48th Ward Update- November 2, 2020

48th Ward Update
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November 2, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

Thank you to all of our neighbors who made it a safe and happy Halloween this weekend. The weather cooperated and it was fun to see the creativity shine through with neighbors’ innovative candy chutes and home decorations. Everyone who participated made it a very special day for the kids in our neighborhood. 

As we prepare for Election Day tomorrow, it is important that we all continue to be community minded and to choose kindness. If you plan to vote tomorrow in person, please wear a mask to the polling place. The Broadway Armory Early Voting location will be open tomorrow for voting, regardless of your address, and will continue to offer a secure dropbox for absentee ballots. Please visit the Chicago Board of Elections site to confirm your voting information. 

This has been an incredibly challenging year, and there is a lot of tension and anxiety across our country regarding the election. We have shown ourselves to be a connected and compassionate community. Let us all continue to practice patience and find ways to bring a positive mindset to this week. If you or a loved one are in need of mental health support, please click here to learn about free resources in Chicago. As we enter the winter months, we have to make sure to not only take care of our physical health but also our emotional and mental wellness.

As Coronavirus positivity and hospitalization rates continue to increase in Chicago, we are reminded of the need to wear our masks, wash our hands frequently, and pay attention to any symptoms we are experiencing. It is also more critical this year than ever that you get a flu shot. The Chicago Department of Public Health has free flu shot clinics across the City that are available to all Chicagoans, regardless of age, insurance, or immigration status. They have been doing a great job keeping these socially distanced and following public health guidance related to Coronavirus. There will be free flu shot clinics at Truman College next week, click here for more information and to make an appointment.

The Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) announced a re-opening of the online application for its Rental Assistance Program (RAP) from November 2-15. RAP is a homelessness prevention initiative that offers up to six months of support – including payment of rent and rent arrears – for eligible households that are at immediate risk of eviction. To be eligible for RAP, households must currently reside in a rental unit and have experienced a documented crisis or emergency within the last 90 days, such as: temporary loss of income, fire or flood, court order to vacate (foreclosure or eviction), or domestic violence. If you or a neighbor are experiencing hardship and at risk of eviction, please visit chicago.gov/fss/RAP to apply for this critical funding.
Click here for RAP Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for a flyer in English and Spanish

Have a safe and peaceful Monday.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward
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