CHICAGO –State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago, is encouraging residents to provide aid to those impacted by recent flooding on the West Side – particularly seniors and those facing an unexpected financial burden.

Ford and community volunteers will assist a senior at her home Thursday, July 6 at 11:30 a.m. and will highlight donations to support those who need help now.

“My office continues to receive calls from seniors who need help recovering from their basement flooding,” Ford said. “In some cases, people have lost access to water heaters, lost furniture and need help cleaning and disinfecting their living space.”

Ford is partnering with Every Block a Village, and together they have raised over $2,000 to help local families – with Ford donating $1,000 personally. According to a WBEZ review of 311 data, the West Side’s Austin neighborhood was the source of 1 in 4 basement flooding complaints during the weekend’s record rainfall.

“We need to pull together as a community and help our neighbors in need, especially older residents who may have additional difficulties,” Ford said. “Whether it’s providing money to help with replacing lost items or spending time as a volunteer, every bit helps.”

For more information, please contact

Rep. La Shawn FordRep. La Shawn Ford

8th District

Springfield Office:
239-E Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706
(217) 782-5962
(217) 557-4502 FAX

Chicago Office:
5051 W Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651
(773) 750-0866