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49th Ward Update
March 26, 2021
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Good morning neighbors,

I hope everyone had a good week. With the weather warming and more businesses opening up, I want to start off by reminding people that the pandemic isn't over, we're seeing a concerning rise in infections again, and we need everyone (vaccinated or not) to wear their masks, practice social distancing and continue their hand-washing and cleaning habits. Vaccine rates in our area are at about 25% of residents in our area have received at least one dose of vaccine. That's on par with the percentage of Chicagoans vaccinated citywide. 

Check out the COVID-19 Updates section below for the most up to date info on where to look for vaccines.


Yesterday, we had our monthly briefing from Dr. Arwady, our Commissioner of Public Health in our Committee on Health and Human Relations. I have been fighting for a public vaccine location and events for our area for months and am very frustrated by the lack of response from CDPH. As the State out paces us with vaccination rates, the Mayor and Dr. Arwady haven't been able to give solid answers for how we're going to do better for Chicagoans. Vaccine supply is a challenge, but yesterday Dr. Arwady said that she had concerns about the rise in cases as well as the fact that people 65+ are not getting vaccinated at a high enough rate. I told her that there is a very easy way to correct that - open up public vaccine locations that people can walk or take the bus to in each area.  I sponsored an ordinance with Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez that we entered in Council this week that would have funded a site in each ward; the Mayor had it sent to Rules Committee where it will take longer to be heard.

We haven't been relying on CDPH alone to bring vaccines to our community. Thanks to Howard Brown, we were able to hold an event for seniors and essential workers in February and thanks to Jewel Osco, we will hopefully have another event in the ward in the coming weeks.

The best way for you to get vaccine access is to contact your doctor or medical group to schedule. If you don't have a regular doctor, you can book an appointment directly with Walgreen's, CVS, Jewel Osco, Mariano's and can find many other providers through the ZocDoc site. You can find links and phone numbers to all of the providers on my website: www.49thward.org/covid-vaccination-information

It's important to remember that while vaccines dramatically lower your risk of contracting covid-19 and getting very sick from it, you can still transmit the virus to other people and it's unclear how effective the vaccines are against the variant strains coming from South Africa, Brazil, and the U.K. Keeping all that in mind, we are on a path to recovery and should be feeling optimistic; just don't let that optimism lead you to taking risks with your health and others. Remember, the choices you make - wearing a mask, washing your hands, social distancing - not only impact you, but our while community.

Thank you for hanging in there, for taking care of yourself and for doing your part to help our ward and our city survive this pandemic.

Stay safe, and take care,

Maria Hadden
Alderwoman, 49th Ward

Celebrations & Appreciations
Let's celebrate and appreciate what's wonderful about our ward, the people, the places and accomplishments. We need this more than ever, so please, send us the people, orgs and actions that you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at office@49thward.org
Ramblers Face off Against the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday
The Ramblers will face off against the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday after defeating the top-seeded team, Illini, last weekend. The Ramblers win comes as much a much-needed feel-good story for the community after an exceptionally challenging year. 

Our office has been in communication with Loyola University regarding messaging around the need to celebrate the team safely and the need to continue practicing social distancing. Loyola University will be sharing the importance of these efforts with their students as we enter the weekend. If there are any incidents, please make sure to file an online incident report with Loyola's Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. You can also email the ward office at office@49thward.org with any concerns. 

If you need Ramblers or Sister Jean gear, ChiTownMagpie at 6443 N Sheridan Rd, has you covered! Support a local business and go Ramblers!
City Council Updates
Expansion of Vaccine Sites Ordinance
Introduced to City Council on Wednesday
On Wednesday, an ordinance spearheaded by Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez and co-sponsored by me was introduced to City Council calling on the Chicago Department of Public Health to establish community vaccination sites across the city of Chicago. The ordinance calls that CDPH use City Colleges, community centers, Park District field houses, armories, former CDPH clinic sites, and other city, county, and state-owned buildings to be used as vaccination hubs staffed by CDPH employees to administer COVID-19 vaccines to Chicagoans. 

We continue to hear from residents the challenges they face navigating the multiple online resources. We also continue to hear more scandals surface in the mismanagement of the COVID-19 vaccine by private healthcare providers (including Loretto Hospital), making it clear that we need to streamline the vaccination process. This ordinance would help residents access vaccines in their own neighborhood. It would also allow the city to establish a centralized process for signing up for vaccines instead of relying on different providers' systems. 

It is urgent that we improve access to the vaccine so we can protect one another as we enter warmer months, as new variants begin to spread, and as we expand vaccine eligibility.

The ordinance has been referred to the Committee on Budget and Government Operations. 
Guaranteed Basic Income Resolution Passes City Council

Chicago City Council passed a resolution calling for hearings for a bold financial pilot for a Guaranteed Basic Income on Wednesday. The $50 million investment proposed would make Chicago home to the nation’s largest publicly funded guaranteed income program. Alderwoman Hadden introduced the resolution for this hearing with Ald. Villegas (36) and Ald. King (4) last month.

As the COVID-19 Pandemic has exacerbated the vulnerabilities of people and jobs across the Nation, Congress is depending upon local governments to help their communities rise above this economic crisis. The proposed guaranteed income program would reduce income volatility, pay debts or emergency bills, and increase the overall quality of life with less than 2% of the estimated total $1.9 Billion being allocated to the City of Chicago in the American Rescue Plan.

While the exact structure of the program has not yet been formally decided or determined, a guaranteed income program would distribute hundreds of dollars in monthly direct cash payments to hundreds-- potentially thousands-- of Chicago families. The momentum in Chicago matches a push for guaranteed income in cities across the country. 

A guaranteed income would empower struggling Chicago families to immediately attend to their most urgent needs. This cash would provide more than a quick fix to families; it would provide them with a sense of stability as we continue to see the impact of the economic fallout from COVID-19. I will be working closely with Chairman Villegas and Alderwoman King on the next steps to make this a reality for our residents.

Statement on Resolution Celebrating India's Democracy
For months now, we've heard from public commenters about Resolution 2020-583 Celebrating India's Democracy. I introduced the original non-binding resolution in July. After hearing concerns from the Indian government, the Chicago Coalition for Human Rights in India and my office agreed to make some changes out of consideration for their concerns.  Our substitute resolution passed unanimously out of committee in February.

Some of my colleagues have told me that they don't feel comfortable voting in support of this resolution because they don't have a good understanding of the issues being brought to them. I get it. When 49th ward residents brought me the request, I was hesitant. But after reading about the issue and seeing threats to democracy that mirrored some of what we had been experiencing under the Trump administration, it was clear that speaking up on behalf of residents who asked me to serve as their voice was the right thing to do.

Our resolution states a few simple facts: India is the world's largest democracy. India has been a wonderful, valued partner with our country and the city of Chicago. We celebrate India and its achievements. And also, democracies live or die on the issue of governments respecting the rights of citizens to live free from oppression. Religious oppression, oppression based on skin color, class or caste have no place in a healthy democracy. Not here, not anywhere. Moreover, language in this resolution is reflective of the current position of President Joe Biden and our current federal government and the language of our ordinance mirrors some of the very language on Biden’s website.

To those who think it is not the place of Chicago City Council to use our platform to speak out on issues outside of our city, specifically when our residents bring these issues to our attention, I ask you to consider that in 1984, then 29th Ward Alderman, now Congressman, Danny Davis entered a resolution in Council condemning apartheid. It passed.

I've met with India's Consul General, I gather many of you have as well, and I respect the right of a sovereign nation to lobby for their own benefit. I've also met with many people organizing the opposition to this non-binding resolution over the last couple of months because I respect others rights to dissenting opinions and views - it makes for a healthy democracy.

The main argument they brought to me as to why I should withdraw this resolution was that bringing up "these issues" causes conflict or disharmony here. The intent was never to cause disharmony. If you look at the language of the resolution itself you will see that this is clear. And the support that I've heard has been unwavering and strong. The residents who are asking you to vote yes in support of this resolution are doing so because their voices and the voices of their families are being silenced. As a Black woman, my family and I are very familiar with hearing arguments from people who don't want us to bring up issues or talk about systems of oppression because it "creates conflict."

Religious freedom and freedom from persecution based on caste, class or race are core tenets of democracy and are worth defending. Thank you to Chicago’s South Asian community and to residents in my ward who asked me to lift up and amplify their voices on this issue and trusted me to see it through. 
Mayor Lightfoot's Air Quality Ordinance Passes City Council Despite Opposition from Environmental Organizations
On Wednesday, Mayor Lightfoot's Air Quality Ordinance passed City Council 38-12; I voted against the ordinance. The ordinance was watered down substantially, which resulted in environmental organizations withdrawing their support. The new ordinance no longer requires shipping and logistics warehouses to obtain a special-use permit and appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals. Instead, the new ordinance only requires that CDPH and CDOT sign off on plans after CDOT conducts a traffic study. 

The new ordinance doesn't go far enough to ensure that these businesses aren't emitting pollution in our communities. In passing this watered-down version, we have provided the city with the illusion that we're implementing measures that will protect our communities. Unfortunately, however, the ordinance doesn't go far enough to ensure that it is doing what it was originally drafted to do. 
Ward Updates
Street Sweeping Begins April 1
The Department of Streets and Sanitation will begin their residential street cleaning schedule starting in April. Street cleaning runs through November.

The city hangs bright orange temporary parking restrictions the day before sweeping service is scheduled to begin. Those who fail to move their vehicle between the restricted hours between 9 am and 2 pm, will be eligible to receive a $60 ticket.

The street sweeping schedule is available to view on the 49th Ward website
Did you Lose a Tree to the Rogers Park Tornado?
Contact Us to Request a New One! 
Photo credit: ABC7 Chicago
2020 threw us a lot of curveballs. Among those was a tornado in our neighborhood that, unfortunately, uprooted some of our long-standing trees in its path. Our office is working closely with the Bureau of Forestry to identify locations where trees should be replaced. 

We are looking for tenants or owners in affected areas who will be able to care for a new tree once it's planted. Caring for a new tree means an individual can commit to caring for its first three years. That care includes watering the tree, not laying down fertilizer, not pruning the tree, and making sure that you don't hit the tree with a lawnmower when caring for the parkway grass. 

If you would like to request a tree, please contact the 49th Ward office by emailing office@49thward.org or calling 773-338-5796. Please make sure to provide the address when requesting a new tree. 
CTA Construction Activity Notice
In an effort to maintain track along the CTA Red Line, eliminate slow zones, and work to provide quality rapid transit service, the CTA will be performing work along the Red Line tracks in the coming weeks. 

Dates: Weekdays beginning Monday, March 29, through Friday, April 30, 2021
Work Hours: 9 pm to 5 am
Location: CTA Red Line along the elevated track between the Morse and Jarvis stations
Work Activity: Track renewal 
Local Impact: There will be noise while the work is being performed. Noise may include:
  • Metal on metal hammering
  • Gas/impact tools
  • Engine noise from track maintenance equipment
  • Beeping from backup alarms on track maintenance equipment
  • Crunching rock
  • Railroad personal communication 
  • Flagging horn
PB49: The Results are In!
Block by Block Meeting March 30
The 49th Ward office will host a block club training event over Zoom on Tuesday, March 30, from 6-8 PM. The BxB team will provide you with some tools and ideas for your block clubs, and you'll have a chance to meet and get to know other people in your precinct or nearby precinct who signed up. Click here to register for the training session on March 30. 

Also, we are looking for volunteers to put up flyers in their neighborhood between March 19 and 25. If you're available to flyer, please email jackie@49thward.org, and she'll work with you to make arrangements.

Finally, if you know someone who wants to register for the BxB program, they just need to do 2 things:
  1. Fill out this form
  2. Register for the March 30 training session
Please email jackie@49thward.org or office@49thward.org with any questions. 
View the Report for the Howard/Ashland Community Process
On Tuesday, the 49th Ward office and the Metropolitan Planning Council held a virtual meeting to unveil the final report from the community-driven process for the vacant parcel at Howard and Ashland. View the Community Meeting and presentation from this week.

Over 200 Rogers Park community members participated in workshops, surveys, and design kits throughout the process. We received a variety of input on what participants would like to see (and not see) on the site, with an overwhelming number of people emphasizing that they would like any future development to incorporate amenities for the community—including green space, an incubator, workforce development, and/or affordable housing. This initial report has been extremely valuable in identifying community preferences.

A copy of the CDI report can be viewed by clicking here. After you've had a moment to review the report, please take a moment to complete an online survey to provide feedback on the Corridor Development Initiative. 

Hard copies of the report will be available to pick up from the 49th Ward office. Please email torrence@49thward.org to arrange a pick up as the ward office remains closed to the public due to COVID. You may also request to have a hard copy mailed to your address by emailing dliu@metroplanning.org . 

A copy of the report will also be provided to the city's Department of Planning and Development for review. Please continue to stay engaged, as there will be more opportunities to provide input and feedback as the process evolves.
Submit Feedback on 1952 W. Morse Proposal thru March 28
On March 9, 2021, our office hosted a community meeting to discuss a proposed development and zoning change request for the property located at 1952 W. Morse We would like to hear feedback from you on the proposal.

To learn more about the proposal, view the presentation, and view the community meeting, visit the 49th Ward website. Submit feedback online at bit.ly/1952morsefeedback.
Triangle Park Orchard Tree Maintenance Workshop
Chicago’s very first orchard planted by the Chicago Park District is right here in Rogers Park at Triangle Park! Join neighbors and the Willye White Park Advisory Council for an upcoming Fruit Tree Maintenance Workshop.
 
When:  Saturday, March 27th
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Where: Triangle Park
Address: 1750 W. Juneway Terrace
Contact: Eva McCann (Willye White Park Advisory Council) with any questions evamccann1228@gmail.com

The workshops will be socially-distanced, and masks are required. 
GROW/PROGRESANDO to Host a
10-Week Entrepreneurial  Program
GROW is an entrepreneurial training program of Rogers Park Business Alliance. GROW helps entrepreneurs and existing business owners develop a comprehensive and implementable plan that's right for them. GROW helps entrepreneurs hone in their business plan and expand their understanding of how to navigate the always-changing business environment. Additionally, GROW provides expert guidance on implementing best practices and models that are key to business sustainability.

GROW: The Complete Program is 10 weeks long and takes place Wednesdays from April 7 to June 9, 2021 from 6 - 8 p.m.
All sessions are virtual and they include 3 foundation sessions and 7 specialty sessions. The sessions are designed to take a new business concept from idea to reality OR an existing business from normal to extraordinary!

An interview is needed in order to register. For more information contact Sheree Moratto at 
smoratto@rpba.org.
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. 
City Will Transition to Phase 1C of the Vaccine Rollout on Monday
The city is scheduled to transition to phase 1C of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout on Monday, March 29. Phase 1C includes anyone aged 16-64 with an underlying medical condition that puts them at an elevated risk should they contract COVID-19 and other essential workers that were not included in phase 1B of the vaccine rollout. 

The following underlying medical conditions are known to increase or may increase the risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19a.  Individuals with the following conditions are eligible for vaccination in locations open to Chicago residents.
  • Cancer (current diagnosis)
  • Cardiac, cardiovascular, and cerebrovascular disorders (including heart disease, coronary artery disease, and hypertension or high blood pressure)
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Chronic respiratory disorders (including cystic fibrosis, moderate to severe asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/emphysema [COPD])
  • Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)
  • Disability: physical, developmental, visual, hearing, or mental
  • Neurologic conditions (including dementia)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
  • Liver disease (including hepatitis)
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity: BMI ≥30 kg/m2
  • Schizophrenia spectrum disorders
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Thalassemia
All other essential workers eligible to receive their vaccine in phase 1C of the vaccine rollout include: 
  • Clergy and religious organizations
  • Energy
  • Finance
  • Food and beverage service
  • Higher Education
  • Information Technology and communications
  • Legal
  • Media
  • Other Community- or Government-based Operations and Essential Functions
  • Personal Care Services and hygiene
  • Public health
  • Public safety
  • Retail
  • Shelter and Housing
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Water and wastewater
The Chicago Department of Public Health anticipates transitioning to phase 2 of the vaccine rollout beginning on May 1. Phase 2 includes anyone aged 16 and older. Vaccine trials are underway for children under 16 years old. As soon as trials are complete and vaccines are authorized for children, vaccines will become available to individuals under 16 years old. 

At this time, the United Center is vaccinating Chicagoans aged 65 and older and those in the Protect Chicago vaccination plan. Those in phases 1B and 1C of the vaccine rollout should continue to check Zocdoc and the other resources compiled below and on the 49th Ward website for available appointments. 

While more folks are becoming eligible for vaccines, we must continue to wear masks and social distance to continue to contain the spread of COVID-19. 
CDPH COVID-19 Vaccine Survey

The Chicago Department of Public Health invites you to participate in a short survey to help them better understand the attitudes and evolving challenges surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes of your time, and is available in both English and Spanish. Your responses will remain completely anonymous. The survey is available in both English and Spanish.

To complete the survey, visit https://tinyurl.com/83quycm6.

United Center Vaccine Updates

The United Center, 1724 W. Madison, began to operate as a Federally-run vaccination site on Tuesday.  The site is open to individuals in groups 1a, 1b, and 1b+ of the vaccine rollout. The Department of Public Health is reporting that despite lower doses than initially expected, the site will eventually be able to administer up to 6,000 doses of the vaccine per day. 

The city will begin to post additional appointments on Zocdoc as they become available; however, CDPH is encouraging that seniors use the call center to book their appointments. The call center is receiving a large volume of calls and residents are encouraged to stay on the line despite the hold times. 

How to Book an Appointment

Book through the Call Center at 312-746-4835

  • The appointment call center (312-746-4835) is open only to Chicago residents ages 65 and older or those living in zip codes 60608, 60619, 60620, 60649, and 60652.
  • The call center hours are as follows:
    8 am - 8 pm Monday thru Saturday
    8 am - 4 pm on Sunday

Book through Zocdoc at zocdoc.com/vaccine

  • Residents in group 1a, 1b, and 1b+ can still book their appointments on Zocdoc's website. This includes anyone 65 and older. 

There is no onsite registration and you must have an appointment to receive a vaccine at the United Center.

How to get to the United Center:

Driving: Entrance to the vaccine site is in Lot E of the United Center, off of Madison. Parking is available in Lot A with a free shuttle to the vaccination site.

Uber: Offering ride credits

Uber is providing 20,000 Chicagoans with $40 ride credits to get to the United Center. After a Chicago resident books an appointment via Zocdoc, they will receive an appointment confirmation email which will also ask if they need transportation to their visit. If they answer yes, they'll receive ride credits from Uber which will work only for rides to and from the United Center that are within Chicago city limits. 

CTA: The closest L station to the United Center is the Ashland Green & Pink Line station. The closest bus stop to the United Center is at Madison and Paulina on route 20. You can get directions from your destination to the United Center on CTA's Plan My Trip website or using Google Maps.

CDPH Partners with Zocdoc to
Launch Vaccine Appointment Scheduler
The Chicago Department of Public Health has partnered with Zocdoc to create a more centralized platform where people can schedule vaccination appointments when they’re available. To view available appointments through Zocdoc at zocdoc.com/vaccine

At this time, this platform is showing available appointments at the city's Point of Distributions sites (PODS) and Rush University Medical Center. More information on where to locate other vaccination sites is contained below in this newsletter.
Three Ways Chicago Residents can Receive a COVID-19 Vaccine:
The City of Chicago began inoculating people in phase 1b of the vaccine rollout this week. Individuals in this group include essential frontline workers and residents aged 65 and older. 

There are three ways Chicago residents can receive a COVID-19 vaccine:
1. Your health care provider
Your first contact should be your health care provider, including your primary care provider, health clinic, or hospital where you have gotten medical care in the past. Over 350 health care providers have signed up with CDPH to distribute vaccine. Providers are also reaching out directly to schedule appointments with their existing patients, prioritizing those who are older with more underlying conditions. Health care providers can still sign-up to be vaccine providers.
2. Your pharmacy
The City of Chicago has provided vaccines to pharmacies across Chicago. These pharmacies each have their own registration link which can be found below.
The City of Chicago does not endorse any of the listed organizations. This list is provided only as a convenience. See the full disclaimer here.
3. Your employer
Specific employers in prioritized essential workers groups will be able to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to their employees in 1b. CDPH is working directly with employers as vaccines become available. For example, first responders are already being vaccinated and others will begin soon. If you receive your vaccine through your employer, you will not need to take any other action. 
For those that have insurance but do not have a primary care provider, please check with your insurance company for a list of providers accepting new patients. One option is to enroll with one of Chicago’s many Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) if you do not have insurance. 

For especially vulnerable populations (e.g., those facing housing insecurity or undocumented immigrants), the city will partner with city colleges to set up PODs (points of distribution) to vaccinate residents. At this time, PODs are continuing to vaccinate health care workers included in phase 1a, and no appointments are available yet to those included in phase 1b. 

While the city has transitioned to phase 1b of the vaccination rollout, supply remains limited. Last week, CDPH informed aldermanic offices that they're currently receiving 34,000 doses of the vaccine a week, which amounts to roughly 5% of people in group 1b. This means that appointments are filling up fast. On Tuesday, President Biden announced that his administration is working to purchase an additional 200 million doses of the vaccine. Their goal is to have enough vaccine supply for the entire adult U.S. population by the end of the summer. 

You can track the vaccine data for the city of Chicago on CDPH's website by clicking here
Vaccination Appointments for Homebound Persons

People who are homebound can sign up online to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at their residence. Caregivers will also be vaccinated under the program.

To be eligible, a person must not be able to leave their home because it “requires considerable and taxing effort," and must fit one of these categories:

  • Be a senior OR a person with a disability that requires in-home assistance, and

  • Be a person who has to use adaptive equipment (like a ventilator, wheelchair, etc.) and/or accessible transportation to leave home.

​Homebound vaccinations will be administered by Chicago Firefighter emergency medical personnel. Vaccines are limited to those who are truly homebound and meet the above eligibility requirements. 

Fill out the homebound vaccine form online by clicking here

Howard Brown Health Vaccine Appointments

Howard Brown Health is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to established patients and community members who are essential frontline workers or age 65 or older. Reserve your vaccine appointment online.

Appointments may be rescheduled based on the availability of the vaccine. Due to supply, vaccination appointments are available at limited clinic locations in Chicago. The appointment for the second dose will be scheduled at the end of your first appointment.

All appointments are subject to change based on vaccine availability.

Details regarding the Howard Brown vaccination rollout plan will continue to change in the coming days. Please visit howardbrown.org/covid-19/vaccine for the latest information regarding scheduling and availability.

Rush Medical Vaccine Appointments
Rush has been working with local and city officials to begin delivering the COVID-19 vaccine to its community, following the guidelines outlined by the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health. Based on those guidelines, eligible people will include those 65 years of age or older and essential workers, including health care workers. 

To view available appointments at Rush Medical, visit their website.
Heartland Health Vaccine Survey
Heartland Health Center, located at 1300 W. Devon in Rogers Park, is a designated Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). As we continue with the vaccine rollout for phase 1b, they will be giving the vaccine to established patients who meet CDC and IDPH guidance. 

At this time, Heartland Health has limited vaccines. They are currently contacting their highest risk patients in 1b to ensure that they're receiving their dose. As they receive more vaccines, they'll continue to reach out to the remaining eligible 1b patients. This meant that they're not currently accepting calls for vaccine appointments until they have a steadier supply of vaccines.

However, they are looking to support residents while they await more supplies. If you are interested in receiving the vaccine from Heartland Health Centers, please take a moment to complete their online survey. As soon as more doses become available, they will contact individuals who have completed this survey. 
Swedish Covenant Vaccine Waitlist Registry
Swedish Hospital has created a waitlist to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at their facility. At this time, they are preparing to vaccinate seniors ages 65 and older and those that still remain in group 1A. However, you may complete their online waitlist to receive more information as vaccine appointments become available. 

For more information and to sign up, visit Swedish Hospital's website.
Transportation for COVID-19 Vaccines
For seniors and people with disabilities who need assistance to access their COVID-19 vaccine appointment will be able to take advantage of transportation resources. 

Special Needs Chicago

Special Needs Chicago has wheelchair accessible transportation throughout the Chicagoland area (city and suburbs) to assist people with getting to their COVID vaccine appointment. Call 630-668-9999 for more information or click here to book a reservation

Uber to Provide Free Rides to Vaccine Appointments

Uber has partnered with Walgreens Pharmacy to make it easier for people who don't have a car or a nearby pharmacy to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Uber will offer free rides to Walgreens stores and clinics for those who book an appointment and live in an underserved community. Uber will work with community organizations, such as the Urban League, to determine underserved communities that will be eligible for free rides. Those organizations will then work to distribute codes that community members can use to get the free rides. 
Sign Up for CDPH's E-Newsletter
The Chicago Department of Public Health is dedicated to ensuring that all Chicagoans get trusted information about its local COVID-19 response. Sign up online for their email list and be among the first to receive press releases, current guidance, and other important information. 
How the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Works
The approved COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not contain any live virus of COVID-19. Instead, scientists used the genetic sequence of the virus to create a blueprint of the COVID-19 virus. The vaccine will trigger the body to produce the spike protein in the COVID-19 virus, which will signal our immune systems to produce the proper antibodies and T cells to combat the RNA blueprint. This means that should an individual contract the COVID-19 virus after being inoculated, the body's immune system will already have stored the information necessary to combat the virus. 

When people receive a vaccination, they might feel some side effects as their immune systems respond to the spike protein. The most common side effects include swelling and some pain at the injection site as well as fever, chills, headaches, and fatigue. These side effects are temporary and indicate that the immune system is imprinting its response to combat COVID-19. 
State Eviction Moratorium Extended to April 3
Governor Pritzker announced that the State's eviction moratorium will be extended to March 6, 2021 as the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact our state and our country. 

On November 14, protections for Illinois tenants were changed under the latest eviction moratorium extension. Landlords can now file evictions unless tenants give them a written declaration that they should be protected by the COVID Eviction Moratorium. The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing. Tenants can use IDHA's declaration template to provide their landlord with written notice that they've been financially impacted due to COVID-19. That declaration is available online

The Department of Housing has put together a Know Your Rights website for tenants who are facing illegal lockouts during the eviction moratorium. The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing has also put together information for tenants facing an illegal lockout and may be able to provide legal assistance to income-eligible tenants. Learn more on their website here
Updates to the Emergency Travel Order

The Chicago Department of Public Health announced updates to the Chicago Emergency Travel Order. Effective Friday, January 15, 2021, states will only be categorized as yellow or orange. Previously, the city had three category levels for the Emergency Travel Order.

The updates to the order are meant to simplify the message by putting states into one of two categories. Regardless of which category a state falls into, CDPH is still advising that people avoid any kind of travel as we see COVID-10 cases surging across most of the U.S. Additionally, the new COVID variant that is more transmissible has now been detected in at least 8 states, including Indiana and Wisconsin. 

Anyone traveling from a state on the Orange list is directed to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 10-day period (or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter).  They must practice strict social distancing, mask-wearing, and avoid any in-person gathering. Anyone traveling from a state on the Yellow list is not required to quarantine or provide a pre-arrival test. However, they should practice strict mask-wearing and social distancing.

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

Please visit chi.gov/eto for additional information.
Latest Information on COVID-19 from the
Chicago Department of Public Health

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

Community Aid
Computer Drive-Thru Event March 27
Family Matters has partnered with Comp-U-Dopt to host a computer giveaway! Make sure to register for a chance to win a computer by visiting www.compudopt.org/chicago. Then, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am on Saturday, March 27, bring your ticket to Gale Elementary, 1631 W. Jonquil Terrace, to pick up a computer.

Make sure to wear a mask! For questions, call 630-376-6558.
CPS Food Benefit Cards Expected to Arrive in Families' Mailboxes this Week - How to Pay it Forward
All Chicago Public Schools families will begin to receive a food benefits card worth $450 in their mailbox this week regardless of socioeconomic status. These cards will help some of our hardest-hit families with short-term food security and eliminate the impossible choice that some households have to make between paying utilities, paying for groceries, or paying rent. 

However, not all families have been impacted by COVID-19 equally. Those looking to pay it forward and help those hardest hit can consider using the card to buy groceries and other items - such as diapers and formula - and donating them to a local food pantry. 

The closest food pantries in the 49th Ward are:

A Just Harvest
Address: 7649 N. Paulina 
Contact: 773-262-2297 or info@ajustharvest.org

Care for Real at the United Church of Rogers Park
Address: 1545 W. Morse
Contact: 773-769-6182 or info@carforreal.org

These funds are designed to help families in need. Any unused funds will be returned to the government after a year. 
Commissioner Gainer's Women's Toiletry Drive
Extended through May 7
Commissioner Bridget Gainer is hosting her annual women's toiletry drive. The drive has been extended and now they are accepting donated items through May 7.

Please consider donating travel-sized products of shampoo and conditioner, soap, shower gel, deodorant, and body location to a drop-off location to help women that are currently incarcerated. For more information, call Commissioner Gainer's office at 312-603-4210 or email district10@cookcountyil.gov. 
Community Engagement Opportunities
Chicago Northside AARP Community Meeting April 6
The Chicago Northside AARP Community Group will hold their next monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 2, at 12:30 pm. 

The meeting will feature guest speaker Congresswoman Schakowsky. Congresswoman Schakowsky will discuss the American Rescue Plan that passed earlier this year and how it will impact seniors. 

To register to join the Zoom meeting, email northsideaarpcommunitygroup@gmail.com. For more information on the AARP community group, click here
Community Makery Creating "4-H Real Talk" Video Series
Community Makery is partnering with 4-H University of Illinois Extension to develop a "4-H Real Talk" video series as part of the ongoing Illinois 4-H DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) initiative.

They are searching for black & brown high school youth who want to share their voice about the impact of racism in their lives. If this project is of interest to you, please email Mimi at mimi@communitymakery.org
Black Beauty Festival April 10-11

Victory Gardens Theater is excited to bring you the 5th edition of the Black Beauty Festival, April 10-11, 2021! In partnership with the Black Women’s Expo and Black Owned Chicago, Black Beauty Festival: Joy & Magic is a free two-day event that uplifts Black-owned businesses while creating conversations around beauty, health, and wellness.

This year’s theme is Joy & Magic, two words that perfectly encompass the BBF experience. Join them for their first virtual festival! BBF will include online shopping from Black-owned businessesfree performances from The Black Monologues, a Jam Session with up-and-coming artists, a Haircut Tutorial, Yoga Hour, Paint & Sip afternoon, Vendor Chat, raffle giveaways, and much more! Register here: https://bit.ly/BBFJoy_Magic

Have questions about the festival? Contact blackbeautyfestival@victorygardens.org. 

Licensed to Be Curious: The Female PI in Fiction

Being licensed to be curious can lead a gal into trouble in books written by Tracy ClarkAmanda Flower and Hank Phillippi Ryan. This panel of mystery writers will discuss the past and future of female private investigators and the history of women writing crime novels at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, on Zoom.

This free, virtual event is sponsored by Friends of the Edgewater Library in partnership with the Edgewater Branch. Register here or go to the home page of foelchicago.org.  

Government Corner
With the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a lot of information and resources available to people at all levels of government. To make sure you're receiving all the information to help you through this time, please consider signing up for the following newsletters or keeping your eye on the following pages. See something that should be added to this section? Email it to the office at office@49thward.org. 

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

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

State of Illinois:
State of Illinois COVID-19 Response Website
Sen. 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. 
COPA Seeking Public Input on Policies 
to Improve Investigations & Civilian Oversight

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) is soliciting input and feedback on policies critical to improving the civilian oversight agency responsible for investigating allegations of police misconduct for the city of Chicago.

Members of the public that are interested will have 15 days to comment on each policy posted on COPA’s website. COPA will compile, review, and consider all comments prior to finalizing its policies.

Property Tax Exemptions Due April 9
Exemption applications for the 2020 Tax Year are now open.

This year, many exemptions will auto-renew to minimize COVID exposure. If you received any of the below exemptions for the 2019 tax year, you do NOT need to reapply. The following exemptions will auto-renew and will be seen on the second installment of property tax bills:
 Households will receive confirmation of the auto-renewal of these exemptions for their homes. This will be reflected on the second installment bill that is received during the summer.
 
Exemption applications are now available on the assessor’s website here. The deadline for exemptions is April 9.
The Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) presents: Know Your Rights Free Webinar Series
The Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) will host a webinar on the many types of housing discrimination how to protect yourself from it. 

English Webinar: Wednesday, April 7 at 1 pm
Spanish Webinar: Wednesday, April 14 at 1 pm

ASL interpretation and closed captioning will be available. Please request any additional accommodations in advance of the webinar by emailing CCHRwebinars@cityofchicgo.org. 

The webinars will be recorded and available on CCHR's website. Register for a webinar by clicking here.
DPD Accepting Applications for its Committee on Design
In an effort to celebrate and reconfirm Chicago’s unique architectural and urban design legacy, DPD is establishing the Committee on Design (COD).

The COD will foster design innovation, promote projects that create thoughtful places, push the envelope of sustainability, and encourage collaboration and engagement with the public and other city departments and agencies through an open, peer-review process.

Members of the COD are expected to be highly experienced, well-regarded individuals in their field, with at least 15 years of professional experience in one or more of the following fields:
  • Architecture
  • Community development
  • Engineering
  • Fine art
  • Landscape architecture
  • Preservation
  • Public art
  • Urban design
  • Urban planning
Applicants to the Committee on Design should be able to demonstrate a history of peer reviewed design excellence. Applicants must also be residents of the City of Chicago.

The COD will meet monthly, either virtually or at City Hall. Members of the COD will initially serve a pilot term of two years.

Applications are due by Wednesday, April 14. Additional information is available at chicago.gov/cod. Questions and comments should be directed to cod-dpd@cityofchicago.org.
CPS Unveils Preliminary Plans to Have High School Students Return to In-Person Learning April 19
CPS launched a joint task force with principals and CTU to establish a plan that will allow high school students and staff to safely return to schools this year. As a result of discussions in that task force, CPS shared several concepts the group has discussed: 
  • Start Date: April 19, the first day of the fourth quarter, is the target date for students to return to classrooms.
  • Eligibility: CPS believes that all families must have an option for in-person learning, and a return to high school classrooms must be available to all students. To the extent possible, CPS wants to ensure students will remain with their assigned teachers upon returning to in-person learning
  • Hybrid Learning Model: Similar to elementary schools, instructional models will vary between schools due to differences in enrollment and capacity for social distancing throughout the district. CPS and CTU are discussing a hybrid structure that would provide in-person instruction at least two days per week for nearly all interested students.
CPS has indicated that they will continue meeting regularly with CTU representatives to reach a consensus that provides the smoothest possible transition for families and staff.  Negotiations are ongoing with CTU and CPS will continue to provide updates to families as discussions proceed.
IHDA Offering Student Loan Forgiveness
for Aspiring Homeowners
The Illinois Housing Development Authority has launched a $25 million Smart Buy program that will help 500 to 1,000 young individuals buy homes by forgiving some of their student loans. The program would allow those who meet income requirements may receive up to $40,000 to pay their loans to purchase a home. Recipients would be required to live in the home for at least three years. 

For eligibility requirements, FAQs, and to apply, visit IHDA's Smart Buy website.
2021 Professional Development Providers Program
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented strain on the art and culture community; artists and organizations have suffered hardships that will require creativity and collaboration to overcome and rebuild towards equity. DCASE’s 2021 Professional Development Series is being restructured in response to this critical need. Now more than ever, artists and organizations need increased access to resources that will help them rebuild and recover.

The goal of DCASE’s Professional Development Program is to support free programs that provide resources, tools, and training that contribute to artists and arts organizations' professional growth and help them respond to the current needs. Increasing access to training, education, and opportunities for emerging artists and small businesses is a priority.

Nonprofit and for‐profit arts and culture organizations and individuals can apply for grants to present professional development programs focused on artist career development and/or organizational operations across artistic disciplines. Project grants will support local creatives and presenting organizations that provide free and public professional development programming across discipline types.

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 2, at 5 pm. For more information and the application, visit chicago.gov/dcase.
The City of Chicago Wants to Hear from
Taxicab, Ride-Hail, and Livery Drivers!
Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) launched a public chauffeur survey this week to learn more about taxicab, ride-hail, and livery drivers' experiences operating their vehicles in the city. They are looking for feedback to help shape the future of the industry in the city.

Please take a moment to complete the survey online at surveymonkey.com/r/ChicagoBACP. Survey responses will remain anonymous.
Northside Community Resources' SARFS Program
The Small Accessibility Repairs for Seniors (SARFS) program provides safety, security, and accessibility improvements and repairs to help seniors remain in their homes. These repairs may include grab bars, lever faucets, door repairs, floor repairs, bathroom repairs, kitchen repairs, and carbon monoxide detectors. To be eligible for this program, seniors must be a resident of the City of Chicago, live in Wards 38, 39, 40, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, be 60+ years old, and have an income of less than 80% of the Area Median Income.

For more information, contact Violet Espinoza from Northside Community Resources at 773-338-7722 ext 21 or violet@northsidecr.org. 
File Your Taxes with Tax Prep Chicago
The City of Chicago will offer free, confidential tax help through mid-April in partnership with Ladder Up. Trained volunteer tax preparers can assist you in completing and electronically filing Federal and Illinois tax returns for Tax Year 2020 and, in some cases, for prior years. They'll also be able to help determine if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), and other tax credits!

The IRS has extended the tax filing deadline to Monday, May 17! For more information, visit www.taxprepchicago.org or call (312) 588-6900 to schedule an appointment and see if you qualify.
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
Restaurant Revitalization Fund
As part of the American Rescue Plan passage, $28.6 billion is earmarked for a new “Restaurant Revitalization Fund.”  
 
Click here for information from the National Restaurant Association about how the fund, administered by the Small Business Administration, works and eligibility requirements. 
NBRHD Restaurant Development Program
Reef has launched a NBRHD Restaurant Development Program. The program is a $1M commitment to help local restaurants expand their delivery business. Program participants will receive a dedicated marketing campaign valued at $10,000, mentorship and support services, food photography and creative production resources, and a NBHRD Kitchens partnership.
 
Applications are only open to restaurants in Cook County with fewer than three locations. Reef is especially looking to support BIPOC- and women-owned chefs.  

For more information and to apply, visit Reef's website. Applications are open until April 4, 2021.  
Chicago Vendor Impact Fund

As part of the City’s efforts to increase the capacity and competitiveness of our local, diverse vendor community, the City is pleased to announce the launch of the $25 million Vendor Impact Fund. The Vendor Impact Fund will provide priority access for City vendors certified as Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBE), Veteran-Owned Business Enterprises (VBE), and Business Enterprises Owned or Operated by People with Disabilities (BEPD) to loans from the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and 7(a) loan program. The City and its partners will seek to provide all Vendor Impact Fund loan applicants with the best offer available and will work with applicants to determine which product is the best fit. All loan applications will be administered through Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF) with the support of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses.

For more information, eligibility requirements, and to apply, click here.  

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

For eligibility requirements, more information, and to apply, visit the SBA's website.

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners, including agricultural businesses and nonprofit organizations in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories can apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). The EIDL program is designed to provide economic relief to businesses currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

For eligibility requirements, more information, and to apply, visit the SBA's website.
Payment Protection Program Application Now Open
The Small Business Administration (SBA) opened another round of Payment Protection Program (PPP) loans this week. The latest PPP loans were included in the second federal relief package passed in late December 2020.

Businesses that did not receive a loan during the first round of the PPP are eligible to apply for a First Draw PPP Loan at participating Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). On Wednesday, certain businesses that have already received a PPP loan through the first round became eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan through a participating CDFI. After these first two tiers, PPP will open for applications through all participating lenders, including traditional banks.

As a reminder, businesses apply for Paycheck Protection Program loans through a bank, credit union, CDFI, or other lenders. Initially, businesses will only be able to use CDFIs to receive loans in order to promote access to capital. For a list of Illinois CDFIs, click here. Please note that some CDFIs may not be participating in the program- please contact your preferred lender to determine if they are participating. The program will then open up to all participating lenders, including traditional banks, at a later date.

To learn more about the PPP, please visit these links:
The deadline to apply for the PPP program is March 31, 2021.
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.

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CPS Offers Meal Kits Over Spring Break
Families can get free meals Monday, March 29 – Thursday, April 1, from 9 am to 1 pm. Families can receive 3 meals per child in the household each day at several schools across the city. For locations, call 773-553-KIDS (6437), or click here
My CHI My Future Spring Break Programming
My CHI My Future has launched an initiative to bring enrichment to CPS students during Spring Break. Spring Forward aims to connect youth to programs during Spring Break (March 27th - April 3rd) in the areas of fun, service, and opportunity. Visit MyCHIMyFuture.org for more information.
Apply to be a Mikva Summer Fellow
Mikva Challenge is seeking 17-20-year-olds for its Summer Fellows internship program. As a part of the Mikva Summer Fellows (MSF) program, you will be placed in a paid summer internship in the office of a city, county, state, or federal lawmaker. You will work 30 hours a week for 6 weeks between late June and early August, and be paid $15 per hour.

In addition to working in an elected official’s office, Mikva Summer Fellows will be part of a professional development cohort focused on developing work readiness skills including communication, collaboration, critical thinking, public speaking, and teamwork. Fellows will meet weekly with Mikva staff to create career goals, complete workforce readiness assessments, and track their progress in the program. Please submit your initial application HERE by April 10th. 
Employment Opportunities
Chicago SAFE Ambassadors Now Hiring
Job Title: Chicago’s SAFE (Streets Are For Everybody) Ambassador
Employment status: Part-time, Non-exempt, Seasonal
Compensation: Hourly, $17.50
Hours: Up to 24 hours/week
Start Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
End Date: Friday, September 10, 2021

About:
MUSE Community + Design is seeking outgoing, well-organized, and committed advocates for transportation safety education, biking, and social equity to join the team as a SAFE (Streets Are For Everybody) Ambassador from late May to late September.

As a SAFE Ambassador, you will represent the Chicago Department of Transportation in its efforts to support and promote Vision Zero Chicago initiatives. The goal of Vision Zero is to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from traffic crashes by 2026. To learn more about Vision Zero, click here. Due to the impacts of COVID-19 on our city’s transportation systems and mobility options, Ambassadors will educate the public on current best practices, recommendations and guidelines for safe mobility in both shelter-in-place and post quarantine conditions.

Chicago’s SAFE Ambassadors work both individually and as a team to deliver traffic safety expertise through presentations and demonstrations online or in-person, as appropriate, following strict safety guidelines from the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health and the CDC. It is likely that this year, our program will implement a hybrid engagement model, meaning that the Ambassadors’ time will be split between creating innovative online materials using social media, videos, livestream events, and video conferencing, and participating in in-person events/activities to educate the public.

This is a part-time, seasonal position up to 24 hours per week.

Responsibilities:
  • Represent the City of Chicago Department of Transportation and Vision Zero at assigned virtual events or in-person events, if conditions allow.
  • Participate as a member of Chicago’s SAFE Ambassadors team in making events successful by effectively disseminating information, encouraging safe street and road usage.
  • Create and share online and interactive resources with schools, senior living facilities, and community partners to educate students and residents of all ages about the importance of traffic safety and sharing the road.
  • Accurately input information in the required format at the conclusion of every event.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Required Skills and Experience:
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, bending, stooping, standing long hours, and lifting up to 40 lbs
  • Communicate effectively with all people, regardless of age, ability, cultural groups, economic status, sexual orientation, and/or disabilities.
  • Comfortable speaking with strangers and in public.
  • Comfortable facilitating video conferences and webinars.
  • Familiarity with the City of Chicago, its neighborhoods and public transit system.
  • Comfortable using and navigating public transit.
  • Comfortable working in any neighborhood in the City of Chicago.
  • Outgoing and energetic.
  • Works well in a team and fosters team spirit.
  • Prompt, punctual and professional.
  • Access to the internet and a laptop. Willing to work remotely.
  • Works well individually in an unstructured and informal environment, with limited supervision.
  • Good at solving problems and thinking creatively.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to take direction and to learn basic facts about the Chicago Department of Transportation and Vision Zero.
  • Comfortable biking in the city.
  • Willingness and ability to work off hours and/or weekends.
Preferred skills and experiences:
  • Fluency in other languages such as Spanish, Polish and Mandarin highly preferred.
  • Experience working or volunteering in a community engagement role.
  • Experience teaching, children, youth or adults.
  • Knowledgeable in video recording, editing and formatting.
  • Experience working with or supervising teenagers.
  • Experience in facilitating online learning tools.
  • Experience working in Public Health related programs
Requirements:
Ambassadors are expected to bike or take public transit to and from events.

Successful completion of a paid five-day training course that covers bicycle handling, all forms of traffic safety, media relations, cultural sensitivity, and conflict resolution.

This is a drug-free workplace, and we are proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage applications from women and people of color.

SAFE (Streets Are For Everybody) Ambassadors are not employees of the City of Chicago.
Ambassadors are employed and managed by MUSE Community + Design.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by Friday, April 30, 2021, to Aaron Gatudla at aaron@musecommunitydesign.com. No calls, please.
Chicago Botanic Garden Employment Opportunities
The Chicago Botanic Garden has a variety of seasonal and year-round job opportunities. For more information, visit their careers page at chicagobotanic.org/jobs. Applications are accepted online only via employment@chicagobotanic.org.  
Greencorps is Now Hiring!
Greencorps offers seven to nine months of employment and on-the-job training in ecological restoration, green infrastructure, tree care, and landscaping. Training happens both in the classroom and in the field with the Chicago Park District, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, and other project partners. Graduates of the Greencorps program have gone on to work for major companies such as Cardno, Christy Webber, Safety Kleen, and AES. Typical job titles include Landscape Maintenance Foreman, Restoration Technician, Driver, Groundskeeper, Pesticide Applicator, and Hazardous Material Technician. To learn more about Greencorps and apply, click here.
LUCHA Hiring Outreach & Engagement Specialist
Organization Overview
Since 1982, LUCHA (Latin United Community Housing Association) an Illinois 501(c)(3) corporation has served thousands of moderate and low-income families with Affordable Housing Development, Emergency Housing Repair and Assistance, Home Buyer Counseling, Foreclosure Prevention and Legal Assistance.  LUCHA owns and operates 198 units of affordable housing in the West Town, Humboldt Park and Logan Square Communities of Chicago.

Program Overview
The Community Alliance Initiative is a program conducted in collaboration with the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) to work in targeted communities (Armour Square, Humboldt Park, Jefferson Park, Logan Square, and Rogers Park) with the goal of increasing the participation of Latinx, and other underrepresented groups taking advantage of CHA housing, business, and employment opportunities.

Job Role
  • Conduct outreach to targeted households and local community organizations, agencies, institutions, and elected officials
  • Schedule, promote, and hold workshops on CHA housing, business, and employment related programs.
  • Conduct follow up services with interested workshop participants
  • Enter and manage data regarding program participation
  • Maintain ongoing relationships with local collaborating groups
  • Support other LUCHA housing related initiatives when called upon
Educational Requirements
Required: Undergraduate degree (BA/BS).

Other Qualifications/Requirements
  • Bilingual (not limited to Spanish/English) highly desired.
  • Familiarity with client management systems
  • Experience with MS Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
  • Must be effective public speaker
  • Social service, educational, or community organizing experience working in diverse lower income communities
  • Must be able to work in client centered manner and be able to identify and respond to specific client needs
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Willing to work flexible hours.
  • Owning a car with a valid driver’s license a plus.
  • Ability to represent LUCHA in a positive and professional manner at all times.
  • Residents of the target communities are encouraged to apply.
Contact: Maria Galarza, 773-276-5338 ext.#239 or mgalarza@lucha.org
 
LUCHA is 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and an equal opportunity employer.  To learn more about LUCHA, please visit www.lucha.org.
City of Chicago Hiring:
Asphalt & Concrete Construction Positions
The City of Chicago is looking to fill positions for asphalt and concrete jobs. The city offers competitive compensation as well as benefits, including a pension and healthcare. For more information and to apply, visit the City of Chicago's careers page
Find a Career with S&C Electric Company
S&C Electric in Rogers Park is hiring several key positions to join their team. S&C Electric is a 100% employee-owned team seeking several team members in the Rogers Park community to keep the lights on across the globe.

To learn more and apply, visit ww.sandc.com/careers.
Doctors Test Centers (DTC) Job Opportunities

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has long been an economic engine for the City and region at large. They recently announced that they will begin offering the most comprehensive COVID-19 testing of any airport in the country at O’Hare and Midway International Airports.

The program will require a workforce to fill the more than 100 available positions.  Doctors Test Centers (DTC) has been selected as the vendor to assist the CDA with the endeavor. They have a variety of employment opportunities open and are seeking applicants. For more information, visit DTC's website here

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