COVID-19/Coronavirus Updates and Resources
The Chicago Resiliency Fund is accepting applications by phone now! The Chicago Resiliency Fund is a cash assistance program created to support Chicago residents who were excluded from federal stimulus aid in response to COVID-19. The fund will provide $1,000 per household for eligible Chicago residents, which includes undocumented individuals, mixed-status families, dependent adults, and returning residents.
Please click the link below for more information on eligibility requirements and a list of organizations who are accepting applications. You may only apply once per household. Click here to learn more about the Chicago Resiliency Fund
- Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) Website
- You may also call IDES at 1-800-244-5631. (También puede llamar al 1-800-244-5631. El soporte está disponible en español.)
- The federal government is sending direct cash assistance to eligible Americans of up to $1,200 for individuals, up to $2,400 for married couples and up to $500 per child under 17 years old.
- Click here to use the Stimulus Check Calculator to determine the amount you expected to receive.
- To learn more about whether you and your family are eligible to receive a federal stimulus cash check, please visit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website.
- Note: You must file a tax return for either Tax Year 2018 or 2019 in order to receive a check.
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides cash assistance to needy families who meet certain income criteria. Visit the Illinois Department of Human Services website to learn more.
- City of Chicago:
- Call 311 for financial assistance paying rent or utilities
- Immigration status does not impact program eligibility
- Catholic Charities:
- Apply online for rent assistance: Rent Assistance Application
- Call 312-744-5000 for financial assistance paying rent or utilities
- Immigration status does not impact program eligibility
- Information from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
- Visit the Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development website or call 1-888-228-1146 to learn more about emergency child care for essential workers.
- Student loan interest is suspended until September 30, 2020
- Wage garnishment and debt collection are suspended until September 30, 2020
- Student loan payments can be suspended until September 30, 2020 if you make a request with your loan servicer
- See the U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 response FAQ for more information
- After submitting documentation demonstrating the impact of COVID-19 on more than 3,000 businesses across the state, Gov. Pritzker announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved the state's eligibility for disaster assistance loans for small businesses facing financial hardship in all 102 counties due to COVID-19. Eligible businesses can apply for up to $2 million in low-interest loans. Click here to apply for a loan.
- The City of Chicago has launched the Chicago Small Business Resiliency Loan Fund, a $100 million fund to provide low-interest grants to thousands of local small businesses suffering due to COVID-19. The grant program is now open for applications and is providing grants on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit the Chicago Resiliency Fund webpage to start your application and for more information about loan terms, business requirements, application information requirements and required attestations. The Resiliency Fund has a team of trusted experts at your service to guide you through the application, underwriting and closing phases of your loan. Questions can be submitted in English and Spanish. Immigration status does not impact program eligibility.
- The Erie Neighborhood House Community Relief Fund is providing support for needy families, particularly those with undocumented individuals, who participate in the organization's programs. If you participate in an Erie House program and are in need, reach out to your program contact to inquire. Click here to learn more.
- Immigration status does not impact program eligibility.
- If you are out of work or meet the income threshold, you may apply for healthcare coverage with Medicaid: Apply for Medicaid
- Please visit the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 Testing Site Webpage to identify the nearest COVID-19 testing site including both sites run by the City of Chicago and a map of additional testing locations across the city.
- COVID-19 Testing Sites Near Acero Schools:
Esperanza Brighton Park - 4700 S. California Ave. - 773-584-6200
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Esperanza California - 2001 S. California Ave. - 773-584-6200
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Please call for weekend hours.
Howard Brown Health at Project VIDA - 2659 S. Kedvale Ave. - 773-388-1600
Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Howard Brown Health Clark - 6500 N. Clark St. - 773-388-1600
Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Norwegian American Hospital - 1044 North Francisco Ave. - 773-292-8363
Tuesday - Saturday: 3 - 5 p.m.
Dr. Jorge Prieto Math and Science Academy - 2231 N Central Ave.
Register for testing here
Physicians Immediate Care - North Center - 3909 N. Western Avenue - 312-767-0400
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Illinois Department Of Human Services - SASS
- SASS (Screening, Assessment, and Support Services) for Children and Families is an Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) crisis mental health service program. The program serves children up to age 20 who are on Medicaid or uninsured who need emergency mental health services. To access SASS you may contact the CARES Line at 1-800-345-9049. For TTY you may call 1-773-523-4504. To learn more, visit the IDHS website.
- You should call the CARES Line when a child is having a mental health crisis or is at risk to themself or others. If a child has mental health problems, but is NOT a risk to self or others and is not experiencing a crisis, contact your local community mental health services provider on the IDHS website or call the IDHS Child and Adolescent Client Assistance Line at: 312-793-1361 (available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays).
- Undocumented individuals and families are eligible for this service.
- For families with commercial health insurance, you may call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department if your child is experiencing a mental health crisis.