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COVID-19, MSBARC News, Resource Story

Department seeks donations for another round of funding to help residents stay in their homes
CHICAGO-The Department of Housing (DOH) today released the results of its initial COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant Program lottery, demonstrating the tremendous need generated across the City by the coronavirus pandemic – 83,000 applications through the City’s online portal.
The grant program to assist economically impacted Chicagoans with rent and mortgage payments received applications from all 50 wards and 77 community areas. The program, made possible by a partnership with Family Independence Initiative (FII), will award a total of 2,000, one-time grants in the amount of $1,000 to economically impacted Chicago residents regardless of citizenship status. Half of these grants will be awarded through a lottery system, while the other half will be distributed by non-profit community organizations across the city, helping the Department reach Chicagoans who may not have computer access, use banks or speak English.
Grants will be distributed later this week.

Given the incredible need demonstrated by the flood of applications, DOH, joined by Aldermen Roberto Maldonado (26), Jason C. Ervin (28) and Harry Osterman (48) is seeking more resources for a second round of funding and urges all who can to augment these efforts by donating to; under Location Preference select “Chicago Housing Fund.”

For more information and updates on COVID-19, text COVID-19 to 78015, or visit

Company, MSBARC News, Resource Story

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37 Oaks LLC 

February Business of the Month

MSBARC started working with 37 Oaks and its owner Terrand Smith in August of 2016. Terrand has a strong background in the retail industry working with Fortune 500 companies to improve the visibility in its large stores. Terrand left corporate and started her own company to bring her talents to small black owned retail stores and strengthen the bottom lines of her new smaller clients.

MSBARC worked with her by referring our retail clients to 37 Oaks, and improve their show room visibility and ultimately the bottom line. Terrand recognized early on that she needed assistance reaching these businesses that are routinely given bad advice from people that do not have the expertise that she has, so with the referrals that MSBARC sent her these relationships have strengthened.

37 Oaks has had some success changing a stores clientele to a younger buyer with a slight change in product and display, her company also moved another company to more of a web presence than they previously had. Both these retail businesses have seen a bump up in their revenues.

MSBARC is proud to have Terrand Smith and her company 37 Oaks as the Business of the Month.