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Hiring Senior Grantee Auditor 

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) is looking for qualified candidates to fill a Senior Grantee Auditor position. To learn more about this opening, please visit the job description here.
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