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Chicago resource fairs to take place next month

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With the start of the new school year Chicago Department of Family and Support Services will join with community-based and faith-based provider organizations to present “Community Resource Fairs,” on Friday, September 12, 2014 at six citywide locations. While some fairs will be held on-site at their Regional Community Service Centers, others will be held off site at various locations. The events are held to offer African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos and other minority residents a look at the extensive array of services and activities available through the Chicago Department of Family and Support and other network provider organizations or institutions.

The wide range of resources available include shelter, food and clothing to domestic violence assistance, veteran's services, legal services, disability, substance abuse rehab referrals, job training and ex-offender re-entry programs, homeless shelters, interim housing and other homelessness prevention programs, as well as information about rental, utility and other financial assistance. Information will also be available on the locations and time of the Warming and Cooling centers during periods of extreme weather.

During the fairs initial assessments will be done to identify the range of the individuals or families needs. Basics services can be provided immediately, in most cases; those with multiple or complex issues, a trained specialist will be assigned work with in order to address longer-term goals and referrals to other services in the community or through the city, state, or the county. The list of Community Resource Fairs on Friday, September 12th, are as follows:

Englewood Community Resource Fair at the 7th District Police Department, 1438 West 63rd Street, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Garfield Community Resource Fair at the Garfield Center, 10 S. Kedzie, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King Community Resource Fair at the King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

South Chicago Community Resource Fair at the South Chicago Center, 8650 S. Commercial Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

North Area Community Resource Fair at the Broadway Armory Park, 5917 North Broadway, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Trina Davila Community Resource Fair at the Kelvyn Park, 4438 West Wrightwood Ave., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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