This week the City of Chicago announced that it will no longer require masks for fully vaccinated people in most settings, including businesses. Following federal and state guidelines, masks will still be required, regardless of vaccination status, in health care settings, schools, correctional/congregate settings, and on public transportation.
While we have made tremendous progress, at this point 49% of residents in zip codes that make up the 39th ward have gotten the first dose of vaccine, and 39% are fully vaccinated. City-wide 48% of Chicagoans have gotten the first dose of vaccine but only 38% are fully vaccinated. While these numbers are promising, I encourage you to stay safe and mindful while we work to protect our community.
Block Parties are back this summer in Chicago! On June 6th, the Permit Office will begin accepting block party applications for events scheduled for July 5th or later in the year. Please click here to read the Chicago Department of Public Health's COVID-19 Block Party Guidelines. You can apply for a block party permit here. If you have already submitted an application, my office will contact you once the permit has been issued.
Lakeshore Recycling Systems, now known as LRS, will be the new service provider for our residential Blue Cart recycling program in the 39th Ward beginning Monday, June 7th. Your week and day of pick-up will not change. While we do not anticipate any service interruptions, if there is a missed pick-up, please call my office at 773.736.5594 or email Ward39@CityofChicago.org.
Chicago has one of the worst recycling rates of any U.S. city at just 9%. Please be mindful about the best bin to use when disposing of an item. Click here to find a list of recyclable household items accepted by our recycling provider.
On Monday, May 24th, at 9 a.m., tenants and landlords can apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which provides grants of up to 12 months of unpaid rent and three months of future rent for eligible tenants and landlords. To learn more about the application process, click here. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, June 8th.
The 39th Ward Public Service Office is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. While the office is open for walk-ins, appointments are encouraged. You can schedule an appointment by calling or emailing our office. Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us via phone at 773.736.5594 or email Ward39@CityOfChicago.org.
Very truly yours,
Alderman Samantha Nugent