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1st FLOOR MEETING HALL TEAMSTERS LOCAL 700 1300 W. HIGGINS ROAD PARK RIDGE, IL 60068
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COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE CENTER

Teamsters Local 700 is dedicated to helping and changing lives in communities throughout the Chicagoland area.

Our Community Assistance Center serves as an educational portal, with access to a variety of resources offered to Illinois, Wisconsin & Indiana residents. Much of this information is already available to the public, but centralizing it here can make it easier for visitors to locate specific categories, opportunities or companies.

If you have info you'd like to submit to this forum, please contact email Tressa Thomas, Director of Communications for Teamsters Local 700.


Hope Hall is located at:

1919 Main Street, Melrose Park, IL 60160 

https://www.voaillinois.org/hope-hall

Hope Hall is a transitional housing facility that utilizes the Safe Haven Model. The program is designed to reach men and women who have been living on the streets for some time and have, for a variety of reasons including mental illness and substance abuse, been unable to find success within the general shelter system.

Hope Hall works in collaboration with the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. This collaborative effort allows us to better identify, engage, assess, and encourage Veterans to achieve overall stability and long-term self-sufficiency. Hope Hall has 14 beds (12 male and 2 female) for Veterans.  We offer 24-hour staff support, healthy meals, laundry facility, community computers, therapy groups, and case management. Additionally, we offer linkages and referrals to medical, mental health, financial and many other services.

Hope Hall follows a low threshold / low demand philosophy to create an environment of trust, dignity, and respect. The Hope Hall model involves a carefully braided set of interventions that leverage the benefits of one-on-one counseling along with the extremely therapeutic benefit of participating in a peer-driven learning environment in which the entire community is organized around core goals of self-improvement and recovery. 

Property Features Include:  Two single occupancy beds per room with foot lockers, community kitchen and community television room, patio area, wired for high speed WiFi internet access, resource center with two computer stations, support services office and laundry facilities.  12 male beds and 2 female beds.

Program features include:

  • General Life Skills coaching offered on-site including: home maintenance, healthy meal planning, fitness, financial literacy, basic computer literacy, job search and resume assistance, and general health coaching.
  • Access to an on-site social worker.
  • Access to veteran specific volunteer opportunities.
  • Social opportunities including: game night, movie night, craft night, art therapy, and community celebrations.
  • Connection to a wide referral network including work training programs, addiction recovery programs, benefits councilors, and Veteran Administration resources. 

Interested Veterans must be homeless, have an honorable or general discharge under honorable conditions and mental illness and/or substance use disorder diagnosis. Interested Veterans will also need to present to Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital for assessment and referral.


http://www.FHCMoms.org/

+1 847-882-2511

Fellowship Housing is an independent, 501c3 non-profit organization that serves the needs of greater Chicago-land area single moms and their children who are struggling for stability and often one small crisis away from homelessness. The mission of Fellowship Housing is to empower single moms to build a new legacy. We do this through a two-year transitional housing program that focuses on accountability and a path to independence.

We believe single moms are some of the hardest-working people on the planet. It is our joy and honor to come alongside them in times of crisis so they can re-gain stability, break cycles of poverty, and build a new legacy for their families. If you or someone you know is in need, please reach out and let us serve you.

“Fellowship Housing gave me a place of my own that I could afford. For the very first time in my life, I had a place to go that I could call home. I've learned how to accept wisdom, guidance, love, and help from others. Seeing my kids grow in this stable and loving environment is the largest blessing my heart has ever felt.” -A Fellowship Housing Graduate





#ICYMI – The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Help Illinois Families Program offers relief for households across the state!

$150 million is available for utility bill assistance, plus an additional $80 million to avoid utility disconnection.

Visit www.helpillinoisfamilies.com or call 1-833-711-0374.

Mortgage Assistance Program at the Spanish Coalition for Housing at 9010 S Commercial Ave for up to $30,000 in free assistance. Call (773) 342-7575 for an appointment. | Programa de Asistencia Hipotecaria (Mortgage Assistance) en el Spanish Coalition for Housing en la 9010 S Commercial Ave para hasta $30,000 en asistencia gratuita. Llame al (773) 342-7575 para una cita.

Chicago teens and parents can access over 7,000 opportunities with customized recommendations based on age, interests, and locations. Teens ages 16-24 can enter to win a FREE Lolla 4-day pass by downloading the MCMF app!






Child Care Subsidy (CCAP)

Child Care
Subsidy Program – CCAP

What is the Child Care Assistance Program?

The Child Care Assistance Program is a federal program providing low-income, working families with access to affordable child care. CCAP allows families to continue working while children develop healthy, emotional and social development skills.

Who Can Receive These Services?

The State of Illinois provides families with financial assistance for child care services while parents attend school, work, or other work related activities. In addition to helping low-income, working families, the Child Care Assistance Program also serves:

  • Families who are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and participating in education & training in accordance with their responsibility and service plans (RSP);
  • Teen parents seeking a high school degree or its equivalent; and/or
  • Families not receiving TANF, who are pursuing additional education to improve their job opportunities.

Do I Qualify For Child Care Assistance

To find out if you and your family qualify for CCAP, please contact any one of our center directors.

Aurora Early Learning Center
 grandle@onehopeunited.org

Bridgeport Child Development Center
 mmlikotic@onehopeunited.org

Bridgeport Child Development Center 2
 mclayborn@onehopeunited.org

Busy Bee Children’s Center
 KSmith@onehopeunited.org

Edgewater Center
 efarag@onehopeunited.org

Elgin Child Family Resource Center
 ddrzewiecka@onehopeunited.org

Joliet Early Learning Center
 kadams@onehopeunited.org

Waukegan Early Learning Center
 tames@onehopeunited.org

http://www.FHCMoms.org/

+1 847-882-2511

Fellowship Housing is an independent, 501c3 non-profit organization that serves the needs of greater Chicago-land area single moms and their children who are struggling for stability and often one small crisis away from homelessness. The mission of Fellowship Housing is to empower single moms to build a new legacy. We do this through a two-year transitional housing program that focuses on accountability and a path to independence.

We believe single moms are some of the hardest-working people on the planet. It is our joy and honor to come alongside them in times of crisis so they can re-gain stability, break cycles of poverty, and build a new legacy for their families. If you or someone you know is in need, please reach out and let us serve you.

“Fellowship Housing gave me a place of my own that I could afford. For the very first time in my life, I had a place to go that I could call home. I've learned how to accept wisdom, guidance, love, and help from others. Seeing my kids grow in this stable and loving environment is the largest blessing my heart has ever felt.” -A Fellowship Housing Graduate

5 Common Mistakes That Can Sink Your Credit

You're nothing more than a number that's the title of a book by credit expert John Ulzheimer. Whether you are seeking a good deal in a loan, a credit card or an insurance policy, the number that represents your credit score can determine whether you get it.

You can keep your credit score high by avoiding these five common mistakes...

PAYING MORE THAN 30 DAYS LATE

We all know that late payments can sink credit scores. What a lot of people don't realize, however, is that everyone gets a 30-day grace period before any lender can report delinquency to the credit bureaus.

Even if you are hit with a late payment fee from your credit card issuer, you can still save your score if you pay within the grace period.

What to do: If you missed a credit card payment, don't panic... but do be sure to pay at least the minimum amount due within 30 days of your original due date, preferably giving yourself a cushion of a few days so that you don't accidentally miss the deadline that would allow a delinquency to be reported.

PLAYING GAMES WITH REVOLVING DEBT

You know that paying only the minimum owed on a credit card invites hefty interest charges and ever­ growing debt. But there's another big problem that comes with carrying a revolving credit card balance­ even if you periodically pay off that balance.

Lenders and the credit bureaus frown upon too much revolving credit card debt and favor borrowers with low "credit utilization ratios" (the percentage of your available credit that you currently are using}. In the past, loan applicants with revolving credit card debt could get big bumps in their credit scores just by simply paying what they owed in full just before applying for loans or credit.

But now lenders have a new weapon in the form of a 24-to-30-month chronology called "trended data." Trended data reveals whether applicants have consistently carried revolving debt over the past 24 to 30 months. And trended data soon will make it impossible to quickly fix the damaged that carrying revolving debt does to your credit score. Fannie Mae, the government-backed mortgage giant, already uses this technique, and an updated scoring system called VantageScore 4.0 gives trending data capabilities to all lenders starting in Fall 2017.

What to do: If possible, use credit cards only for purchases that you have the cash to cover, and pay the bill in full-or close to it-each month.                                                                ,

IGNORING LETTERS AND CALLS FROM CREDITORS

If you fall behind on payments, it might be tempting to ignore letters and calls from creditors because eventually they'll give up. That's technically true, but it's not the best outcome that you could achieve.

Just because your phone stops ringing doesn't mean that your problems are over. Some lenders eventually will write off some uncollected debt as a loss, but many times they'll hand it off to collection agencies or sell it to debt buyers, which are likely to hound you even more ruthlessly.

 

A default looks terrible on your credit report and can crush your credit score for up to seven years.

What to do: Don't hide. Engage your creditors. Explain your situation to them, and ask them to work with you by reducing your minimum payments, lowering interest rates, eliminating penalties and /or extending your grace period. This will help to preserve your credit score and prevent default, which is all but inevitable if you ignore your creditors.

LETTING GOOD CARDS COLLECT DUST

Credit -scoring systems like to see lots of unutilized credit. But not using a credit card at all, even if you think of it as an "emergency'' card can encourage the card issuer to classify the card as unused. If this happens, the issuer may cancel the card because of inactivity.

When this happens, not only does the borrower lose the ability to use that card's credit line but he/she also forfeits the positive effects of having that available credit.

The more unused credit that a cardholder has the lower his credit utilization ratio is. Scoring systems like to see credit-utilization ratios of no more than 10%.

What to do: For any credit card that you want to keep so that it counts toward your overall credit limit, use it for a small purchase every few months so that it is not cancelled. Then pay your bill in full to avoid any finance charges.

And if you have strong credit, you might ask a credit card issuer to increase the credit limit on your card so that your overall credit total expands and, as a result, your credit-utilization ratio drops.

LETTING UNPAID TAXES RUIN YOUR CREDIT

Many people think that not paying their taxes and having the government issue a tax lien-which is imposed on a person's property to secure payment of their taxes-won't affect their credit scores because the taxes did not involve borrowing money. This is wishful thinking.

Not only are tax liens visible to lenders on credit reports, they also serve as warnings to potential lenders that the IRS has a legal right to the applicant's property, which makes the applicant a greater credit risk.

Federal debt generally is in a class by itself, and it includes federally guaranteed student loans. Unlike virtually all other types of debt, unpaid tax liens and defaults on federally guaranteed student loans can stay on your credit report indefinitely instead of just for seven years.

Also, almost all debt can be statutorily discharged through bankruptcy-but not tax liens or federal student loans. When the bankruptcy dust settles, they'll still be there.

What to do: Place federal debt and tax liens at the top of your If-you-can-pay-only-one-debt priority list.

Provided by HOPE ASSISTANCE PLANS
Remember... there is always HOPE

WHEN JUSTICE IS EQUAL, WE #ALLRISE
We can put justice back in our criminal justice system. We’ve already begun in four of the most segregated, under-resourced, and heavily policed neighborhoods in Chicago.

Lawndale Christian Legal Center (LCLC), from the moment we began over a decade ago, that’s what we’ve been dedicated to and working for — providing community-led, holistic criminal legal defense to young people in North Lawndale. In 2021 we began working in three other Chicago neighborhoods as well – Austin, East Garfield Park and Little Village – through the formation of Justice Rising: Project 77, a coalition committed to community-based restorative justice throughout the 77 neighborhoods of Chicago.

https://lclc.net   |   https://www.facebook.com/LawndaleLegal/
1530 S Hamlin Ave, Chicago, IL 60623
PH: 773-762-6381 -- EM: info@lclc.net

We are pleased to announce that Teamsters Local 700 has negotiated a legal assistance benefit for all Teamsters Local 700 members. This benefit provides you a free consultation with a licensed attorney on any issue and significantly reduced rates should you choose to hire  CTM Legal Group.

PROVIDING COMPREHENSIVE LEGAL SOLUTIONS

No matter the need, the CTM Legal Group can assist clients in finding a cost-effective solution. We provide the targeted legal solutions you need to solve your disputes and manage your business. Read more about our specific services by selecting a practice area from the list to the left.

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT

Unions, businesses, and employees all have different rights, laws, and regulations that govern their situations.  Our attorneys understand the different situations and environments facing these groups. The CTM Legal Group has several experienced attorneys in the field of labor law, employment law, and employee benefits law. Our attorneys include former union representatives and multiemployer benefit fund trustees with combined decades of experience working directly for unions.

Our clients include large private and public-sector unions and Taft-Hartley benefit funds. Our attorneys have the experience and competence to help our clients with the growing challenges labor unions face.

In addition to our work with unions, our attorneys help clients navigate the complex system of employment laws and regulations to assist individual employees and businesses.

For individuals, our attorneys protect our clients’ rights and receive fair treatment by employers and government bodies.  

Celebrate 211 Day in Lake County

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Friday, February 11 is 211 Day in Lake County. 211 is a free, confidential one-stop resource that can connect you to services you need.

Call 211 or text your zip code to 898211 to speak to a live highly trained expert navigator who will lead you to help you need. 211 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is available in more than 150 different languages. 

Since its launch in 2019, 211 has made more than 125,000 connections from every zip code in Lake County for help with housing and shelter, rent and utility assistance, food, mental health and addictions, healthcare, and much more. For more information about 211, visit 211lakecounty.org.

LCTV

All Lake County board and committee meetings can be viewed on lakecounty.tv and on cable television (Comcast channels 18 or 30, depending on where you live, and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99).

Individuals attending meetings in person or remotely may present their public comments during the meeting. Those not in attendance may provide written public comment via email or by mail. View the current meeting schedule. All meetings are recorded and are posted on the Lake County website.

Cook County
Chicago, IL

Offering food security, housing stability assistance, mortgage assitstance, resident cash assistance, rental assistance and utility assistance programs

877-426-6515
https://www.cookcountyil.gov/service/information-covid-19


PAV YMCA
Berwyn, IL

Free groceries available weekly for local seniors

708-749-0606

https://www.pavymca.org/

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot allocated $31.5M to give 5,000 Chicago residents $500 a month in cash assistance for twelve months. Sign up to receive updates about the Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot launch on April 25th at www.chicago.gov/cashpilot. For application details, please review here

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DuPage County

360 Youth Services 
Naperville, IL

Provide counseling, housing opportunities and educational prevention programs for youth and families in Naperville and the surrounding areas

630-961-2992
https://360youthservices.org/


Addison Township
Addison, IL

Provide a food pantry on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s from 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M for residents 60 & older and from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. for all other Addison residents

630-530-8161
http://www.addisontownship.com/food-pantry/


Bloomingdale Township
Bloomingdale, IL

Provide a food pantry on Wednesday’s and Friday’s from 9 A.M. to 11 A.M. at 123 N. Rosedale Ave.; they help with rent and utilities if you are in the township

630-529-7715
https://www.bloomingdaletownship.com/services/general-assistance-department


City of Warrenville
Warrenville, IL

Food pantry at Immanuel Presbyterian Church on Sunday’s from 1 P.M. to 3 P.M. and Tuesday’s from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M.

630-929-3923
https://www.warrenville.il.us/769/Unemployment-and-Hardship-Resources


Downers Grove Township
Downers Grove, IL

Offering emergency financial assistance for those suffering from financial hardship

630-719-6600
https://www.dgtownship.com/supervisor/general-assistance/


DuPage County Community Services
Wheaton, IL

Offering services mainly to DuPage County senior citizens (55+) and disabled residents

630-407-6500
https://www.dupageseniorcouncil.org/serving-seniors-of-dupage-county-illinois/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_aXIgfP97AIVTr7ACh20hQneEAAYASAAEgKhAPD_BwE


Lisle Township
Lisle, IL

Offering financial assistance for basic needs (food, rent, utilities, prescriptions, personal hygiene)

630-968-2087
https://www.lisletownship.com/general-emergency-assistance/


DuPage Pads
Wheaton, IL

Offering case management services Monday to Friday and homeless services

630-682-3846
https://dupagepads.org/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzZb2qff97AIVSrzACh2vEgvfEAAYASAAEgLfDvD_BwE/


Home DuPage, Inc. 
Wheaton, IL

Offering online workshops and webinars that educate people on home ownership, financial fitness, foreclosure, etc.

630-260-2500
https://www.homedupage.org/programs/


Metropolitan Family Services 
Wheaton, IL

Their domestic violence hotline, community integrated living, domestic violence courthouse, and other services are still open; they also offer therapy and senior services

630-784-4800
https://www.metrofamily.org/


Milton Township
Wheaton, IL

Offering general, emmergency and monthly assistance 

630-653-5220
https://miltontownship.net/assist


Naperville CARES (Loaves and Fishes)
Naperville, IL

Offering emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities and food distribution

630-355-3663
https://www.loaves-fishes.org/?gaw_campaign_id=1625451732&gaw_ad_group_id=61839269436&gaw_remote_client_id=2037517995


Naperville Township
Naperville, IL

Offering county wide utility assistance program, rental assistance for Naperville residents and general monthly assistance

630-355-2786
http://www.napervilletownship.com/supervisor/about.html


Outreach Community Ministries
Wheaton, IL

Offering situation-based, one-time assistance when funds allow

630-682-1910
https://www.outreachcommunityministries.org/services/


People’s Resource Center
Wheaton, IL

Offering emergency financial assistance for utilities, medical expenses, transportation and rent/mortgages to qualifying clients; food pantry on Tuesday’s from 8:30 A.M. to 11:15 A.M., Wednesday’s from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., and Saturday’s from 8:30 A.M. to 11:15 A.M.

630-682-5402
https://www.peoplesrc.org/services/


Veterans Assistance Commission
Wheaton, IL

Offering one time emergency assistance to veterans (mortgage/rent, utilities, med prescription, food, auto)

630-407-5655
https://www.dupageco.org/vac/


Wayne Township
West Chicago, IL

Offering general and emergency assistance for residents facing financial hardship; there is a food pantry on Wednesday’s from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M.

630-231-7173
http://www.waynetwp-il.org/home


Winfield Township
Winfield, IL

Offering general and emergency financial assistance for residents 

630-231-3591
https://https://www.winfieldtownship.com/assistance-programs/

DuPage County Offering Utility Assistance

DuPage County Community Services is accepting applications for two programs that provide funds for income-eligible residents for who need help paying water and energy utility bills.

Heating and Energy
Applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which can be used to assist households with their natural gas, propane, and electric bills, are being accepted through May 31. Emergency furnace assistance is also available.

LIHEAP provides one-time benefits to income eligible homeowners and renters to help with energy bills and for reconnection of energy service. Households must be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level to receive a benefit from the LIHEAP Program.

The 30-day income guidelines for LIHEAP and PIPP are based on federal poverty guidelines, state median income, and the number of persons living in the household. Please visit www.dupageco.org/LIHEAP to find income limits.

For more information, including where you can apply, or to schedule an appointment, please call (630) 407-6500 or (800) 942-9412 (toll-free), or visit dupageco.org/LIHEAP.

Water and Wastewater
Applications for the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program to assist income-eligible households with their water and wastewater fees will be accepted through Aug. 31, 2023, or until funds are depleted. Income-eligible homeowners and renters may receive one-time assistance to help with water and wastewater bills, reconnection of water service, and water bill arrearages.

Households must have a past-due bill of at least $250 and be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level to receive a benefit from the LIHWAP program. To find limits for households, please visit dupageco.org/lihwap.

Applications will be taken by appointment only at DuPage County Community Services, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton. Appointments can be scheduled by calling Intake and Referral at (630) 407-6500 or toll-free at (800) 942-9412.

Summer Adventures

LCFPD Summer Adventures

In 2022, we’re offering a different line-up of summer programs for children and teenagers ages 4-16. Sorted into three categories–nature, history and institute–Summer Adventures registration is open now. The programs provide high-quality education in-person across Lake County and virtually. Experienced educators teach programs that are geared to developmentally appropriate ages. Some programs cover three or five days in the same week. Others are offered a la carte, where participants can attend one or two sessions, or the whole series. Register for Summer Adventures programs online or at 847-968-3321. Learn more » 


APPLY TO BE AN ELECTION JUDGE!

The Chicago Poll Worker Connection allows Election Judges to apply online, see their assignment details, and see training details. You can apply at pollworker.chicagoelections.gov.

Election Judge pay will be $230 for each Judge who completes the online training and serves successfully on Election Day; $170 for each Judge who serves successfully on Election Day without completing the online training program; $255 for each returning Judge who completed the online training prior to the November 2020 Election, who completes the online training, and serves successfully on Election Day.

Apply here today!

Employment Resources

The Job Center of Lake County has partnered with local employers to help connect jobseekers with local companies that are hiring. View the full Job Center calendar to learn about various upcoming events and resources.

Check Get Hired Illinois 
The State of Illinois launched Get Hired Illinois, designed to connect workers with available job and career training opportunities across the state.

Community Action Partnership is Hiring
Community Action Partnership of Lake County is filling permanent full-time positions and short-term full-time assignments. Learn more

  • Mental health support: The Lake County Health Department offers a free, 24/7 confidential hotline for those experiencing a mental health crisis or substance use issue. Call 847-377-8088 any time. Learn more

Everyone has bad days, but if you’re struggling to manage your stress or depression, you may need professional help. We have affordable resources you can access to support your mental health. #ProtectChicago

Learn more at: mentalhealth.chicago.gov

  • Food for families in need: Check out the Northern Illinois Food Bank calendar for a list of mobile food pantries and pop-up food markets planned for Lake County. Find food 


West Suburban Community Pantry
Woodridge, IL

Offering prepacked boxes and drive-up delivery to serve children, families and seniors in need of food assistance

630-512-9921
https://wscpantry.org/get-help/

  • Rental assistance: Lake County’s new program for renters provides needed relief to those who need help making past-due or current rent and utility payments. Learn more 

The Lake County Housing Authority will open the opportunity to complete a pre-application for the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. The opportunity to apply will be open from 8 a.m. Feb. 21 to 11:59 p.m. Feb. 25. Submission of a pre-application does not guarantee a family a spot on the waiting list. Learn more




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Help for Illinois Families: Relief for Households Across the State

The Pritzker Administration, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), is leveraging federal ARPA funds to help Illinois families access and afford home energy assistance and other essential services during COVID-19. Building on the State’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program, the State’s Fiscal Year 2022 (FY 22) budget authorizes an expansion of the LIHEAP and CSBG programs for eligible Illinoisans seeking assistance to cover costs of utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food, and other household necessities.

The Help Illinois Families initiative has an online Request for Services form to make it easier and faster for individuals and families to remotely request assistance through the LIHEAP and/or CSBG programs. Funding may be limited in some areas of the state and completion of the form linked below is not a guarantee of funding.

Filling out the form below is the first step in a process that will be completed by local agencies throughout the state. Increased eligibility thresholds for FY22 aim to assist additional households needing support due to challenges exacerbated by COVID-19.

This initiative remains available for all qualifying households with low income, regardless of how they may be affected COVID-19. Eligible families may qualify for hundreds of dollars of support; all applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis and are subject to funding availability. More information on the remote application process can be found below.

You may be eligible to receive financial assistance for the following services:

Water Service PaymentWater Service PaymentWater Service PaymentWater Service PaymentRental Assistance
Temporary ShelterEmployment Training Placement

Programs:

LIHEAP

LIHEAP helps eligible households with low income pay for home energy services. This includes assistance with heating, gas, propane and electricity. More information on services available in your region can be found by visiting your Local Administering Agency (referred to as a local agency) page.
Deadline: Last day to apply online with the Request for Services form is April 15. After that date you can still apply through your local administering agency through May 31 2022.

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CSBG

CSBG offers Illinoisans an opportunity to receive support for an array of essential services including rent assistance, food, temporary shelter, medicine and more. Check your local Community Action Agency (referred to as a local agency) page for a list of available services near you.
Deadline: CSBG remains open all year with expanded income eligibility guidelines in effect as of February 2020.

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LIHWAP

The LIHWAP benefit is a limited, one-time, assistance program designed to help households that are facing the threat of imminent disconnection, have already been disconnected or have past due (arrearage) balances over $250 for their water and wastewater services combined. Customers may apply one time for water and one time for wastewater for the life of the program, which is December 1, 2021 – August 31, 2023.

If you need help with basic household amenities covered by the programs mentioned above and believe that you may be income-eligible, please review the following before submitting the Request for Services:

Am I eligible?

Is my household income within 200% of federal poverty level? If your household’s combined income for the 30 days prior to application (gross income for all household members, before taxes are deducted) is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level as shown in the chart below, you may be eligible to receive assistance.

Family Size
(total number in household)
30-Day Gross Income
Total to Meet Eligibility?
1 $2,147
2 $2,903
3 $3,660
4 $4,417
5 ?$5,173
?6 ?$5,930

   *For households larger than 6 members, please contact your county agency.   

What documentation do I need to prove eligibility? For each household member, please have the following documents ready for your local agency to verify your eligibility: proof of past 30-day income through paystub, check or copy of check showing fixed income amount (e.g. SSA, VA, DHS benefits), or other proof of documentation for any income source, utility bill if seeking utility bill assistance or lease if seeking rental assistance and a social security card or ITIN for residents who have them. Residents without ITIN or SSN can still apply. 

 

  

If you need assistance with completing and submitting your information, contact the call center at 1-833-711-0374 for live support. The call center will provide translation services in English, Spanish, and other languages if necessary.  Please keep in mind that our call center has only a limited number of agents, so please reserve use of the call center for those who require help with language assistance and/or for callers with hearing impediments needing enhanced audio services.

THIS IS A  REQUEST FOR SERVICES AND DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE APPLYING FOR LIHEAP OR CSBG. The Local Agency will work with you to complete an application.

When should I expect to be contacted?
After your Request for Services form has been submitted, await an email or phone call from your local agency to review and confirm your eligibility and to determine the amount of your LIHEAP and/or CSBG benefit – this is Step 2 and it may be a few weeks before you are contacted. The State estimates that a response could range from days to weeks – based on date of your submittal, availability of funds and the type of services requested. Please keep in mind the volume of requests may be large given the impact of COVID-19 and it may take longer to hear back from the local agency to complete your request for benefits. Click the county where you live and call your local agency.

Help for Illinois Families is administered by DCEO’s Office of Community Assistance. DCEO manages three federal programs: Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG), and the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP).

 

  • Veterans assistance: The Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County can help veterans and their families with a variety of issues, including financial help, survivor spousal benefits, burial arrangements and more. Learn more 

The Clerk's Office is now offering the Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Card via mail.

To register by mail, the following is required to be completed:

Fill out and submit the Online Military and Veterans Discount Card Application.

Submit via mail:

Cook County Clerk's Office
Attn: Veterans Services
118 North Clark Street, Room 120
Chicago, Illinois 60602-1387

  • One Color, head shot photo
  • One of the following, proof of service
    - DD-214
    - VA ID
    - CAC Card
  • Retired Military ID

Also, if submitting a DD-214, enclose one copy of the following government issued ID’s:

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • State ID
  • Passport
  • CAC Card
  • VA ID

Once all required documents have been received, the Clerk's Office will process the information submitted and send you the Military and Veterans Discount Card, entitling you to discounts at over 200 merchants in Cook County.

What is the Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Program? 
The Military and Veterans Discount Program is authorized by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, and jointly administered by the Cook County Clerk's Office and the Cook County Department of Veterans Affairs. The purpose is to create a network of businesses across Cook County who offer military and veterans discounts and provide a County-issued ID card to identify eligible residents to those vendors. This public-private partnership is a small way to honor those who have served, by helping them keep more of their hard-earned money.

Who is eligible? 
All active-duty military, national guard/reservists, and veterans with an honorable or general discharge. Identification will be checked prior to processing.

The fine print. 
Cook County, the Clerk's Office, and the Department of Veterans Affairs offer no guarantees associated with the card to users. Acceptance of the card, and the discounts and incentives offered, are the sole discretion of the participating merchants. Further, issuance of the card is for the program only, and is not considered proof of military or veterans’ status.

Did you know that veterans can record their DD-214 military discharge certificates with CCRD and receive a copy for free?

No matter what happens, whether it be a tragic fire or a need to quickly retrieve a copy for burial benefits, recording your DD-214 with the Clerk's Office means you will always be able to get a certified copy when you need it.

If you would like to record your DD-214 or would like to get a copy of one (1996 or sooner), just stop by our Downtown Chicago office. If you would like to get a copy of an older DD-214, we ask that you call ahead first so that we can have it waiting for you when you arrive. Some older DD-214s, especially from World War II era, require a hand-search through ledger books and can take some time.

Your Privacy Is Protected

Federal and state law protects the privacy of veterans when it comes to DD-214s, and we have implemented a strict procedure to ensure security.

For new DD-214 recordings, your personal information such as Social Security Number is digitally redacted.

All DD-214s are protected from public view, and are only available to the person named in the document, the named person’s dependents, the county veterans’ service officer, representatives of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, or any person with written authorization from the named person or the named person’s dependents.

1. Explore Food & Drink Discounts

  • Costco: Join Costco as a new member and receive over $50 in savings for all Members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and their families.
  • Omaha Steaks: Omaha Steaks offers a 10 percent military discount on online orders, for active duty military, retirees, veterans, military spouses, and dependents. Verification is completed using Troop ID.
  • Sam's Club: Active duty, retired military and civilian military employees and their spouses receive a $10 gift card upon joining or renewing a Sam’s club membership.

2. Home & Garden Discounts

  • Big Lots: 15% off everything, every day, in stores and online until at least April 30th for essential service workers. Just show the cashier a valid work ID, military ID, or badge. Online use code BIGHEROES at checkout. Includes first responders, medical professionals, military, police, fire, etc.
  • LOWE'S: A year round 10% discount up to a maximum $500 at all U.S. locations to active duty personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their immediate families. Must present a valid military ID. A 10% discount is also offered to all other military veterans on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veterans Day. Note: Many Home Depots are also reported to provide a Veterans 10% discount year round.

3. Clothing & Shoes Discounts

  • Adidas: Verified military members, medical professionals, first responders, nurses get 40% off.
  • Carharrt: Active Duty, Veterans, Retirees, Military Spouses and Military Family Membersget a 10% discount on apparel and accessories.
  • Champs Sports: If you are serving, or have served, in the US military, receive 20% off most purchases upon enrolling in Veterans Advantage.

4. Automotive Discounts

  • Advance Auto Parts: 10% off regularly priced items for in-store purchases to customers who serve or have served our country’s Armed Services with ID.
  • Anthem Wheels: 15% discount on any set of regularly priced Anthem wheels including any applicable custom drill fees for US Armed Forces: Active Duty, Veterans, Disabled, and Retired.
  • Buick: Buick offers Military Discounts on select vehicles that can be combined with current offers for additional savings. Active duty military, reservists, National Guard, retirees and their immediate family members, and veterans within three years of their discharge are eligible.


 

... in partnership with HOPE ASSISTANCE & TRAINING of Tinley Park, IL.



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