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October 22nd, 2021
40th Forward Issue #114

Dear Neighbors,

We expect final budget language to be presented for a vote in the coming week. This will set the City's spending levels for the next year, including the funds that all of our service departments use to pay for staff, vehicles, supplies, and other essentials. 

I invite Ward residents to join me on Monday Nov. 1 for an online town hall update on the 2022 budget and City Council and committee votes, which will be hosted at our regular Ward Night link: https://bit.ly/40-VWN
 

I believe strongly in City Council's role as an independent legislative body, and was proud to introduce the first independent budget proposal in over thirty years. That preliminary framework, which was drafted before the final numbers for federal aid and revenue projections were released, has helped shape and guide my priorities for this budget season, including:
  • Increased spending for our direct service department, including new building inspectors and public way construction inspectors; mental health and homelessness services outreach and support teams; additional garbage carts and delivery services to cut down on replacement wait times; and forestry crews for proactive, grid-based tree trimming, maintenance, and inoculation.
     
  • Dramatic increases in the city's affordable housing, homelessness prevention, public health, and business and workforce development spending.
     
  • The city's largest allocations ever for non-police violence and crisis prevention initiatives, including direct street outreach/violence prevention teams, non-police emergency first responders, domestic and gender-based violence prevention and survivor aid, and the continued expansion of our city's mental health care network.
We expect multiple committee and council hearings over the coming week as the budget is finalized and called for a vote. As always, residents are encouraged to tune in via livestream at the City Clerk's website -- livestream links are posted at the top of the homepage at the start of every Council or committee meeting, and a full schedule can be found on the Council's Legistar calendar page
 
Yours in Service and Solidarity,


Alder Andre Vasquez, 40th Ward 

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Ward Resources & Updates

Zoning Updates: Details on all zoning proposals and decisions, and a link to the feedback form for any requests open for comment, can be found at: https://40thward.org/currentzoningrequests/

DONATE OLD FANS AND SPACE HEATERS AT THE 40th WARD OFFICE! We are happy to make used box fans and space heaters available to neighbors in need whose homes are not climate controlled. Drop off any time between 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday. If you are in need of a heater or fan, please call us at (773) 654-1867 for availability information. 


One of the bright spots amidst the COVID pandemic has been the growth of the 40th Ward's volunteer program. The Neighbor Network has done amazing work for the ward - from making reusable masks, to delivering PPE and groceries, to making thousands of wellness calls, and helping callers with service requests - we are so grateful for their help. As our office re-opens 6/28/21, we need your help more than ever! If you would like to be part of the Neighbor Network, you can join us at http://bit.ly/JoinNN
 



The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) recently announced the Chicago Creative Worker Assistance Program, which will provide relief grants to artists and creative workers who are residents of Chicago and lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, November 10 at 5:00pm CST. To learn more and apply, visit chicagoculturalgrants.org.

 



With the federal eviction moratorium officially ending, the Department of Housing wants renters to make sure they know their rights and access City resources to help them stay housed:
  • 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.
  • Get legal help. Free legal assistance is available to Chicago renters. Go to Rentervention.com, which is provided by the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, a DOH delegate agency.
  • Get financial help. DOH maintains a current list of places residents can apply for emergency rental assistance at Chicago.gov/RentHelp.

 

Free online English language classes from Heartland Alliance! For more information, scan the QR codes in the images or call 872-315-5383 or email VELT@heartlandalliance.org

20th District Online Costume Party - email submissions to CAPS.020District@chicagopolice.org
 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Donation Drive - in support of Connections for Abused Women and their Children. Drop off donations of personal care items, diapers, laundry, new clothing, and household items in the lobby of the 20th District CAPS office, 5400 N Lincoln Ave. 

Blood Drive Monday Nov. 1st, 1-5:30pm, at St. Philip Lutheran Church & School, 2498 W Bryn Mawr.

To schedule your donation, visit communityblood.org/donor. Click "Donate Now" and search for sponsor code CN11. You also may call 800-280-4102.

Appointments required to ensure appropriate social distancing. Photo ID Required.

The We Will Chicago team is conducting surveys as part of Chicago's first citywide urban planning initiative in decades. Make your voice heard by filling out surveys for areas that interest you online at: https://wewillchicago.com/help-share-the-future-of-chicago

Business Highlight: Custom Home Care
 
We love our local businesses! Each week we highlight a 40th Ward business in our newsletter. If you'd like your business to be featured, submit online at https://bit.ly/40thbusiness. Today's highlighted business is: 
 
Custom Home Care
2716 W Peterson Ave
(773) 561-4663
Facebook: Custom Home Care, LLC
Instagram: chcchicagoland
Twitter: @custom_homecare
LinkedIn: Custom Home Care, LLC
www.customhomecare.net
 
In Their Own Words: Custom Home Care provides at home care for seniors in Chicagoland. Our compassionate, qualified caregivers are 100% vaccinated for Covid-19 and able to help seniors with Activities of Daily Living such as dressing, bathing and grooming, companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping and more. 

40th Ward Events

On Mondays Alderman Vasquez hosts Virtual 40th Ward Night. Residents are welcome to join the open forum for city and ward updates; it is also an opportunity to bring up topics that matter to you and ask Ald. Vasquez questions. Register at bit.ly/40-VWN.



Friday, October 22, 5:30pm: 20th District Walk to End Domestic Violence, Immanuel Evangelical Church, 5210 N Washtenaw. 

Friday, October 22, 5-8pm: The businesses of Damen Avenue join forces for Damen at Night – an after-hours party featuring deals, treats, entertainment, and special products you won’t find at any other time.  At the start of Summer and Fall the party spills outside with pop-up vendors and street musicians set up along the route.  During the Winter the festivities occur twice in December to help you check off your Holiday gift list.  Be sure to come out and tour Ravenswood’s trendiest businesses in style!

Saturday October 23, 10am-2pm: Bring out your pup to Pup-O-Ween on the second to last Saturday of October.  Various vendors will offer treats and promotions to your dog as you Trick-or-Treat them around the Ainslie Arts Plaza.  And don’t worry, the fun isn't just for your pup.  There will be something for you owners as well!

Costume contest registration: http://www.lsrcc.org/form/view/24462

Saturday, October 23rd, 3pm: Community Conversation with the 24th District police focused on the experiences and needs of the immigrant community. Ismali Jamatkhana Center, 1124 W Rosemont. 

Monday October 25th, 6-8pm: Since 2018, the Chicago Police Department has been hosting a 2-part Community Conversation series per District in order to formulate the District's Strategic Plan for the following year. The 1st part is held in October and the follow-up conversation is held in November. The first Community Conversation for the 19th District will be held Monday October 25th from 6-8pm online at the following link: eventbrite.com/e/17834839197

Monday October 25th, 6-8pm: Since 2018, the Chicago Police Department has been hosting a 2-part Community Conversation series per District in order to formulate the District's Strategic Plan for the following year. The 1st part is held in October and the follow-up conversation is held in November. The first Community Conversation for the 20th District will be held Monday October 25th from 6-8pm online at the following link: eventbrite.com/e/178211785247

Wednesday, October 27, 6-8pm: This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, please join our partners at the Women's Justice Institute and incarcerated survivors of gender-based violence for an amazing online event on October 27, from 6 pm to 8 pm CT. Twenty-two survivors inside of prison have written and performed pieces about their own experiences and the recorded performance will be premiered that night. There will also be a live Q and A with the artists and information about upcoming legislation to support survivors who have been punished for being abused. This is a free event and attendees from anywhere around the world are welcome. To register, go to bit.ly/LookAtMeOctober

Wednesday, Oct 27, 6:30pm: Rental Assistance & Resisting Evictions 

Have you or someone you know fallen behind on rent? Do you know your rights? 

Now that Illinois’ eviction moratorium has ended, landlords will soon be able to begin eviction proceedings but it’s not too late to apply for rental assistance. 

Learn how you can apply for rental assistance, legally resist evictions, and understand how the court eviction system works. 

Working Family Solidarity Executive Director Leone Jose Bicchieri will facilitate a free panel presentation with representatives from the State of Illinois,  the City of Chicago, and the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing to connect people to the information and resources to help them stay in their homes. There will be time for questions and comments. Spanish/English interpretation is available. 

Register by Tues., Oct 26 at https://bit.ly/RentEvictionHelp

Wednesday, October 27, 6:30pm: Advanced Care Planning with Five Wishes, Presented on Zoom by Maureen Burns, Community Health Worker, JourneyCare. This event takes place on Zoom. Please register for this event at the event listing page on the Chicago Public Library website: chipublib.org, or use a smart phone to link to the event listing with the QR code in the image (click to enlarge).

Thursday October 28, 4-6pm: Trick or Treat Meet and Greet with Dr. Sarah Kahn at Hamdard Health Alliance, 1542 W Devon Ave.

Saturday, October 30, 2021, 11am: Hospice 101: Understanding Hospice Care & Its Benefits, Presented on Zoom by Maureen Burns, Community Health Worker, JourneyCare. This event takes place on Zoom. Please register for this event at the event listing page on the Chicago Public Library website: chipublib.org, or use a smart phone to link to the event listing with the QR code in the image (click to enlarge).

Saturday, October 30, 2-4pm: St. Hilary School's annual Trunk or Treat will be held in the school parking lot at 5614 N Fairfield. 

Saturday, October 30, 5-6pm: Bring the kids to Ghostly Garden, a non-scary Halloween event for small children, held at the West Andersonville Community Garden starting at Ravenswood & Berwyn. Games, treats, and prizes -- come in costume! Sponsored by West Andersonville Neighbors Together (WANT)

Wednesday, November 3, 5:30pm: CASINO UPTOWN, Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Avenue

Uptown’s biggest party returns on November 3rd!  CASINO UPTOWN features games, food, and drinks at the historic Byline Bank ARAGON BALLROOM along with a special performance by the roaring 20-piece big band sound of the Lakeside Pride Jazz Orchestra!

Play it UP! Play poker, blackjack, roulette, or craps to win incredible prizes! Enjoy great food from Uptown restaurants, libations, and live jazz.  Step on the floor and show us your best moves as we dance the night away! 

Please note that proof of a full COVID vaccination will be required to attend this year’s event.

Details and tickets:  https://exploreuptown.org/casino/

Thursday, November 11, 6:30-8 pm: Flash Fiction: Writers on the Edge

Write on! Would you like an audience for your original, short story (up to 500 words)? Review the guidelines; then register to read and register to attend as one of the 30 participants. Readers need an audience so register if you'd like to hear from writers in Edgewater and beyond. Find out more about this Open Mic Zoom program from Friends of the Edgewater Library and the Edgewater Branch.

COVID-19 Update and Health Information

The Chicago Department of Public Health has issued a new mask mandate, based on an increase in COVID-19 case rates. Masks are required in all indoor public settings, including bars and restaurants, gyms, common areas of condos and multi-residential buildings, and private clubs. Similar to previous mask mandates, masks can be removed at restaurants, bars and other eating/drinking establishments by patrons when they are actively eating and drinking. Masks can also be removed for certain activities that require their removal, such as beard shaves or facials. Additionally, masks can be removed by employees in settings that are not open to the public, if employees are static and maintaining at least six feet from all other individuals (office cubicles, for example).


Masks also remain mandatory on public transportation, in healthcare settings, schools, and correctional and congregate settings. The new public health order does not include capacity limits at public places, and masking remains optional in outdoor settings, where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is lower. Masks are recommended for unvaccinated individuals in crowded outdoor settings.

Because more than 70% of Chicago adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, Chicago’s rates of COVID hospitalization and death are much lower than they were in 2020 at the same case rate. The single most important thing you can do to help combat COVID-19 is get vaccinated! Vaccinations are available at home for any resident of Chicago over the age of 12 -- call (312) 746-4835 to make an appointment, or you can register online for an at-home vaccination timeslot.

Please continue masking in public to help our unvaccinated and immunocompromised neighbors. 



At-home vaccinations are now available for all Chicago residents age 12 and up! Get vaccinated for your health, and for a $100 gift card: call (312) 746-4835 or register online for an at-home vaccination timeslot.


Public Safety Information

Beginning on Wednesday morning, our office received various calls and emails regarding sounds that many neighbors, from parts of the ward that weren’t all in proximity, were concerned were shots fired.

CPD has looked  over the calls for service from the 17th, 19th and 20th District.  It does not appear to be a bonafide shooting incident.  

At every scene, no casings could be found or any vehicle or buildings damaged by gun fire.  Furthermore,  there was a witness that stated that they witnessed a sedan with a loud crackling muffler that would rev the engine and then travel at a high rate of speed.  

After intense investigation by the Chicago Police Department that found no evidence of any firearms discharges, they were confident that no shooting had occurred.

I absolutely understand the fears and concerns expressed by our neighbors, especially in the context of increased violence across our city. Please know that public safety is the highest priority of our office and we are working to address those concerns. 


Small Business and Employment Resources


  

CPS is hiring local crossing guards. To apply:
  1. Please visit the CPS Careers Website at cps.edu/careers

  2. Click on "CPS Job Board" at the bottom of the page.

  3. On the top of the next page, click on "Basic Search"

  4. Type "Crossing Guard" into the "Keywords" field.

  5. Click on the Crossing Guard job posting for the location you want to apply, and follow the instructions to fill out the application.

  6. If you have any questions, please contact Crossingguard@cps.edu


WORK LOCAL! Visit the websites of our neighboring Chambers of Commerce site for their listings of current job offerings:

   

Chicago Police Department is hiring! Visit chicagopolice.org for more information.

 
CTA is hiring! View job postings and apply on line at www.transitchicago.com/careers.

For Students and Families


The Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center (CIADC) is a Rogers Park non-profit organization providing creative industrial arts education to Chicagoland Youth and Adults. CIADC offers FREE afterschool classes to Chicago Public School students in grades 6-12, giving more accessibility to hands-on applications relating to STEM, Trade, and Art/Design career pathways. 

More information on our Youth Pathways Program can be found at https://www.ciadc.org/youth-classes-grades-6-12

Chicago Public Library offers homework help with teachers at the Budlong Woods Library Sunday-Wednesday. For more information, call 312-742-9590.
 

Free, online children's programming via Zoom available from the Budlong Woods Library! For more information, call 312-742-9590.

For CHA Residents: CHA Scattered Site Housing has a social and support group for young girls to have open discussion without judgement. We meet every third Thursday of the month until January.

For Seniors
The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) Senior Services Division offers a variety of citywide programs designed to address the diverse needs and interests of older Chicagoans and their caregivers. In general, all Chicagoans aged 60 and older are eligible for services. Some programs have lower ages of eligibility, call us!

Call Information and Assistance at 312-744-4016, or call 311 Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or email aging@cityofchicago.org
 

Small Accessibility Repairs for Seniors (SARFS) - The SARFS program provides safety, security, and accessibility improvements and repairs that may include grab bars, lever faucets, door repairs, floor repairs, bathroom repairs, kitchen repairs, and carbon monoxide detectors. Contact Violet Espinoza (773-338-7722 ext. 21 or violet@northsidecr.com) Northside Community Resources, for more information.

                      

More Community Events and Resources


 



On January 1st, Legal Aid Chicago officially began operating its federally funded Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC). The LITC represents low-income clients in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and educates individuals about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers through community outreach programs. We also strive to assist low-income taxpayers whose primary language is not English.

We provide free tax advice and representation to individuals and families in Cook County whose income is at or below 250% of the federal poverty level (currently $32,200 for a household of 1, $43,550 for a household of 2, etc.) with active disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding their federal income taxes, including:
  • IRS audits, including audits based on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) & Child or Dependent Credit
  • IRS debt collection attempts, including federal tax liens
  • Employee/Independent Contractor Misclassifications and 1099 income reporting issues
  • Tax return preparer fraud
  • Innocent and injured spouse relief
  • Tax-related identity theft
  • Representation before the U.S Tax Court
Our LITC creates presentations, workshops, and seminars on a variety of different income tax topics that impact low income taxpayers. Additionally, We work with our community partners to tailor the informational workshops so that they meet the greatest needs of their taxpayer audience, including taxpayers who speak English as a second language.

Taxpayers needing assistance can call us at (312)341-1070 or apply on-line at legalaidchicago.org.

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.


 


40th Ward Office Staff

Jessica Peters, Chief of Staff: Jessica@40thward.org
Geoffrey Cubbage, Director of Development & Legislation: Geoffrey@40thward.org
Pooja Ravindran, Director of Constituent Services & Community Building: Pooja@40thward.org
Jose Manuel Almanza, Constituent Services Manager: Jose@40thward.org
Bill Hohenadel, Ward Superintendent: William.Hohenadel@cityofchicago.org
Communications & Press Inquiriescomms@40thward.org

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