49th Ward Update
December 18, 2021
Good Morning Neighbors,

We are in a serious covid surge right now. Availability of hospital beds in our region are at the lowest point in the pandemic. Our new daily cases are at the highest peak in a year. That means it's just as important that we follow the public health guidance and do everything we can to reduce the spread of this virus. With cold weather sending us indoors, winter holidays bringing us together, and the highly infectious delta and omicron strains in the community, we've got to wear our masks, wash our hands, and keep our distance where possible. Let's keep ourselves, our families and our community as safe as possible this winter break. Find out where you can get vaccinated, boosted or tested at

This week, we held our last City Council meeting of the year. Like the whole of the year preceding it, it was eventful. Firstly, our thoughts and prayers are with Alderman Carrie Austin who experienced a medical emergency during the meeting. She let us know that she is recovered and resting at home. I'm grateful for Council staff and first responders, including Aldermen Napolitano and Gardiner, who responded with professionalism and expertise is aid to Ald. Austin. 

In December's Council meeting we finally gave some measure of resolution to Ms. Anjanette Young. We'll continue to organize to pass the needed warrant and raid reforms needed with the Anjanette Young ordinance, but I am happy that our Council unanimously approved the $2.9M settlement award to Ms. Young as recompense for the harm done to her by our city when we wrongly raided her home and forced her to stand naked as 13 officers searched her home. The city made many mistakes in our interactions with Ms. Young, from the raid itself, to the way it was handled by the administration and former Corporation Counsel. We must learn from our mistakes and institute the reforms to prevent future harm to other Chicagoans.

Another historic moment happened in City Council this week. A proposed multi-family development that includes 60 units of affordable housing for the 41st Ward was approved. This is significant because this development, like many others over the years, was shut down by the Northwest side ward and their alderman. Historically, northwest side wards have strongly opposed large, multi-family developments and affordable housing projects. Many of these projects fail to proceed because of the traditional respect of aldermanic prerogative in matters of zoning. Earlier this year, I was the lone alderperson on the Zoning Committee that opposed the motion to kill this project. This week, I was proud to make the motion that made it possible for us to bring the project back to the committee. After robust debate, the project was approved by our committee and went on to receive the favorable approval by City Council as well. It's time that alderpersons do more decision-making for the better of the whole city, and not just for our wards. It's been quite the year.

Finally, please check out the rest of the newsletter for celebrations, important updates and additional public health information. As a reminder, we'll be closing the office for winter break starting December 24 and will reopen on January 4. You can call 311 to report service requests and for immediate issues. If it can wait until we're back, please leave us a voicemail or an email. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa to those who celebrate!

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
Thank you to the 49th Ward Staff!
Let's celebrate the people who serve our community as part of the 49th Ward Team. Leslie, Dan, Tiffany, Gina, Jeff, Jackie, and Marty are always there when we need them. They make sure that you're receiving services from the City, connect you to resources and work to find solutions to challenging issues big and small. Our ward wouldn't be the same without them. Thank you all for your service and dedication to our community.
Sullivan Student Receives Full-Ride Scholarship to Pomona College
Sullivan High School student Dabira Alonge-Oludaye was awarded a full-ride scholarship to Ponoma College, which only has a 9% acceptance rate, for the 2022-2023 school year, where she plans on majoring in biology.  Dabira is Sullivan's LSC student representative and a Posse Scholar. Congratulations, Dabri! We can't wait to see what the next chapter holds for you. 
Christmas in the Wards Comes to the 49th!
For the second year, our office participated in the annual giving program for kids led by the nonprofit organization, Christmas in the Wards (CITW). This year, we partnered with Gale Community Academy and Sullivan High School to identify families in our community who would most benefit from a little extra support this holiday season. CITW contributed funds for 10 families and Alderwoman Hadden matched their financial contribution to add an additional 10 families to the program. Gale families were gifted with gift cards to Target and 5 Sullivan students will receive a brand new laptop with a year of customized tutoring services as part of the program. Thank you to Christmas in the Wards, Principal Leal at Gale and Principal Thomas at Sullivan for making this event possible!
Wild Onion Market Reaches Major Milestone of 1,000 Founding Co-Op Owners!
The Wild Onion Cooperative, which has been organizing since 2014, has doubled in size over the last two years. Just this month, the co-oop welcomed its 1,000th owner, achieving a development goal and proving just how much local residents support a change in how to shop for groceries. 

The co-op's first 1,000 owners are Founding Owners, as their investment and support contributed directly to the vision of building the store. Their names will be commemorated in-store and they will receive special recognition for their part in community development. 
Ward Updates
Ward Office Closed for the Holidays
Pleased be advised that the 49th Ward office will be closed beginning on Friday, December 24, through Monday, January 3. Though staff will be back on Monday, January 3, the ward office will remain closed as we plan for 2022. The ward office will re-open to the public on Tuesday, January 4. 

Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season!
Help Neighbors Displaced by Glenwood Fire
Photo credit: Block Club Chicago
Last Thursday, 36 of our neighbors were displaced from their apartments after a fire broke out in one of the units at 6540 N. Glenwood. The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time but has been labeled as suspicious. 

Since the fire, my office has been in touch with the building owner. Unfortunately, the building has been determined to be uninhabitable, so tenants cannot return to their apartments.

Many of the tenants were receiving housing assistance from Heartland Alliance and Housing Opportunities for Women (HOW). We have connected these social service agencies with the Rogers Park Builders Group and the Department of Family Support Services (DFSS) in an effort to identify available units to rehouse the displaced tenants. My office has also connected displaced tenants with DFSS, the American Red Cross, Northside Community Resources, and the Salvation Army to identify housing options. 

We have seen an outpouring of generosity from our neighbors contacting our office asking how they can assist these neighbors in need. Please consider making a donation to one of the following fundraisers if you can:

Housing Opportunities for Women
Heartland Alliance
Community Alert: Armed Robberies
The 24th District issued a community alert this week for a series of armed robberies that happened in the community. Please be aware of your surroundings, stay in well-lit areas, and report suspicious activity immediately.

If you have any information about these incidents, please contact the Area 3 Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8263 and reference P21-3-138. 
Submit Feedback on the Zoning Change Request for 7201 N. Clark
The 49th Ward office is seeking community feedback on a zoning change request for 7201 N. Clark. The owner of the Mobil gas station, Sher Eli, 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. 

On Tuesday, December 14, the ward office hosted a community meeting on the proposal. You can view that community meeting on Facebook. You can also view the proposal presentation by clicking here.

Please submit feedback by Sunday, January 2. Feedback can be submitted online at
Committee on Rules Redistricting Public Hearings
The Committee on Committees and Rules will host a series of public hearings on the City Council's redistricting process in January. The hearings are scheduled for:
  • Thursday, January 6, at 10 am
  • Tuesday, January 11, at 1 pm
  • Thursday, January 14, at 10 am
  • Friday, January 21, at 10 am
Residents may submit written feedback ahead of a public hearing. Written feedback should be submitted via email to Specific deadlines for public comment will be detailed on the notices for the meetings, which are available to view on the City's Legistar website

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

Finally, you can stream the public hearing on the City Clerk's website at More information on the redistricting process is available on the 49th Ward website
Sullivan Construction Update
Crews reported this week that the total scope of the project at Sullivan High School is 90% complete, with minor interior details wrapping up over the winter break.

Additionally, crews have finalized the redesign of the elevator, and the structural engineer is preparing documents to be issued in the new year. Crews hope to start the elevator construction in early February, with a projected completion date in early June. 

The elevator construction should cause minimal disruption to the neighborhood. The contractor has demobilized the area where the elevator will go, leaving plenty of room for deliveries, trucks, and more. 
49th Ward Infrastructure Updates
Sewer Main Replacement Updates:

Estes/Damen (PN 7155):
  • Sewer work on Estes going west from Damen is still underway
  • Sewer work is ongoing
Farwell between Ravenswood and the alley to the west of Wolcott:
  • Due to the scope of the work for Farwell, work will not begin until the first week of February. 
  • This will allow crews to pour concrete right after finishing the pipe installation instead of waiting for agreeable conditions. 
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. 
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 25 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

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

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

Sign up to participate online. If you have questions about the research, please email
Get Vaxxed at Home & Get a $100 Gift Card
All Chicagoans  aged 12+ are eligible to be vaccinated at home. Up to 10 people can be vaccinated at a time, so Chicagoans can invite family, friends or neighbors to their home to be vaccinated together. Each person who gets vaccinated through the City's At Home program is eligible to receive a $100 Visa gift card. 

To schedule your home vaccination appointment, call 312-746-4835 or visit
Resources for Tenants Facing Eviction
With the eviction moratorium having expired, the Department of Housing has compiled eviction and lockout resources on its website at

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

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

Finally, a Rogers Park neighbor and housing justice advocate, David Zoltan, applied his expertise in all things housing to create a comprehensive guide for residents facing eviction. This guide will help individuals facing a potential eviction understand their rights and what resources might be available to them. That guide is available to review by visiting Also available now in Spanish!
Protections for Workers Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine
On April 21, an ordinance passed City Council that established labor protections for Chicago workers who take time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Under the ordinance, employers are prohibited from taking any adverse action – including termination, demotion, layoff or punitive schedule changes – against an employee for taking time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Furthermore, if a worker has paid sick leave or other accrued time available, employers must allow their employees to use that time off to receive the vaccine. Finally, if an employer requires a worker to be vaccinated, it must compensate the worker for the time taken to receive the vaccine (up to two hours per dose if inoculated during a work shift).

The ordinance expands the protections guaranteed under the Anti-Retaliation Ordinance that passed City Council in May 2020. That ordinance, which remains in effect, protects all workers from any retaliatory action from their employer if they are unable to work due to a public health directive or a COVID-19 related illness. Employers that violate this ordinance are subject to fines of between $1,000 and $5,000 per offense. 
Latest Information on COVID-19 from the
Chicago Department of Public Health

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

Community Aid
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.
Brighten the Lives of Survivors this Holiday Season!
It's important for people who have survived domestic violence to be able to make their own choices. Between Friends believes that survivors know their own needs better than anybody. That’s why every holiday season, they ask for gift cards to be donated to give directly to clients so they can make their own purchases.

This year their client need cards from the following places:

Visa gift cards:

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

Gift Card Drive
Between Friends
PO Box 608548
Chicago, IL 60660
Volunteer with 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
Greater Chicago Food Depository Assistance
The Greater Chicago Food Depository has a number of resources to assist neighbors in need. From a job training program to a food locator, they can help folks get connected to a variety of resources. Check them out below!

Food locater
Food and medical benefits assistance
Job training program
Community Engagement Opportunities
North Side AARP Meeting January 4
The Chicago Northside AARP Community Group will hold their next monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 7, at 12:30 pm. 

The meeting will feature Ed Mullen, an attorney who will discuss how redistricting is reshaping our courts in 2022. 

To register to join the Zoom meeting, email Folks may also attend in person at the Lake View Presbyterian Church, 716 W. Addison. For more information on the AARP community group, click here
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
Grow Your Own Food with the Peterson Garden Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

Federal Government:
Sign-up for Congresswoman Schakowsky's newsletter
Federal Government COVID-19 Response Website
Need to Know Info
City of Chicago Emergency Rental Assistance Program 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 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

Additionally, Northside Community Resources can assist tenants with their applications. For more information on Northside Community Resources and their contact information, visit their website.
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
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
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, 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 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, or call the marketplace at 1-800-318-2596. Get the Covered Connector app at

To learn more about Medicaid and enroll, go to
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
CHA Updating its Waitlist
The CHA is conducting a waitlist update to ensure they have current contact information for all applicants who applied for either Public Housing and/or Project-Based Voucher program on or before December 31, 2020. This helps the CHA verify the contact information for applicants and confirm that they're still interested in CHA housing. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apply Now!
Business Updates
RPBA's Annual Business Survey

Deadline: Fri, Dec 31 5pm.  

The Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) is interested in supporting the vitality of our community and, in particular, local businesses. To better assist us in its planning, please take a few minutes to answer the following questions by Fri, Dec 31, 2021. All participants will be entered to win a gift certificate to a local business.

To take the survey, click here.

RPBA Request for Proposals

Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA) seeks a consultant to assist RPBA and Special Service Area staff in completing the 2023 SSA Application as required by the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development for renewal and expansion of the existing Clark/Morse/Glenwood SSA #24. 

View RFP: here

Time frame of contract: Consultant begins Monday, January 31, 2022, to ensure passage of an ordinance by City Council no later than October 2022.

Deadline: Completed proposals are due no later than Fri, January 21, 2022. 

More information: here

Questions can be directed to Carolina Juarez,, 773.508.5885.

ComEd Small Business Assistance Program

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


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

  • Have an active ComEd service account (includes customers disconnected within the past 30 days).
  • Use less than 1400 kilowatts (kWs) of peak demand. This includes customers who are 0-100kW or watt hour. To confirm the amount of kWs your business uses, reference your ComEd bill (see sample bill).
  • Have a past balance, per the bill due date.
  • Have not received Nonprofit Special Hardship grants in 2020.
For more information and to apply, visit ComEd's website.
Chicago Scholars Now Accepting Applications for 2027 Graduating Class

Chicago Scholars has opened applications for students to join the program’s next graduating class. Academically ambitious first-generation or under-resourced students currently enrolled in their junior year of high school with plans to attend college in the fall of 2023 are encouraged to apply for the college preparation and success program.

The seven-year program is aimed at providing students from underrepresented communities with the necessary resources to succeed throughout the college admissions process, higher education, and their future careers. 

Once admitted into the program, each Scholar has access to a comprehensive support system and are guided through a specialized curriculum that outlines the college application process — each Scholar receives assistance with finding an institution that best fits their needs, gets support with developing college application materials, and attends workshops discussing how to navigate different aspects of the college experience.

Last year, the organization accepted nearly 600 new Scholars and aims to continue to expand their impact for the Class of 2027. High school students who apply will undergo a rigorous application and interview process and will be notified of acceptance in spring 2023, with orientation starting the following summer. Chicago Scholars is looking for ambitious and driven students with the goal of inspiring Chicago’s next generation of leaders. For more information on the program and how to apply, visit or send the team an email at

Truman College Transitional Bilingual Learning Community
Truman College offers a Transitional Bilingual Learning Community (TBLC). The TBLC is a two-semester, college credit program offered to students who, limited to skills in English and limited financial resources, would not otherwise be attending college on a full-time basis. 

For more information, contact Grisel Sanabria, Academic Advisor, at 773-907-4860 or at
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!
Moran Center for Youth Advocacy Launches a Rogers Park Education Advocacy Program

The Moran Center for Youth Advocacy has launched the Rogers Park Project. The project is a pilot program that will provide free educational advocacy to students living in and/or attending school in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

To learn more, call 847-492-1410. 

SUFEO Helpline Provides Free Legal Help on School Issues
Loyola's free legal helpline for the 2021-2022 school year is now OPEN. Stand Up For Each Other (SUFEO) Chicago is a group of law students that provides free legal assistance, all under attorney supervision, to K-12 students facing:
  • Inadequate special education services
  • Suspension, expulsion, and other discipline
  • Bullying, harassment, and discrimination
  • COVID-19 issues and remote learning barriers
  • Other school-related legal issues

If you work with any K-12 students or their parents/guardians who need help understanding their school rights, please encourage them to call the helpline at 773-800-0338.

Additionally, SUFEO Chicago offers free know-your-rights trainings and education law workshops to students and their parents/guardians and service providers, both virtually and in-person. Please contact SUFEO's Outreach Coordinators Sarah Bianchi and Brittany Haracz at with the subject line "Outreach Inquiry" for more information. 

CPS Launches a Children & Family Benefits Unit
Chicago Public Schools has launched a new program, the Children and Benefits Family Unit. The goal of the unit is to make sure that every student has proper medical care. They achieve this by focusing on 3 points: enroll, engage, and utilize. The Children and Benefits Family Unit help parents understand their options for Medicaid and other government benefits and helps them apply for and/or renew their benefits. The program also helps families utilize their benefits by connecting them with a primary care physician.

For more information, visit or call 773-553-KIDS (5437).
Employment Opportunities
Misericordia is Now Hiring
Misericordia seeks to hire for several key positions within the organization. 

Misericordia is home to over 600 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It has a 31-acre campus that provides around-the-clock care to support its residents. They strive to find compassionate and hardworking individuals to join its team.  Misericordia offers competitive pay rates and excellent employee benefits. 

For more information on current job openings, visit Misericordia's Careers website.
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
Chinese Mutual Aid Association is Hiring
The Adult Education Department at CMAA is actively hiring for two positions, an IT Bridge Instructor & Case Manager and a Computer Instructor. 

For more information and to apply, visit their website.
Kokua is Hiring Substitute Teachers
Kokua is hiring substitute teachers. Kokua is a social impact start-up organization - made of former teachers - driven to support the education of students when their teacher is away.  Kokua works with several schools across the city, including Acero Cruz in the 49th Ward. For more information and to apply, visit the job description website
Apply to Work at Hamdard Health Alliance
Hamdard Health Alliance has several positions open. Located in Rogers Park, Hamdard Health presents an excellent opportunity to pursue a fulfilling career that gives back to the community. To learn more, visit
Getir Chicago is Now Hiring
Getir Chicago is now hiring delivery drivers and order packers for its locations throughout the city. Learn more and apply on their website
Heartland Alliance Seeking Employees that Speak Farsi, Dari and/or Pashto to Help with Afghan Refugees
Heartland Alliance is working closely with Afghan refugees who recently arrived in Chicago. They're seeking employees and/or volunteers who speak Farsi, Dari, and Pashto to help with their efforts. 

For more information, visit or email 
Mary Crane Center is Now Hiring
Mary Crane Center is hiring a full-time teacher assistant and a classroom floater. Start a fulfilling career today in early childhood development. More information on the positions and how to apply can be found by clicking on the corresponding links below. 

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

Learn more at:
NAMI Chicago Now Hiring

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

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

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

Please apply at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To apply to become a crossing guard, please follow the steps below:
  1. Please visit the CPS Careers Website at
  2. Click on "CPS Job Board" at the bottom of the page.
  3. On the top of the next page, click on "Basic Search."
  4. Type "Crossing Guard" into the "Keywords" field.
  5. Click on the Crossing Guard job posting for the location you want to apply to, and follow the instructions to fill out the applications.
If you have any questions, please contact
Greater West Town Training Programs
Greater West Town Community Development and Project has over 30 years of expanding economic opportunities in education, job training, and job placement for Chicagoans. Check out the academic and location opportunities available to Chicago residents now, then schedule your orientation today. For more information, please call 312-563-9044 or visit
Find a Career with S&C Electric Company
S&C Electric in Rogers Park is seeking to hire team members for several key positions in their organization. S&C Electric is a 100% employee-owned team seeking several team members in the Rogers Park community to keep the lights on across the globe.

To learn more and apply, visit
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare Job Openings
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare sees to hire for several key positions within the organization. 

As one of the leading community mental health organizations in Illinois, Trilogy is committed to excellence, diversity, and opportunity. They are a mission-driven organization as committed to innovative practice models in mental health treatment as they are to helping our employees do their best work.

Working at Trilogy is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and help strengthen the community.

For more information on current job openings, visit Trilogy's Careers website at


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

Heartland Alliance works to advance human rights and champion human dignity by providing services and promoting solutions to achieve a more just global society. Heartland Alliance's mission is to advance human rights and respond to the human needs of endangered populations—particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced—through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society. Its approach is multi-faceted and intentional and intersects through three focus areas: health and healing, safety and justice, and economic opportunity.

For more information on job openings, visit Heartland Alliance's Careers website by clicking here
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