Paying Utilities during COVID-19

The CUB website has resources to help Illinois consumers understand how utilities are handling their bill payments during COVID-19.

The Citizen Utility Board is a nonprofit that advocates for fair utility policies on behalf of Illinois consumers. Their website has many resources to help Illinois consumers understand how utilities are handling their bill payments during COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Eviction Resources from Legal Aid Chicago

COVID-19 has unfortunately caused widespread job loss. As a result, many Chicagoans are struggling to keep up with their rent payments. Legal Aid Chicago has created resources to assist Cook County residents faced with this challenge.

COVID-19 has unfortunately caused widespread job loss. As a result, many Chicagoans are struggling to keep up with their rent payments. Legal Aid Chicago has created resources to assist Cook County residents faced with this challenge.

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IDHS Emergency SNAP Allotments

If your monthly SNAP benefit is less than the maximum SNAP for your household, you will get a supplemental benefit up to the maximum SNAP grant for April and May 2020.

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is issuing emergency SNAP (LINK) supplements to more than 450,000 SNAP households to help buy food during the pandemic crisis. Congress approved special SNAP supplemental benefits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

If your monthly SNAP benefit is less than the maximum SNAP for your household, you will get a supplemental benefit up to the maximum SNAP grant for April and May 2020. If you already get the maximum SNAP benefit, you will not receive additional SNAP benefits.

UPDATE: Households receiving SNAP in Illinois will also receive the maximum SNAP benefit for July and August!

Please see the flyer from IDHS below for more information.

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?