Alderwoman Maria Hadden 49th Ward: Visit her website for resources and community information here.
Chicago Department of Family and Support Services: They address food insecurity issues among the older adult population via their home delivery meals program. Seniors in need of meals can call 311 or 312-744-4016, or email email@example.com. More information here.
Housing Assistance Grant Program: The Department of Housing and the Department of Family and Support Services have several initiatives to provide housing cost assistance to Chicago residents impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. You can access the Chicago Housing Assistance Portal here.
Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH): For the latest information on COVID-19 in Chicago, visit the CDPH website at chicago.gov/coronavirus.
Chicago Public Schools Free Meals: CPS grab-and-go meal sites will continue to provide students with healthy meals during summer break. Through Fri, Aug 28, hundreds of summer grab-and-go meal sites will be open Mon through Fri from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. In order to find the most up-to-date list of meal sites near you, please visit cps.edu/mealsites. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services: Created a simple step-by-step tool to help homeowners find out if they are eligible for the CARES Act relief and to request it if they are. Instructions, form letters, and links to helpful sites and FAQs are free and available to anyone on CVLS’ website here. Homeowners can also call CVLS’s hotline or send an email: 312-332-8785; email@example.com to get free help with the process.
COVID-19 Testing: Heartland Health Centers is offering FREE COVID-19 testing for those that are uninsured, regardless of immigration status. Call 773-751-7800 for an appointment. They will then do a TeleHealth appointment (phone or video) to see if they recommend testing and schedule a test at 1300 W. Devon Ave. More information here.
Forward Chicago: A grassroots, all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that connects neighbors, local businesses and organizations to build a stronger community. They act as a hub for existing support services and programs that help people lead healthy, productive lives as they age so they can remain in their neighborhoods. You can see their community calendar here.
Ticketing and Payment Collection Updates: Beginning in July, the City began to ramp up normal enforcement of certain vehicle violations that were temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Ticket enforcement resumed citywide for street sweeping on July 1 and booting resumed on July 6. Residents can learn more or make payments online at www.Chicago.gov/finance.
The City encourages anyone who may need assistance with outstanding debt to visit New Start Chicago at www.Chicago.gov/newstartchicago where residents can sign up for flexible payment plans for tickets and utility bills with a lower down payment and up to 60 months to repay amounts due.
Utility Billing Relief Program (UBR): It provides financial and debt relief to thousands of Chicago homeowners through a combination of a reduced rate on water, sewer, and water-sewer tax charges, and debt forgiveness for past utility debt. Residents can visit www.chicago.gov/UBR to see if they qualify for relief.
Driver license, ID Cards and License Plate Stickers Deadline: The Secretary of State has announced new deadlines for the following items that may have expired. Customers are encouraged to visit CyberdriveIllinois.com for online services and information.
License Plate Stickers
Restricted Driving Permits
Disability PlacardsID Cards
Monitoring Device Permits
Help Illinois Families: Assistance for utility bills, rent, temporary housing shelter, food and other household essential services during COVID-19. More information here.
Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH): For the latest information on COVID-19 in Illinois, visit the IDPH website here.
The Farmworker & Landscaper Advocacy Project: Provides one-time $500 cash assistance for those financially affected by COVID-19. Those employed in the landscaping, snow plowing, packing, cannery, farms, nursery, greenhouse, and meat and poultry industries and experiencing financial hardship due to the effort to contain COVID-19 are eligible for this assistance. To apply for this cash assistance program those affected can send their phone number, valid ID with current address, paystub, and an explanation of what you do at work to firstname.lastname@example.org.