48th Ward Update- May 24, 2021

48th Ward UpdateView this email in your browserMay 24, 2021
Dear Neighbor,

Today I joined The Resurrection Project, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and Department of Housing Commissioner Marisa Novara to announce the launch of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), an $80 million program that will assist with missed rent and utility payments dating back 12 months and up to 3 future months. This program is a critical step toward Chicago’s recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. These funds come from the Federal American Rescue Plan package.

Eligible applicants for ERAP must have a household income below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) and preference will be given to households who make less than 50% AMI. These funds will be available to Chicago residents regardless of citizenship status. Eligible Chicagoans can apply at Chicago.gov/RentHelp through Wednesday, June 8, 2021 at 11:59pm. If you need assistance applying, the ERAP Call Center is available by calling 312-698-0202 Monday through Friday, 9am to 7 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Construction Updates

CTA Red Purple Modernization Project

Today crews closed down Ardmore between Winthrop and the CTA viaduct, and this stretch of Ardmore will remain closed through the end of 2021. Unless there is dangerous construction activity on the street, at least one sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians during this extended closure, and there will be local access to the alley west of the viaduct.

Additional current and upcoming impacts related to the RPM project:Rolling Alley Blockages – West of Winthrop, Ardmore to Leland (estimated one block per week)
May 12 through July 2
View details in Construction Activity NoticeExtended Street Closure – Ardmore between tracks and Winthrop
Monday, May 24 through December 30, 2021
View details in Construction Activity NoticeSidewalk Impact – In front of Bryn Mawr station
Monday, May 24 through Friday, May 28
View details in Construction Activity NoticeOvernight Track Work – Near Bryn Mawr station platforms
May 24 through May 29
View details in Construction Activity NoticeStreet Closure – Balmoral between Broadway and Winthrop
June 1-3 & 7-11
Construction Activity Notice forthcomingSee below for resources on getting connected to receive construction alerts, view archived footage of community meetings, and other information about this once-in-a-lifetime project for our community:Sign up for RPM construction alertsFollow CTA RPM on TwitterFacebook, and InstagramBookmark this link to an interactive map that shows street/alley closures & CTA service impactsCheck out recordings from last week’s Station-by-Station meetingsVisit transitchicago.com/rpm for comprehensive information about the projectCheck out the Open for Business microsite to see how you can support impacted businessesAndersonville Watermain Project UpdateWork on Summerdale is scheduled to be completed today, 5/24. Work on Berwyn is expected to start today, 5/24Work on Farragut is expected to begin on Tuesday, 5/25All Benchmark work on private drains is expected to be completed by the end of the week, weather permitting.People’s Gas Project – Devon/Magnolia/Lakewood/Wayne/HighlandPGL crews are working on some scattered service transfers and cut offs on the 6300 blocks of Magnolia, Lakewood, and Wayne. Transfer work with the customers is going slower than expected with getting access so that is pushing back the restoration start times. PGL needs to have the majority of transfer work and retirement cut offs done before they can start concrete restoration.The 1500 block of Highland has been cleared to start restoration. Concrete restoration is expected to begin by the end of this week and into next week. All of this is weather permitting. 

Sincerely,Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward
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