21st Ward Community Town Hall

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Now 21st Ward Family it’s that time again!

Our next COMMUNITY TOWN HALL MEETING
will take place on SATURDAY May 27th, 2017.

Remember Woodson Library is under construction so the
MEETING LOCATION HAS CHANGED

THE NEW  TEMPORARY TOWN HALL LOCATION:
“Trinity All Nations Church”
9600 S. Vincennes Ave, Chicago, IL 60643
Time: 9:30am -11:30am

So come and greet the Alderman as he gets back into the swing of things. COME hear what’s new in your ward. LEARN about what’s coming to Chicago, and GET some of those questions answered that you need assistance with. While learning how YOU can also HELP us with building a better 21st ward Community.

Remember our Town hall meetings will be held every 4th Saturday of the month at our new TEMPORARY location “Trinity All Nations Church.

Thanks so much we look forward to seeing” you all there.

Woodson Regional Library is Now CLOSED!

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Woodson Regional Library Renovation Project Has Begun!

As of  Thursday, November 8th, 2016 Carter G. Woodson Regional Library has officially closed for the start of the renovation project and does not look to reopen until late August of 2017.

If you need to access the services of the Library you can go to the following:

  1. Brainerd Park Library: 1350 W. 89th Street, Chicago IL 60620
  2. Thurgood Marshall Library: 7506 S. Racine Avenue, Chicago IL 60620
  3. Beverly Branch Library: 1962 W. 95th Street, Chicago IL 60643
  4. Wrightwood-Ashburn Library: 8530 S. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago IL 60652
  5. Pullman Library:    11001 S. Indiana Avenue, Chicago IL 60628
  6. West Pullman Library: 830 W. 119th St., Chicago IL 60643
  7. Altgeld Library: 13281 S. Corliss Avenue, Chicago IL 60827

This renovation project is brought to you by Alderman Howard B. Brookins Jr. of the 21st Ward, Chicago Public Library (CPL), and the City of Chicago – Department of Fleet & Facility Management (2FM),

 

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City of Chicago Property Tax Rebate Program

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The City of Chicago is Now Accepting Applications for Chicago’s Property Tax Rebate Program at 26 Neighborhood Locations Citywide

Due to low application request, the rebate application deadline has been extended to December 30, 2016, and rebate checks will be received six to eight weeks after processing.

Homeowners can apply for a rebate beginning October 1, 2016. The application deadline is December 30, 2016. Homeowners must apply for the rebate in person at one of the neighborhood processing locations or at City Hall.

The following provides detail on the eligibility requirements for the City of Chicago rebate program, possible rebate amounts, documentation needed to apply for a rebate, and locations to apply for the rebate along with additional information regarding the rebate program.

Eligibility:

In order to qualify for a City of Chicago property tax rebate, homeowners must meet all the following eligibility requirements:

  • Chicago Resident and Homeowner;
  • Received the Cook County Homeowners’ Exemption in the most recent property tax year;
  • Household adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less in 2015;
  • City of Chicago portion of property taxes increased on most recent tax bill;
  • Current on the payment of property taxes;
  • Do not owe real estate taxes on other property located in Chicago; and
  • Do not have City debt (e.g. parking tickets, overdue water bills). In cases where City debt is owed, the rebate will be applied to the debt.

For the senior supplement and enhanced grant, other eligibility requirements apply and are discussed further in those sections.

Standard Rebate:

The standard rebate provides qualifying homeowners with a rebate between $25 and $200, based on the increase in the City’s portion of their most recent property tax bill and their household income.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may be eligible for a grant based on the following chart:

City of Chicago Property Tax Increase Amount HAGI* $ 0 to $24,999 Grant Amount HAGI* $25,000 to $49,999 Grant Amount HAGI* $50,000 to $75,000 Grant Amount
$0-$49.99 $25 $25 $0
$50-$99.99 $50 $25 $0
$100-$149.99 $75 $50 $25
$150-$199.99 $100 $75 $50
$200-$249.99 $125 $100 $75
$250-$299.99 $150 $125 $100
$300-$349.99 $175 $150 $125
$350+ $200 $175 $150

*HAGI: Household Adjusted Gross Income

The standard rebate amount will be calculated by staff at the processing sites and verified by City of Chicago staff before rebate checks will be mailed. In cases where City debt is identified, the rebate amount will be applied to the debt.

Senior Supplement:

A senior supplement is available to certain seniors who are long-time homeowners. This supplement provides an additional $150 to qualified seniors.

Eligibility requirements for the senior supplement are:

  • Qualify for the standard rebate;
  • Be 60 years of age or older as of January 1, 2016;
  • Lived in your home as your principal place of residence since at least January 1, 1998;
  • Your property’s Equalized Assessed Value increased by 30 percent or more from the 2014 tax year to the 2015 tax year;
  • You did not receive the Senior Freeze for the 2015 tax year;
  • You did not receive the Homestead Improvement Exemption for the 2015 tax year.

Eligibility for the senior supplement will be determined by staff at the processing sites and verified by City of Chicago staff before rebate checks will be mailed.

In cases where City debt is identified, the rebate amount will be applied to the debt.

Enhanced Grant:

In addition to the standard rebate and senior supplement, eligible homeowners – including non-seniors — who are experiencing significant hardship, may apply for additional property tax relief. In order to receive the enhanced grant, you must qualify for the standard rebate and meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Enrolled in Illinois Benefits Access Program (previously known as Circuit Breaker)
  • Enrolled in Illinois Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP previously known as food stamps)
  • Enrolled in Illinois Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Receiving an Illinois Unemployment Insurance award
  • Receiving a Social Security Disability award

Enhanced grant amounts will be calculated by staff at the processing sites and verified by City of Chicago staff before rebate checks will be mailed.

In cases where City debt is identified, the rebate amount will be applied to the debt.

The combined rebate amount is capped the lesser of $1,000 or the amount of the increase of the City of Chicago portion of the property tax increase.

Application Process:

When applying for the standard rebate, senior supplement, and/or enhanced grant at any one of the processing sites, please bring the following documents:

  • Second installment (received this summer) of most recent property tax bill
  • 2015 Federal Income Tax Return (if you were required to file a 2015 Federal Income Tax Return) or 2015 Social Security Award Letter
  • Illinois driver’s license, Illinois state identification card or other local government issued picture identification such as a passport or consulate issued identification

If applying for the enhanced grant, please also bring documentation that proves any of the extraordinary hardship factors that are listed in the enhanced grant section.

Where do I apply?

Eligible Chicago homeowners can apply for the standard rebate, senior supplement, and/or the enhanced grant at any of the 26 neighborhood processing locations between October 1, 2016 and November 30, 2016. Applications will not be accepted after November 30, 2016.

The following lists each neighborhood processing location and hours of operation:

Address Location Days and Hours of Operation*
1530 W. Morse Ave. Northside Community Development Corporation M-F 11-6; Sa 10-5; Closed 11/25
3401 W. Foster Ave. Chicago Public Library M & W 10-5; T &Th 12-7; F & Sa 9-4
1011 W. Lawrence Ave. North Side Community Federal Credit Union M-F 9-4; Sa 8-12
6100 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago Public Library M & W 12-7; T & Th 10-5; F & Sa 9-4
3160 N. Milwaukee Ave. City of Chicago Senior Center M-F 830-330; Sa 9-3
1922 N. Pulaski Rd. Spanish Coalition for Housing M-Th 9-6; F-Sa, 9-12
3541 W. North Ave. Latino United Community Housing Association M-F 11-6; Sa 10-5
721 N. LaSalle St. Catholic Charities M-F 9-330
121 N. LaSalle St. City Hall Room 107 M-F 11-6; Sa 10-5
10 S. Kedzie Ave. City of Chicago Community Center M-F 9-4
5615 W. Race Ave. Chicago Public Library M & W 12-7; T & Th 10-5; F & Sa 9-4
2141 S. Tan Ct. Chinese American Service League M-F 9-4
1818 S. Paulina St. The Resurrection Project M-F 11-6; Sa 10-5
2311 S. Kedzie Ave. Chicago Public Library M & W 10-5; T &Th 12-7; F & Sa 9-4
4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave. City of Chicago Community Center M-F 9-4
4600 S. Wood St. The Resurrection Project M-F 11-6; Sa 10-5
5674 S. Archer Ave. Chicago Clerk’s Satellite Office M-F 10-3
2601 W. 63rd St. Greater Southwest Development Corporation M-F 11-6; Sa 8-3
845 W. 69th St. Salvation Army M-F 11-6; Sa 10-5
1120 W. 79th St. Catholic Charities M-F 9-330
1140 W. 79th St. City of Chicago Community Center M-F 9-4
1000 E. 73rd St. Chicago Public Library M & W 12-7; T & Th 10-5; F & Sa 9-4
8650 S. Commercial Ave. City of Chicago Community Center M-F 9-4
8530 S. Kedzie Ave. Chicago Public Library M & W 12-7; T &Th 10-5; F & Sa 9-4
1350 W. 89th St. Chicago Public Library M & W 10-5; T &Th 12-7; F & Sa 9-4
3710 E. 106th St. Chicago Public Library M & W 12-7; T & Th 10-5; F & Sa 9-4
830 W. 119th St. Chicago Public Library M & W 12-7; T & Th 10-5; F & Sa 9-4

*Sites are closed on Columbus Day (Oct. 10), Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11) and Thanksgiving (Nov. 24).

Map of the neighborhood processing locations.

Please bring all required documentation to processing locations when applying. Applications will be available at the City’s processing locations. Please arrive at a processing center no later than 45 minutes before the scheduled closing time to ensure that your application is processed that same day. To expedite the application process, you may also download, print, and complete the application in advance. Bring the completed application to the processing location along with required documentation. Supplemental Information:

21st Community Shred-a-Thon Schedule

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Have documents you need to shred!

Come on out to the 21st Ward Shred-A- Thon! Your documents are shredded on the spot, safely and securely.

Next Scheduled dates:

*Saturday, August 12th, 2017

21st Ward Office ~ 9011 S. Ashland Avenue

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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