RESOURCES DURING COVID-19

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to helping Chicagoans stay connected to the best resources available to fight the hardships we face. Please monitor this page for updates as the situation continues to evolve.

 

Updated 4/30/21

 

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General Information 

>> For the most up-to-date information on the City of Chicago’s response to COVID-19, visit the Coronavirus Response Center. There are sections on COVID-19 TestingResourcesCity of Chicago's Travel Order, and more!   

 

>> You can also look through the State of Illinois Coronavirus Response to find a testing site near you or stay informed about the latest news related to Phase 4 of Restore Illinois.

 

 

Vaccine 

>> All Chicago residents over the age of 16 are now eligible for the vaccine! Visit The City of Chicago Coronavirus Response Center's Vaccine page for information on how and where to get vaccinated and vaccine basics.

 

>> You can check out the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine page for more information on the phased roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

 

 

Food Resources 

>>  To find open food pantries, soup kitchens, mobile food distributions, and shelters in Cook County, visit the Greater Chicago Food Depository's online directory. Meals on Wheels offers meal deliveries in the Chicago area to support homebound seniors.  

 

>> Chicago Public Schools have reopened to students pre-k through 12th-grade who want to go to school in person. CPS familes can still pick up meals from a Grab-and-Go meal site through the 2020-2021 school year. These meal sites, open Monday – Friday from 8am-1pm, can be found using this meal site locator.   

 

 

Housing Resources 

>> Illinois Housing Development Authority Housing offers information about emergency rental assistance and mortgage assistance for households who have lost income due to COVID-19. 

 

>> The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced an extension to COVID-related loan flexibilities until May 31st, 2021. They also offer resources for homeowners and renters on hardship programs and assistance options.  

 

>> The Department of Family and Support Services and The Department of Housing have several initiatives to provide housing cost assistance to Chicago residents impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

>> The Illinois Shelter List's online directory provides a list of shelters offering assistance to the homeless and  Community Service Centers are located across the City of Chicago and can help individuals and families needing access to a wide range of resources, including shelter, food, clothing, and job training. 

 

 

Utilities 

>> CEDA programs assist income-eligible households in Chicago with energy costs by making a payment directly to the utility company(s) on behalf of the households. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can also help eligible low-income households pay for basic utilities, such as heat, gas, and electricity. 

  

>> Check out The Illinois Commerce Commission's COVID-19 Information page for Commission Action related to COVID-19 and how to seek help paying utility bills. You can also check with your service provider for payment assistance options (including ComcastPeople's GasComed, and more). 

 

 

Small Business Assistance 

>> The Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) provides grants to owners of commercial and industrial properties within specific Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts to repair or remodel their facilities for their own business or on behalf of tenants. Grant Station and Hello Alice  also offer information about grant opportunities for nonprofits, small businesses, journalists, and artists. 

  

>> Community Recover Initiative is an economic relief program for small businesses and independent contractors located within suburban Cook County. You can also look through the  Chicagoland COVID-19 Community Development Resource Guide for grant opportunities, low-cost loans, and more!  

 

 >> Small business owners can use the Small Business Resource Navigator and the Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Resources for information about financial assistance and resources available to small businesses throughout Chicago. 

 

 

Employee Resources 

>> Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership offer resources useful to job seekers.  

  

>> One Fair Wage provides cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers, and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.   

 

 

Family, Individual, and Other Resources 

>> The COVID-19 African American Relief Fund provides support to black businesses, safety gear to front-line workers, and emergency housing for low-income families and individuals affected by COVID-19. 

 

>> The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides temporary financial assistance for pregnant women and families with one or more dependent children. 

 

>> The federal government has suspended interest payments on student loans until September 30th, 2021. Visit the U.S. Department of Education (ED) office of Federal Student Aid page for more information and regular updates.  

 

 

Mental Health Resources 

>> The Illinois Call4Calm hotline is a great resource if you or a loved one are struggling with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic and need emotional support. 

  

>> Connect with a NAMI Chicago Helpline mental health counselor by calling 311 or directly at 833-626-4244 or Bright Star Community Outreach's trauma counseling helpline at 833-TURN-123. 

 

>> For after-hours support, contact Crisis Text Line which serves anyone, in any type of crisis, 24-hours a day. Instructions: Text HOME to: 741741 to access a trained crisis counselor. 

 

 

Morale Boosting Resources 

Below are some ways to stay healthy and make the most of your time at home: 

>> Attend a virtual event, like a live virtual concerts or stream an online workout!

 

>> With so much time at home, it's a perfect time to take a class from the comfort of your own home! Attend an online improv class or take an online course at some of the top schools in the nation. 

 

 

 

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