16th Ward Weekly E-Newsletter
April 23, 2020

Dear Resident and Neighbor,

I pray that you and your family are doing well during the Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order. 

If there’s one thing this crisis has shown me, it’s how everyday people have stepped up in helping any way they can. For example, organizations and their volunteers have safely delivered meals to our most vulnerable seniors, clergy have made their services available online, and neighbors have donated supplies such as masks to hand out to essential workers in the community.

These are challenging times, but there are ways in which we can do simple things to help one another. Try to check-in on your neighbors, give a friendly wave from a distance, look out for one another. Remember, this is new for all of us, but we will get through this together.

Very truly yours,

Stephanie D. Coleman
Alderman, 16th Ward
Competitive Grant for Community Collaboration Supports has been extended to Friday, May 15 th , 2020 at 5:00pm
Dear Community Partner,
Are you are community organization or community collaboration in Chicago that has been bringing people in your community together to support education outcomes? Is your collaboration interested in supporting the enrollment of young children in your community?

If you respond, “Yes,” to these questions, we invite your collaboration to submit an application to receive funding to increase enrollment of young children in your communities, with an intentional focus of enrollment of 4 year old children in Chicago Early Learning programs. 
In March 2019, Mayor Rahm Emanuel released the  Chicago’s Roadmap for Implementing Universal Pre-K  to outline how Chicago can implement Universal Pre-K (UPK) in Chicago – targeting an initial 28 communities for the second year of roll-out and 35 additional communities in the third year. 

To support this initiative, Illinois Action for Children is working with the Mayor’s Office of Early Learning, Chicago Department of Family Support Services, and Chicago Public Schools. This funding opportunity will support engagement and outreach to families in collaboration with community partners and providers to ensure all children are enrolled in a high-quality program.
To apply: Complete the attached application
The application opened:  Monday, March 2, 2020
Applications are due:  Friday, May 15, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Submission: Send the application and required attachments to Leatha Asbury, Chicago-Community Impact Program Manager:  asburyl@actforchildren.org
Information Session: We will host an optional webinar for collaborations interested in applying:
Webinar date: Tuesday- April 28, 2020 from 1-2pm (CST)
Webinar Registration: Please register for Competitive Grant for Collaboration Supports (Chicago Early Learning):  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2025234853888482061
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If you missed the webinar, you may access the recording using the link above.
Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund

Are you a 16th Ward Small Business that employs less that 50 workers making less the $3 million in gross revenue?

If so, apply before the Friday, April 24th deadline for an opportunity to receive a low-interest loan of up to $50,000.

Thank you to  Chicago Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin  for making this accessible to our Chicago Small Businesses.
Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES )

Many people have had a difficult time accessing the department’s  website  and phone lines.
IDES has implemented several measures to streamline the filing process. These include improving the website’s infrastructure to increase capacity, extending call center hours and increasing call center staff.
In addition to these measures, IDES is now implementing a new alphabetized schedule to help reduce wait times for claims filed both online and over the phone. The day or time of day you call will not affect whether you receive benefits or your benefit amount. The schedules are as follows:
Online Filing Schedule:
People with last names A-M are asked to file claims on Sundays, Tuesdays or Thursdays.

People with last names N-Z are asked to filed claims on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Saturdays are available for those who are unable to file during their allotted time.

Call Center Filing Schedule:
People with last names A-M are asked to file claims on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

People with last names N-Z are asked to file claims on Mondays and Wednesdays between 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. will be reserved for those who are unable to file during their allotted time.
You can file your unemployment insurance claim online  here .

To file your claim over the phone, you can call 1-800-244-5631.
Infrastructure Improvement - S. Racine Ave. Restoration

Alderman Stephanie D. Coleman is happy to announce that the street restoration of Racine Avenue from Garfield Blvd. to 59th Street will began Wednesday, April 16, 2020 and continue into May.

In late 2018 the Department of Water Management upgraded the 12 inch water main along Racine Ave. That old water main dated back to 1890!

Construction always involves inconveniences and noise. The Department of Transportation and Department of Water Management has assured Alderman Coleman that they will do everything possible to maintain our quality of life throughout the restoration of this project.
Census 2020: Be Counted 16th Ward!!

Today is week 6 of the Census Response Period. As of today, 4,742 households in your ward have responded to the 2020 Census.

Here are the Facts:
  • 10,217 households which have not responded!
  • Our ward has a self-response rate of 31.7%. Overall,
  • 45.4% of all Chicagoans have responded to the Census, and Chicago’s target is a 75% self-response rate.
  • There are about 575,547 households left in Chicago which have not responded.

Remember, for every person counted in the 16th Ward, we stand to gain approximately $1,400 more per person that could be used towards parks like Lindblom Park, schools like Morrill School, and infrastructure like sewer/water main upgrades, arterial street resurfacing and more!

Be counted! Take 10 minutes to complete
The Illinois Department of Human Services’ free-of-charge emotional support text line.

Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19.

 Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0, or for Spanish, “HABLAR” to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0.
No Fee Senior Shopping for Seniors

Students are shopping for seniors during this pandemic and are providing help for those that need groceries delivered.
One Summer Chicago Applications Open

One Summer Chicago brings together government institutions, community-based organizations and companies to offer over 30,000 employment and internship opportunities to youth and young adults ages 14 to 24.

Applications are being accepted through May 20, 2020

✒️   📙   Open Books Writing Competition 2020   📖   ✏️

ATTENTION STUDENTS!! Enter Open Books Writing Competition!
Deadline May 8, 2020

Winning students receive up to $1,000 to further education.
Additionally, up to 10 authors from each age group will be selected to have their story published in a short story anthology.

Students can submit a short story, non-fiction essay, personal narrative, or poem.
Chicago Public Schools - Distribution Plan

Since the temporary closure of our schools due to COVID-19, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has provided 2.8 million grab-and-go meals to families , and are committed to continue providing these meals during spring break and until CPS schools reopen.

To provide our families with the most consistent services while picking up grab-and-go meals during the closure and to better support school staff, food distribution sites will be changing beginning Monday, April 6.

Starting Monday, April 13: Monday - Friday • 9AM - 1PM
Sites Near us:

DAVIS M  6740 S PAULINA ST, Chicago, IL, 60636
FAIRFIELD 6201 S FAIRFIELD AVE, Chicago, IL, 60629
MORRILL 6011 S ROCKWELL ST, Chicago, IL, 60629
NICHOLSON 6006 S PEORIA ST, Chicago, IL, 60621
OTOOLE 6550 S SEELEY AVE, Chicago, IL, 60636
EARLE 2040 W 62ND ST, Chicago, IL, 60636
CLAREMONT  2300 W 64TH ST, Chicago, IL, 60636
LIBBY 5300 S LOOMIS BLVD, Chicago, IL, 60609

5411 S. Ashland Ave Chicago, Illinois 60609 Tel 773-306-1981