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National Landlord Day (Nov. 3): Spanish Coalition for Housing Provides Landlords with Resources

National Landlord Day is November 3rd | Resource for Landlords

Gardens prove to be a lifeline for veterans at risk, transforming their mental health through nature

The following is a beautiful, visual story happening in Englewood about how one Volunteers of America Chicago-area housing development turns to a simple, age-old activity (gardening) to improve the spirits and mental wellbeing of veterans - 30 to 40% of whom are reported to be suffering from mental health issues. 

Hope Manor II creates garden plots for their veteran residents and families each year. This past fall harvest was a successful one with numerous vegetables and fruits collected by adults and children to serve at their tables or eat right from the gardens. Greenspace is rare in underserved communities, yet there are tremendous benefits when nature is brought into people's living spaces. 

CTA’S RPM Project Stimulates Economic Growth for Chicago's Small, Diverse Businesses

Program assists nearly 100 businesses in building financial capacity, securing federal loan assistance

Local Org. Helps Connect Communities to Resources as Eviction Ban Ends

As the Illinois Eviction Moratorium comes to an end this month, a local housing counseling agency is helping connect individuals and families to resources.

A Culturally-Conscious Approach to HIV in the Black Community

A Q&A about Erie’s nationally-recognized Lending Hands for Life HIV/AIDS program and what it really means to offer culturally-conscious care and support.

Cook County Residents Encouraged to Clean Out Medicine Cabinets for National Prescription Drug Take
Stop dumping sex offenders and violent criminals in Chicago's Englewood Community

Englewood residents have concerns regarding sex offenders being housed in the same building as women and children at 6655 S. Perry Chicago, IL 60621.  Sign the petition.

Hope Inside: All You Need To Know About Your 2021 Taxes - FREE WORKSHOP


Chicago City Treasurer, Melissa Conyears-Ervin, and Operation HOPE Partner to Launch HOPE Inside, a FREE Financial Literacy Program for All Chicago Residents and Small Business Owners! 

Chicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin has partnered with Operation HOPE, the nation's preeminent financial counseling and aid organization founded by John Hope Bryant, to launch HOPE Inside! 

HOPE Inside is a year-long initiative offering credit and money management resources for free to all Chicago residents and small business owners. HOPE Inside will provide complimentary services and education to those facing financial challenges, need assistance on debt management, credit score improvement, conversations focused on financial insecurities, building and preserving wealth, and much more! HOPE Inside will provide a mixture of programming and services offered by skilled financial coaches and speakers to include:  

  • Financial Literacy and Development Workshops focused on creating a personal budget, learning to read and correct errors via your credit report, homeownership steps, and more. 
  • Coaching Sessions to help you recover from debt and low FICO scores, prepare a budget analysis, establish a plan of action to resolve credit issues, and much more. 
  • Access to the 700 Credit-Score-Initiative will transform participant's finances and prepare them for future financial success, possibly raising scores 120 points over 18 months of active counseling. 

The HOPE Inside initiative will counsel residents and business owners on the language of money, creating a budget, developing customized action plans around building their businesses, buying homes, repairing credit scores, and making better decisions with the resources available to help protect them from emergencies, save money on expenses, and build long-term wealth. 

Gather your financial goals and join us in MARCH for HOPE Inside workshops!

HOPE Inside: All you need to know about your 2021 taxes

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, starting at 12:00 pm CT/1:00 pm ET. 

Register Now!

HOPE Inside: Budgeting during a pandemic

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, starting at 12:00 pm CT/1:00 pm ET. 

Register Now!

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City Treasurer Conyears-Ervin and BMO Harris Bank are partnering to present the 2021 Black History Month Essay Scholarship Contest focusing on an African-American leader in finance or investments who has paved the way or is paving the way for future leaders in this arena.

Chicago high school seniors may apply by submitting a competitive essay about the person in investment or finance and how this person will make an impact in their community?

The essay contest will award a $1,500 scholarship to the first-place winner and the second-place scholarship of $1,000 to the students whose essays best illustrate this year’s theme.  All entries are required to share the student’s plans for attending a two-or four-year college.  There is no GPA requirement and the essay must be 600-1200 words. 

“We want students to explore various areas and people in business that they may have not heard about and that’s why we chose to have them investigate finance and investments and this is the opportune time since there is so much discussion about finance and investments in the news,” said City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin.

The scholarship contest is a key component of the Treasurer’s ongoing commitment to providing Chicagoans with the tools for creating opportunities in financial services, business, and education that help build wealth, strong communities, and a brighter future. 

All essays will be accepted through February 28, 2021 and should be submitted to  Official rules, complete entry details and additional information is available on the Treasurer’s website at


To help young people and aspiring financial professionals learn about new opportunities and carve successful career paths into the trillion-dollar finance industry, Chicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin will host Youth in Finance and Investments, the latest in the “Money Mondays with Melissa” series on Feb. 22 at 12pm.

“Part of my goal is to increase diversity in the finance industry,” said Treasurer Conyears-Ervin. “We want to encourage more people to explore professional opportunities in a field where there are good jobs, while giving them the tools for success and access to a well-paying career.  We’re working to do that through our ‘Diversity Scorecard’ that grades firms on their demonstrated diversity, equity and inclusion achievements.  But ensuring diversity requires that young people – and even some older ones – become aware of the opportunities that are available.”

Treasurer Conyears-Ervin will be joined by five leading Chicago financial and investment experts to provide an overview of the career roles and opportunities in finance, including: investment banking; asset management; commercial banking; equity research; corporate finance; risk management and more.  They will share personal experiences and practitioner-oriented insights into career pathways, and job   responsibilities as well as the expert knowledge and behavioral traits required to pursue   specific opportunities and a successful career in the finance industry. 

Featured speakers are:

Sidney Dillard, Partner, Head of Corporate Investment Banking, Loop Capital

Leo Harmon, CFA, CAIA, Senior Managing Director of Mesirow Equity Management

Bevon Joseph, Co-founder, The Greenwood Project

Gregory L. Williams, Senior Managing Director, Partner, Business Development Manager, and Co-Head of the Chicago office of Wellington Management

Craig Slack, Deputy Treasurer & Chief Investment Officer, Office of the City of Chicago Treasurer (moderator for the program).

The Feb. 22 financial services program is free, but advance registration is required.  Click this Zoom link to register 

The program will also be streamed ‘Live’ on ChiTreasurer Facebook page. 

Money Mondays with Melissa is every third Monday of the month with informative guests in the financial industry.


Spanish Coalition for Housing Assists More Than 2,000 Households Amid Pandemic

Housing Counseling Agency Continues Services Virtually to Connect Chicagoans to Housing and Support Resources

Community Needs and Assets Assessment from the Black Metropolis Research Consortium

WTTW recently released its schedule of special programming in celebration of Black History Month. The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song and Chicago programs are part of the February 2021 lineup

Do you know a young person in need?

As we begin 2021, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is anticipating residential openings this winter for girls ages 11-14 and boys and girls 17 and up.

Mayor Lightfoot, CTA and CPS Announce “CTA Elevating Futures Scholarship Fund” Now Accepting Applications from CPS High School Students

CTA opens college scholarship program for low-income Chicago youth in program’s second year.

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AMPT Crisis Management Consulting

Nonprofit Utopia has just completed a 6-week engagement, participating in a pool of highly experienced consultants to nonprofits to provide coaching services through AMPT’s Crisis Management Consulting Services.  In this capacity, the company provided a total of 21.5 consulting hours to 6 organizations, helping them to address some of their most pressing capacity building issues within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CTA, ACE host Trades Day for CPS Students

CTA helps provide a path for CPS high school students to pursue architecture-, construction- and engineering-related careers as part of RPM Phase One Project.

Nonprofit Utopia Takes To YouTube to Provide Free Fundraising Help for Nonprofits

Successful fundraising includes more than developing a strong case for support and writing the "perfect" grant proposal.  The depth and quality of your relationships with funders can make the difference between getting funded or not.  Most importantly, in this day and age, the relationships your organization has can make the difference in your organization's ability to keep its doors open. With this in mind, Valerie F. Leonard, the Founder of Nonprofit Utopia, LLC, will host an interactive, livestreamed presentation to take viewers through the entire cycle of donor cultivation, from prospect research to stewarding their gifts. The presentation will be aired on Nonprofit Utopia Live, on Thursday, October 29, from 10:00 am until 11:00 am CDT.

Nonprofit Utopia Wraps Up Two of Three Workshop Series On Lever for Change, Bold Solutions Network

Nonprofit Utopia has just completed the facilitation of two of three workshop series for members of the Bold Solutions Network, sponsored by Lever for Change, an affiliate of the MacArthur Foundation. Participants included finalists from the $100 million 100&Change Contest100&Change is a competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time.

Local CPS Transfer Students Invited to Enroll at Johnson College Prep

The Noble Network of Charter Schools is currently accepting transfer applications.

An Update on Mercy Home's Admissions Process

With the many changes and challenges that the COVID-19 crisis has brought, Mercy Home wanted to provide the Chicago community an update about the policies and procedures we have put in place to ensure the safety of our young people, their families, and our coworkers.

Wash & Wear Community Mask Giveaway – June 25th!

The Resident Association of Greater Englewood is excited to partner with Medline, BCBSIL, Kennedy King College and our local Alderwomen of the 16th and 20th Ward to distribute over 4000 free reusable washable masks. 

CTA Hosting Virtual Workforce Development Webinars Amid COVID-19

CTA is hosting free webinars connecting local job seekers to construction industry opportunities on Friday, June 22 and Friday, July 10.

All Our Communities Benefit from the Census

Articale about the importance to Black and Latinx familes to participate in the 2020 Census.

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