Individual Resources

These are some of the city and state programs coming online or already in place that can help individuals with health concerns, or those affected by job/income loss due to COVID-19:

  • 40th Ward Neighbor Network – We are connecting neighbors with needs to neighbors who have the ability to make check-in calls and/or perform no-contact drop offs of groceries and supplies. Need help? Click on the link to sign up.
  • COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance GrantFAQs LinkApplication Link – $1000 grant for renters who were at less than 60% of Area Median Income prior to the crisis, and have experienced a loss of work and/or income due to COVID-19. (Please see the Department of Planning and Development’s chart for Area Median Income thresholds for households of different sizes.)



  • City of Chicago Emergency Rental Assistance – One-time grant of $900 towards rent, available from City of Chicago Community Service Centers or 311.
  • Illinois Unemployment Insurance – The state’s unemployment program has been opened for those temporarily out of work due to COVID-19. Website has been up and down due to heavy traffic, but they can also be reached by phone as 1-800-244-5631. For more on new IDES procedures due to increased volume, click here.
  • Tips for Managing Student Loans – Learn about public service loan forgiveness and other programs to help you manage and reduce your student debt burden.
  • Bartender Emergency Assistance Program – Emergency relief fund specifically for bartenders and their families, run by the United States Bartenders’ Guild.
  • Chicago Artists’ Relief Fund – Grassroots, GoFundMe-based relief payments for Chicago-based artists. Application by webform.
  • One Fair Wage – Providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.
  • Preservation Compact Resources for Tenants – Collection of information and direct financial resource links by The Preservation Compact, including emergency homelessness prevention resources and contacts.
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