Hurricane Relief Center

Hurricane Resource Center Opens in 26th Ward's Humboldt Park

(November 1, 2017)--The Hurricane Resource Center, managed by the City of Chicago's Office of Emergency Management & Communications and the Department of Family and Support Services, opens tomorrow in the Humboldt Park Fieldhouse at 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.
It will be staffed two days a week on Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 4pm until December 19th. Future hours will be reported here.
Alderman Roberto Maldonado reported, "At this Center Puerto Ricans will find all the help they need to make Chicago their new home: housing, food, clothing, healthcare and education. After landing, this will be their first stop in Chicago."
Evacuees will receive:
  • Access to city services: Initial casework to assess needs of clients and provision of services
  • Health: Access to medical information and services
  • Persons with disabilities: Access to services for persons with disabilities
  • Clothing and further assistance: Access to clothing and further services
  • Housing: Assistance with access to housing and support into current programs
  • Schools: Access to school placement
Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) is now available for Hurricane Maria survivors living on both the island and the continental U.S. This pays for hotel and motel rooms needed temporarily. FEMA covers both room and taxes through direct payments to participating hotels and motels.
Eligible applicants must apply to FEMA first. Once approved for the TSA benefit, displaced persons should find a participating hotel and call ahead to confirm that the hotel is participating in the TSA program. Here's a nation-wide map of some of the participating hotels and motels.

FEMA Really Can Help

FEMA takes care of necessary expenses and serious needs that aren't covered by insurance or other forms of assistance.

Funds are available to cover:

  • Moving expenses, unemployment insurance, childcare
  • Repairing or replacing common furniture and appliances
  • Healthcare, dental, and funeral expenses for injuries or death sustained in the disaster
  • Expenses for rent, house repair or home rebuilding
  • Crisis counseling & legal services
"There's only a small period of time (60 days after the disaster was declared) to file for FEMA assistance.  So families and friends of Puerto Ricans on the island must encourage and help them to file as soon as possible," urged Maldonado.

Debt Relief--Pay Old Tickets

Got Parking or Red Light Tickets that are 4-year-olds or older? 
To be eligible for a Debt Relief Discount pay only the original amount due for these violations.  Interest and collection costs will be waived.

If you have unpaid tickets issued before 2012,* all penalties and collection costs will be waived if the City receives payment by Dec. 31, 2015.  You don't need to pay them all off to qualify for the amnesty. Pay off as many as you can.

Search for any old tickets at

Pay by Mail 
City of Chicago
P.O. Box 88292
Chicago, IL 60680-1292
Pay Mon-Fri, 8am-6:30pm 

2550 West Addision
4770 South Kedzie
2006 East 95th St.
Pay Saturday, 8am-3:30pm

400 W. Superior, 1st Floor 

My Position on the New Speed Camera

Despite my opposition, the City installed a speed camera at 1750 N. Pulaski, near Keystone Playlot as a Park Zone traffic measure. Instead, I urged the City to place this camera at Cortland & Pulaski to protect grade school children crossing there to attend McAuliffe Elementary.

How it Affects Drivers

The City just installed a speed camera near the viaduct as a Park Zone traffic measure. It will issue warning tickets for the next 29 days for exceeding the 30mph speed limit. After that, it will issue tickets with a $35 fine for driving 6 miles above the speed limit. A $100 fine will be issued for driving 11 miles over the limit.

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Get Back the Wages You are Owed

Wage theft is a serious problem in Cook County. According to the University of Illinois – Chicago’s Center for Urban Economic Development, Cook County residents are cheated out of $1Millon in wages each day. Roberto Maldonado, Alderman of the 26th Ward said, "This free clinic will help our residents get the money they've earned from their hard work and loyalty."

The Chicago Wage Theft Clinic has succeeded in getting back thousands of unpaid dollars by assembling a team of attorneys and law students to provide free advice to workers weekly at the John Marshall Law School.

Every Monday evening this team helps workers get their back wages. Call 773-998-1320 to make an appointment or simply walk in.

Alderman Maldonado cuts Ribbon at Health Club Grand Opening

Blast Fitness Group, a national group of family friendly health clubs, opened a fitness center in a 30,000 square foot building located in West Humboldt Park at 3518 W. Division St. 

Maldonado said, "This is the type of business development that is not just healthy for residents, but creates a healthy, sustainable local economy with good jobs."

The opening of the new facility took place at Blast Fitness, 3518 W. Division Street, on January 28, 2015. The public was invited to attend.

Blast Fitness has top of the line cardio, easy to use strength machines, free weights, convenient hours and lots more at wallet-friendly prices. Platinum members enjoy unlimited group exercise classes, customized personal training and free babysitting.

Monthly rates start at only $10 a month with Grand Opening Savings for a limited time only.  It has plenty of parking and is located across the street from CVS on the corner of N. Central Park Ave & W. Division St.

SBIF Grants for Business Improvements Around Humboldt Park

The Humboldt Park Commercial District, Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) will reimburse small businesses that make permanent building improvements.  The district stretches 138 acres along North Avenue, Division Street and Western Avenue. These are some of the improvements that are eligible for reimbursement:

  • Plumbing, electrical, HVAC

  • Roof repair and replacement 

  • Storefront renovations such as new storefront frames, windows, doors, exterior lighting and signage

  • Interior remodeling: framing, drywall, flooring, ceilings (cosmetic upgrades alone are not eligible)

Is your business eligible? Find out here. Apply between Jan 14 and Feb 13, 2015

Pictures of the Turkey Giveaway, Nov. 24, 2014

Alderman Roberto Maldonado joined Michael Petryshyn, founder of Humboldt Park's famous music festival Riot Fest, to give 500 turkeys away to needy families in the ward.

Comedy Event, Dec. 11th. Free for 60 and over

The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services is sponsoring a Comedy Hour.  Join us for an afternoon laugh, stories and plena parranda with Elizardi Castro.

FREE for Seniors 60 yrs and over. for more information call 312-744-6681.

WHEN:Thursday December 11th, from 1pm-2pm
WHERE: Northwest Copernicus Senior Center, 3160 N. Milwaukee Ave.

We need to clean your sewer drain before winter!

In only 30 days, our campaign to clean sewer drains is now over 50! 

Please check your drain. If your sewer drain is clogged with dirt as the one in this picture, call our office at 773-395-0143 or just dial 311.

Drains that work properly prevent snow build-up during winter.

Join the latest neighbors who called...and now have unclogged drains:
1829 N. Central Park
1823 N. Central Park
4026 W. Kamerling
1501 N. Kolin
1500 N. Kolin
1524 N. Kolin
1516 N. Kildare

Need a Little Help Paying Your Gas Bill?

Share the Warmth provides up to $200 to reconnect service, avoid disconnection and maintain a home’s natural gas service. Eligible customers who make a payment toward their bills receive matching grants of up to $200.

Two of the many locations across the city:

  1. Puerto Ricans Unidos En Accion (PRUA), 2606 W. Division
  2. Spanish Action Committee of Chicago, 2452 W. Division St.

Call: 773-292-1052

Want to Work for the State, or Need to Save Money?

State Representative Cynthia Soto will be hosting a Job Fair & Informational Session on Saturday, November 15th at 9 am to 1pm.

The Work 4 Illinois, CMS Diversity Enrichment Program, Illinois Tollway,Illinois Department of Transportation, Department of Human Services, and other state agencies will provide information for employment. Workshops to Help you to apply with the state.  

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center will provide information & registration for Affordable Care Act, Energy Asst. Program will assist you with Gas & Light, Citizen Utility Board will help to you to save money with your bills.  

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 15th from 9am-1pm
WHERE: Vittum Theatre - Evanston Hall, 1012 N Noble St, 2nd Floor


Free EMT Training--for Women Only

Online applications are being accepted for our women only Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Training Class. Classes begin March 2015. Receive TUITION-FREE training (one-time administrative and textbook fee of $250) and support with job placement after training.
To qualify you must:

  1. be female, head of household earning between $10,000-$40,000 per year (or recently unemployed)
  2. live or work in the city of Chicago 
  3. have a clean record, both criminal and driving
  4. be fluent in English 
  5. have good basic math and reading skills
  6. be able to work legally in the United States
  7. have a desire to work as an EMT-b following successful completion of state licensing exam


3400 to 3800 Armitage Gets a Spruce Up

Twenty people came out on Saturday, Oct. 24th to spruce up 15 blocks in the Humboldt Park Area.  Four of those blocks included W. Armitage in the 26th Ward. Watch the slideshow below to see the before and after pictures and the clean-up crew!

Prevent Foreclosure, Lower Your Property Taxes

The National Council of La Raza is providing free, confidential advice to prevent foreclosure, reduce your property taxes or learn about buying your first home.  Please bring:

  1.     a picture ID
  2.     2 recent banks statements (all pages)
  3.     2 of your last pay stubs for all wage earners in the home
  4.     2 of your last federal tax returns & W-2s (2012 & 2013)
  5.     most recent gas or electric bill
  6.     proof of other income such as alimony, child support, Social Security and profit/loss statements for the self-employed

When: Sat, November 1, 9am – 2pm
Where: The Arturo Velasquez Institute (AVI) in the Conference Center, 2800 S. Western, Chicago, IL


CHA Invites Low & Modest Income Chicagoans to Apply for Help

If you're making $72,400 a year, you're smack in the middle of Chicago's income.  If you're not, housing often seems unaffordable. Two recent events will start to end an alarming statistic: The average age of a homeless person is 9.

 1. CHA is opening up their waiting list on Monday, October 27th
The CHA fills empty apartments and awards rent vouchers by lottery from a waiting list. These apartments are owned by the CHA; the majority of the rent vouchers (commonly called Section 8 are awarded to renters to pay private landlords. A smaller voucher program provides vouchers to landlords only.

If you are over 18 and meet the income guidelines, consider applying at Deadline to apply is Nov. 24th. Then make sure the CHA has your most up-to-date information over the next few years.Screenshot_2014-10-23_12.04.15.png2. The CHA has $432M in the bank for low & modest income Chicagoans
According to CHA’s latest financial report (FY2012), the Chicago Housing Authority is sitting on surplus cash of more than $432 million. To put that in perspective, CHA’s cash stockpile is larger than the whole City of Chicago’s budget deficit for 2014.

I am one of 19 Alderman who have sponsored the Keeping the Promise Ordinance. It is a way for Chicago’s City Government to restore oversight and accountability for city funds that the CHA receives. During a time of severe city budget constraints, passing the Keeping the Promise Ordinance will enable us to drop homelessness in Chicago by 12% over the coming 3-5 years, without draining Chicago’s tight city budget.  

Hispanic Alderman Ban Together to Prevent DUIs

Hispanic Members of Chicago's City Council have made possible a new Spanish-language lower drunk driving in Chicago:
Proco Joe Moreno, 1st Ward
George A. Cardenas, 12th Ward
Ricardo Muñoz,  22nd Ward
Danny Solis, 25th Ward
Roberto Maldonado, 26th Ward
Ariel E. Reboyras, 30th Ward
Ray Suarez, 31st Ward & Vice Mayor
Rey Colón, 35th Ward 

You Can Vote Now--Even if You Aren't Registered

All citizens in Chicago, 18 and older, can vote now, even if you're unregistered!  It depends upon 4 factors: the date, the location, and whether you are currently on the voter rolls or you need to register or up-date your voter information.

OCT 20-30 HOME


Apply for a mail-in ballot on-line or thru the mail. The ballot must be in the mail by Nov. 3rd.

Not Applicable


OCT 20-NOV 1

Humboldt Park Library
1605 N. Troy

Or any of the other 51 locations here


Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm (closed Sundays). You don't need ID. Your signature will be matched to your signature the Board of Elections has on file.


Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm (closed Sundays). You will need ID.**


OCT 20-NOV 2

5 Locations Across Chicago*



Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm and Sundays, 10am-4pm. The last week before the election (Oct.27th - Oct. 31st), these sites will stay open M-F until 7pm. You don't need ID. Your signature will be matched to your signature the Board of Elections has on file.


Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm and Sundays, 10am-4pm. The last week before the election (Oct.27th - Oct. 31st), these sites will stay open M-F until 7pm. You will need ID.**



5 Locations Across Chicago*


Not Applicable


9 am-5pm. You will need ID.**



In Precinct & 5 Locations Across Chicago*



6am-7pm. You don't need ID. Your signature will be matched to your signature the Board of Elections has on file. Find your polling place.


6am-7pm. You will need ID.**

*Locations Across Chicago Serve as Satellite Offices for the Chicago Board of Elections

Board of Elections, 69 W. Washington
Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside
West Side Learning Center, 4624 W. Madison
Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th
King Community Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove

**Grace Registration requires 2 forms of identification, at least one of which shows the current address. Acceptable forms of identification include:
- Driver's license
- State identification card
- Passport
- Current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck stub, or other government document that shows your name and address.

Whole Foods Recruiting Local Suppliers

Want to do business with Whole Foods Market?
The City of Chicago, Whole Foods, and Englewood Development are training business owners on the tips and techniques you'll need to succeed. 
The first of 3 workshops starts on October 24th so make sure to register now. Workshops will be held at Kennedy-King College.  

13th Annual Haunted Paseo

Oct 31st between 4pm and 7pm

This year’s Haunted Paseo festival includes over dozen of “halloweenesque” stations inspired by the carnival circus theme infused with a bit of Puerto Rican culture such as:

  • Haunted Casita
  • Scary Graveyard
  • Spooky Dancing & Thriller Stations
  • Healthy Treats Station
  • The infamous and devilish Puerto Rican VEJIGANTE Station

Admission is free and open to the public. More here.


21st Annual Senior Health Fair--Friday, October 3rd

Calling all Seniors to attend our Health Fair at Mozart Park Fieldhouse, 2036 N Avers, on October 3rd between 9am-1pm!
If you live in the ward and are over 60, look for this notice in the mail. 

No RSVP required.  Walk-ins welcome!