Registration is now open for the 26th annual Community Media Awards, Thursday, May 13, at 5:30 p.m. CT (online)! Though nominations are now closed for the Terkel Award, we have opened up nominations for our Uplifting Voices and Ripple Effect awards for the very first time. Nominations for those awards are open through Friday, April 9. Click here to register for this year’s awards!
Programs to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic are opening throughout Illinois, funded by a federal COVID-19 relief package that passed late last year. In Illinois, $834,709,843 will be distributed through both local and statewide programs to assist renters.
The statewide program administered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), which will distribute $500+ million of the available funds, will open for applications on Monday, May 17. The program will assist both renters and housing providers.
Join us on the program’s launch day for an in-depth tutorial of the online application process for renters and housing providers, presented by a member of IHDA’s Strategic Response leadership team. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.
Disaster survivors need accurate information and lots of resources to cope with and fully recover from these emergencies.
This class provides the necessary steps to follow as people go through recovery after a disaster. Join Housing Action Illinois and Diversified Resource Network to learn more about how to:
Respond to disasters such as pandemics, floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes
Work with clients, residents, and consumers
Follow up on things such as foreclosure avoidance, safety, insurance claims, and shelter
Work with resource agencies such as FEMA, the SBA, the GSEs, and HUD both during and after disasters
Registration: $100 (Discounted from $150)
Scholarships: Thanks to a funder’s generosity, we are happy to be able to offer a limited number of first-come, first-served scholarships to cover the full registration cost of this training. Update: all scholarships have been given away.
Interested in doing business beyond the City of Chicago but not sure where to start? This workshop welcomes guest presentations that outlines the roles and responsibilities of how to do business with the City of Chicago’s six sister agencies: Chicago Public Schools (CPS), City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), Public Building Commission (PBC), Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), Chicago Park District (CPD) and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).
Join us on April 15, 5:30-7 p.m. CT for a paid community media listening session, held by our Chicago Community, Media & Research Partnership! Share your perspective in small-group breakout sessions facilitated by Maudlyne Ihejirika (president of NABJ-Chicago and Chicago Journalists Association, and Chicago Sun-Times columnist), Jesús Del Toro (Editor-in-Chief of La Raza), Yazmin Dominguez (coordinator of the Chicago Independent Media Alliance), and Jhmira Alexander (Executive Director of Public Narrative). Community media journalists who participate will receive a $150 gift card.Click here for full details and registration.
Are you interested in doing business with the CTA? This webinar will go over the topics of how to become Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certified, learn about upcoming contracting opportunities with the CTA, and navigating invoice, payment, and compliance regulations.
Join the Department of Procurement Services at the Airport Rental Car Supplier Diversity Outreach Day to learn about the ABC’s of DBE and ACDBE. Rental Car Companies will present an outline of how to do business with on-airport rental car companies, explain the contracting process, and provide current and upcoming opportunities.