The Special Service Area (SSA) is an economic development tool that allows additional real estate property taxes to be levied to fund added services for a defined area. The services funded through the SSA #52 tax, which pertains to 51st Street, are in addition to services generally provided by the City of Chicago. These services benefit those properties that are located within the boundaries of the SSA.
Mayoral-appointed SSA Commissioners for each SSA district oversee and recommend the annual services, budget and Service Provider Agency to the City.
The SSA #52 Commissioners and the community participate in a yearly planning session to determine the activities for the SSA funds.
SSA #52 meets with the Commissioners and community at least on a bi-monthly basis. These meetings are typically held at 1:00 p.m. at the offices of the 51st Street Business Association.
The following are the next scheduled meetings of SSA #52:
- Advertising & Promotion
- SSA #52 is one of the sponsors of the yearly "Start The Music, Stop The Violence summer community festival.
- SSA #52 in collaboration with the 51st Street Business Association, HOYCE Youth Center and Toys for Tots has a yearly toy give-away to 100 youth in the Grand Boulevard and Washington Park community.
- SSA #52 assists local businesses in promoting their businesses in the local and neighboring communities.
- Public Way Maintenance
- SSA #52 hires low income and CHA residents to assist with maintenance of the 51st Street Corridor.
- Public Way Aesthetics
- SSA #52 has sponsored a community Christmas Tree and decorations for the holiday season on the 51st Street business strip.
- Facade & Interior Improvements
- SSA #52 sponsors a facade improvement program for businesses. An application is given to businesses to apply for grant funding to assist in replacing or installing awnings or roll down shutters, to assist in our rehabilitation and beautification project on 51st Street.
- Safety Programs
- SSA #52 works closely with the Chicago Police Department and the CAPS program to assist in the safety and security of the 51st street corridor.