CPS Chicago Connected, Airbnb Reform, Howard Brown Health Live Chat Now Open, LGBTQ Business Bootcamp, and more

Dear Neighbor,

With September right around the corner and schools begin their virtual curricula, now is a good opportunity to highlight the programs and initiatives in place to assist students, parents, and teachers this upcoming fall semester.

Chicago Connected is a new program that will provide free high-speed internet service to approximately 100,000 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students. This first-of-its-kind program will be one of the largest and longest-term efforts by any city to provide free, high-speed internet over the course of four years to increase internet access for students.

According to Census data, an estimated 100,000 students lack access to high-speed internet in Chicago. In order to narrow the digital divide for CPS families, Chicago Connected will provide up to four years of high-speed internet for CPS families who are most in need. Students who are eligible for the program and are planning to enroll in summer school in 2020 will be prioritized as the program rolls out in the coming weeks. For more information on the program and to check your eligibility, visit

Additionally, as mentioned in last week's newsletter, the Family Assistance Program Survey from CPS is still seeking feedback from parents and guardians of students who need help with child supervision during the first quarter of remote learning. The priority deadline to respond to the survey is tomorrow: Tuesday, Sept. 1. Fill out the survey here and learn more about the assistance proposal here.

And finally, CPS is hosting a number of virtual workshops for families navigating the new digital learning environment with the Face2Face program. Continue reading below for event schedules and resources, or visit

In this newsletter, you will find: 

  • Virtual workshop programming for CPS families with Face2Face;
  • Updates from the City of Chicago License Committee on overhauling short-term rental regulation with companies like Airbnb;
  • New live chat functionality with Howard Brown Health;
  • Information on the LGBTQ Business Bootcamp; and
  • AT&T Updates on Digital Access and Distance Learning

As always, if you have any general questions about services or specific COVID-19 guidelines, feel free to call our office at 773-348-8974; email us at; or visit Also be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the most recent news and updates as we receive them.

Wishing you all the best - please stay safe and healthy.

Yours in service,


Yoni Pizer
State Representative, 12th District

Face2Face Virtual Workshop Programming from CPS

Airbnb Reform

The City of Chicago License Committee passed a new ordinance overhauling short-term rental regulation. 
Residents can petition to have their precinct "opt-out" of allowing short-term rentals in their precinct:
Residents in almost every ward will now have the right to ban short-term rentals in their precinct by petition process. Neighbors will have to collect signatures from 25% of the voters in a precinct, which will then allow a local alderman to introduce an ordinance to create a "restricted residential zone" prohibiting short-term rentals. The ordinances can apply to any area where there is zoning of RM-5 or less. Areas with high-rises can already prohibit short-term rentals through the 
prohibited building list. If you are interested in starting a petition in your precinct, click this link, and please contact your alderman's office.
For additional details 

Howard Brown Health Live Chat Now Open

"Howard Brown Health is excited to introduce the new live chat function on our website! You can now chat with one of our call center representatives six days a week. Our assistants through live chat provide assistance with scheduling appointments, getting refills, medical concerns, STI screening results, and more.

You can now chat with one of our call center representatives six days a week at
Live Chat Hours
Sunday – Closed
Monday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

About COVID-19 Test Results
COVID-19 tests are available to patients at no cost across Chicago. Here’s what you can expect from your COVID-19 test:
  • Most results are available within three to five business days
  • Patients with a positive COVID test will receive a call from a nurse or provider
  • Patients with a negative COVID test will receive a text from Howard Brown Health
  • If you receive a positive test result you will be contacted by one of our contact tracers via telephone (follow up call will last 15-20 minutes)
  • If you have any questions about your COVID-19 test results, you can chat with a Patient Services Representative or call 773.388.1600."

LGBTQ Business Bootcamp

The LGBTQ+ Biz Boot Camp was founded by the LGBT Business Foundation of Illinois in 2019 to assist LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs with launching and growing sustainable businesses that will positively impact our local communities.

The Boot Camp is designed for businesses with at least one-year of hands-on experience in operating their business, but all interested applicants are encouraged to apply.

Facilitated by Kristina Wynne of The Wynners Club, the eight-week cohort program will provide participants with broad practical skills and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge using skills such as critical thinking, communication, and collaboration to help them further develop and define their entrepreneurial journey. Participants will leave the program with a business plan and business pitch deck, while also accessing quality networking through mentorship and guest speakers.

In addition to leaving the program with a prepared business plan and pitch deck, students will have the chance to compete for a chance to win a valued prize worth more than $1,770.

  • Deadline to apply is Tuesday, Sept. 1st.
  • Bootcamp will begin on Saturday, September 19, 9:00am–1pm.
  • Classes will be held every Saturday, with the final class convening on November 7th.
  • Students will share their pitch during the week of November 16th.
For more information and to apply for the bootcamp, visit

AT&T Updates on Digital Access & Distance Learning

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