CommRx: A Free Community Referral Platform

Do you want to make sure you refer community members to organizations that are still open during the COVID-19 crisis?

NowPow is constantly updating the operating hours and services of community organizations in Chicago. Register for NowPow’s free CommRx referral platform to see which agencies are continuing to operate in your area.

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Unemployment Benefits in Illinois

Connecting unemployed individuals with unemployment benefits is key to ensuring food security.

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is projected to exacerbate unemployment rates across the country. Some economists estimate joblessness will soar to over 10% as a result of the pandemic.

Research tells us that unemployment can cause food insecurity. For this reason, connecting unemployed individuals with unemployment benefits is key to ensuring food security.

The info sheets below detail…

  • Who is eligible for Illinois unemployment benefits?
  • How are unemployment benefits calculated?
  • What is the duration of unemployment benefits?
  • How are unemployment claims filed?
  • What can you do if a claim is denied?

Confused by changes to the SNAP ABAWD rule? Don’t worry – here’s a handy guide!

Through a recent rule revision, the federal government has taken steps to severely diminish states’ control of how to treat Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) enrolled in SNAP.

Through a recent rule revision, the federal government has taken steps to severely diminish states’ control of how to treat Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) enrolled in SNAP.

This abrupt change to the ABAWDs rule has prompted both fear and confusion. Whose benefits are at risk? How can I help ABAWD clients and community members protect their SNAP benefits? Where do I get the facts?

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Training: SNAP Work Requirement Training for Youth Homelessness Service Providers

Register to learn what the policy does, how it will impact you or your clients, and what you can do to help mitigate the impact.

As of January 1, 2020, SNAP recipients who are considered Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) living in Cook County must adhere to a work requirement in order to remain eligible for SNAP benefits. In addition, USDA recently released a rule that could extend this work requirement to nearly all counties in Illinois starting on April 1, 2020.

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Protect Your Clients: SNAP Work Requirement Resources

Starting January 1st, 2020, Cook County and DuPage County will lose a crucial time limit waiver for a SNAP work requirement, exposing many recipients to potential loss of SNAP eligibility.

Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) are subject to certain time-sensitive work requirements in order to maintain their SNAP eligibility. After not working or enrolling in a SNAP Employment and Training program for a certain period of time, ABAWD SNAP recipients are only eligible to receive three months’ worth of benefits within a three-year period.

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