RESOURCES DURING COVID-19
>> Greater Chicago Food Depository – To find open food pantries, soup kitchens, mobile food distributions, and shelters in Cook County, visit the Greater Chicago Food Depository's online directory.
>> Free meal pickups – Free meal pick-ups are available every Sunday from 12:00 – 1:00 PM at YWCA Laura Parks & Mildred Francis Center, 6600 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.
>> Chicago Public Schools – Chicago Public Schools are open Monday – Friday, 9am-1pm, to provide meals for everyone under 18 years old (breakfast and lunch).
>> Meals on Wheels – Meals on Wheels is a program supporting homebound seniors with meal deliveries in the Chicago area. They are continuing to operate.
>> Grocery Store Special Shopping Hours – Several grocery retailers now have dedicated shopping hours for older community members and other high-risk groups to shop for groceries without crowds of other people.
>> The Rental Assistance Program – This program provides financial assistance to eligible individuals and families in Chicago who are in danger of eviction.
>> Cook County Eviction Information – Learn more about your rights as a tenant during the COVID-19 crisis.
>> ShelterList – This online directory provides a list of shelters offering assistance to the homeless.
>> Community Service Centers – These centers, located across the City of Chicago, can help individuals and families needing access to a wide range of resources, including shelter, food, clothing, and job training.
>> Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – This program helps eligible low-income households pay for basic utilities—heat, gas, and electric.
>> Comcast – Comcast announced new steps they’re taking to help people stay connected to the Internet, including free access to network hotspots, free unlimited data, and low-cost options for internet essentials.
>> AT&T Access – AT&T’s Access program provides a low-cost option for home Internet access to low-income households.
>> Chicago Community Loan Fund – This booklet offers all the resources and information that would be helpful for developers, small businesses, and nonprofits organizations during COVID-19.
>> Chibizhub – This resource provides assistance to small business through webinars on how to prepare to apply for grants and loans, and how to shift your business to online.
>> Grant Station – This search engine provides grant opportunities for nonprofit, small businesses, journalists, and artist.
>> Hello Alice – This site offers grant opportunities and other resources to small business owners.
>> The Red Backpack Fund – This fund provides small grants to women-owned businesses and nonprofits, with applications accepted monthly.
>> Small Business Resource Navigator – This program provides individualized support to neighborhood small businesses as they seek financial support and resources during the COVID-19 outbreak.
>> Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund – This program provides emergency loans to small businesses outside the City of Chicago.
>> Tax Payment Deferral - The City of Chicago has extended tax payment due dates for restaurants, hotels and other taxpayers by an additional 30 days.
>> U.S. Small Business Administration – These low-interest federal disaster loans are available to small businesses to cover working capital.
>> Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Resources – This site provides information about financial assistance and resources available to small businesses throughout Chicago.
>> Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund – This fund distributes small grants to health and human service nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area.
>> Sweet Relief – Financial assistance to musician who have been affected by COVID-19.
>> The United States Bartenders Guild Foundation – This foundation is offering emergency assistance to bartenders affected by COVID-19.
>> One Fair Wage – This resource is providing 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.
>> Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership – This resource is listing open paid jobs for essential businesses. You can also text “WORK NOW” to 474747 to be connected to the employment resources.
>> U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division – This resource provides information on COVID-19 and the American Workplace, including paid leave requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
>> Several restaurants around Chicago are offering meal kits and grocery pick up for service workers affected by COVID-19.
>> Learn more about Unemployment benefits in the state of Illinois and apply here.
>> COVID-19 African American Relief Fund – This fund will provide support to black businesses, safety gear to front line workers, and emergency housing for low-income families and individuals affected by COVID-19.
>> COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information for Illinois Taxpayers – This resource provides information and resources to help and provide information to Illinois taxpayers, businesses, and others affected by the coronavirus.
>> Resources for the Chicago Arts Community – This list provides resources for the Chicago arts community.
>> The Fatherhood Relief Fund – This fund is designed to deliver essential baby care and personal care supplies to young fathers and their children as they shelter in place during the COVID-19 crisis.
>> My Block My Hood My City Senior Response Packages – Local non-profit, My Block My Hood My City is ensuring seniors in Chicago have access to hand sanitizer, health supplements, toiletries, and food.
>> Trans Relief Fund – This fund supports trans, non-binary, and intersex individuals in the Chicagoland area, with a focus on the South and West sides of the city.
>> Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) – This program provides temporary financial assistance for pregnant women and families with one or more dependent children.
>> City of Chicago Coronavirus Response Center – For the most up to date information on the City of Chicago’s response to COVID-19, visit the Coronavirus Response Center.
>> Additional Resources – Your Ward may be developing a community relief group for your neighborhood, so check to see what's happening by you.
>> The White House announced the federal filing deadline for taxes is moving to July 15th.
>> The federal government has suspended interest payments on student loans.
>> 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 Bright Star Community Outreach's trauma counseling helpline at 833-TURN-123.
>> Access free teletherapy services at Chicago Department of Public Health Mental Health Centers by calling 312-747-1020.
>> 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.
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