COVID-19 Resources and Supports for Families
We’re here to help children with special healthcare needs and their families navigate the COVID-19 outbreak.
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting every aspect of life for our participants and their families.
In these uncertain times, we remain here to partner with Illinois families and communities to help children and youth with special healthcare needs connect to the services and resources they need.
We’ve compiled a list of resources and available supports to help families meet their needs during the COVID-19 outbreak. You can search for these resources by category or region on the right side of this page.
The list includes places offering free meals, utility assistance, free Wi-Fi, educational websites, activities during social distancing and condition-specific resources.
We continue to update this list as new resources become known or available. Please check back often for the latest information.
If you have questions about a specific need and would like additional support, please call your local DSCC Regional Office or contact (800) 322-3722.
Meals and Financial Resources
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development developed this flyer to provide Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation participants with important information and resources about paying rent during the national emergency concerning the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 Immigrant Family Support Project
Illinois immigrant families can now enter a lottery to receive emergency cash assistance of up to $1,000 per household. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2020. Applications are limited to one per household. Detailed information is available from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Interested immigrant families in Illinois are requested to verify their eligibility and apply as soon as possible.
The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Mortgage Assistance Program is open until Oct. 16, 2020.
This program is only for Suburban Cook County homeowners who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and need mortgage assistance.
To qualify for this program, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Homeowner in Suburban Cook County
- Have had a COVID-19 financial hardship
- Income at or below $127,400 before and after the COVID-19-related financial hardship
- Mortgage arrearage that occurred after March 27, 2020
- Cannot have accepted any other CARES Act emergency mortgage assistance funding, such as IHDA mortgage relief
Contact COVIDregistration@thehacc.org for assistance with this program.
Medical Health and Condition Specific Information Resources
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a new webpage for coping with stress in the difficult times resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center provides these voluntary national guidelines for “Providing and Receiving Respite Care Safely during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
The guidelines provided in this document are designed to assist providers as well as family caregivers with careful and thoughtful planning and implementation strategies to provide and receive respite care as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Influenza and COVID-19 have similar symptoms, so it can be hard to tell them apart. HealthyChildren.org put together information on both infections and ways to protect your family.
Parenting and Caregiving Resources
This organization’s emergency respite program offers funding and resources to support caregivers who are not receiving any respite services and have an urgent need for respite care in the absence of any other funding source. The website gives examples of qualifying circumstances and information on how to apply.
Mental Health America has developed its 2020 Back to School Toolkit to help students, parents and school personnel navigate the uncharted waters of COVID-19. It includes tip sheets for how parents and teachers can partner to make distance learning work, how parents can recognize mental health concerns in teens, and how kids and teens can maintain relationships during online school.
The Kinda Guide is designed to be a weekly survival guide for parents and families that will include expert tips on remote learning, parenting advice, virtual camp activities, simple meal and snack ideas and at-home family adventures.