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  • 2020 Coronavirus Economic Stimulus Payments

    The passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act authorized the creation of stimulus checks for individuals and families under certain income thresholds. Most Illinoisans are eligible for these stimulus checks, though many did not receive them, leaving millions of dollars unclaimed.

    Get My Payment IL Coalition is available to answer any and all stimulus payment questions. It provides a step-by-step process to follow in order to receive a stimulus check.

  • 2021 Illinois Rental Payment Program

    The Illinois Housing Development Authority’s (IHDA) 2021 Illinois Rental Payment Program is an emergency rental assistance program designed to support households in Illinois that are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The program can provide up to $25,000 in emergency rental assistance. The IHDA will begin accepting applications for the program on May 17.

    Housing providers/landlords may initiate a joint application starting May 17 through June 7. Tenants will have until June 14 to complete their portion of a landlord-initiated application.

    Tenants may initiate their own application starting June 9 through June 28. Landlords will have until July 6 to complete their portion of the tenant-initiated application.

    Visit for more details.

  • 211 – Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills or other essential services, visit or dial 211.

  • Addressing Tenant Concerns Regarding Rent and the Temporary Suspension of Evictions for Nonpayment of Rent

    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.

  • Aurora Emergency Rental Assistance Program

    The City of Aurora Rental Assistance Program provides assistance to low-moderate income households in the form of a grant that will be used to pay landlords for past due rent on a tenant’s behalf. Applicants must demonstrate a loss or reduction of income due to COVID-19 and a need for assistance. information is available in both English and Spanish on the city of Aurora website.

  • Available Benefits Under the American Rescue Plan Act

    The Illinois Department of Human Services in collaboration with the Illinois Commission on Poverty and Economic Security has put together a summary document listing new benefits that are now available to individuals and families through the recent passage of the American Rescue Plan Act.

    The summary document is provided in both English and Spanish.

    The types of benefits include stimulus checks, earned income tax credits, child tax credit, unemployment insurance, rental or mortgage assistance and food, cash, childcare and/or medical support.

  • Bill Assistance Programs in Springfield

    Springfield’s City, Water, Light and Power provides a list of financial assistance and loan program resources if you are having trouble paying your CWLP bill or other housing and utility costs.

  • Central Illinois Foodbank

    At this time, the Foodbank’s 160 partner agencies largely remain open. Some are considering changes to their distribution models to enforce social distancing protocols to better meet the demands of their communities. If you or someone you know need food, you can find your nearest agency on their website.

  • Chaditos

    Chaditos provides free lunch for school-aged children from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. (One free meal per day, per child. The child must be present for the free meal.)

    3030 S. 6th St.
    Springfield, IL

  • Champaign County COVID-19 Fund

    The fund released $20,000 for housing assistance. Those in need should call the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission at (877) 548-4205, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.