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Chicagoans Going Beyond to Help Our City Back The Fight Against COVID-19

GOING BEYOND FOR CHICAGOANS

During this unprecedented time, many Chicago-based organizations continue to back the fight for our youth and communities by providing meals, learning opportunities, and resources to those who are unable to access them.

Below we have gathered useful links that include information from educational resources to emergency assistance through the City of Chicago. Please see below and check back often for updates.

We also recommend you bookmark these links to local news organizations and official Illinois government websites that are also providing resources lists and information.

On July 20, 2020 at 12:00am pre-screening applications can be submitted online to enter the lottery to receive The Resurrection Project’s, Chicago Resiliency Fund that will award $1,000 in cash assistance to eligible Chicagoans, which includes undocumented individuals, mixed-status families and dependent adults. More information on eligibility and the application process can be found here: https://resurrectionproject.org/chicagofund/

Chicago is hiring 600 contact tracers. 

To help stop the spread of Coronavirus, contact tracers will earn $20 an hour with supervisors earning $24 an hour, the city said in a statement. People do not need to have prior training to apply, as they will be trained after being hired, and the jobs will last about 18 months. To apply click here.

Looking to learn more about renter’s rights?

Tune in every Thursday night at 6 pm for our Facebook live event. Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing attorney Morgan Schumann will talk about legal rights and answer your questions. Videos are recorded and you can watch replays on Rentervention’s Facebook page. Rentervention also has created a web page tool to create a Notice of Covid-19 Impact to your landlord.

Sick? Broke? Want To Help?

Here’s A Massive List Of Coronavirus Resources In Chicago by Block Club Chicago

UIC’s School of Public Health has created this Chicago COVID-19 Resource Repository

A master list of resources including public health agencies, physical and mental health resources, housing and food needs, financial and legal aid, communications and Internet resources, support for people with substance use disorders, childcare and education, free entertainment, volunteer opportunities and more. 

You can visit their main page here

UIC List of Internal and External Resources Available to Undocumented Students

For the undocumented immigrant community, we want to make sure you are aware of our internal and external resources available to support you during this time. For any additional questions, please contact Tanya Cabrera, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Inclusion at tcabrera@uic.edu or call (312) 355-0011.

Out Of Work Due To Coronavirus? Here’s How To Get Unemployment Benefits, Rent Relief And More by Block Club Chicago

Block Club rounded up some resources available now to those facing financial uncertainty.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

AN INTERACTIVE MAP OF CORONAVIRUS TESTING SITES IN ILLINOIS BY CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Health officials are urging anyone who attended to be tested for the new coronavirus, and said tests are now available to everyone regardless of symptoms at 11 state-run sites.

STATE OF ILLINOIS NEWS ON COVID-19

Official website of the State of Illinois covering all news and updates regarding Covid-19. This website will provide the latest news releases related to coronavirus, video archives of press conferences and tips from leading experts to keep you and your family safe.

How To Eat Safely During The Coronavirus Crisis: Tips, Resources, FAQs by WBEZ

Curious City is answering questions about how to safely deal with food, cooking and eating during coronavirus.

Please keep in mind that what is known about the virus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, is still evolving. This information does not constitute professional medical advice. For questions regarding your own health, always consult a physician.

Cook County launches COVID-19 text alert system and phone hotline

Anyone who wants to opt in to receive text message alerts from county health officials should text alertcook to 888-777

A phone hotline also went live Thursday. Anyone who wants to ask health professionals questions related to COVID-19 should call 708-633-3319. The hotline will be staffed 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

An email account — ccdph.covid19@cookcountyhhs.org — has also been set up for residents to send inquiries related to COVID-19. The questions will be answered, as much as possible, in return emails.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Thank you to The Kennedy Forum Illinois for researching mental health resources available onlineThey have compiled a list of sites that provide factual information and useful strategies. These include: 

If you need one-on-one assistance or are having thoughts of harm to yourself, these resources are always available to you: 

FOOD RESOURCES

CPS is Working to Provide Healthy Meals for CPS Families

While schools are closed, CPS will provide our students with healthy meals. CPS families can pick up free food boxes at any CPS school, with the exception of Vaughn Occupational High School and Sheridan Math and Science Academy, that will contain three days of breakfast and lunch for every student in the household. Food pick-up will be held outdoors, and Safe Passage workers will be on their normally assigned routes while families are getting meals. If you need assistance, please call the CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437) or email familyservices@cps.edu. 

Find Your Nearest Food Distribution Site

Use the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s interactive ‘Find Food’ map to search by zip code and find a pantry in your area.

CPS, EDUCATION, AND CHILDCARE RESOURCES

You May Qualify for Assistance to Help Pay for Child Care

The Illinois Department of Human Services’ (IDHS) Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides low-income, working families with access to affordable, quality child care that allows them to continue working and contributes to the healthy, emotional and social development of the child. CCAP can help families pay for care in center-based or home settings. Families are required to cost-share on a sliding scale based on family size and income. Parents must meet the State of Illinois’ income and family size guidelines. Click here to learn more

Prioritized Essential Worker CCAP Application
The State of Illinois will help all prioritized essential workers pay for child care through April 30th. Prioritized Essential Workers include those working in Health Care, Human Services, essential Government services (e.g. Corrections, law enforcement, fire department), and essential Infrastructure.

Child care centers that are interested in re-opening as emergency child centers are able to apply for a permit through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Information on child care centers and for parents wanting updates through phases can be found here Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development website.

Free essential baby items such as diapers, wipes, and formula

Local nonprofit organization, Share Our Spare, will serve as a centralized donation hub for essential baby items that will be distributed to neighborhoods in need. Click here to find all the local service providers where you can pick up free essential baby items.

The Dovetail Project is delivering baby care and personal care supplies to families struggling to make ends meet.

The 24-hour fatherhood support line initiative is open to all fathers living in Chicago between the ages of 17 and 30-years-old.

For assistance, text the word DOVETAIL to 56525. If you are interested in donating to the program or to learn more, visit https://thedovetailproject.org.

ABC 7 Chicago has conveniently gathered a full page of free educational resources for kids while they’re home. 

Looking for ways to keep your kids busy while they’re home from school during the COVID-19 outbreak? Check out ABC 7’s list of free educational resources and activities from the Chicago area and around the country.

CPS enrichment Learning Resources 

CPS is sharing educational resource packets organized by grade level. These packets include a range of activities that students can work on at home independently, with family members, or with other adults. Some activities may require guidance from an adult to get started. Resources are categorized into two types: 

Independent Projects: These projects cover a range of different topics and skills. They may be spread out over multiple days. 

Enrichment Activities: These activities are organized into Read, Write, Move, Design, and Solve categories so you can engage with your child in many different ways while at home. 

Some of these options are digital and require Internet access. 

List of Frequent Asked Questions from CPS on COVID-19 

CPS has gathered all of the current FAQ’s at the moment and have shared their responses here. 

Khan Academy is offering free online learning schedules for students from Pre-K to 12th grade

CITY OF CHICAGO PROVIDED RESOURCES

Emergency Rental Assistance 

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides financial assistance to Chicago residents, directly related to the prevention of homelessness, to eligible individuals and families who are in danger of eviction in order to stabilize individuals and families in their existing rental unit. 

Illinois Department of Employment Security COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. IDES recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible.  

CHICAGOANS GOING BEYOND

The Peace House of Englewood 

The Peace House of Englewood at 6402 S. Honore St will remain open as long as possible for those in need of food and shelter. Showers will be available for use as well, according to Zelda Mayer, director of development for the South Side nonprofit. They will also have a nurse coming weekly to educate residents on what the virus is, debunk the myths and help people sort through the medical language. The nurse will let people know what the recommendations are, and help to educate children as well. 

Please contact I Grow Chicago for more information 312-286-7392 or send an email to contact@igrowchicago.org

My Block My Hood My City

MBMHMC will be ensuring seniors have access to hand sanitizer, health supplements, toiletries, and food. Seniors and those living with disability are most at risk in the event of the continued spread of the virus. To donate or request a care package please visit their site at https://www.formyblock.org/viralresponse 

INTERNET SERVICES

Comcast Announces Comprehensive COVID-19 Response to Help Keep Americans Connected to the Internet

Visit the link above for more information

  • Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.  
  • No Disconnects or Late Fees: We will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Our care teams will be available to offer flexible payment options and can help find other solutions. 
  • Internet Essentials Free to New Customers: As announced yesterday, it’s even easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign-up for Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. 
  • News, Information and Educational Content on X1: For those with school-age students at home, we’ve created new educational collections for all grade levels in partnership with Common Sense Media. Just say “education” into your X1 or Flex voice remote. 

RCN is offering one month free and free install

Please visit their website or call to confirm your location is in their service area

Charter Communications to Offer Free Access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households and More

To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.