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39th Ward Newsletter
February 10, 2021

Dear Neighbor,

I hope this newsletter finds you healthy and well. As temperatures continue to be in the single digits, please take precautions. Please check in on your neighbors, especially seniors. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications issues helpful alerts and notifications to keep residents up to date on weather conditions and emergencies: 

  • Notify Chicago: Sign up for emergency alerts at www.NotifyChicago.org

  • COVID: For COVID-19 updates, text “COVID19” to 6-7-2-8-3.

Last week, the City announced a partnership with Zocdoc, an online healthcare scheduler, to be the primary platform for eligible residents to find and book COVID-19 vaccinations in Chicago. Zocdoc will manage appointment availability from Point of Dispensing (POD) sites and local care organizations to create a central point of access to help Chicagoans receive vaccinations.

When you are eligible for the vaccination, Zocdoc will guide you to nearby vaccination locations and appointment availability. You will be able to select the date, time, and location.

Please click here to confirm your eligibility and find the POD location nearest you.

Healthcare workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities continue to be vaccinated. The City recently moved into the early stages of Phase 1b, opening up vaccinations available to residents who are 65+ years old and specific groups of highest-risk and front-line essential workers. For more information on Chicago's vaccine rollout, visit here. 

We are pleased to share that Chicago Public School students will have the option to return to in-person learning. Before the start of the fourth quarter, families who chose to continue learning at home will be offered another opportunity to return to school. Non-cluster high school classes are not currently scheduled for in-person learning. The return schedule is as follows:

  • Pre-K and Cluster Programs: Students and staff return on Thursday, February 11, 2021.

  • Kindergarten - Fifth Grade: Teachers and staff return on February 22. Students have the option to return on March 1, 2021.

  • Sixth - Eighth Grade: Teachers and staff return on March 1, 2021. Students have the option to return on March 8, 2021. 

Thank you to everyone who reached out to our office regarding CPS's re-opening plan. I will continue to work closely with our school communities as we work together to ensure the safety of our students and schools. Learn more here: www.cps.edu/school-reopening-2020/.

The 39th Ward Public Service Office will be closed on Friday, February 12, and Monday, February 15, in observance of Abraham Lincoln's birthday and President's Day. For emergencies, please call 311 or 911. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, February 16. Out of an abundance of caution, we are not open to public walk-ins. Please reach out should you have any questions, comments, or concerns at 773.736.5594 or via email at Ward39@CityOfChicago.Org.

Very truly yours,

Alderman Samantha Nugent

39th Ward Updates
Small Business Stimulus and Loan Relief 
Through March 1, I am partnering with Cook County Commissioner Gainer to help small business owners and constituents navigate stimulus and loan relief. For assistance, call 312.630.4210 or email district10@cookcountyil.gov. 
Small Business Office Hours
USPS Delivery Complaints
My office has received an increase in reports of missed mail delivery. We are working with the US Postal Service and Congressman Mike Quigley's Office to ensure mail is delivered to you in a timely manner. If you are experiencing problems with your mail delivery, please complete the form below. Once received, my office will report this to the Post Office.
USPS Complaints
Application Now Open:
Senior Sewer Exemption and Rebate Program
The Senior Citizen Sewer Exemption entitles seniors ages 65 or over, residing in their own residence with separate city water service, to an exemption from payment of the sewer service charge. This exemption provides substantial savings to seniors. Residents only have to apply once for this exemption. 

Senior Citizens, who own and occupy their own residence, but who are not eligible for the Senior Citizen Sewer Charge Exemption due to property type, can apply for the Senior Citizen Sewer Rebate. This provides an annual $50 rebate in lieu of the exemption. Residents have to re-apply every year for this rebate.

For more information on how to apply, click below.
Senior Sewer Exemption and Rebate Program
Everyday Edgebrook's Virtual Winter Bash
Now through February 24, Everday Edgebrook is hosting their Virtual Winter Bash. Enter this fundraiser for a chance to win over $1,000 in prizes from Edgebrook businesses. To learn more about tickets, click below.
Learn More
City of Chicago Announcements
COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines
Phase IV Gradually Resume
The City of Chicago is now in Phase IV Gradually Resume. This means restaurants can reopen indoor dining, and are limited to 25% capacity or 50 people per space. Bars, taverns or breweries without a food license can reopen indoors as long as they partner with a food establishment (e.g., making menus available and allowing delivery, allowing patrons to order from third-party delivery services). To learn more about regulations under Phase IV, visit chicago.gov/reopening.
Chicago Police Department
Carjacking Prevention Tips
Throughout the City of Chicago, there has been an uptick in carjackings. The Chicago Police Department has detailed steps you can take to prevent a carjacking or a robbery. 
Preventative Steps
Youth Focus Group on Carjackings
In response to the recent surge in carjackings across the City, the Mayor's Youth Commission will be hosting a series of focus groups to understand your perspective on why they are happening, how the City should respond, and what we can do to prevent these incidents. Focus groups are only open to youths ages 13-21. Click here to learn more and to sign-up for a focus group.
Free Economic Empowerment Programs
City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin has partnered with Operation HOPE to launch a new program: HOPE Inside. This year-long initiative offers FREE credit and money management programs for all Chicago residents and businesses. To learn more about the program's offerings, visit chicagocitytreasurer.com/hopeinside.
HOPE Inside
Black History Month
High School Senior Scholarship Essay Contest
Calling all high school seniors. Win up to $1,500 in City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin & BMO Harris Bank's 2021 Black History Month High School Senior Scholarship Essay Contest! For more information on how to apply, click below.
Apply Here
Application Now Open:
CityArts Program
Applications are now open through March 3, 2021, for the 2021 CityArts Program. This program includes opportunities to apply for general operating grants, as well as project grants focused on rebuilding and recovery across all artistic disciplines. See below for more information. Click here to learn more and to apply.
NOW Hiring!
 Asphalt and Concrete Construction Jobs
The City of Chicago is now hiring candidates for asphalt and concrete construction jobs. Click here for more information on compensation and benefits packages.
Apply Here
Police Communications Operator
The Office of Emergency Management & Communications is currently accepting applications for a police communications operator position (9-1-1 call taker). This job posting will be open until February 22, 2021. To learn more, click here.
Apply Here
Expanding Your Horizons
STEM Conference 
Expanding Your Horizons is hosting its annual one-day STEM conference on Saturday, March 20 via Zoom. This conference is open for young girls in grades 6th-8th. At this conference, students will work with women scientists from all over Chicago and engage in virtual workshops covering math, physics, and biomedical engineering topics. Visit eyhchicago.com for more information.
Construct Infrastructure Academy
Skills Development Program 
Construct Infrastructure Academy is now offering an 11-week program that covers technical and success skills development, access to 40+ partner companies in construction and engineering, and an opportunity to get an up-close look at the various entry-level career paths available in construction-related fields. For more information on this program, click here.
Sunshine Enterprises
Community Business Academy
Sunshine Enterprises offers hands-on business training and mentoring through their Community Business Academy. Enrollment for their 12-week Community Business Academy is now open. Click here to learn more and to apply.
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