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Healthcare

All people living in Illinois, regardless of immigration status, have the same access to healthcare and testing. You will have access to testing even if you are uninsured. Free testing is available in Illinois but priority is being given to the most vulnerable. The Public Charge rule does not apply if you get tested, screened, or treated for COVID-19.
Find a health clinic close to you here or call (855) 435-7693

 

Immigration Legal Services:

For Immigration Legal Services please call (312) 666-3062.

For information on whether you or your family may qualify for public benefits or other types of assistance please call the Immigrant Family Resource Program (IFRP) Hotline at 1-855-IFRP-NOW (1-855-437-7669).

 

Paying Bills or Meeting Financial Obligations:

If you’re not able to pay your bills on time, contact your lenders and servicers to let them know about your situation. Credit card companies and lenders may be able to offer you a number of options to help you. If you have any questions you can contact The Resurrection Project at (312) 880-1137.

Rental Assistance

COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant (City of Chicago only):

Application for emergency housing assistance from the City of Chicago for individuals and families impacted by the economic fallout due to Coronavirus. Please click here to apply. 

Emergency Rental Assistance:

Provides financial assistance to Chicago residents to eligible individuals and families who are in danger of eviction. Chicago residents can apply at one of the 6 Community Service Centers located at:

Englewood Center, 1140 W. 79th Street, Chicago, IL 60620, 312-747-0200

Garfield Center, 10 S. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612, 312-746-5400

King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653, 312-747-2300

North Area, 845 W. Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640, 312- 744-2580

South Chicago, 8650 S. Commercial Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617, 312-747-0500

Trina Davila, 4312 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60639, 312-744-2014

Click here for more information.

Homeless Prevention:

Provides rental assistance, mortgage assistance, utility assistance and supportive services to eligible individuals and families who are in danger of eviction, foreclosure or homelessness or are currently homeless.

Click here for more information or call (312) 880-1137

Utility Assistance

Energy Assistance:

Provides assistance to eligible households with their heating and cooling energy costs through LIHEAP, ComEd Residential Special Hardship, and Peoples Gas Share the Warmth grants.

Click here for more information or call (800) 571-2332

Please note: Utilities statewide have halted electric and gas shut-offs. The Citizens Utility Board has a comprehensive overview of each company’ policy, including information about phone and broadband plans.  

Comed has suspended disconnects for residential and commercial customers unable to pay their wills and are waiving new late payment charges through at least May 1st.

Comed will work with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and will offer flexible payment plans to customers who indicate either an impact or hardship as a result of COVID-19.

People’s Gas has suspended shut offs for residential and business customers, unless unsafe conditions exist. People’s Gas is also waiving new late payment charges. If customers are having difficulty paying their bill, People’s Gas will work with them to arrange a payment plan or discuss financial assistance options. Customers can call (866) 556-6001.

NicorGas has suspended service disconnections for non-payment, effective immediately for both residential and commercial customers through May 1st.

 

Small Business Support

Expedited line of credit application for up to $25,000, for small businesses impacted by the crisis.

Click here for more information or call (312) 275-3000

Resources available to small businesses. Click here!

Food Assistance

Revive Center:

Providing lunch bags and other toiletries

Location: 1668 West Ogden Avenue, Chicago, IL

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Find a food pantry, soup kitchen, mobile food distribution or shelter in Cook County. Click here!

Chicago Public Schools:

Families can pick-up three days’ worth of food for each child daily from 9am-1pm. Delivery is available and can be arranged by calling (773) 553-5437 or emailing familyservices@cps.edu.

Instituto del Progreso Latino:

Students can pick up boxed meals at IHSCA, 2520 S. Western Ave. and IJLA, 2570 S. Blue Island Ave from 9am-1pm Monday through Friday, during the closing.

Fresh Produce Distribution Schedule:

Please see list of sites to pick up fresh produce. Click here.

 

Unemployment Assistance:

These benefits have been expanded due to COVID-19 please click here for more information

Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund:

Cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more. To apply click here.

 

Domestic Violence Hotline:

Information, Options, Counseling, Legal and Shelter Services
Toll-Free. 24-hour. Confidential. Multilingual. Phone: 1-877-863-6338

 

Other:

Debt Collection, Ticketing, and Towing:

The City of Chicago is temporarily suspending debt collection, ticketing, and towing.

Student Debt:

The Federal Government has suspended student debt payments for 60 days. Individuals should contact their loan servicer directly to suspend payments.

Federal Income Tax:

The IRS has extended the federal income tax filing due date from April 15th to July 15th.