Westside Health Authority gets $1 million grant

State Rep. La Shawn Ford helped secure the $1 million grant in the new state budget, which took effect July 1. The money will help fund the Westside Health Authority’s ongoing “Good Neighbor Campaign.” Last year, the campaign received a $250,000 state grant.

Summer block party Friday in Austin

The Westside Health Authority along with its sponsors will be hosting its annual community playstreets event today from 3 to 6 p.m. at 5000 W. Van Buren. There will be music, food and a moon bounce.

Cook County Board passes ‘just housing’ amendment

The measure, which will take effect in November, will ensure that housing providers don’t consider certain aspects of someone’s criminal record — such as arrests, juvenile records, and sealed and expunged records — when making housing determinations. Commissioner Brandon Johnson, an Austin resident who was elected to the board last year, was the chief sponsor of the amendment.