48th Ward Weekly Update- February 22, 2021

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February 22, 2021
Dear Neighbor,

We are expected to see some warmer temperatures this week, but it will still be cold. Please take a look at these recommendations from OEMC about how to prevent personal injury and property damage as the snow and ice around the City thaw and melt this week.

Next week CTA will host two public meetings to share plans for construction of the Red Purple Modernization Project. While we have seen crews in our community for the last two years preparing for the project, work is expected to be begin in earnest on the tracks and stations early this spring. Please attend one or both of next week’s virtual meetings to hear directly from the construction team and get your questions answered. Tuesday, March 2, 6pm
Meeting content will be tailored toward neighbors near Lawrence and Argyle stations, but all are welcome to attend
Click here to registerThursday, March 4, 6pm
Meeting content will be tailored toward neighbors near Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stations, but all are welcome to attend
Click here to registerTopics to be covered at the meetings include:Station and track construction overview and project timelineLawrence and Berwyn station closuresNewly unveiled Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr station designsPublic input into new station artwork, station illuminated sign panels and embankment muralsCommunity impact and mitigation during constructionNew, temporary rail stations at Argyle and Bryn MawrCTA’s Open for Business programWhere and how to receive the latest information throughout the projectThe RPM project will serve our community in many ways, from modernizing four Red Line stations and increasing their accessibility, to providing jobs career pathways to our neighbors. If you are interested in learning more about starting a career in the trades, join the Northside American Job Center and the CTA RPM Workforce Development team tomorrow at 10am for a virtual education event about getting started in the trades:Introduction to the Construction Industry
Tuesday, February 23, 10am
Click here to registerAdditionally, Walsh-Fluor and CTA have partnered with Chicago Scholars to offer the Elevating Futures scholarship for Chicago Public Schools students who are pursuing higher education in a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) field. Click here for more information about this scholarship. Applications are due March 1. See video below about this scholarship.



As Chairman of the Committee on Housing and Real Estate, I want to bring to your attention a Subject Matter Hearing that will take place this Friday, February 26 at 10am focused on Equitable Mortgage Lending in the City of Chicago. Access to homeownership is critical for Black and Latinx households to build wealth and for furthering equity in our city. Recent data shows that racial homeownership gaps are larger today than they were in 1960. According to data published by WBEZ last summer, more mortgage lending dollars were invested in one white Chicago neighborhood in recent years than in all Black and Latinx communities combined.
 
To bring this hearing to fruition, I have been working with a coalition of 30 groups who regularly work with Chicago’s largest financial institutions to create new homeowners, finance housing projects, and engage in community development initiatives in neighborhoods of color across the city. The hearing will include a presentation from this group, as well as remarks from DOH Commissioner Marisa Novara, City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin, State Treasurer Michael Frerichs and Congressman Jesus Chuy Garcia. Lenders have been invited as well, and we hope this hearing can help the critical work of breaking down current barriers in the mortgage lending process. You can live stream the hearing at chicityclerk.com on Friday.

My office has heard from many neighbors about persistent problems with the United States Postal Service. I understand the urgency around getting this solved, particularly during a pandemic. My staff and I continue to work closely with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s office to advocate for our neighbors to the USPS. If you have been having disruptions in your mail service, please take the following avenues to report the issue:Call the Chicago Office of USPS Consumer Affairs at 312-983-8403.Email Taina Rodriguez in Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s office at taina.rodriguez@mail.house.gov, and CC harry@48thward.org so our office can track the volume of concerns in our Ward. Be sure to include your address in the email, along with your specific issue.Lastly, thank you to all of our neighbors for you patience as the City continues to rollout the COVID-19 vaccine. As I’ve shared before, there is a limited supply of vaccine, which means a limited amount of appointments. One particular hurdle that my office is working with CDPH to address, is ensuring accessibility to vaccine appointments for eligible neighbors who don’t have internet access. If you know of an older adult in our community who does not live in a CHA senior building and who does not have internet access or may otherwise need assistance in securing a vaccine appointment, please let us know and/or have them call our office at 773-784-5277.

Vaccine Resources:48th Ward Vaccine UpdatesZocdoc vaccine schedulerCity of Chicago vaccine updatesCook County vaccine updatesHave a peaceful day.

Sincerely,

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward
 
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