United African Organization

UAO aims to serve as the African Community Resource Clearinghouse wherein constituents gather, access information, share experiences, exchange views, and coordinate organizational capacity development. UAO's hub of resources on this website is intended to assist community members in navigating services, programs and resources that are available to help them cope better in the United States.

African Youth Forum on March 28th

March 25, 2015AdminBlog, Editorial Nook
Under the theme Black Lives  Matter!, our 2015 African Youth Forum creates opportunities for cross-issue dialogue around topics like “Police Brutality and Racial Profiling”, “Know Your Rights”, “Hip-Hop Music & Culture”, “What is Africa to me?” and “What does it mean to be Young and Black in Chicago?”.

Governor Rauner’s Budget Eliminates Immigrant Integration Service Line Item

Gov. Bruce Rauner

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed $31.5 billion budget for the state’s next fiscal year includes devastating cuts on the backs of our vulnerable and most disadvantaged residents. The governor proposed cuts include $82 Million reduction in community mental health services, increase in required co-pays for childcare services, in addition to the elimination of state funding for entire programs such as Immigrant Integration Services.
The Immigrant Services Line Item helps Illinois’ immigrants apply to become U.S. citizens, provide health and nutrition outreach/access to low-income immigrants, helps refugees start new lives in Illinois, and support the integration of vulnerable members of immigrant communities.
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Are You from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone?

Sondra Furcajg discusses Temporary Protected Status for Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone

TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS (TPS): LIBERIA, GUINEA, SIERRA LEONE

WHAT IS TPS?

  • On November 20 2014, USCIS designated Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) due to Ebola, which is making it unsafe for citizens of those countries to return.
  • TPS designation is effective November 21, 2014 and remains in effect for 18 months. You can register for TPS between November 21, 2014 and May 20, 2015.
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Ghana’s 58th Independence Essay Contest

February 1, 2015NancyBlog
Want to share your opinion? Please e-mail your 700 word essay on
“WHAT GHANA AT 58 MEANS TO ME“ 
(PARTICIPANTS MUST BE UNDER 30 YRS OF AGE & BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE THE AWARD)
To: ghananationalcouncil@gmail.com ~ BY :February 15, 2015
1st Place will receive a $300.oo Award
2nd Place will receive a $200.00 Award
3rd Place will receive a $100.00 Award
Join the celebrations – Ghana’s Independence Dance Party 
  March 7, 2015 ~ 9pm-3AM @Dorchester  ~1515 East 154th ST Dolton IL, 60419 Read more →

HACC Opens Senior Housing Wait Lists

January 22, 2015NancyBlog

The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) is now accepting pre-applications for persons who are 62 years of age or older, for public housing wait lists for one (1) bedroom units at the following Elderly Only Designated Communities. The Head of Household or Co-Head of Household/Spouse must be 62 years of age or older. 

Edward Brown Apartments 
3210 W. 139th Street
Robbins, IL 60472
Brochure

Franklin Apartments
9535 W. Franklin Avenue
Franklin Park, IL 60131
Brochure

The annual income* for a one person household cannot exceed $40,550, and the annual income for a two person household cannot exceed $46,350.

Click here for more information and to download the pre-application.

*income limits are subject to change per HUD Guidelines.

Are you from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea?

December 29, 2014NancyBlog

Why Beatrice is Giving!

December 2, 2014NancyBlog

Beatrice Blahoua, heard about United African Organization (UAO) from a friend in her church, who advised her to come to UAO for help with applying to become a United States citizen. Beatrice says, ”The process of getting my citizenship with UAO was wonderful, they helped me and made it easy”. Beatrice is now a United States citizen. She is so happy that she came to the office to share the good news. Beatrice says she appreciated the service so much that she decided to give back. She signed up to volunteer.

Beatrice is giving back! 

President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration

November 21, 2014NancyBlog, Immigration

On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions to crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes in order to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

These initiatives include:

  • Expanding the population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to young people who came to this country before turning 16 years old and have been present since January 1, 2010, and extending the period of DACA and work authorization from two years to three years | Details
  • Allowing parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have been in the country since January 1, 2010, to request deferred action and employment authorization for three years, in a new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program, provided they pass required background checks | Details
  • Expanding the use of provisional waivers of unlawful presence to include the spouses and sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents and the sons and daughters of U.S. citizens | Details
  • Modernizing, improving and clarifying immigrant and nonimmigrant programs to grow our economy and create jobs | Details
  • Promoting citizenship education and public awareness for lawful permanent residents and providing an option for naturalization applicants to use credit cards to pay the application fee | Details

Important notice: These initiatives have not yet been implemented, and USCIS is not accepting any requests or applications at this time. Beware of anyone who offers to help you submit an application or a request for any of these actions before they are available. You could become a victim of an immigration scam. Subscribe to this page to get updates when new information is posted.

Source:http://www.uscis.gov/immigrationaction

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