If you need help during the course of this emergency situation, we have compiled a list of useful resources and information to deal with the coronavirus outbreak in our area.
CPS: food delivery
- Chicago Public Schools will change the way they distribute food to their students during spring break next week at 136 school sites.
- Families can pick up food from Monday to Thursday between 9 am to 1 pm and they will not distribute meals next Friday for the team to take off on Good Friday.
- Meal delivery will continue as usual from April 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Residents who do not have health insurance and want to know where to go if they suspect they are infected with coronavirus can call 1-800-889-3931.
- You can also contact the agency by email at the address: DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.
- IL Department of Public Health- information and help in Spanish about the coronavirus. click here.
- The vast majority of food depots or “Food Banks” in Chicago and IL are delivering food. Find the one that corresponds to you here.
- Look here a real-time interactive map of reported coronavirus cases in Illinois.
- Cook County: hotline to clarify questions about coronavirus. The number to call is: 708-633-3319. To receive alerts text: ALERTCOOK, by text message to 888-777.
Schools and kindergartens
- CPS: Although schools will be closed, CPS will provide food to students and families.
- The box will include three days of breakfast and lunch for each student in your family. Food distribution will take place outside of the school building, and Safe Passage workers will be present at their assigned location when families pick up their meals.
- If you need help, call the CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437), or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Educational enrichment activities, activity packs will be available for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, which include activities in print and digital format. Find them here.
- Lunches and food deliveries are available statewide. Governor Pritzker said children who qualify for free lunch or reduced cost lunch will receive two meals a day.
Educational activities for children
- Art and painting classes on Facebook Live by artist Milton Coronado. Press here watch.
Unemployment and financial aid
- You can apply for unemployment benefits if you do not have what is called “paid sick leave” or access to paid sick leave or are unable to work due to COVID-19.
- For information you can call IDES at 1-800-244-5631 or access their website here.
- Governor JB Pritzker ordered a moratorium on cutting services including electricity, gas, telecommunications and water for late payments.
- ComEd: will eliminate the power outage due to non-payment until May 1 due to the coronavirus emergency. Information here
- Cook County has suspended all court-issued eviction or foreclosure orders.
- Pritzker is working on a mandate to expand Medicaid and low-cost health care services in Illinois.
Where to seek help during the COVID-19 crisis?
List of organizations in the Chicago area that can help you.
Albany Park Community Center
- You can provide job, housing and small business assistance remotely and online.
New Life Centers of Chicagoland
- Greater Chicago Food Depository Food Distribution
- 4155 S. Rockwell in Brighton Park, martes from 4: 30-6: 30 pm
- 2657 S. Lawndale in South Lawndale and La Villita, Tuesday through Friday from 9-2 pm
- 2759 S. Karlov in South Lawndale, Wednesdays 10 am-12pm
- 1410 N. Springfield in Humboldt Park, Wednesdays from 6-8 pm
- Provides 24/7 home care and support for people with mental or physical disabilities.
- Pantry and food distribution
- Find emergency help here
Elgin School District U-46
- Food pantry and delivery to residents here
- Food distribution in schools here
Erie Neighborhood House
- Provides support and assistance to immigrant families
- 1701 W. Superior Street, Chicago
- Services and information here
Gail Borden Public Library and Elgin
- Offers virtual programs in Spanish by Zoom
- English as a second language courses: “Sounds of English”, it will help you improve your pronunciation and understanding of spoken English.
- Together We learn, computer classes, how to use Zoom and make the most of all its resources.
- Classes are free and open to the general public.
Greater Chicago Food Depository
- Pantry and food distribution. Find a center here.
Elgin Women’s Group
- Offers motivational and relaxation activities for women
- Information about Today’s Inspired Latina and other activities here
- Resources that you and your community can use during this time
- Free virtual counseling to manage depression / anxiety during pregnancy, postpartum depression / anxiety, miscarriage / miscarriage, stillbirth and post-abortion, etc.
- List with data and links of interest about COVID-19 here
New Life Centers
- Provides food to needy families during the crisis
- Offers free online training and classes
- Videoconferences to obtain customer service certification, bilingual insurance license (P&C) throughout the summer in English and Spanish.
- Classes program:
- Customer Service Training
- Job Placement, Resume Writing Help, Interview Preparation and other Resources
- Fill this form if you are interested and a person will contact you to follow up
- General information here
Salvation Army Metropolitan Chicago
- Provides food and relief programs for those affected by the coronavirus and essential workers
Women’s Business Development Center
- Provides financial advice and assistance to small business owners.