Meals and Financial Assistance Resources
Illinois homeowners who have fallen behind on payments due to the pandemic can soon seek support from a new homeowner assistance program provided by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA).
IHDA will offer the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) in fall 2021. The program will offer up to $25,000 in assistance to approved applicants.
The fund is a new program designed to prevent mortgage delinquencies and defaults, foreclosures, loss of utilities or home energy services and displacement of homeowners experiencing financial hardship after Jan. 21, 2020.
Applications are expected to be available in fall 2021.
If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills or other essential services, visit www.211.org/get-help/help-during-covid-19-pandemic or dial 211.
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.
Ameren Illinois’ Economic Hardship Recovery Program provides information on various energy assistance programs, payment options and tips on lowering your utility bill.
This step-by-step resource includes information on:
- Assistance paying your energy bills, applying for financial assistance and eligibility guidelines
- Exploring payment options
- Tips for lowering future energy bills and energy efficiency programs
Click here for a list of assistance programs statewide, including Warm Neighbors Cool Friends (WNCF), a program designed to help moderate-income seniors and families who have temporarily experienced a hardship but may not meet the guidelines of government programs.
For more information, contact Ameren Illinois at (800) 755-5000 (residential customers) or (800) 232-2477 (business customers).
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has information for families on the American Rescue Plan expanded Child Tax Credit. With recent changes, families can qualify for more money and can receive payments monthly instead of having to wait until the end of the year. Payments will automatically arrive starting on July 15 for most families. Some families may need to take action to receive the benefit.
AAP offers a flyer in English and Spanish that explains:
- The credit
- Who is eligible
- The next step that parents may need to take
The City of Aurora provides information on a wide variety of resources including housing, food, clothing and legal assistance.
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 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.
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.
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 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.