48th Ward Weekly Update – November 9, 2020

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November 9, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

It was a beautiful and joyful weekend in our community. If you were part of any of the celebrations taking place in our community or elsewhere in Chicago this weekend, it is recommended you quarantine for 14 days and get a COVID-19 test. Click here for information on finding a testing facility.

Unfortunately in addition to the many celebrations happening around the city this weekend, there was also violence. Last night around 8pm there were shots fired on the 1500 block of Gregory in our community. This shooting was in connection to a vigil taking place on the field at Peirce Elementary School in remembrance of Daniel Zetina, a young man and Peirce graduate, who was shot and killed on Saturday night in West Ridge. No one was injured in last night’s incident, and the 20th and 24th Police Districts continue to investigate. If you have any information about either incident, please contact Area North Detectives at 312-744-8263, or email Alan Oviedo in my office at alan@48thward.org. My thoughts are with the family and friends of Daniel Zetina.

Today 48th Ward resident and former Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health Dr. Julie Morita was appointed to President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Task Force. Dr. Morita is a great addition to this critical effort, please join me in congratulating her on this nomination. Click here to read more about Dr. Morita’s appointment.

My office is partnering with Edgewater Village and the Loyola University School of Nursing on a pilot Telehealth Device Drive. Devices (tablets, smartphones, etc.) that are donated will go to older adults in need in our community so that they can access telehealth services with their medical providers. As you clean out your closets and drawers, be on the lookout for smartphones and tablets you can donate. Before donating, please erase all the data and make sure the device is returned to original factory settings. The device should be in working condition, free of significant damage or cracks, and have a forward-facing camera. Please also provide the means of recharging the battery If you have questions about which devices can be donated, how to erase the data, or would like to arrange a contact-free drop-off, please contact Alan Oviedo at alan@48thward.org.

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce launched a new campaign last week called Andersonville Cares, which seeks to connect neighbors and business owners and their employees to resources around COVID-19, flu vaccinations, mental health, and other wellness options in the neighborhood. They continue to offer two opportunities each month to get free COVID-19 testing in partnership with Great Lakes Clinical Trials. Click here for information on making an appointment at the next free testing clinic. Check out the video below to see what to expect when getting a COVID-19 test at Great Lakes Clinical Trials. Click here for more information on Andersonville Cares.

The Chicago Department of Public Health will have a number of free flu shot clinics at Truman College in Uptown this week. These clinics are open to all Chicagoans, regardless of age, insurance, or immigration status. To set up an appointment, visit chicago.gov/flu.

Rental Assistance Program Applications Open Through Sunday

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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