Community Resources

  • Government Resources

    CHICAGO CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE CENTER:  The City of Chicago is committed to providing leadership and help throughout the evolving COVID-19 crisis.  As this situation develops, the City will continue to offer resources and support to people across Chicago.  This website provides the latest information on a range of topics regarding COVID-19.

    CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS:  CPS is committed to keeping families informed, and is providing up-to-date information on the effect of COVID-19 on public schools.  Learn more about school closure updates, school building access, food assistance, and more.

    DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY & SUPPORT SERVICES:  The City of Chicago Department of Family & Support Services offers an Emergency Rental Assistance program that is available for people suffering financial hardship due to a crisis such as loss of job, home fire or illness.  The program is intended to allow families to maintain housing during the time it takes to regain stability.

    DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING:  The COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant is a low barrier grant program intended for Chicagoans who have been impacted by the economic fallout from the pandemic, including people who have lost there jobs through layoff or furlogh, as well as people who have retained their jobs but have had their hours severely reduced.  Eligible Chicagoans als0 must demonstrate that their household was at or below 60% of the area median income prior to their change in employment in order to receive the grant.

    ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL OFFICE:  IL Attorney General Kwame Raoul urges residents to be on alert for possible email and social media scams tied to the COVID-19 Outbreak. In addition, the Attorney General urges residents to report COVID-19 price gouging and fraud.

    FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY:  Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac (the Enterprises), and the Federal Home Loan Banks are taking steps to help people who have been impacted by the coronavirus.  If your ability to pay your mortgage is impacted, and your loan is owned by Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac, you may be eligible to delay making monthly mortgage payments for a temporary period.

    STATE OF ILLINOIS CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE:  Protecting the health, safety, and well-being of Illinoisans is Governor Pritzker's top priority.  The state's COVID-19 Response 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.

    Public Health Resources

    CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION:  Stay up-to-date on what is currently known about the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).  The CDC provides community resources and will update information on COVID-19 as it becomes available.

    CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH:  Stay up-to-date on information from the Department of Public Health by visiting the COVID-19 resource webpage.  You will be able to sign-up for news alerts, see frequently asked questions, and learn what you need to do to remain safe and healthy.

    COOK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH:  The Cook County Department of Public Health is working with all levels of government to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This includes investigations, contact tracing and monitoring, disease surveillance and control, and providing situational updates and guidance to the public, media and partners. 

    ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH:  Find interim Business and Organization Guidance that may help prevent workplace exposure to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings.  The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks.

    NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS:  Asking for help can be terrifying.  It can sometimes seem even more frightening than continuing to live in pain.  NAMI can provide hope and improve the quality of life for those whose lives are affected by mental health conditions.  They promote community wellness, break down barriers to mental health care and provide support and expertise for family, professionals and individuals in Chicago and beyond.

    Local Ward Offices

    Alderman Daniel LaSpata
    1st Ward
    1958 N. Milwaukee Avenue
    Chicago, Illinois 60647
    (P) 872.206.2685

    Alderman Scott Waguespack
    32nd Ward
    2657 N. Clybourn Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60614
    P: (773) 248-1330
    F: (773) 248-1360

    Alderman Brian Hopkins
    2nd Ward
    1400 N. Ashland Ave
    Chicago, IL 60622
    P: (312) 643-2299

    Utilities and Billing

    OFFICE OF THE MAYOR:  The City of Chicago is temporarily suspending debt collection, ticketing, and towing practices to provide debt relief through April 30 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

    ILLINOIS COMMERCE COMMISSION:  At the request of Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Attorney General Kwame Raoul, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) on Wednesday, March 18, issued protections for all customers of private, investor-owned utilities during the COVID-19 public health emergency.