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We are a community-building organization of dedicated residents and allies working together to develop leaders and create opportunities and programs that build a vital Garfield Park community. 

Organizers share children's books at the Fresh to School event organized by Earth's Remedies, La Shone Kelly passes out PPE and COVID-19 resources to seniors in West Garfield Park, volunteers help install new garden beds at the Fulton Street Flower and Vegetable Garden, and Angela Taylor displays fall produce at the Garfield Park Neighborhood Market.

Support Garfield Park This Giving Tuesday

We thank our neighbors and partners for supporting Garfield Park and the West Side. We are grateful for our network, and our team has worked hard to do our part in offering vital emergency relief during this difficult year. Through all of the challenges, we have seen the strength and endurance of the Garfield Park community. We will continue to share resources and referrals with our neighbors. Please consider supporting our work in Garfield Park this season.

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Shop Our Virtual Garfield Park Neighborhood Market

Despite the challenges of the past year, the Garfield Park Neighborhood Market held four socially-distanced markets for the public and one seniors-only pop-up event. In order to support our market vendors through the winter months, we've created a virtual market page to highlight vendors who are selling products for pickup or delivery. We encourage you to get to know these local businesses and purchase products where possible!

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Collage of photos from the 2020 season of the Garfield Park Neighborhood Market.

Collage of photos from the 2020 season of the Garfield Park Neighborhood Market.

National Eviction Moratorium

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took unprecedented action on September 1 by issuing a temporary national moratorium on most evictions for nonpayment of rent to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Citing the historic threat to public health posed by coronavirus, the CDC declared that an eviction moratorium would help ensure people are able to practice social distancing and comply with stay-at-home orders. The moratorium takes effect September 4 and will last until December 31, covering tens of millions of renters at risk of eviction.

National Eviction Moratorium FAQ »

Rental Assistance Grants

If you have experienced financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, you may qualify for up to $3,000 of assistance to pay your rent through the City of Chicago. Learn more about the requirements on our Rental Assistance Grants page.

Rental Assistance Grants »

Illinois Solar For All

We're excited to support outreach and education around Illinois Solar For All, a program that creates greater access to the clean energy economy for low-income communities through incentives that help make solar installations more affordable and result in measurable savings for participants. Read the fact sheet, and contact La Shone Kelly at lashone@gpcommunitycouncil.org to learn more about the program. 

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BLACK LIVES MATTER

Elevating local leaders is built into our mission. In Garfield Park, this means lifting up the work of legacy residents, the vast majority of whom are Black. At times it seems like our commitment to racial equity is self-evident. But in the past week, we have realized how important it is to affirm, loudly and clearly:

BLACK LIVES MATTER

We mourn the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many more who have been unjustly and violently killed as a result of systemic racism. We also grieve for the many others who we have lost as a result of racial disparities in our city, including and especially the victims of retaliatory gun violence and those who have met untimely deaths related to COVID-19. 

We condemn, in no uncertain terms, the use of excessive force in policing. It is the duty of all officers to serve and protect Black residents and Black communities.

We will continue to offer programs and spark conversations that specifically address racial equity and justice. We invite you, our neighbors and allies, to join us.

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Volunteers support a clean-up day organized by Alderman Jason Ervin, 28th ward.

COVID-19 Response and Resources

Many of us are looking for guidance and support as we seek to prevent the spread of coronavirus and help those who have been impacted by COVID-19. We encourage everyone to follow the guidelines of the CDC and the City of Chicago Department of Public Health.  GPCC staff will continue to continue most work remotely; please contact us via email if possible.

We are striving to support our community as we limit our physical proximity and shift our in-person events to a new format. Additionally, we are facilitating Garfield Park Mutual Aid, a hyper-local support network for neighbors to safely share resources. Our elected officials, nonprofit partners, and neighbors and friends are also working hard to support our community.  We have highlighted all of these supportive programs on our COVID-19 Resources page.

COVID-19 Resources »

Preserving Affordability Together

La Shone Kelly attends a Preserving Affordability Together meeting in July 2019

We contributed to a community-driven planning process conducted in East Garfield Park, led by Metropolitan Planning Council with input from the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University, and informed by many community residents and stakeholders. To learn more about the process and gain access to additional resources visit metroplanning.org/garfieldpark, or our housing resources page.

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Support our Community Renewal Work on the West Side!

Every person who joins us for a workshop, community gathering, planning meeting, or at the Garfield Park Neighborhood Market helped build a stronger Garfield Park. 

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