Social Services Resources
Illinois homeowners who have fallen behind on payments due to the pandemic can apply for the Illinois Emergency Homeowner Assistance Fund (ILHAF), which is administered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA).
Starting April 11, 2022, IHDA will offer the Illinois Homeowner Assistance Fund (ILHAF). The program will offer up to $30,000 per household in assistance to approved applicants to eliminate or reduce past-due mortgage and property tax payments. The application portal will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
ILHAF provides direct financial assistance to prevent mortgage delinquencies, defaults, displacements and foreclosures for income-eligible homeowners experiencing pandemic-related hardships.
Webinars are currently being held in English and Spanish to help applicants get informed, explore options and start the application process.
For those without access to a computer or the internet, or have any additional questions, please contact the ILHAF hotline at 1-866-IL-HELP/(866) 454-3571.
Reminder – Prior to being eligible to apply, potential applicants must demonstrate they have either communicated with their mortgage provider about their inability to pay or sought counseling with a HUD-approved counseling organization. The U.S. Department of the Treasury views this assistance to be used as a “last resort,” so any application without proof of counseling will be declined. A list of eligible housing counseling agencies can be found here.
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.
CaringInfo provides free advance directives and instructions for each state that can be opened as a PDF (Portable Document Format) file.
In order to provide support to families and communities who have suffered the loss of loved ones, the American Red Cross has developed a Virtual Family Assistance Center (VFAC) as a hub for resources and contact with its partners.
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.
The Illinois Department of Labor is launching Back to Business Illinois, a free, voluntary service that connects small businesses of 250 employees or less with consultants who will help them address workplace safety and health issues related to the coronavirus and create a plan to ensure a safe, healthy and productive environment for employees and visitors.
These one-hour confidential consultations take place virtually, via teleconference.
Helpful information on government benefits such as unemployment resources and healthcare coverage as well as resources for businesses and families.
This site serves as a resource for individuals, businesses, and organizations in the Bloomington-Normal communities during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes support for childcare and meals as well as utility resources.