49th Ward Update
December 4, 2021
Good Afternoon Neighbors,

What a week it's been! Redistricting for the City is still in process as we passed the December 1 deadline without passing a new map. Learn more about the remap process and what's been going on in further below. You can also watch the recording of our December 1 Town Hall where I talk about it in detail.

This week's newsletter is full of useful information related to ward updates, upcoming events and safety so take a few minutes to scroll through. I'd like to especially highlight that our covid numbers have been steadily increasing over the last several weeks and transmissions levels are in the high range all over the county. Between the higher transmission rates and the new omicron variant, we need to be careful and take smart precautions when congregating indoors and visiting friends and families over the holiday season. Wear a mask, stay home if you're sick, get tested if you're symptomatic and get vaccinated or boosted as soon as you can. You can find out where to get your shot at

Stay safe and take care,

Alderwoman Maria Hadden
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, organizations, and actions you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at
Happy Hanukkah!
Monday, December 6 will mark the last day of Hanukkah. We would like to wish a Happy Hanukkah to all of our neighbors who celebrate! 
49th Ward Ushers in Infrastructure Improvements
While infrastructure can be invasive and inconvenient, we are building a more resilient community because of it. We recently have had a flurry of green alleys and sewer mains replaced in the 49th Ward. As we see heavier rainfalls become more frequent with the impacts of climate change, these projects will help the city to be better prepared for it 
Ward Updates
Redistricting Update
On Wednesday, December 1, Chairman Michele Harris of the Committee on Committee and Rules introduced a proposed ward map, just meeting the December 1 deadline to introduce an ordinance. 

The map(s) in question:

The map introduced by Chairman Harris is the product of 36 members of the City Council who signed on to the Committee's remapping process, which is the same process that has been used in previous redistricting processes. The proposed map includes 16 Black wards (decreasing by 2), 14 Latinx wards (increasing by 1), 15 white wards, 4 plurality wards, and 1 Asian ward (for the first time ever). 

In October, the Latino Caucus unveiled their own proposed map, which includes 15 Latinx wards (increasing by 2), 16 Black wards (decreasing by 2), 15 white wards, 3 plurality wards, and 1 Asian ward (for the first time ever).

Another map that has been in discussion is the Peoples Map. The Peoples Map is an effort that was spearheaded by Change Illinois to have Chicagoans draw maps in an effort to take some of the politics out of the process. The coalition formed a commission and held public meetings to gain input and feedback on how the new map should be drawn.

So what now?

While the map was introduced this week, no vote was taken. Chairman Harris has called for additional public hearings on the proposed map in the coming weeks and months to solicit further feedback from City Council and the public. Public hearings will begin next week in the Committee on Rules, recess through the holidays, then resume in January. 

City Council has up until 40 days before the primary election in June to ratify a new ward boundary map. If City Council fails to pass a map, any 10 members of the City Council may file a petition to have their proposed map included as a ballot referendum. That petition must also be filed at least 40 days before the primary in June. 

Between now and the primary in June, 10 aldermen could file a petition with the Office of the City Clerk calling for a referendum.  On Thursday, the Latino Caucus filed a petition with City Clerk Anna Valencia to have the new boundaries determined by ballot referendum during the Primary Election in June. However, if 41 aldermen vote on a map before the primary, it would nullify the referendum, and the new map would be codified.

If City Council votes on the map, it would need at least 41 votes to ensure that it doesn't go to a ballot referendum (the map only requires  26 votes to pass and 34 votes to avoid a veto by the mayor). Should less than 41 aldermen vote to approve the map, 10 aldermen could file a petition with the Office of the City Clerk to have the item go before voters as a ballot referendum. They would be required to file the petition within 15 days of the passage of a map in accordance with state statute, and they cannot also vote in favor of the map during the City Council meeting. 

How can I submit feedback?

The map introduced by Chairman Harris is available to review by clicking here. The Committee on Committees and Rules has also created a website, where the map is available to review. Residents may use a redistricting tool housed on the website to create and submit their own ward maps for consideration. 

Residents may submit written feedback ahead of a public hearing. Written feedback should be submitted via email to Specific deadlines for public comment will be detailed on the notices for the meetings, which are available to view on the City's Legistar website

Finally, residents can sign up to speak during the public comment period at a hearing. To sign up for the public comment period, individuals should call 312-744-6800 and leave a voice message with their name and telephone number. Requests for public comments are accepted from 12:01 am the Monday before the scheduled meeting until 8 am on the day before the scheduled meeting. Anyone who wants to participate in the public comment period must be available at 10 am on the day of the meeting and have access to a touch-tone telephone. More information on how to sign up for public comments for a committee meeting is available on the City Clerk's website.

When are the next hearings?

Per conversations with the Committee on Rules, there will be two hearings next week.
  • Tuesday, December 7, at 3 pm; and
  • Friday, December 10, at 1 pm. 
Written public comments can be submitted to until 10 am the day before each hearing. Official notices of the public hearing containing information on how to submit written comments are available on the City's Legistar website.

The future of remapping:

One of the frequent comments heard throughout this process was that it lacked transparency. While the Peoples Map solved the most significant issue of Chicago's remapping process by bringing more participation and transparency to the process, the coalition failed to include the input of alderpeople in guiding the process. Alderpeople have a unique lens into their wards that go beyond politics.  Alderpeople have historical context for communities and their different needs, they're aware of infrastructure and development projects in the pipeline, and they have connections to city services.

The redistricting process has been the most collaborative process that City Council has undertaken this term, and a part of what guided that process was the unique lens that alderpeople have into their communities. The solution to creating better processes and more transparency around redistricting would be a marriage of the two. The redistricting process has been a learning experience; I will take the feedback and what I learned to work with the Committee on Committee and Rules to improve the process and make it more participatory and transparent for the public.
Community Meeting on 7201 N. Clark December 14

The owner, Sher Eli, of the Mobil gas station located at 7201 N. Clark, is seeking a zoning change to bring the existing building into compliance with the City of Chicago's zoning code. 

The gas station and convenience store were expanded under the previous owner. The zoning change request is to bring the structure into compliance only; the owner does not plan on building a new structure on site. Additionally, the zoning change will correct a split zoning designation. As it currently stands, the site has been assigned two zoning designations, RT4 and B3-2, due to an error made years ago by the Department of Planning and Development. RT4 zoning districts do not permit gas stations. Changing the zoning designation to B3-2 will allow the gas station to come into compliance and meet all bulk requirements.

If the zoning change request is approved, the owner will still need to apply for a special use permit for the gas station. The special use permit would be required to go through the City of Chicago's Zoning Board of Appeals. 

Join the 49th Ward office on Tuesday, December 14, at 6 pm for a community meeting to learn more. Register to join the meeting at Spanish translation will be available. 

49th Ward Infrastructure Updates
Sewer Main Replacement Updates:

Lunt/Wolcott replacement (PN 7155):
  • Crews finished pouring concrete to grade for the sewer trench this week
  • Lunt has reopened to traffic
Greenleaf/Wolcott (PN 7155):
  • Crews are finishing pouring concrete to grade for the sewer trench
  • Crews anticipate Greenleaf will reopen for traffic next week
Estes/Damen (PN 7155):
  • Crews just began sewer work this week
  • They anticipate the duration of this work to take approximately two weeks
  • Crews have scheduled water main reconnection work at the intersection of Estes and Wolcott for Monday, December 6
Farwell between Ravenswood and the alley to the west of Wolcott:
  • Crews finished trimming trees in advance sewer work on this stretch and parking has been restored
  • In the coming weeks, crews will begin the sewer main replacement work along this stretch, but not until Greenleaf has been fully reopened
  • Beginning on Monday, crews will begin work on the sewer at Lunt and Bell in the 50th Ward
  • The westbound Lunt bus will be rerouted via Lunt to Ridge, Ridge to Touhy, and Western back to Lunt
  • Eastbound buses will be rerouted in the reverse
  • Customer alert signs will be posted at bus stops notifying passengers of the changes
Shop Jarvis Square December 4
You can find a variety of unique and thoughtful holiday gifts right here in our community without having to travel. When you spend money in our neighborhood, every dollar stays in the community. This helps us build stronger businesses, provide more employment opportunities, and help create a more sustainable and vibrant neighborhood. 

Plus, when you collect $150 or more in receipts from at least four different independently owned Rogers Park businesses through December 31, you can receive a $50 rebate. If you collect $200 or more in receipts, you can be eligible to receive a $75 rebate. For more information on the Live Love Shop Rogers Park campaign, visit RPBA's website
Live Love Shop Rogers Park
Consider shopping local this holiday season to support our small businesses and find unique and thoughtful presents for your loved ones.

On Saturday, December 4, over 30 artists and artisans will be at Jarvis Square for its annual Shop Jarvis Square event. In addition to a broad selection of gifts, there will be carolers, Santa, and more for entertainment! 

Make sure to swing by between 10 am and 5 pm and get all of your holiday shopping done. 
Glenwood Avenue Holiday Market December 4-5
Get all your holiday shopping done this weekend at the Glenwood Holiday Market. There will be a large variety of gifts as well as photos with Santa and hot chocolate. Swing by The Glenwood, 6962 N. Glenwood, Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm to 7 pm to check it out. More information is available online
At-Home COVID Tests Available at the Ward Office
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has made available a one-time supply of Abbott BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 self-test kits. Our ward office, 1447 W. Morse, has approximately 50 test kits (there are two tests in each kit) available for 49th Ward residents. Kits are limited to one per person and can be picked up during office hours (9 am to 5 pm Monday thru Thursday, the ward office remains remote on Fridays). Swing by to pick one up and keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season.
Smoke Detectors Available at the Ward Office
The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) has made available a supply of Kiddie smoke detectors. Our ward office, 1447 W. Morse, has approximately 50 smoke detectors available for 49th Ward residents. Residents can swing by during office hours (9 am to 5 pm Monday thru Thursday, the ward office remains remote on Fridays) to pick up a smoke detector; residents are limited to one smoke detector per household. Swing by to pick one up and keep you and your loved ones safe at home! 
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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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. 
Chicago Department of Public Health's Statement on the Omicron Variant

As a City, we are very engaged in the heightened discussions regarding the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, particularly with our federal partners.  At this point, there are many questions that scientists across the world, and at the Chicago Department of Public Health, are actively working to address all while closely monitoring this strain. While that work continues, we must as a city, and importantly as individuals, continue to follow the public health guidance: get vaccinated, and if vaccinated, get your booster; wear a mask indoors and when you're around other people; and if you are feeling sick, stay home to save lives. The unvaccinated remain the most at risk to themselves and others so please get vaccinated as soon as possible. For more information go to

Paid Research Opportunity for Chicago Parents
If you have a child aged 5-11, the Chicago Department of Public Health would like to ask you to please participate in a virtual focus group.

Qualified individuals who complete a 90-minute online discussion session will earn $50. All that is needed is access to the internet and a computer on a selected day in December. Focus groups will be hosted in English and Spanish and will take place from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm the week of December 13.

Sign up to participate online. If you have questions about the research, please email
Get Vaxxed at Home & Get a $100 Gift Card
All Chicagoans  aged 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
Resources for Tenants Facing Eviction
With the eviction moratorium having expired, the Department of Housing has compiled eviction and lockout resources on its website at

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, 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
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 Also available now in Spanish!
Protections for Workers Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine
On April 21, an ordinance passed City Council that established labor protections for Chicago workers who 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 (up to two hours per dose if inoculated during a work shift).

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 a public health directive or a COVID-19 related illness. Employers that violate this ordinance are subject to fines of between $1,000 and $5,000 per offense. 
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 For the latest information on COVID-19 in Illinois, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) website

Community Aid
DFSS Holiday Ham Giveaway December 16
The Department of Family Support Services (DFSS) is hosting their annual Holiday Ham giveaway on Thursday, December 16, from 11 am to 4:30 pm at its office located at 845 W. Wilson.

DFSS requires appointments for the giveaway. To schedule an appointment, call 312-744-2580.
Communities Taking Care of Each Other Toy Drive
Communities Partnering 4 Peace and ONE Northside are hosting a toy drive this season to help our families in need. Consider purchasing a gift for a child (up to 16 years old) to drop off at one of their locations. They will accept donations through December 12. For more information, email
Howard Area Community Center Winter Gifts Program
Howard Area Community Center (which is now a part of Metropolitan Family Services) is helping our neighbors this holiday season. Consider making a contribution online by clicking here.
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 wish list on Amazon, click here
Brighten the Lives of Survivors this Holiday Season!
It's important for people who have survived domestic violence to be able to make their own choices. Between Friends believes that survivors know their own needs better than anybody. That’s why every holiday season, they ask for gift cards to be donated to give directly to clients so they can make their own purchases.

This year their client need cards from the following places:

Visa gift cards:

Please consider supporting Between Friends' clients in this way! These can either be electronic cards that are sent to, or physical cards that are mailed to:

Gift Card Drive
Between Friends
PO Box 608548
Chicago, IL 60660
Volunteer with the Syrian Community Network
The Syrian Community Network is looking for seven more remote volunteers to tutor kids in Chicago's refugee communities starting the week of January 3rd. For more information and to sign up, email Zak Witus at
Community Engagement Opportunities
Loyola Park Advisory Council Volunteer Recruitment Session
The Loyola Park Advisory Council is hosting a new volunteer recruitment session. The LPAC is a great opportunity to make a difference in your neighborhood by improving our park through enrichment and infrastructure opportunities. The session will take place on Monday, December 6, from 6-6:30 pm, in the Sky Room at the Loyola Park fieldhouse (located at Greenleaf and Sheridan). Pizza and drinks will be served during the recruitment session. For more information on the Loyola Park Advisory Council, visit their website at
Wheel thru the Season December 11 at Willye White Park
Cirques Experience presents Wheel thru the Season. The show will feature wheel acrobatics and gymnastics paired with holiday music. The show will help Rudolph as the wheelers search for the meaning of the holiday season.

The show will take place on Saturday, December 11, at Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard, at 7 pm. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased online
Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society to Host End-of-Year Lang House Open House

Friends, neighbors, and anyone who loves historic houses can relax, reconnect, and socialize safely during the Rogers Park/West Historical Society (RPWRHS) Open House fundraiser at Lang House, 7421 North Sheridan Road.

Even if you’ve visited Lang House before, you’ll get a new perspective on the home and its history with behind-the-scenes tours led by RPWRHS volunteers, The house will be decorated for the holidays and light refreshments will make the tour a real party. Your donation will help build back the damage the pandemic has done to the RPWRHS budget and support both virtual and in-person activities in 2022.

Please bring proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid-19 test. Plan to wear your mask while touring the house, so all can feel safe and protected.

The Open House will take place from 2 pm to 5 pm on Sunday, December 12. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online

24th District Senior Film Series Presents: While You Were Sleeping
The 24th District's Senior Film Series will present While You Were Sleeping this month. Following the movie, attendees are invited to stay for a discussion with Greg Borzo, an award-winning journalist. Borzo was born near the Brown Line and wrote The Chicago L, among other books about Chicago. 

The screening will take place on Friday, December 15, 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
Loyola Student Seeking Research Participants
Loyola University student Bridget Deasyis seeking research participants for her social justice fellowship research project titled Equitable Childcare Accessibility for the Immigrant Community Research Study. Bridget will be researching the barriers to childcare for immigrant families in Chicago and is looking for qualified participants in the immigrant community to participate in this research study. For more information and to sign up, contact Bridget at or 412-951-4118.
Grow Your Own Food with the Peterson Garden Project

Learn how to grow your own food! Do you know there is an organic edible community garden at Howard and Ashland? Join your fellow gardeners and neighbors in the community to learn how to grow food, share what you know, and enjoy some much-anticipated sunshine with Peterson Garden Project. People interested in gardening at HelloHoward garden do not need any gardening experience. Membership is $100 and includes online classes and education through Peterson Garden's partner City Grange, some communal supplies/tools, water fee, garden mentoring, and a 4'x8' plot with organic soil. Garden season runs from April 23rd to November 6th. 

Visit today to register or for more info! Contact with questions or for scholarships.  

Become an Owner with the Wild Onion Market
A food co-op is coming to the Rogers Park/West Ridge/Evanston area! It’s a very exciting moment, and continuing to grow the ownership base is a priority. Helping to make this dream a reality is something that many have been eagerly anticipating.
Wild Onion Market has been organizing and is very close to finding a site for the store. This community-owned, democratically run, full-service grocery store will offer a values-based alternative to the traditional grocery store model. It will provide a place to shop for locally farmed and produced food, a store that cares about food access, equity, and justice. Wild Onion Market will keep food dollars in our community, employ locally, and prioritize food production and packaging sustainability. 
Momentum is building, and as of today, there are 969 Owners. Co-ops are powered by the community (without a corporate headquarters or parent company). The first 1,000 Owners will be forever known as the "Founding Owners," the visionaries who stood in support of the dream and helped lay the foundation for the cooperative. Founding Owners will be honored in-store with a permanent visual display and on the website with a page recognizing their support. 
Joining the co-op costs $250 for a lifetime ownership share (one share = one vote). Monthly installment payments start at $10/month and scholarships are available, making ownership accessible.
Learn more about the project, subscribe to email updates, and become an owner at wildonionmarket.comIt only takes 2 minutes to join the co-op online using a credit card or PayPal. There is information about scholarships and instructions for paying by check on the website, as well. 
For those on social media, follow Wild Onion Market on Facebook and Instagram.
Theatre Above the Law Features: Eb & Belle
Starting November 18 and running through December 19, Theatre Above the Law will feature Eb & Belle by Ryan Stevens. 

A unique spin on a classic Christmas tale, Eb & Belle tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his first love Belle. The story takes place before he became the curmudgeon we recognize today. For more information and tickets, visit
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
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 

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
City of Chicago Emergency Rental Assistance Program Opens December 6
The application period for the City of Chicago Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will be open for tenants and landlords starting Monday, December 6, 2021, through Saturday, December 18, 2021.

This round of grant assistance will provide up to $2,500 per month for up to 15 months of past-due rent and utility payments and three months of future rent and utility payments for eligible tenants and landlords. 

Applications open at 9 am on Monday, December 6. Visit to learn more. 
IHDA Rental Payment Program Application Opens December 6
The Illinois Housing Development Authority will open another round of rent relief on December 6. Recipients can receive up to $25,000 in rent (12 months of back rent and three months of future rent). More information and applications can be completed at

Additionally, Northside Community Resources can assist tenants with their applications. For more information on Northside Community Resources and their contact information, visit their website.
Individual Artists Program Grant Application Now Open
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has opened its grant application for the Individual Artists Program. All Chicago artists, artisans, curators, and cultural producers in need of funding are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is January 7 at 5 pm. To learn more and apply, visit
Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace Enrollment is Open
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace Enrollment is open from November 1, 2021, through January 15, 2022. (In order to have coverage that begins January 1, you must still enroll by December 15). These plans cover essential health services, including behavioral health screenings, maternity care, hospital care, and medications. More financial help is available this year to make these plans very affordable, with more than 80% of people qualifying for assistance.

Visit, or call the marketplace at 1-800-318-2596. Get the Covered Connector app at

To learn more about Medicaid and enroll, go to
Call for Artists: Night Out in the Parks
The Chicago Park District is seeking proposals from Chicago-based organizations, collectives, and individual artists to participate in the 10th year of the Night Out in the Parks program. The season runs from June 1 - December 31, 2022. Proposals are due by midnight Wednesday, December 8, 2021, for 2022 season consideration. Further information on this opportunity can be found on the Park District's website,
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
CTA Virtual Community Meetings
On December 7th and 8th, CTA will host two virtual community meetings from 6-7:30 pm. Each meeting will cover two of the four Red Line Extension station areas. These meetings will focus on presenting development concepts for each of the proposed station areas. For more information about the TSD Plan, please visit For questions about the RLE Project and/or the TSD Plan, please contact the project team at
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 with any questions.
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

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.
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 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
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.


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.
CPS Hosting School Funding Public Forums

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will host  School Funding Public Forums to engage the community around the District’s school budgeting process.

These engagements will provide an overview of CPS' current funding methodologies and other aspects of the current FY2022 budget, and an opportunity to participate in facilitated small group discussions. The discussions will focus on hearing the needs of your school community and suggestions on how to make the District’s school funding process more equitable, transparent, and sustainable. 

Your feedback provides a vital contribution to the FY2023 budget. Prior year public feedback has helped inform the District’s investments in equity grants, funding adjustments to smooth enrollment changes, and COVID-related funding for schools.


  • Tuesday, December 7, 2021 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Thursday, December 9, 2021 4 p.m.- 6 p.m.
Next steps:
  • Please complete this registration form; please note the registration will close at noon the day of the event.
Raise Your Hand Hosting Information Workshop December 15

Want to get more involved in your school community? Join your school’s Local School Council (LSC)! LSCs are one of the most powerful ways that a person can impact their schools! Join Raise Your Hand for their LSC 101 workshop this December 15th at 6:30 PM. Link to register:

Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center Winter Classes
Winter classes begin at the Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center the week of January 3. The program is FREE for CPS students in grades 6-12. Learn more and register today at!
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. 

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 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 helps them apply for 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 or call 773-553-KIDS (5437).
Employment Opportunities
Chinese Mutual Aid Association is Hiring
The Adult Education Department at CMAA is actively hiring for two positions, an IT Bridge Instructor & Case Manager and a Computer Instructor. 

For more information and to apply, visit their website.
Kokua is Hiring Substitute Teachers
Kokua is hiring substitute teachers. Kokua is a social impact start-up organization - made of former teachers - driven to support the education of students when their teacher is away.  Kokua works with several schools across the city, including Acero Cruz in the 49th Ward. For more information and to apply, visit the job description website
Apply to Work at Hamdard Health Alliance
Hamdard Health Alliance has several positions open. Located in Rogers Park, Hamdard Health presents an excellent opportunity to pursue a fulfilling career that gives back to the community. To learn more, visit
Getir Chicago is Now Hiring
Getir Chicago is now hiring delivery drivers and order packers for its locations throughout the city. Learn more and apply on their website
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 or email 
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:
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

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
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
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
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 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
  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
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 Chicagoans. Check out the academic and location opportunities available to Chicago residents now, then schedule your orientation today. For more information, please call 312-563-9044 or visit
Find a Career with S&C Electric Company
S&C Electric in Rogers Park is seeking to hire team members for several key positions in their organization. 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
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare Job Openings
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare sees to hire for several key positions within the organization. 

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


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. Its 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
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