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49th Ward Update
December 10, 2021
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Good Afternoon Neighbors,

We're winding down the year and that means wrapping up infrastructure projects, helping neighbors connect to vital services, and working on planning for 2022. Next Wednesday, December 15 will be our last monthly City Council meeting for 2021 - we may be voting on two items of note, the sports wagering ordinance and a settlement agreement in the Anjanette Young case. You can sign up for public comment and view the meeting live via City Clerk Anna Valencia's site www.chicityclerk.com

Tomorrow at 11am we have an honorary street renaming ceremony happening for the block of Ashland Ave between Touhy and Estes as the Honorary Goldman Way in tribute to the late Sanford and Carol Goldman who dedicated so much of the their time and talent to our community. You're welcome to join us for the sign unveiling with members of the family!

Remember we're in the highest risk category for covid transmission right now which means it's very important to mask up, vax up and keep your distance with others in public. Find out where you can get vaccinated, boosted or tested at www.chicago.gov/covid

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 office@49thward.org
CMSA Students Recieve Four-Year Scholarships to College
Two Chicago Math and Science Academy (CMSA) students received full four-year scholarships through the @QuestBridge National College Match. Muhammad Qureshi (on the left) received a scholarship to Colby College, and Edelawite Sasahulih (on the right) received a scholarship to the University of Chicago. Congratulations to both students for this incredible accomplishment! 
Ward Updates
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 bit.ly/7201Clark. Spanish translation will be available. 

Holiday Movie Night at Jarvis Square February 12
Get in the holiday spirit with friends and neighbors this weekend at Jarvis Square. On Sunday, February 12, R Public House is partnering with the Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) to showcase the classic "Christmas Vacation." While you're there, make sure to order some warm food and drinks and support a locally-owned business.

The movie will begin at 6 pm outside. For more information, visit RPBA's website
49th Ward Infrastructure Updates
Sewer Main Replacement Updates:

Greenleaf/Wolcott (PN 7155):
  • Crews finished pouring concrete to grade for the sewer trench this week
  • Greenleaf has reopened to traffic
Estes/Damen (PN 7155):
  • Sewer work on Estes going west from Damen is still underway
Estes/Wolcott:
  • Crews began excavation at the intersection of Estes and Wolcott for water main support
  • Crews also began building an earth retention system
Farwell between Ravenswood and the alley to the west of Wolcott:
  • In the coming weeks, crews will begin the sewer main replacement work along this stretch
Lunt/Bell:
  • The westbound Lunt bus has been rerouted via Lunt to Ridge, Ridge to Touhy, and Western back to Lunt
  • Eastbound buses have been rerouted in the reverse
  • Customer alert signs are posted at bus stops notifying passengers of the changes
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. 
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! 
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. 
Protect Yourself from the Omicron Variant by Getting Vaccinated

Public Health officials detected the first person infected with the Omicron COVID-19 variant in Chicago this week. While we still have much to learn about Omicron, we know that the best thing people can do to protect themselves and others is to get vaccinated. The unvaccinated remain the most at risk to themselves and others so please get vaccinated as soon as possible. For more information go to www.chicago.gov/COVIDvax.

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 healthychicago@cityofchicago.org.
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 chicago.gov/athome
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 chicago.gov/eviction.

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

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

Finally, a Rogers Park neighbor and housing justice advocate, David Zoltan, applied his expertise in all things housing to create a comprehensive guide for residents facing eviction. This guide will help individuals facing a potential eviction understand their rights and what resources might be available to them. That guide is available to review by visiting bit.ly/EvictionDefense49. Also available now in Spanish! bit.ly/DefensaDeDesalojo
Protections for Workers Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine
On April 21, an ordinance passed City Council that established labor protections for Chicago workers 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 chicago.gov/coronavirus. 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 Lbdfa@hotmail.com.
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.
Hamdard Health Toy Drive
Hamdard Health is hosting a holiday toy drive through December 17. Consider dropping off new and unwrapped toys at 1542 W. Devon. All toys will be donated to Hamdard Health's patients in need. 
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: giftcards.com/visa-gift-cards
Target: target.com/c/gift-cards/-/N-5xsxu
Walmart: walmart.com/cp/96894

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

Gift Card Drive
Between Friends
PO Box 608548
Chicago, IL 60660
Volunteer with Care for Real
Care for Real's pop-up food pantry, located at the United Church of Rogers Park at 1545 W. Morse, is in need of more volunteers. This is a great opportunity to connect with neighbors and give back to the community.

They're seeking volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help with bagging food from 9 am until noon.

They are also seeking volunteers to help distribute food on Tuesdays from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and on Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Volunteers who speak Russian or Mandarin would be preferred for Tuesday's distribution shift.

For more information or to sign up, email volunteer@careforreal.org
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 zak@syriancommunitynetwork.org.
Community Engagement Opportunities
Wild Onion Market Seeking Board Candidates
Calling all current Owners of Wild Onion Market! Board elections are coming up in February, and your voice is needed. Running for the Board is one way to put your passion for social justice and food justice into action. Online information sessions will be in early January. Board applications are due on Friday, January 28, 2022. Only Owners of the co-op are eligible to run. For more information or to request a Board Candidate Application, please email lisa.gordon@wildonionmarket.com.
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 Wednesday, 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 Hank.Kline@chicagopolice.org.
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 bdeasy@luc.edu 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 petersongarden.org today to register or for more info! Contact registration@petersongarden.org with questions or for scholarships.  

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

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

For more information on joining Lifeline’s board or host committee, please contact Vashti Emigh, Managing Director at 773.761.4477 or vashti@lifelinetheatre.com.
Government Corner
With the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a lot of information and resources available to people at all levels of government. To make sure you're receiving all the information to help you through this time, please consider signing up for the following newsletters or keeping your eye on the following pages. See something that should be added to this section? Email it to the office at office@49thward.org. 

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

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

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

Federal Government:
Sign-up for Congresswoman Schakowsky's newsletter
Federal Government COVID-19 Response Website
Need to Know Info
City of Chicago Emergency Rental Assistance Program Now Open
Winter is approaching and it's time to prepare for extreme cold, snow, and ice. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) monitors weather conditions and collaborates with city departments to assist residents during the winter months. Please review the helpful winter resources available including Warming CentersSmart 911, and Notify Chicago
Winter Weather Preparedness
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 chicago.gov/renthelp to learn more. 
IHDA Rental Payment Program Application Now Open
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 illinoishousinghelp.org.

Additionally, Northside Community Resources can assist tenants with their applications. For more information on Northside Community Resources and their contact information, visit their website.
The Chicago Casino Public Presentations
The Chicago Casino Public Presentations are scheduled for Thursday, December 16th from 12:45pm - 7pm. Please visit chicago.gov/live to view the live stream. If you are interested in attending in-person, please register at Chicago.gov/chicagocasino. If you have any questions, please email chicagocasino@chicago.org.
Deliberative Dialogues
Community groups and organizations are invited to meet with members of the Chicago Police Department’s Office of Community Policing and Office of Constitutional Policing and Reform to provide feedback on its Human Rights policy and Prohibition of Profiling policy. Organizations interested must sign-up by January 10th, 2022 at https://www.research.net/r/CPDHRPRPDialogue.
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 chicagoculturalgrants.org.
Do You Need Health Coverage for 2022?

Whether you are looking for health coverage for the first time or planning to update your current plan, www.GetCoveredIllinois.gov can guide you to find the right coverage. Get Covered Illinois (GCI) can help you navigate healthcare coverage with free enrollment help and quality coverage. It’s also the place to find out if you qualify for financial help to lower the cost of your coverage.

The ACA Marketplace is the place to go to find guaranteed essential health benefits such as free preventive and wellness care, treatment for mental health services, emergency services, prescription drug coverage, and more. Now is the time to shop and compare plans. Just click on “Shop and Enroll” and answer three questions and we can help guide you to the ACA Marketplace or Medicaid.

Visit GetCoveredIllinois.gov to learn how you may be able to save on quality health insurance. Please keep in mind that you need to enroll by December 15 for coverage starting January 1, 2022.

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 HealthCare.govCuidadodeSalud.gov, or call the marketplace at 1-800-318-2596. Get the Covered Connector app at widget.getcoveredamerica.org/.

To learn more about Medicaid and enroll, go to https://abe.illinois.gov.
Lead Service Line Replacement Program Expansion Announced
To be eligible for a free lead service line replacement, residents must:
  • Have kids 18 and under at home OR
  • Have elevated lead levels in their drinking water; 
  • Reside in a single-family house or two-flat that they own;
  • Meet income requirements of $74,550 or less for a family of four
To learn more about the Equity Lead Service Line Replacement Program, visit www.LeadSafeChicago.org.
CHA Updating its Waitlist
The CHA is conducting a waitlist update to ensure they have current contact information for all applicants who applied for either Public Housing and/or Project-Based Voucher program on or before December 31, 2020. This helps the CHA verify the contact information for applicants and confirm that they're still interested in CHA housing. 

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

Applicants on CHA's waitlists can call 312-913-7400 or email CHAOccupancy@thecha.org with any questions.
LCBH Rental Assistance Programs
The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) is helping connect eligible Chicago residents to rental assistance. If you are experiencing financial hardship and are having a hard time paying rent and utilities, you may qualify for rental assistance. Call LCBH's Social Services Department at 312-784-3527 and ask to speak to a case manager to see if you are eligible. 
Emergency Rental Assistance Application Open
All Chicago opened a streamlined, online application for rental assistance under the Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) through the Illinois Department of Human Services. The online application is available at allchicago.org.

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

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

We encourage our community partners to spread the word for eligible households to apply directly online, by calling 311 or 312-744-5000 and asking for short-term assistance, or by contacting one of our tenant/landlord representative partners listed above.
Peoples Gas Heating Assistance Program
Peoples Gas has options to help customers struggling to pay their natural gas bills. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides financial assistance to help customers with limited income pay their energy bills. Grants are also available through the Peoples Gas Share the Warmth program.

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

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

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

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

Apply Now!
Business Updates
ComEd Small Business Assistance Program

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

Eligibility:

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

  • Have an active ComEd service account (includes customers disconnected within the past 30 days).
  • Use less than 1400 kilowatts (kWs) of peak demand. This includes customers who are 0-100kW or watt hour. To confirm the amount of kWs your business uses, reference your ComEd bill (see sample bill).
  • Have a past balance, per the bill due date.
  • Have not received Nonprofit Special Hardship grants in 2020.
For more information and to apply, visit ComEd's website.
#SchoolsShineIn49
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: ilraiseyourhand.org/events

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 ciadc.org!
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 sufeo-chicago@luc.edu with the subject line "Outreach Inquiry" for more information. 

CPS Launches a Children & Family Benefits Unit
Chicago Public Schools has launched a new program, the Children and Benefits Family Unit. The goal of the unit is to make sure that every student has proper medical care. They achieve this by focusing on 3 points: enroll, engage, and utilize. The Children and Benefits Family Unit help parents understand their options for Medicaid and other government benefits and 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 cps.edu/cfbu or call 773-553-KIDS (5437).
Employment Opportunities
O'Hare Terminal 5 Job Fair

Westfield at ORD T5 Concessions will be hosting a Job Fair on Tuesday, December 14th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Job Fair is an opportunity for concessionaires to reach Chicago youth and Chicago residents who are joining the job market for the first time or who are reentering it. The job fair will showcase a variety of employers such as Dufry, Hudson, Nuts on Clark, and Areas, which includes Hub51, Big Bowl, Frontera, Tocco, and Wow Bao.

IBEW Local 9 & MSECA Apprenticeship Opportunities
IBEW Local 9 is opening the apprenticeship application period from January 3rd to January 14th for prospective members. For more information, visit ibew9edu.org
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 hamdardhealth.org.
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 heartlandalliance.org/careers or email careers@heartlandalliance.org. 
Mary Crane Center is Now Hiring
Mary Crane Center is hiring a full-time teacher assistant and a classroom floater. Start a fulfilling career today in early childhood development. More information on the positions and how to apply can be found by clicking on the corresponding links below. 

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

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

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

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

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

Please apply at www.namichicago.org/career

CPS is Hiring Lunch Attendants
CPS is hiring lunch attendants across the district! Employees get to work a regular Monday to Friday schedule with holidays off. Positions include medical, dental, and pension benefits.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To apply to become a crossing guard, please follow the steps below:
  1. Please visit the CPS Careers Website at cps.edu/careers
  2. Click on "CPS Job Board" at the bottom of the page.
  3. On the top of the next page, click on "Basic Search."
  4. Type "Crossing Guard" into the "Keywords" field.
  5. Click on the Crossing Guard job posting for the location you want to apply to, and follow the instructions to fill out the applications.
If you have any questions, please contact Crossingguard@cps.edu.
Greater West Town Training Programs
Greater West Town Community Development and Project has over 30 years of expanding economic opportunities in education, job training, and job placement for 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 http://GWTP.org
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 ww.sandc.com/careers.
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 trilogyinc.org/careers.

 

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

Heartland Alliance works to advance human rights and champion human dignity by providing services and promoting solutions to achieve a more just global society. Heartland Alliance's mission is to advance human rights and respond to the human needs of endangered populations—particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced—through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society. 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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