Jun 14

“Real Stories” event at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

There is a powerful event coming up on Friday June 6th from 5:30-8:00.

Southside students will be coming to Ukrainian Village to present for us. Their project includes photographs, poems and interviews to give a voice to the voiceless and tell the “Real Stories” of the people in their community. These High school freshmen have been exploring the ideas of stereotypes across our Chicago neighborhoods. Students’ writing ranges from their experiences with gangs and violence to being one of the first in their family to graduate high school, to the pride in their families and communities. You can flip through the book they made in this link to see the types of things they share: http://www.blurb.com/books/3250614-our-voices-our-stories-our-truth

This will happen *Friday June 6th* at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (2320 W Chicago Ave), please try to stop by to show them that our community cares about their work. RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/282752895227805/?source=1

Dec 13

Free Christmas Tree Recycling January 11th

FREE Christmas Tree Recycling sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts & Wicker Park-Bucktown SSA #33

Mulch your Christmas Tree on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 10 am – 2pm in the Jewel/Kmart Parking lot, at 1360 N Ashland Avenue.  Trees accepted between 10am – 2pm only. Sorry, no early drop-offs.

Oct 13

North Branch Works – Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors

What Is SARFS?
SARFS stands for Small Accessible Repairs For Seniors, which is a city-funded program, that provides safety, security and accessibility improvements in the dwellings of eligible seniors.

For What Propose?
To help seniors remain in their homes and improve the quality of their lives, with appropriate repairs and installations of safety equipment, security improvements, an other items, which makes homes easier for seniors to use.

What Kinds of Improvements Are Eligible?
Safety Improvements

  • Safety devices – fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors
  • Minor floor and step repairs

Security Improvements

  • Repair and replacement of locking hardware, doors and windows if not secure

Accessibility Installation and Improvements

  • Grab bars, transfer benches and tub assist bars in bathrooms
  • Chair-height toilets
  • Accessible faucets
  • Handrails

Who Is Eligible?

  • Senior citizens, 60 years or older, who meet HUD income eligibility guidelines
  • Owners or renters (with landlord’s permission), living in single family homes or multi-family buildings from 1-4 units
  • Those with residences located in Wards: 1, 2, 24, 26, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 35, and 44.

Who Do I Contact?

Misty LeBlanc (773) 929-5552 ext. 235   or  here on the City of Chicago website for more information

Aug 13

Greater Chicago Food Depository: West Town Food For Families

greater chicago food depository

West Town Food For Families


The Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Produce mobile will be in the West Town Community giving away FREE fresh fruits and vegetables!!

Thursday August 22nd, 9:30am – 10:30am

Eckhart Park – 1330 W. Chicago Avenue

Jan 13

Senior Tax Exemption Applications

Senior Citizen Exemption applications were recently mailed out by the Cook County Assessor’s office. These forms must be filed annually. To qualify for an exemption for the 2012 tax year, the property owner must meet these requirements:

  • Been born before year 1948
  • Owned the property, or have a lease or contract which makes them responsible for the real estate taxes, and
  • Used the property as a principal place of residence.

Eligible seniors can also apply for the Senior Freeze Exemption. To qualify for the Senior Freeze Exemption for the 2012 tax year, the property owner must meet these requirements:

  • Been born before year 1948
  • A total household income of $55,000 or less in 2011
  • Owned the property or had a legal, equitable or leasehold interest in the property on January 1, 2011 and January 1, 2012
  • Used the property as a principal place of residence as of January 1, 2011 and January 1, 2012
  • Been liable for the payment of 2011 and 2012 property taxes
Eligible seniors may visit the Assessor’s website at www.cookcountyassessor.com and download an application or contact the Assessor’s office and request a form be mailed to them by calling 312-443-7550.
Please remember that the applications have a due date of February 6th. If you would like our office to take your forms to the Cook County Assessor’s office for you, please bring them to the 32nd Ward Office by 3 p.m. on Monday, February 4th.