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:

  • Swedish Hospital’s Coronavirus Help Line (773-907-7700) is staffed with clinicians who can help screen symptoms and answer questions on what to do next. Interpretive services are available to assist in most languages.
  • Heartland Health Centers – Healthcare for uninsured and undocumented folks. Call (773-751-7800).


  • Legal Aid Chicago – Provides free legal services for a wide range of issues impacting low-income communities, elderly, people with disabilities, veterans, and homeowners
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Better HousingTenant Advocacy Project (TAP) provides pre-eviction assistance to renters whose utilities have been illegally shut off, have been locked out of their homes by the landlord, or experienced other serious life-threatening issues.
  • Rentervention is a free resource for Chicago renters facing housing issues. It is a joint project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing , Illinois Legal Aid Online , the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois , and other advocates dedicated to helping Chicago tenants.tenants can go to or text “hi” to 866-7RENTER to start a conversation with Renny, Rentervention’s bot. Renny can help with evictions, utility shutoffs, problems with security deposits, and issues with housing conditions.
  • One Northside – Community organization offering services including housing advocacy and consultation on housing issues. Call their triage line for assistance at 773-657-8700.
  • Guide to low-cost internet options for students – Compiled by Review Magazine
  • Preservation Compact Resources for Tenants – Collection of information and direct financial resource links by The Preservation Compact, including emergency homelessness prevention resources and contacts.
  • 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.
  • Arts for Illinois – Provides financial assistance to artists, artisans and cultural organizations impacted by COVID-19.
  • 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.
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