Meals and Financial Assistance Resources
CountyCare provides this list of COVID-19 resources available in Cook County, including food assistance, financial assistance, clothing and others.
Community Partners for Affordable Housing has information on emergency rent and utility assistance programs to help Lake County, Illinois households whose incomes have decreased due to COVID-19. Their website outlines the different programs and provides eligibility guidelines.
If you need help submitting your application, accessing computer equipment, are unsure which program may be better for you or have other questions, please contact Emergency Assistance Coordinator, Toni Martinez, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 263-7478 ext 30.
COVID-19 Assistance for Southern Illinois Shawnee Health Service
COVID-19 Assistance for Southern Illinois Shawnee Health Service received a $250,000 grant from the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund to serve the state’s most vulnerable residents. Shawnee Health Service is focused on deploying resources to Jackson, Williamson, and Union Counties. Assistance may be available to residents of other counties.
There are no restrictions on age or insurance coverage status. Anyone may request assistance, regardless of whether or not he or she is a patient or client of Shawnee Health Service. Grant funds will be used to assist southern Illinoisans with:
- Food and basic needs
- Temporary housing, rent, utilities, or mortgage
- Utility and financial assistance
- Out-of-pocket medical costs
If you would like to request assistance for yourself or on behalf of another person, please call Shawnee Health Service at (618) 519-9200.
In early April, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020, for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic.
The Illinois Housing Development Authority continues to provide support and assistance programs for Illinois homeowners and renters. Its COVID-19 Housing Resources Information website provides the latest information.
In partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is extending the Immigrant Family Support Project through December 2022. The project offers cash assistance of up to $2,000 per household. Detailed information is available from ICIRR. Interested immigrant families in Illinois are requested to verify their eligibility and apply as soon as possible.
Access Living has compiled a variety of resources, including disability health information, schooling activities, self-care and meal information.
Information from the U.S. Small Business Administration
Decatur Public Schools’ Return to Learn website provides information on how the district ill deliver meals to students’ homes during the first quarter of the 2020-21 school year, while students are participating in virtual learning.
A list of Decatur-area food resources during the COVID-19 shutdowns.