Applications Open: Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Applications are open 3/11/2021 – 4/2/2021 for the Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance program. It pays up to 12 months of missed rent and utilities payments and up to 3 months of future rent payments. Payments will be made directly to your landlord and utility company.

Applications open March 11, 2021 and will be accepted until April 2, 2021.

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HELP YOUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED DURING THE ONGOING COVID-19 CRISIS!

While the next round of Federal COVID relief is on the horizon and a third vaccine has been approved for use, Federal Unemployment Benefits many in our community are still struggline. 

If you are able to donate to the COVID Emergency Response Fund, please help reach our new goal of raising $75,000 by April 30th. 

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State to host drive-thru, walk-up testing in Oak Park on Dec. 28

The Illinois Department of Public Health will host a drive-thru/walk-up COVID-19 testing site from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon., Dec. 28 in the parking lot of Fenwick High School, 505 Washington Blvd. Access to the testing site will be from East Avenue, just north of Madison Street. The testing event, arranged by the Oak Park Department of Public Health, … Read the rest

Oak Park and River Forest Social Services Resource Guide

Oak Park and River Forest Townships have updated and published a COVID-19 Social Services Resource Guide linked here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fAK-N6X2rWy4qe_7fwRB42byX3kSridp/view

This guide was compiled with the the help of the Community Mental Health Board and seeks to make information more readily available during this difficult time. The guide includes information about mental health and psychiatric services, on-site services for COVID-19 testing, … Read the rest

Eviction Moratorium Extended

Governor Pritzker has extended an Illinois moratorium on evictions until July 31st, and has also announced that a new state grant program will begin in August to help those who are behind on rent.

The rental program will be run by the Illinois Housing Development Authority offers grants of up to $5,000 to provide emergency rental assistance. Assistance will be … Read the rest

Chicago Resiliency Fund

Open Society Foundation and the Resurrection Project (TRP) have joined forces to support the City of Chicago in creating a “Resiliency Fund” – a cash assistance program to support Chicago residents who were excluded from federal stimulus aid in response to COVID-19.

The fund was launched on June 22nd, and provides $1,000 per household for eligible Chicagoans, which includes undocumented … Read the rest

Help For Illinois Families

Does your family or someone in your community need emergency assistance to help cover costs for utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food, and other household necessities? The Pritzker Administration, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), has launched a new initiative to help Illinois families access and afford home energy assistance and other essential services … Read the rest

Mutual Aid Healthcare Working Group

If you are a healthcare professional and want to help support local community groups in the Chicago area during the COVID-19 crisis, please consider joining the Mutual Aid City-wide Healthcare Working Group. They are looking for volunteers to help with setting up a phone triage and providing medical expertise. You can sign up via the form below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JN1zjfnEmVve6Aj7okblfN2zUOk2lToJZ0LZqdxlR98/viewform?edit_requested=true

Chicago COVID-19 Resource Finder

As we head into month three of lock-down measures, it can feel really overwhelming to stay up to date on COVID news and find the resources you need to support family members and loved ones during this time! Check out the Chicago COVID Resource Finder pulled together by the City Bureau. The website lists over 1,300 resources including information about … Read the rest

Housing Forward Looking For Volunteers!

Housing Forward recently put out a call for volunteers. If you are looking for further ways to get involved and support our local community during this time, please check out the link below.

Housing Forward is dedicated to reducing homelessness! They have a variety of programs and are looking for volunteers who can help with meal delivery and meal provision. … Read the rest

FAQ on Masks

FAQ ON MASKS, HOME-MADE AND OTHERWISE

NOTE: I am not a doctor, but I have two sisters and a father and a best friend who are, and I’ve spent much of the last week researching these questions in depth.

ARE HOMEMADE MASKS EFFECTIVE?

Somewhat. The recommendations re: their use have shifted in the last week; the CDC has recently relaxed … Read the rest

Governor Pritzker orders a statewide stay-at-home directive

The order takes effect at 5 p.m. Saturday. It will be in effect until the end of the day April 7.

The Oak Park order will defer to the statewide order.

Local roads will remain open, as will public transit. As with the Oak Park order, outdoor activities like walking, running and hiking are allowed. Playgrounds are closed.

Although essential … Read the rest