COVID-19 Resources and Information

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, fever), have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or you have a compromised immune system or a chronic, serious medical condition, you can get a COVID-19 test even without a doctor’s order. 

A list of testing sites can be found at coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/testing-sites or dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid-19-testing-sites

Testing guidance in Illinois can be found at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/testing-guidanc

January 2021 Stimulus Check

The IRS is currently administering a second set of stimulus checks in the amount of $600 for individuals and $1,200 for married couples filing a joint return. In addition, those with qualifying children will also receive $600 for each qualifying child. Dependents who are 17 and older are not eligible for the child payment. As with the last round of checks, the income limit to receive the full amount is $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for married couples.

As with the first round of payments under the CARES Act, most recipients will receive these payments by direct deposit. For Social Security and other beneficiaries who received the first round of payments via Direct Express, they will receive the second payment the same way. Anyone who received the first round of payments earlier this year but doesn't receive a payment via direct deposit will generally receive a check or, in some instances, a debit card. 

Eligible individuals who did not receive an Economic Impact Payment this year - either the first or the second payment - will be able to claim it when they file their 2020 taxes in 2021. People will see the Economic Impact Payments (EIP) referred to as the Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC) on Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR since the EIPs are an advance payment of the RRC. 

If you did not receive the first stimulus check because you were wrongfully claimed as a dependent by someone else, it is very important to file your 2020 Form 1040 or 1040-SR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. This lessens the possibility you will once again be wrongfully claimed as a dependent as the IRS will accept whichever return it receives first. You should file a tax return even if they have no income to report.

Turbo Tax allows some low-income filers to use their website for free for a federal return.

 

Contact Information for Questions and Assistance

If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Beth Malik at beth@chicagohomeless.org or 773-339-5264.

 

For more information, visit IRS.gov/eip. Soon you may check the status of your payment at IRS.gov/GetMyPayment.

 

 

If you are experiencing a significant change in your income, many federal offices remain open for services over phone.  

  • Social Security Administration (SSA) offices are closed to the public for in-person services as of March 17, 2020.  Use online services or contact local offices by phone. For pre-scheduled, in-office appointments, expect to receive a call from a representative from a private number at the time of the appointment. 

  • Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) remains open. Call IDES at 1(800)244-5631 or use online services. 

  • Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is still offering applications for benefits and requests for assistance for emergency food relief (SNAP), cash assistance (TANF) and Medicaid applications online at Medicaid applications online or by calling the ABE Call Center at 1(800)843-6154. 

  • Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Family Community Resource Centers (FCRCs) remain open with limited staff during this state of emergency. IDHS strongly encourages online and phone applications to limit potential exposure to COVID-19. 
     

If you have a legal matter with your income, Legal Aid Chicago can be reached by phone at (312)341-1070 or applying online. The intake line accepts calls weekdays beginning at 8:00AM. Legal Aid Chicago takes a limited number of calls each day, so it is best to call early. They offer a callback option to keep your place in the queue, so you do not have to wait on the phone. All calls are returned the same day. People experiencing homelessness can contact the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless at (800)940-1119 for issues with public benefits, education rights, and more. CARPLS can also be reached at (312)738-9200. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need help paying rent, call the Homelessness Prevention Call Center. Dial 3-1-1 or (312)744-5000 and ask for “short-term help.” Callers that are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired should dial (312)948-6817. State homelessness prevention funds should be available for documented crisis. The Call Center is open Monday–Thursday, 8:30AM–4:30PM. The Call Center will refer you to a community organization that manages the funds. If you reside in suburban Cook County, call 1(877)426-6515 for help with basic needs. 
 

Your local Department of Family and Support Services Community Service Center also coordinates rental assistance. They are open Monday–Thursday from 9:00AM–5:00PM. City residents who need assistance can drop in or schedule an appointment to have an initial assessment to identify their needs.  

  • Englewood Center, 1140 W. 79th Street, Chicago, IL 60620, (312)747-0200 

  • Garfield Center, 10 S. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612, (312)746-5400  

  • King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653, (312)747-2300  

  • North Area, 845 W. Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640, (312)744-2580  

  • South Chicago, 8650 S. Commercial Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617, (312)747-0500 

  • Trina Davila, 4312 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60639, (312)744-2014 
     

If you are living with HIV/AIDS, AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is providing emergency assistance. If you do not have a case manager or housing advocate, navigator, or technician, call (312)690-8860 for assistance. Utilize the Chicagoland HIV Resource Coordination Hub for additional information, referrals, and other support to people living with and vulnerable to HIV. The Hub is staffed 9:00AM-10:00PM, Monday through Saturday, and 9:00AM-5:00PM on Sunday. Call the Hub at (844)HUB-4040 or (800)AID-AIDS. 
 

If you have a housing legal matter, call Legal Aid Chicago or Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH). Legal Aid Chicago can be reached by phone at (312)341-1070 or applying online for housing legal advocacy. The intake line accepts calls weekdays beginning at 8:00AM. Legal Aid Chicago takes a limited number of calls each day, so it is best to call early. They offer a callback option to keep your place in the queue, so you do not have to wait on the phone. All calls are returned the same day. LCBH can be reached at (312)347-7600. LCBH has closed its office to the public until further notice, but LCBH staff is working remotely, and LCBH is still taking applications by phone. 

 

If you are experiencing homelessness and need shelter, 3-1-1 is accepting calls to refer to shelters. Please note that there is not a clear process for shelter clients to be referred directly to a quarantine/isolation facility from the shelter–the process is typically initiated by emergency rooms. 

People who are living outside, in a shelter, or in another place not meant for human habitation can call the Coordinated Entry Call Center and be assessed for housing over the phone. The number is (312) 361-1707 and it is open M-F, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need to access a food pantry or prepared meals, the Greater Chicago Food Depository 700 partner agencies and programs remain open–with some exceptions. Find a food program on the Greater Chicago Food Depository website. It is recommended to call a site to confirm program hours and requirements. 

 

There are 450 Chicago Public Schools grab-and-go meal sites open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–1 p.m., to provide meals (breakfast and lunch). Families can go online to find the closest grab-and-go meal site at https://schoolinfo.cps.edu/mealdistributionsites/index.html?timePeriod=postspring. All CPS students are eligible. You will pick up the food outside the school building. You will receive 3 days of meals for each young person in the household. If you have trouble getting to a site, call (773) 553-KIDS or email familyservices@cps.edu to make a request for food delivery. Call daily to request food delivery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CPS remote learning began April 13th. If your child does not have Internet access or a digital device please reach out to your child's school to request technology assistance. You can access all remote learning packets online at cps.edu/remotelearningpackets. Families and students also pick up a non-digital remote learning packet from the nearest CPS grab-and-go meal site.  You can call CPS at (773) 553-KIDS or email at familyservices@cps.edu for more information. For students who are homeless the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless can assist with any education issue including accessing food, remote learning, and preschool applications. Please call (800) 940-1119.

There are 450 Chicago Public Schools grab-and-go meal sites open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–1 p.m., to provide meals (breakfast and lunch). Families can go online to find the closest grab-and-go meal site at https://schoolinfo.cps.edu/mealdistributionsites/index.html?timePeriod=postspring. All CPS students are eligible. You will pick up the food outside the school building. You will receive 3 days of meals for each young person in the household. If you have trouble getting to a site, call (773) 553-KIDS or email familyservices@cps.edu to make a request for food delivery. Call daily to request food delivery.