New grants for small businesses hurt by COVID-19

The city announced this week it will distribute $5,000 grants to up to 1,000 businesses operating in neighborhoods like Austin that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m Monday, May 4, with winners being announced on May 11.

Free masks available Thursday in Austin

Austin Coming Together will be distributing the masks from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 23 at three sites in Austin: the Westside Health Authority’s youth development center at 5437 W. Division St.; By The Hand Club for Kids at 415 N. Laramie Ave.; and Assumption Greek Orthodox Church at 601 S. Central Ave.

Austin targeted in new city campaign to fight COVID-19

Austin is the only West Side neighborhood city officials are targeting in the campaign, which aims to address the disproportionate impact the global pandemic has had on African American communities. The city will host a tele-town hall for Austin residents this Saturday, April 25 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Austin Coming Together (@act.chicago) will live stream the town hall through its social media platforms.

Free legal advice available Saturday

Attorneys will be taking calls from the public and offering legal advice from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 18. Calls will be accepted through the Chicago Bar Association’s “call a lawyer” program at (312) 554-2001.

Help the homeless

A Safe Haven, state Rep. La Shawn Ford and Veteran One Stop Shop is holding a Facebook and Instagram live fundraiser April 15 from 7 to 10 p.m.