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Englewood Quality of Life Quarterly Meeting (Q3) Update

This past EQLP Quarterly meeting, we had audience of about 60 community members. Catch up on some updates from each taskforce. 

Tonika Johnson



Jobs & Economic Development

  • Business Plan Competition -- $40K raised for the pot, more possibly coming. Also looking for in-kind donations that would be helpful for business development. Applications are rolling in. The Business Plan Competition pitch day is Dec. 14th at TWE, 10AM-1PM

Public Safety

  • Rock the Beat is still going strong. There will be another edition on Thursday October 4th, 2017 from 4-7PM on 69th & Wood.
  • Recently started working more heavily with CAPS. We will be contributing to the design of a training/curriculum to teach 7th District officers how Englewoodians want to be protected and serviced with a restorative justice lens.

Health & Wellness

  • Diligently working with Heartland Alliance on the Health Navigators work, also working with a Cuban delegation of doctors in town for the year. The Cuban delegation is advising on community centered health care and health outreach/organizing.
  • The taskforce is pursuing an AARP healthcare grant. 

Housing & Public Spaces

  • EPAC is working with Chicago Community Loan Fund and other agencies to ensure that Englewood developers and contractors are able to access opportunities within the Chicago Rebuild Training Pilot Program. The next scheduled meeting is Thursday October 19th, 2017 10AM-12PM @ TWE.
  • Members are actively engaged with collecting letters from housing professionals ot address CCNRA. 
  • Refining infrastructure for addressing homelessness and public spaces.
  • Large Lots
  • The next Housing Taskforce meeting is Tuesday October 10th 5:30-7PM at Volunteers of American 6002 S. Halsted. 

Education & Youth

  • Launched the Parent Ambassador training program to build capacity within the parent advocacy space for folks who are not already engaged with an LSC or PAC.
  • Still working on expanding AARP Experience in schools
  • Working with Union League Boys and Girls Club on supporting the newly established B&G Clubs in Englewood schools
  • Launch of the Youth Action Council, a Civic Learning Initiative for highschoolers who live in Englewood or go to school in Englewood.

Tonika Johnson

All taskforces are shifting their focus to refining the implementation strategy and implementing over the next month.

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