These are just a few resources to various agencies who have a variety of programs to help families and veterans in need. However, assistance is not guaranteed. Please call during early morning hours to avoid long wait times and/or depletions of donations and funding.
Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) can assist with food, medical insurance, job referrals, and more. Find the nearest location and see a case manager for more information or apply and submit documents online. *It is best to go early in the morning to beat the crowd! The IDHS help line number is (800) 843-6154. Call early to avoid long hold times.
Credit Monitoring: Obtain a free annual credit report from all three bureaus. You can also place a “freeze” on your credit to avoid identity theft, and dispute any fraud or misreported items that may be affecting your credit. Monitoring your credit is important, especially during this time when a lot of fraud and identity theft is taking place. Having a good credit history is important when applying for a home, apartment, or even a loan. There is also assistance in place for those whose credit is affected by Covid-19. You can also call 877-322-8228 or go through Transunion for all three bureau reports. Select “credit help” then “get my free annual Credit report.” You must first register and answer verification questions to verify your identity before you can see your reports. Save a copy of each bureau report to refer to since this is only free once a year. For disputes or to unlock your account, file online with Transunion.
Additional credit monitoring: Equifax and Experian. You can also call 833-395-6940.
Get credit for paying utilities and rent on time and back date it for up to two years! Visit Experian Credit Boost option to boost your FICO score. *You will need a bank account to take advantage.
City of Chicago Food Resources: School meals — All Chicago school districts providing take home meals that families can pick up. Call your local school district for distribution times.
SNAP: Call this hotline for a confidential interview at 773-843-5416. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30-5:00. This is the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s benefits helpline. You can also visit the DHS website.
Food Pantries: Call before you go to make sure they are open. You can also go to chicagosfoodbank.org and click on “find food”.
Easterseals is funded by two separate grants for Head Start/Early Head Start Services. We are a grantee of the Office of Head Start for services provided in suburban Cook County and a delegate of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services for services provided in Chicago.