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49th Ward Update
February 27, 2021
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Happy Saturday, neighbors!

It's been an eventful week, so the newsletter is coming out a little later than usual. This week, we launched our Block by Block program, held Ward Night, introduced two important pieces of legislation, had TWO City Council meetings, and tackled a host of constituent service issues related to the snow melt, garbage pick up delays, and USPS delays. Again, I must take a moment to thank my staff and our Ward Superintendent Dan Murphy for all of their hard work; it's been a busy couple of weeks.

You can read more about the Anjanette Young Ordinance to address police raids and the Resolution Calling for a Guaranteed Income Pilot in the City Council Updates section of the newsletter. I'm excited to be working to bring reform and new ideas to our City.

Last night we had a great launch to our Block by Block program! We're reimagining the block club to better fit our community and our values. The goal is to have 1 block club active in each of our 33 precincts. Check out the presentation video from our launch below to learn more and don't forget to sign up: bit.ly/Block49


Stay safe, and take care,

Maria Hadden
Alderwoman, 49th Ward

Ward Office Closed Monday in
Observance of Casimir Pulaski Day

Please be advised that in observance of the Casimir Pulaski Day holiday, the 49th Ward Office will be closed on Monday, March 1. Please be further advised that refuse and recycling collection may be delayed next week due to the holiday. To ensure your garbage is collected, please leave out your black and blue carts for the entirety of the week. 
Celebrations & Appreciations
You didn't think we were going to allow a pandemic to make us stop celebrating and appreciating our community did you? Of course not! We need this more than ever, so please, send us the people, orgs and actions that you want the ward to know about next week! Email us at office@49thward.org
Care for Real Rogers Park Receives Capacity Building Grant

Care for Real was chosen as a recipient of a new grant from the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The GCFD Capacity Building Grant Program was created to strengthen emergency food systems in communities beset by racial disparities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Care for Real is one of 26 organizations that will benefit from these racial-justice-driven grants.    

When the pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, Edgewater-based Care for Real learned of new and increased hunger and food insecurity in the Rogers Park community. By May 19th, Care for Real had launched a pop-up pantry at the United Church of Rogers Park located at 1545 W Morse Ave to respond to this need. Care for Real’s free grocery distribution has been a lifeline for many families in Rogers Park and surrounding neighborhoods. As a result of the pandemic, Care for Real has served even greater numbers of households in Edgewater and Rogers Park, both of which are among the most racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Chicago. Care for Real is a center for our diverse community and has been distributing food weekly in Rogers Park for the past nine months. 

If you or someone you know is in need of Care for Real’s services, please visit www.careforreal.org, or call 773-769-6182 for more information.   

City Council Updates
So what happened in City Council?
The regular City Council meeting was held on Wednesday, February 24 at 10am this week. After three hours of hearing and speaking to resolutions before us celebrating Black History Month, the Life of Karen Lewis and our City Department's response to the record snowfall, we began regular business. In this section, we hear from Committee Chairs the reports from their meetings that month and they submit items for the full Council vote.
On Wednesday, there were two items in two committees that were deferred and published. To defer and publish, or D&P, something, is to keep it from being voted on until the item is published in the record thus allowing more time for the public to learn about it. The item may be brought back up at the next schedule City Council meeting for a vote.
The first item to be D&P'd was my Resolution in Recognition of India's 72nd anniversary of Republic Day and call for condemnation of violence against certain castes and faith groups. Ald. Brookins (21), Ald. Lopez (15), and Ald. Burke (14) moved to defer the item. They gave no stated reason. I brought this resolution to Council last summer in partnership with residents in our ward and we have the support of more than 120 business owners and hundreds of residents in our City. I'm looking forward to passing this in next month's City Council.

The second item was an appropriation of CARES funds to reallocate funds that had gone unspent from 2020. Some of that spending will be for much needed rental assistance funds for Chicagoans. The item was D&P'd by Ald. Lopez (15) and Ald. Burke (14). 

After the budget item was deferred, the Mayor set a new Council Meeting date for Friday, February 26 at 3pm and moved to adjourn the meeting. Ald. Lopez fought the motion and we had a roll call vote on whether to return to regular business (to finish the meeting and vote on remaining items). I voted with Ald. Lopez and others to continue the regular business. The motion failed and the meeting was adjourned.
Part 2
Our second meeting on the month was Friday at 3pm. After public comment, we began with the Budget item deferred from Wednesday. Ald. Burke spoke at length to raise the questions and conflicting information that he believes to be problematic in the data from our Budget Office and the Mayor. Burke then moved to re-refer this item to committee which would give us more time to answer questions about the issue of CARES funds police spending. Ald. Harris moved to lay his motion on the table (this would dismiss his motion). We held a roll call vote on Harris' motion. A YES vote agrees with her to dismiss Burke's motion, a NO vote disagrees, and would allow Burke's motion to be heard. 31 voted YES and 16 voted NO. I was a NO vote as I believed that Burke's motion should be heard. We next voted on the Budget item. It passed 37 to 10; I voted YES as the pressing issue to get rental assistance funds allocated as it is time sensitive and our residents need the funds.

In addition to regular business, another suspension of the rules was requested by Ald. Sigcho-Lopez who moved for the immediate consideration of a Resolution Calling for the Mayor to Deny the General Iron Permit. Ald. Cardenas moved to lay his motion on the table (see above). The Cardenas motion passed 32 to 15; I voted NO as I believed we should've been able to hear the resolution. 
You can watch the recording of this month's City Council meetings on our City Clerk Anna Valencia's site - www.chicityclerk.com
Anjanette Young Ordinance Introduced to City Council
This week, I introduced the Anjanette Young Ordinance to City Council along with Alderwomen King, Hairston, Coleman, and Taylor. The ordinance contains several critical reforms to CPD's practices in obtaining and executing search warrants in the city of Chicago. 

Wrongful raids, predominantly conducted in Black and Brown communities, rattle our citizens and leave in their wake an immense amount of trauma. The recent wrongful raid of the home of Ms. Anjanette Young garnered national attention as male police officers handcuffed her naked in her living room while she cried out that they had the wrong address. While the City of Chicago fought to withhold and conceal the bodycam footage of the wrongful raid, Ms. Young tenaciously and righteously fought for its release to demonstrate the systemic failures within the Police Department and call for accountability and reform.  

The ordinance calls for eliminating no-knock warrants and for an officer to wait no less than 30 seconds to enter a residence after knocking and announcing themselves when executing a search warrant. The ordinance also strengthens the protocols that officers are required to follow in obtaining a search warrant. Now, officers must assess the credibility of informants, seek supplemental and corroborative information, and receive supervisory approval before obtaining any search warrant. 

The ordinance also stipulates that the Chicago Police Department use the least intrusive tactics when executing a search warrant and establish measures that protect individuals’ dignity and privacy. It further stipulates that the Chicago Police Department establish tactics that mitigate harm against children and other vulnerable people, including those with disabilities, that may be on-site when they enter a property.

These critical reforms will protect our communities from botched search warrants. They also provide the officers with additional protection from executing a wrongful raid by implementing extra measures to ensure their validity. 

The ordinance has been referred to the Committee on Public Safety. 
Watch the press conference here: Press Conference
Read the Ordinance here: Anjanette Young Ordinance

Resolution Calling for Hearings on
Basic Income Introduced to City Council
During this week's City Council meeting, a resolution calling for hearings on piloting a basic income for the City of Chicago was introduced. The pilot calls for $5 million from the American Rescue Plan to be distributed directly to families as cash payments to spend at their discretion. 

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. 

For several years, families have seen their paychecks diminish as the cost of living has increased. This has created displacement of long-term residents from their communities. Guaranteeing a basic income would provide them with an opportunity for increased security and a chance to remain in their neighborhood. 

The resolution has been sent to the Committee on Economic, Capital, and Technology Development for a hearing.

Read the resolution here: Guaranteed Income Pilot
Ward Updates
Streets & Sanitation Crews to Begin
to Remove Dibs Beginning on Tuesday
Streets and Sanitation announced that given the melting snow and extensive snow removal efforts that have taken place over the past weeks, crews will begin clearing objects used by residents to hold shoveled parking spaces, also known as “Dibs,” beginning Tuesday, March 2. Crews will pick up any unclaimed items along their daily garbage collection routes, with special attention given to 3-1-1 complaints.  
 
Residents are encouraged to remove their chairs, cones, and other objects - particularly items they want to keep - to avoid having them thrown away.  
 

In addition to the Department's street clearing efforts, crews continue daily work to collect garbage and recycling. Streets and Sanitation crews worked extended hours last week (including Saturday) and will continue to work extended hours throughout this week. Residents are advised to treat response times as they would during a holiday week and keep their carts out and ready for pick up. The same will be true for next week, given that Monday is a City holiday.
Help Streets and Sanitation & Prevent Flooding
Streets and Sanitation is still working to catch up on garbage collection after Chicago received a record amount of snow in a short period of time. Please make sure to dig out your garbage carts and dumpsters so crews can access them to remove your garbage.

As we have seen a tremendous shift in temperatures, we are seeing that snow is beginning to melt quickly. Please make sure to clear roofs of snow as it becomes heavier as it melts. Keeping structures clear of snow will help ensure their integrity and help prevent leaks.

Finally, to help prevent flooding, please clear areas around downspouts to allow melting snow and ice to flow. If you have a street drain near your home, please remove debris and snow from the area so melting snow and ice can drain.

 
Vote in PB49 Through March 12!
It's that time of year again! Once again, participatory budgeting will look different this cycle than in years past due to the COVID-19 crisis. Instead of hosting in-person voting events, we are asking that folks predominantly rely on online voting to cast their ballot. The 49th Ward office will still distribute paper ballots but will be doing targeted outreach to our community-based organizations, food pantries, senior homes, and others to disseminate those. 

Also different this cycle than in previous cycles is that 49th Ward residents will see a separate section on the ballot to vote on policies and programs. These policies and programs are not eligible for the traditional $1 million capital infrastructure funding, but will instead help Alderwoman Hadden develop agenda to pursue in the 49th Ward and citywide.​

For those wishing to vote online, simply fill out an online registration form. Our staff will respond with the voting site link and an access code that will allow you to vote.  Please note that this is not an automated system; rather, office employees will be verifying the information. This may result in a delay from the time you submit the registration form to when you receive the code.

To view what is included on this cycle's ballot, visit the 49th Ward website
Online Voting Registration Form
Build Our Community, Block by Block
Community presentation on Block by Block 49 - 2/25/2021
Block by Block is a community building initiative from the office of Alderwoman Maria Hadden designed to connect neighbors to one another, local resources, and to reinvent the Chicago block club for a new generation. The last couple of decades has seen the decline of organized communities at the block level. We are working longer hours, our lives are busier and more complex, and we are facing more economic problems. All of these things make it more difficult to get involved and participate, but if we don’t find a way to take care of our block or our neighborhood, who will?

Our office will provide tools and resources to help you:

  • Connect to neighbors on your block

  • Identify block level issues and solutions

  • Plan activities and events to build community

  • Get connected to other blocks in the ward

No experience is needed and no restrictions apply for participation. You just need to live in the area where you want to participate. We will offer training and skill-building workshops to help you organize your block and do your part to build a stronger community in the 49th Ward.

Last night we had our first virtual meeting. You can view the presentation above and don't forget to sign up to be a part of building your block!

Community Meeting on 1952 W. Morse Proposal March 9
The 49th Ward office will host a virtual community meeting for a development proposal at 1952 W. Morse on Tuesday, March 9, at 6 pm.

The property owner, Ilya Pisarenko, is seeking a zoning change from RS-2 to RS-3. The proposal is to tear down the existing 3 unit building and a coach house that currently occupies the lot. The coach house burned down in 2013 and is not in a habitable condition. 

The owner would like to build two new single-family homes on the lot, each coming in at 30-feet tall. There would be shared green space between the two homes. Each home would also have its own garage. 

Sign up in advance to attend the community meeting at bit.ly/1952morse. Spanish translation will be available. 
Work In Progress Filming for Season 2 on Morse Next Week
180 Almonds LLC will be filming scenes for season two of "Work in Progress" in the 49th Ward next week. In order to park essential vehicles and equipment, some streets in the neighborhood will be posted as a No Parking/Tow Zone during the following dates and times:

Tuesday, March 2, 2021, from 7 am until 7 pm
The north side of Morse from 1608-1628 W. Morse Avenue

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, from 3 am until 1 pm
The north side of Morse from Paulina to Ashland

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, from 7 am until 7 pm
The north side of Morse from 1608-1628 W. Morse Avenue

Finally, please be advised that there will also be intermittent traffic control on Wednesday, March 3, from 7 am until 2 pm on Morse Avenue between Paulina and Ashland

If you have any questions, concerns, or special needs, please contact the 49th Ward office or the production crew's location managers (Michael Proffitt and Justin Thaler), who can be reached at 312-736-2813. 
Submit Feedback on Proposed Development
at 1415 W. Morse thru March 1

On February 11, our office hosted a community meeting to discuss a proposed development and zoning change request for the property located at 1415 W. Pratt. We would like to hear from residents their feedback 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/1415morsefeedback.

Shop Where Your Heart Is in February
Shop Where Your Heart Is, is a campaign to encourage shoppers to support small-independently owned businesses in Rogers Park. This new campaign is essentially a weekly raffle competition. The Rogers Park Business Alliance will conduct weekly drawings throughout the month of February for a chance to win gift cards from local restaurants and stores.

Customers/shoppers will shop at local businesses and submit as many receipts to us using an online form or by dropping them off RPBA's office, 1448 W. Morse.

All businesses located between Howard St. to Devon Ave. and Ridge Ave. to the Lake are invited to participate. All we ask is that they help promote it. 

Rules:
  • Each receipt submitted must total $25 or more to be eligible
  • Receipts must be from an independently-owned business in Rogers Park
  • Boundaries are Howard to Devon, and Ridge to the Lake
  • Participants can enter as many receipts as they want, but they have to make sure to submit each one with a separate form when submitting online
  • To enter, participants must take a picture of the receipt and submit it through our online form,  tinyurl.com/shoprp2021 or drop it off at RPBA's office at 1448 W. Morse Ave.
  • Each Wednesday, RPBA will announce 3 winners using a random number generator
Each week there will be 3 prize winners:
  1. First Place Winner: $100 | Two, $50 gift cards from two RP restaurants of their choice
  2. Second Place Winner: $50 | A $50 gift card from an RP business of their choice
  3. Third Place Winner: $25 | A $25 gift card from an RP business of their choice
  4. A grand prize of $1,000 at the end of the month will be awarded for use at independent grocery stores in Rogers Park. All participants will be included in the grand prize raffle.
Provide our locally-owned small businesses some relief this winter by shopping small and participating in the Shop Where Your Heart Is event. 

For more information, visit RPBA's website.
The Glenwood Will Give Away
Cloth Masks on Sunday, February 28
The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce and The Glenwood have partnered to host a cloth mask giveaway. Swing by The Glenwood, 6962 N. Glenwood, on Sunday, February 28 at noon to pick yours up! 
Loyola Park Advisory Council Celebrates
Black History Month Virtually this Year
The Loyola Park Advisory Council has hosted a Black History Celebration for the past 19 years. This year, they won't let a pandemic prevent them from joining together to celebrate Black History Month. 

This year, they will host a virtual celebration with the theme: "One Pen, One Page." The theme was inspired by Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history who shared her original poem, "The Hill We Climb," at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. 

For the event, folks will get to create art using any Adinkra Symbol. In your artwork, share what this symbol represents to you. 

No fees are required to participate in the event. Entries will be accepted through February 22. Then at 12:30 pm on Sunday, February 28, join in on Zoom for a live virtual exhibit. 

For more information, visit the Loyola Park Advisory Council's website
49th Ward Property Tax Exemptions Office Hours
Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer will host a Property Tax Exemptions 1:1 session for 49th Ward residents from 10 am to 12 pm on Wednesday, March 3. Join in to have all your property tax exemption questions answered.

To join the Zoom on March 3, go to bit.ly/49PTax. To view available exemptions, visit the Cook County Assessor's Office's website.
Theatre Above the Law Opens New Show - Constellations
We have been waiting to bring this amazing and moving play to YOU for almost 3 years. It was to be the closing production of our 4th season last May. Covid had other plans. The cast and production crew stayed vigilant and dedicated to have it come to fruition. We began rehearsing online and then creating a production bubble of 2 cast members, stage manager and director and rehearsed the past 5 weeks with masks on. Our cast both just tested negative to begin tech without the 2 of them masked and we are filming the performance this weekend with a masked audience of 6 from our bubble and another with no audience.

This production is a long time coming and well worth the wait. We feel it deserves a live audience. That is not possible right now. Hopefully someday we can all experience it together. It the meantime, YOU have 10 opportunities to watch from home. 

Streaming tickets are available here. Thank YOU for supporting Theatre for YOU!
Lifeline Theatre's Fillet of Solo Is Back
Celebrating the breadth of Chicago’s enduring storytelling and live lit scene, Lifeline virtually brings 15 storytelling collectives and 17 solo performers together from all over the world in a three-week (February 8-28), online gallery of powerful personal stories.
This year’s Fest will take place entirely online! Upon ticket/pass purchase, a confirmation will be sent with information on how to access the Fillet of Solo website that features the gallery of this year’s stories.

There are two types of tickets:
– Single Tickets are Name Your Price (suggested donation of $20) and give you access to the Fest website for the full run (Feb. 8-28).
– Festival Passes are only $45 and give you full access PLUS live virtual extras including panel discussions and storytelling workshops with Festival artists.

Tickets/passes can be purchased on our website www.lifelinetheatre.com or through our Box Office at 773-761-4477.
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. 
Indo-American Center Hosts COVID Speak Webinar
Register for IACs Covid-19 webinar: Covid Speak. Experts will discuss topics such as common myths, vaccine distribution efforts, and much more!

Please submit your questions in advance online and then join on March 2nd to hear questions answered. To register to attend the webinar, click here

Hindi interpretation will be available.
City Announces Expansion of Indoor Dining
The City of Chicago announced this week that, effective immediately, indoor service at bars, restaurants, and event venues can increase to the lesser of 40% capacity or 50 people per room or floor. 
 
This decision to expand indoor service was based on metrics determined by the Chicago Department of Public Health. This includes recording fewer than 400 new COVID-19 cases per day, based on the seven-day rolling average, for each of the last three days. CDPH reports that all four metrics that Chicago is using to determine when and how to reopen cautiously have now moved into the “Moderate-Risk” level for at least three days, allowing for this expansion of indoor dining. The following metrics are being used to determine the process for continuing to ease COVID-19 regulations: 
  • COVID cases diagnosed per day: currently averaging 344, in the “Moderate-Risk” level 
  • COVID test positivity: currently averaging 3.6%, in the “Low-Risk” level 
  • Emergency Departments visits for COVID-like illness: currently averaging 62 per day, in the “Moderate-Risk” level 
  • ICU beds occupied by COVID patients: currently averaging 117, in the “Moderate-Risk” level
While the city has shifted to phase IV of the re-opening risk matrix, people must continue to practice social distancing and mask-wearing to continue to curtail the spread of COVID. 
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
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 Chi COVID Coach
Our office has received several inquiries about how to register for a COVID-19 vaccine. At this time, the city does not have registration open. However, we recommend that folks sign up for the Chi COVID Coach, developed in 2020 by CDPH. As registration becomes available for a vaccine, Chi COVID Coach will notify you over text message with updates on the vaccine and how to receive one. 

The registration will walk you through four steps to sign up, including identifying any underlying health conditions that might put you at an elevated risk or if your occupation falls within an essential services category. To register, visit covidcoach.chicago.gov.
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 virus 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 March 6
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
Donate Blood and Save Lives on March 10
Versiti has partnered with the Chicago Public Library to host a blood drive on Wednesday, March 10, from noon to 5 pm. Please make sure to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before donating. A facemask and a photo ID are required to donate blood.

To sign up for an appointment, click here or call 800-7TO-GIVE.
Honeybear Cafe Hosting Kids Art Supply Drive
Honeybear Cafe has collaborated with artist Kristianna Jacques to launch a kids art supply donation drive. The supplies will go to kids living in the Rogers Park community to foster their creativity. 

Honeybear Cafe has set up a contactless donation box in their entryway. Items can be dropped off between 8 am and 2 pm Wednesday through Monday.  Any donation is appreciated. 

49th Ward Youth Advisory Council Food Drive
The 49th Ward Youth Advisory Committee has launched a food drive. All donations will benefit the United Church of Rogers Park's weekly free hot meal to help feed our hungry neighbors. Drop off non-perishable items through February 28 at Rogers Park Fruit Market or Devon Market. 
Help Our Elderly and Disabled Neighbors
with Snow Removal this Winter
City ordinance requires residents and businesses to keep clear their sidewalks of snow in a timely manner after a storm. The 49th Ward has residents who might need a little extra assistance this winter in clearing their sidewalks. Our office is looking for volunteers with their own shovels to help lend a hand to our elderly and disabled neighbors by shoveling the sidewalks in front of their building. After a snowstorm, our office will email you with a list of locations that need an extra hand in snow removal. If you're interested in volunteering, please fill out this short Google Form

Are you a neighbor that is in need of extra assistance with snow removal? Please fill out this short Google Form. Our office won't share any contact information gathered in this form; we will only include your address on the list that we send volunteers after a snow storm. 
Commissioner Gainer's Annual Women's Toiletry Drive
Commissioner Bridget Gainer is hosting her annual women's toiletry drive. 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
Share Your Yard!
Calling all homeowners! Share your yard for food growing! The Rogers Park Yard Sharing network helps connect gardeners to homeowners with unused yard space. They are currently seeking interested homeowners to share their yard and become a part of the Yard Sharing Network.

Interested homeowners can fill out this Google Form. You can learn more about this process and The Rogers Park Yard Sharing Network on our website. Please email yardsharingtoolkit@gmail.com with questions. 
CHA Community Alliance Affordable Housing Workshops
The CHA Community Alliance is hosting a series of virtual workshops throughout the month of March. The workshops will focus on CHA family housing, senior housing, and waitlist management. 

For more information, contact 773-245-4107 or email communityallianceprogram@lucha.org. To register for a workshop, visit bit.ly/LUCHAAffordableHousing.
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
Loyola Community Nursing Center Hosting Series
on Community Health and Nutrition
The Loyola Community Nursing Center is hosting a virtual educational series on community health and nutrition throughout the months of February and March. Join a session to learn more about a variety of topics. To join a virtual session, visit luc.zoom.us/j/96131142188.
Check Out Edgewater Village's Upcoming Events
Meet new people, discuss topics of interest and stay connected by participating in programs offered by Edgewater Village Chicago. You're invited to The No Book Club (Feb. 22); 2,000 Years of Trade on the Silk Road (Feb. 26); Movie Chat (Feb. 27); Coffee & Conversation (March 2) and many other free programs. Check out the website, EVChicago.org. Also sign up for the newsletter and register for these and other programs. All activities are held via Zoom; review the "join a meeting" tutorial if you're unfamiliar with using Zoom.
Chicago Northside AARP Community Group
The Chicago Northside AARP Community Group will hold their next monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 2, at 12:30 pm. 

The meeting will be a continuation of their series: "Be Part of the SOlution - Come Together to Affect Change" and will focus on women trailblazers in observance of Women's History Month. 

To register to join the Zoom meeting, email northsideaarpcommunitygroup@gmail.com. For more information on the AARP community group, click here
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 learn, and enjoy some much-anticipated sunshine with Peterson Garden Project. Membership is $85 for the gardening season of April 24th to November 7th and includes education, events, some supplies, water access, and a 4'x8' plot. Visit www.petersongarden.org today to register or for more info!

Contact registration@petersongarden.org with questions or for scholarships. 
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. 
K-5 Students Return to In-Person Learning Monday, March 1
CPS students in grades kindergarten through fifth-grade return to hybrid learning on Monday, March 1. Please be advised that if you are parking in a school zone, you will need to relocate it by March 1. If you don't remove your car by March 1, you will likely get ticketed. 

For more information and key dates on CPS's reopening plan, visit their website
Park District Announces Reopening of Lakefront
The Chicago Park District announced this week that the lakefront, playgrounds, and indoor aquatics will be reopening over the new few weeks. 

As snow removal and clean-up from recent storms continue along the lakefront, Chicago Park District crews will begin opening public access points to parkland east of Lake Shore Drive. Lakefront parks will be open during normal operating hours. Regulations on lakefront parking will also be lifted. Parking fees will be required and enforced. Masks are mandatory. Large gatherings are strictly prohibited and social distancing must be observed at all times.  

During the upcoming weeks, the Chicago Park District will also unlock gates and prepare all 500+ outdoor playgrounds and nature play spaces to reopen, expanding outdoor recreation opportunities for children, ages 12 and under. Families and caregivers are urged to practice safety guidance, including wearing a mask, social distancing, and cleaning hands frequently. These high-traffic areas are not sanitized but can be enjoyed safely by following the guidance on the signage installed at each location. 

During its Spring programming session, the Chicago Park District will reopen its indoor swimming pools to offer limited aquatics programming. Spring registration begins Monday, March 8th. Programs run from April 5th through June 13th. Spaces for each program will be limited to observe social distancing. The District will follow swimming pool guidance from the State of Illinois.

For more information, visit the Chicago Park District's website

Now Enrolling: Mary Crane Center
Mary Crane Center at 1545 W. Morse is now enrolling children from 15 months to 5 years old. They offer Head Start, Pre-K, and Child Care Programs. Call them at 773-262-1390 to learn more!
CPS Launches SQRP Revisioning Initiative

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced the launch of an effort to create a new system for measuring school quality. Key goals of the new SQRP go beyond traditional school ratings to include:

  • Providing a more complete picture of school performance and progress: The advisory group will seek to better portray the various ways in which schools have improved and are serving the needs of their diverse student populations. 
  • Improving the district’s capacity to support schools: Effective accountability systems are tied to strong school support, and the new system should ensure that every school is effectively supported.
  • Providing clear information to parents and the public: By better understanding what parents and other stakeholder groups want measured and reported, the new system should help each family choose the school that best meets their child’s unique needs and advocate for the support their school community needs.
  • Evaluating and reporting on district effectiveness: The entire district must share responsibility for improvements in student outcomes, and the new accountability system will develop and report measures of district effectiveness that will enable conversations about district accountability.

CPS will hold targeted engagement sessions with existing stakeholder groups — such as Community Action Councils (CACs), Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) and Local School Councils (LSCs) — launching district-wide stakeholder meetings, issuing surveys, and holding stakeholder-specific focus groups and workshops.

CPS  is also launching an advisory group that will develop and propose the new policy, which will be rooted in community feedback. The new policy will be presented to the Board of Education for consideration in spring 2022, with the first school ratings under the new system released in the fall of 2023 (for SY22-23).  Advisory group members include parents, student representatives, teachers, principals, Board of Education members, and accountability experts from UChicago Consortium on School Research and UIC’s Center for Urban Education Leadership. 

The advisory group will review materials, research proposals on system designs, ensure the incorporation of parent, educator, and other stakeholder feedback, and provide recommendations for how it believes the district should redesign its accountability system. Out of a commitment to openness and transparency in the district’s decision-making process, materials from these meetings will be available to the public via https://www.cps.edu/strategic-initiatives/accountability-redesign

A full list of members can be found below:

Earlier this month, the district began holding small-group conversations with key CPS stakeholder groups such as PACs, LSC members, and CACs. I

In March 2021, the district will hold four citywide town halls that will be simultaneously aired in Spanish. These small and large group discussions aim to create a baseline understanding of the history and purpose of school accountability while also collecting initial feedback from a broad set of stakeholders across the city. 

Virtual Town Hall Dates:

After initial feedback meetings, the district will engage in a set of deeper, more intensive engagement through stakeholder-specific focus groups, surveys, workshops and other research and data collection. The perspectives, input, and ideas generated through these discussions will be presented to the advisory group on a frequent, ongoing basis and ultimately reflected in the final proposed policy developed by the advisory group. 

Chicago Monuments Project
Photo Credit: Block Club Chicago
Monuments and memorials have become a focal point for conversation, protest and activism in the city of Chicago. In response, the City has created a committee to review the city’s collection of monuments and recommend solutions. The Chicago Monuments Project intends to grapple with the often unacknowledged – or forgotten – history associated with the City’s various municipal art collections and provides a vehicle to address the hard truths of Chicago’s racial history, confront the ways in which that history has and has not been memorialized and develop a framework for marking public space that elevates new ways to memorialize Chicago’s true and complete history. To learn more and share your thoughts, please visit www.ChicagoMonuments.org – and join the conversation on social media using #ChicagoMonuments.
City Launches Financial Navigator Program

 Financial navigators are now available to help residents deal with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The service is free and available over the phone to provide customized response plans and immediate action steps to help residents better manage expenses and maximize income. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish.  

To sign up for this Financial Navigator Program, residents can complete the online at bit.ly/FinancialNavigatorsChicago. A financial navigator will then send a short service agreement and call the resident to begin a one-on-one session. During the session, the navigator will identify the next steps to resolve the resident’s financial issues. The resident will then receive a document via email outlining those next steps. 

This initiative is administered through the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services’ Workforce Development Division, in partnership with Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund) and Heartland Alliance. CFE Fund, provided grant funding along with significant technical assistance and training to launch the program in Chicago and other cities and counties across the nation. The Financial Navigators initiative is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Citi Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and the Wells Fargo Foundation.  

For a full scope of DFSS workforce development initiatives, visit Chicago.gov/workforce.  

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 tax filing deadline is Thursday, April 15! For more information, visit www.taxprepchicago.org or call (312) 588-6900 to schedule an appointment and see if you qualify.
Senior Sewer Rebate Program Update
The Office of the City Clerk no longer functions as the intake office for receipt of eligible first-time applicants and renewals for the Senior Sewer Rebate program. Instead, the Department of Finance's Utility Billing and Customer Service Division processes the applications.

The yearly renewal form requires the claimant to provide a copy of their government-issued identification and a recent property tax bill for verification purposes. To simplify the application process, the Senior Rebate for multi-unit buildings and the Senior Exemption for single-family homes use the same application form and require the same documentation. The property type determines for which program the senior is eligible. Renewal letters have been mailed to those who received the rebate in 2020. 

Current information and application forms can be accessed online at chicago.gov/utilitybill. When you're on the website, make sure to click utility charge exemptions and rebates. Those with questions about the program can email utilitybill@cityofchicago.org or call 312-744-4426.

Seniors can return their application and documentation in an email to utilitybill@cityofchicago.org or by mail to the following address:

Chicago Department of Finance
Utility Billing & Customer Service
P.O. Box 6330
Chicago, IL 60680-6330
2021 CityArts Program
Applications are now open for the 2021 CityArts Program, offering grants to nonprofit arts and culture organizations of all sizes. This year’s program includes opportunities to apply for general operating grants and project grants focused on rebuilding and recovery across all artistic disciplines. Project grants will support initiatives that have the potential to impact the Chicago arts sector at large. 

The application deadline is March 3, 2021, at 5:00 pm CST. To learn more and apply, visit DCASE's website.
LIHEAP For All: Financial Assistance for All,
Regardless of Legal Status

Low-income families in the state of Illinois can still apply for financial assistance to help pay for gas or electric bills through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) until June 30, 2021. However, the sooner you apply, the better.

CUB recommends that to avoid misinformation, the most reliable way to get details about LIHEAP benefits is to always use the State of Illinois’s website.

LIHEAP remains available up to 200% of the federal poverty level, and undocumented applicants are welcome. Currently, the LIHEAP system accepts an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) in place of a Social Security number (SSN). Even if you don’t have an ITIN, you can still apply. 

To apply for LIHEAP, fill out the pre-qualification application. Once you fill out your application, your local LIHEAP office will contact you. 

For more information and to learn about other financial assistance programs, visit the state’s Help for Illinois Families website.

If you have any questions, please call the Citizen's Utility Board's consumer hotline at 1-800-669-5556. If you need help in Spanish, you can call 1-833-711-0374. 

Senior Citizens can Apply for Property Tax Deferral

Senior citizens having a hard time paying their property taxes can take advantage of a loan program administered by the Cook County Treasurer’s Office.

Seniors whose annual household income is $55,000 or less can apply now for the Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Deferral Program, which issues loans to cover property tax payments.

The loans, which are issued by the State of Illinois, do not have to be repaid until the property is sold or the homeowner dies. The state charges a simple interest rate of 6 percent per year. The maximum loan is $5,000 per year. To qualify, homeowners must be at least 65 years old by June 1 of the year in which the application is made.

To apply:

  • Download the application from cookcountytreasurer.com
  • Submit the completed application and copies of the required documents to the Treasurer’s Office
  • The deadline is March 1, 2021. Applications after that date cannot be accepted
  • Homeowners must reapply every year
  • The First Installment for Tax Year 2020 is due March 2, 2021, but late charges are waived through May 3, 2021
Two Month Waiver Available for Property Tax Late Fees
In November, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to waive late fees for two months on both property tax installments due in 2021, giving cash-strapped property owners more time to juggle their finances.
 
The Board unanimously waived for two months the 1.5 percent per month late fee on all Tax Year 2020 property taxes, according to a news release. Specifically:
  • The First Installment of 2020 taxes is due March 2, 2021, with application of late charges moved back to May 3, 2021.
  • The Second Installment of 2020 taxes is due August 2, 2021, with application of late charges moved back to October 1, 2021.
For more information, visit the Cook County Treasurer's website.
Bystander CPR Resources & Tips
Illinois Heart Rescue has shared some resources and tips to perform bystander CPR. Please keep a copy of this information so you can help someone in the event of an emergency. 
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
Grant Opportunities for Small Businesses
There are a variety of funding opportunities available small business owners can apply for to provide some financial relief from the impact of COVID-19:

Grants for Small Businesses funded by Verizon
  • On Monday, February 8, LISC launched the grant application that small businesses can use to apply for a grant of up to $10,000. Grants will be eligible for small businesses across the U.S., particularly in historically underserved communities hit hard by the pandemic. Eligible expenses for the grant include: paying rent and utilities, meeting payroll, paying outstanding debt to vendors, upgrading technology infrastructure, and other immediate operational costs. For more information, click here.
Citi Trends Grant
  • Black entrepreneurs with a confirmed selling history of their products in at least one of the following categories: apparel, beauty, skincare, haircare, footwear, home decor, bedding, bath, technology, or accessories are eligible for this grant. Ten grants of $5,000 will be awarded. Applications close on February 28, 2021. For more information, click here
2021 New Voices + Barefoot #WeStanForHer Grants
  • Grants of $10,000 each to five entrepreneurs will be awarded to Black women-owned businesses. The grants program also includes complimentary business coaching and mentoring from New Voices Foundation for each grantee's company. Applications close on February 28, 2021. For more information, 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.

On Monday, businesses that did not receive a loan during the first round of the PPP became 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:
Rogers Park Business Alliance COVID-19 Resources

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

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

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

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

#SchoolsShineIn49
Mikva Know Your Rights Convent March 3 
The Mikva Juvenile Justice Council youth will be hosting a virtual and interactive experience on Wednesday, March 3rd from 5:00 - 6:30 that aims to inform Cook County youth of their civil rights and what to do during civilian police encounters. The workshop will have legal support and will be held in collaboration with Cabrini Green Legal Aid. Attendees will discuss what rights are important to them and the nuance of civil and human rights through a restorative justice lens. It’ll be an event that celebrates the importance of civic rights, freedom of expression, and creative political advocacy. 

Register now at tinyurl.com/JJCRights 
SUFEO Legal Assistance
Stand Up For Each Other (SUFEO) Chicago is a group of law students at Loyola who provide free legal information and services to K-12 students in a variety of areas. With all the challenges of remote learning and uncertainty around school reopening, many families are concerned about their children's education. SUFEO is here to help.

Under attorney supervision, SUFEO offers support and representation to students experiencing:
  • Inadequate special education services
  • Bullying or harassment
  • Suspension, expulsion, or other discipline
  • Barriers related to COVID-19 and remote learning

Any parents/guardians who need help understanding their child's school rights should call the SUFEO hotline at 773-800-0338. 
LSC Summit 2021
The LSCs.4.ALL coalition has rescheduled its annual LSC summit for Saturday, February 27, from10 am to 3 pm. They are also adding additional time to the end of the summit for an organizing plenary.

View the program events online. To register, click here.
CPS Pick-Up Meals Continue through Winter
With the return of pre-K students to in-person learning, CPS will continue to offer free meals to the community. Any child under the age of 18 can receive a 3-day meal kit at over 450 CPS locations across the city. You do not have to be a CPS student to receive a meal. Families simply inform the cafeteria staff how many children are in their household and they will receive meals for each child.

The grab & go meal service is Monday through Friday from 8 am to 1 pm. To find a location, visit CPS's website or call (773) 553-KIDS.
Employment Opportunities
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.
RJB Properties Hiring Janitor Positions
RJB Properties is hiring full time and temporary positions janitors in the Chicago area. The starting wage is $15.55 an hour. For more information and to apply, contact their HR Administrator Mariana Diaz at 312-898-3467.
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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