Riverbank Neighbors has a long history of working together for social justice. We cannot live in community with blinders to the inequities.
Twice we have been devastated to learn that someone has died under the bridge by the river.
Jan 2004-Raymond Greenwald froze. children found his body
In past years, we’ve gathered to draw attention to the plight of the homeless and the need to increase funding for their needs and safety. Riverbank Neighbors organizers refuse to be separated from the refugees, asylum seekers, homeless, and dis-empowered. They are our brothers, our mothers, our kin, our human family.
We are rebuilding our website in Dec 2020 as a result of this tragedy, to remind the community of our roots and our commitment to advocate for the earth and justice for all.
Below are a few resources we wish to share.
Our community is deeply indebted to every organization and human being who shows kindness and generosity to the homeless. Please consider making a donation today.
The more that class inequities make some callous, the more we double down on our commitment to seek ways to stand with those in need. Please check back as we add more resources for renters rights, mortgage assistance, and other resources to reduce homelessness.
From Alderman Matt Martin’s newsletter:
Sarah’s Circle Fundraiser: Winter Walk Winter Walk: a Mile in Her Shoes highlights the harsh reality of women’s homelessness during the deadly cold of Chicago’s winters. Your support can make the difference between a woman struggling to survive alone on the street and a woman who is safe and warm in her own bed. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on society, especially those most vulnerable. We are anticipating a greater demand for our services as evictions and lay-offs continue. Funds raised through Winter Walk are critical in meeting the demand of Sarah’s Circle’s services. You can help by signing up to fundraise or by making a donation at bit.ly/WelcomeHomeWalk.
Changes to IL Eviction Moratorium While Gov. Pritzker extended the state’s moratorium on evictions to Jan. 9, it now includes income restrictions and requires that renters provide their landlords with a form in order to be protected.Learn more on the Illinois Housing Development Authority website.
The Department of Housing created aKnow Your Rights website for tenants who are facing illegal lockouts during the eviction moratorium. The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing also compiled information for tenants facing an illegal lockout and may be able to provide legal assistance to income-eligible tenants. Learn more on their website here.
Mortgage Assistance Program Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) has partnered with the City of Chicago to provide financial assistance to renters and homeowners adversely impacted by the economic fallout from the pandemic.
The rental assistance program received significant responses and is no longer accepting applications, but grants are still available for homeowners. The maximum assistance for homeowners (1- to 4-unit properties only) is $3,300.
View income and other eligibility requirements, and learn how to apply for assistance, on the NHS website.
LAST CALL! Donate winter gear to NAMI Our office is partnering with NAMI Chicago, based in the 47th Ward, to collect winter gear for neighbors in need. Learn about the work NAMI does here.
We’re collecting new and gently used gloves, hats, thermals, socks and more. Please, no coats! While our office continues to work remotely, you can drop off on the front porch at 4450 N Wolcott Ave. 8am-8pm any day of the week.
Solidarity Supply Drive The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Solidarity Network, Andersonville Mutual Aid, and Lakeview Mutual Aid are collecting food and supplies to be distributed to requests from our immediate neighbors and those from other Chicago mutual aid groups.
Dropoff is from 5pm-7pm Fridays at Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church, 4511 N Hermitage. Donations should be brought to the table behind the church, and you can enter at the south end of the alley off of Sunnyside.
View items needed and learn more here.
19th District Warm for the Winter Join the 19th District CAPS office in helping at-risk individuals keep warm for the winter. The community care drive is seeking new and store bought items only, including winter essentials such as hats, gloves and scarves. If you’re interested in donating items to the 19th District, sign up here.
Right to the City
n 2020, we hosted an event in support of Black Lives Matter.