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If you are an Austin resident in search of resources or know someone in need, contact ACT's Hub Coordinator Janelle Martin at jmartin@austincomingtogether.org or text your Full Name to (708) 529-5042.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Applications for Chicago Resilient Communities Cash Assistance will be accepted until 11:59PM ON FRIDAY, MAY 13Visit the “Apply” page for more information and a link to the online application. 5,000 Chicagoans will be selected through an open application and a citywide lottery to receive $500 per month for twelve months, with no strings attached. Click here for Eligibility Criteria, Household Income Calculator & FAQs.
  • One Summer Chicago: Young adults are encouraged to apply to One Summer Chicago, which offers over 15,000 paid positions this summer! One Summer Chicago The application is open until Friday, June 10. Apply here.
  • Are you a justice-impacted entrepreneur? Check out the programs from Defy Ventures. Click here for the Interest Form.
  • Click here to take a survey on what decisions people are making about their work, home and family because of COVID-19 that will last long after the pandemic has passed (conducted by Growing Community Media and 22 other newsrooms).
  • Do you work in childcare or early childhood education? Austin Childcare Providers Network (ACPN) is a progressive association that focuses on building the education and leadership skills of early care practitioners. Benefits of being part of the Network include professional development opportunities, personalized English Enrichment sessions to strengthen or refresh your writing and comprehension skills, and more. Details here.
  • Are you registered to vote? Not sure? Need to change your address? Elections are coming up soon! Visit ova.elections.il.gov. As part of the Austin Forward Together quality-of-life plan’s goals to increase civic engagement in Austin and help residents get their voices heard, several local groups are collaborating on a Voter Registration Drive. 
  • Are you an Austin resident with a personal, professional, or family history story to share? Tell the Austin Weekly News about it! Email Community Narrative Reporter Samantha Callender here.
  • The Who2Be Workshop series creates a safe, engaging environment in which teens and their parents can listen to each other and TOGETHER design a new, exciting future. Who2Be is a 501(c)3, nonprofit, organization committed to causing families to succeed. The innovative, three-part Workshop Series is conducted online by facilitators experienced in delivering courses and programs that make a difference for families. Interested in learning more? Call (224) 622-9223 or visit who2be.org.
  • Institute for Nonviolence Chicago (INVC) helps create safe, healthy, and equitable communities through partnerships and collaborations. Watch the video here about INVC's Victim Services, Nonviolence Training, Community OrganizingWorkforce Development Program, and more. More info at nonviolencechicago.org/our-programs.
  • After 90 years in Galewood, the Mars Candy Factory is closing and before the site is redeveloped, community feedback is needed. Click here to take the survey. Click here to read about the project.
  • Students at Michele Clark Magnet High School are asking for the community's support to speak up in reference to CPS's plan for the property adjacent to Michele Clark Magnet HS, located between the school’s parking lot, W. Flournoy St., and Lavergne Ave. Please take a moment to sign the petition to request that the community voice be heard before any future decision-making involving this land. Chicago Board of Education and Chicago Public Schools must organize events to which students and staff of neighborhood schools, including our own, residents of South Austin, and other community organizations, will be invited and allowed to share their opinions on what should be done with the land recently purchased by CPS. 
  • Austin Awarded $1.5 Million for Columbus Park Upgrades! What improvements would you like to see? Your ideas are wanted! Please take a moment to fill out this survey.
  • Do you like action? Are you happier on your feet than sitting still? Warehousing and logistics may be the career for you! Greater West Town's Shipping & Receiving Training will get you up to speed on the skills you need to enter this essential and exciting field, and assist you with job placement after graduation to find the satisfying, steady, growth position that fits you best! Call 312-563-9570 to get started or learn more at gwtp.org. Classes begin soon!
  • Greater West Town also offers job placement services, as well as Woodworkers Training that includes CNC programming & operation, cabinet construction, precise measuring, 10-hour OSHA Safety Card, forklift operation, and more! Call 312-563-9570, visit gwtp.org, or attend a Virtual Info Session - on Zoom to chat with instructors about the realities of working in these industries and get authentic information about the essential workers in these two fields and the skills they use on the job. First Tuesdays at 1:00 pm  Click here to register.
  • Legal Aid Chicago offers complimentary legal services. Call (312) 341-1070 Monday to Friday between 8am - 4:30pm or apply online at legalaidchicago.org. Or, stop by Westside Health Authority at 5422 W. Division in Chicago for in-person intake available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 10am-4pm. View the Austin flyer here, or the general flyer here
  • New Moms’ Academic Coaching Program helps young moms to complete college degrees, while also challenging the systemic barriers that make it difficult for them to do so. Learn more here.
  • A House in Austin provides Parent-Child Classes, Parent Support & Education to Austin families. Click here to learn more about their services. They also offer cooking classes to learn new healthy recipes for your family with the chance to take home ingredients to try your next meal at home. Contact Becky Martin at 773-896-3582 for more.
  • The state of Illinois is accepting applications from homeowners for grants of up to $30,000 to eliminate or reduce past-due mortgage and property tax payments! To find out if you’re eligible and get prepared visit IllinoisHousingHelp.org, call West Cook Homeownership Center at 773-887-5187, or connect with The Journey Forward (flyer here) at 708-730-4199, pamela.gilbert@thejourney-forward.org. Or attend an upcoming webinar (schedule here).
  • Is your family in need of rental, mortgage, or utility assistance? Click here to check out current emergency funds that are available through the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and Cook County. Oak Park Regional Housing Center's West Cook Homeownership Center can help Austin residents find and apply for resources. They also assist with loan modifications, foreclosure prevention counseling, and more: (773) 887-5187, or email, info@westcookhomeownership.org, for more information. West Cook Homeownership Center also runs Credit and Debt Management classes on the fourth Saturday of each month, a Homebuyer Class, and a Homebuyers Club. Click here for more information. 
  • Austin and Oak Park residents are encouraged to provide feedback on the new community Climate Plan being developed by and for the Village of Oak Park. Details here.
  • The Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA) requires employers to provide employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, or gender violence, and employees who have a family or household member who is a victim of such violence, with unpaid, job-guaranteed leave; reasonable accommodations; and protections from discrimination and retaliation. Learn more here.
  • Cook County Health continues to administer the COVID-19 vaccine at its community health centers, hospitals and through pop-up vaccination events. The centers are also distributing free high-quality KN95 masks for all, regardless of vaccination status. More information can be found at myshotcookcounty.com. Click here for the Spanish flyer.
  • The FDA has authorized second booster shots of the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines for everyone 50 and older. The move comes amid worries over waning immunity in older Americans and a rise in some states in cases of BA.2, an Omicron subvariant that is highly transmissible. If you’re older than 50, talk to your health care provider immediately to determine if a second booster shot is right for you. 



For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 related resources, click here.







For other resources relevant to our community, including where to go for food or help with rent, ways to support your neighbors, and more, visit austincomingtogether.org/community-resources

UPCOMING EVENTS


Events hosted by ACT members or partners:
  • 15th District Police Department (Austin) Beat Meetings happen virtually on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of every month. Click here for more information or email CAPS015DISTRICT@chicagopolice.org.
  • Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Chicago Public Schools hosts COVID-19 vaccination sites from 9am-1pm. View the list of schools here.
  • May 12-19 is Celebrating Seniors Week and all events are free. All are welcome! Click here for the event page.
  • Thursday, May 12 come support Pastor Mac (Dorin McIntyre) and others from 6:00 pm- 8:30 pm at the Kehrein Center for the Arts for the Chicago Fast Pitch Showcase. You will hear 9 non-profits give their pitch about their organization. This is in person as well as online. Tickets are $45 (for training and to support the non-profits). For more details, click here.
  • Saturday, May 14 Arbor West Neighbors, River Forest Township and Concordia School of Gerontology are having a Housing Forum "Aging in Our Communities: Housing Accessibility, Affordability and Possibilities" (open and beneficial to all). Learn more about accessibility, creative housing options and ways to stay in our communities. Details here.
  • Tuesday, May 17 is a West Side Business Summit hosted by Wintrust Bank where local businesses can learn from experienced guest speakers and get personalized support. CPS and business attorneys will be in attendance. Details here.
  • Thursday, May 19 is the Know Your Rights Resource Fair at Malcolm X College's West Side Learning Center in Austin. Come to learn about voting rights, expungement, and more. Details here.
  • Thursday, May 19 is "Creating a Legacy: Planning for the Intergenerational Wealth Transfer of Your Home," an event to learn about how to plan for what will happen to your home after you're gone, hosted by the Center for Disability & Elder Law. Details here.
  • Friday, May 20 is Austin Opportunity Day at Michele Clark HS with a vintage streetwear fashion show and Summer Job Fair. Details here.
  • Saturday, May 21 is the South Austin Community Health & Resource Fair that will include blood pressure checks, addiction education, and more. Details here.
  • Sunday, May 22 is A House In Austin's first annual Gala fundraiser to support their work nurturing healthy families in the Austin community. Learn more here.
  • May 21-29 will be a Restorative Justice Summit to cultivate a vibrant Westside Community with several events throughout Austin and virtually. Click here for details.
  • May 23-27 is JARC Week. Join JARC's Associate Board for a week of JARC trivia, success stories, and an event at KOVAL Distillery, all to benefit their program that helps locals train for manufacturing careers, welding, assembling, etc. Details here.
  • Wednesday, May 25 is a Hub 101 virtual info session "Whole Health for Yourself with Westside Health Authority (WHA)." Learn about how health can apply to more than just your physical health, and the resources WHA has to offer such as community outreach, case management, and reentry/senior/youth services. Details here, RSVP here.
  • Through May 31st Catholic Charities is holding a Spring-Cleaning Donation Drive to collect much-needed items for survivors of domestic violence in times of crisis and transition. Click here for details. 
  • Every Saturday & Sunday in May will be the Soul City Community Market, a pop-up shop on Chicago Avenue created with the purpose of promoting healthy food options and increasing access to affordable fresh foods in Austin. Come and shop for fresh produce, enjoy live entertainment, products from local vendors, and more. Interested in vending or performing at the market? Email jrand@healthauthority.org
  • The Austin running crew facilitated by CARA, focuses on improving the health and wellness of the Austin Community via walking/running. The group meets every Thursday at 5pm at La Follette Park (1333 Laramie Ave., Chicago). Learn more at cararuns.org/arc. View the flyer here.
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