COMED is reporting that 127,00 customers experienced outages because of extreme weather with hurricane-force winds, in excess of 90 miles per hour, that resulted in severe damage across the Northern Illinois service territory.
SNAP recipients who lost food because of the recent wind storm power outages should complete, sign, and submit a Request for Replacement of Destroyed Food form.
Most Department of Human Services Family Community Resource Centers (FCRC) are closed.
The best way to submit this form is by email to the SNAP recipient’s local FCRC.
Click the links below to download the form in English and Spanish.
You can find your nearest FCRC using the table below.
A request for replacement SNAP must be submitted within 10 calendar days of the power outage
In the case of the recent wind storms, that would be AUGUST 20, 2020.
Community Organizations: Are you interested in receiving training on P-EBT outreach and how to talk to immigrant families about P-EBT? Do you have P-EBT questions your clients keep asking? If so, reach out to email@example.com for free training.
SNAP Recertification Extension
Did you recently receive a SNAP Recertification Letter from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)? If so, please read on!
Illinois households that were scheduled to have their SNAP recertification in July and August 2020 will automatically have their SNAP certification period extended 6 months.
If you were going to be recertified in July, your recertification will be extended to January 2021.
If you were going to be recertified in August, your recertification will be pushed back to February 2021.
Unfortunately, IDHS already sent some recertification letters out.
Your benefits will not expire if you received a recertification letter for July or August 2020.
Maximum SNAP Benefits
All Illinois households receiving SNAP benefits will receive the maximum SNAP benefit for July and August.
Illinois households with income up to 200% of the federal poverty level are now eligible to receive assistance with utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food, and other household necessities.
The State of Illinois just authorized an expansion of the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. This expansion will help Illinoisans get emergency assistance to cover costs of utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food, and other household necessities.
Households with income up to 200% of the federal poverty level are now eligible to receive financial assistance. Increased income eligibility thresholds aim to assist additional households needing support due to COVID-19.
Here are the services covered by this newly expanded financial relief:
Here is the income eligibility chart for these expanded services:
Family Size (total number in household)
30-Day Income Total to Meet Eligibility
Add $747 monthly income per person above 4 people
This new funding means approximately 1 million more residents are now eligible for this program – with about 3.5 million residents eligible in total. For an average family, that amounts to hundreds of dollars.
What documentation do I need to prove eligibility? For each household member, please have the following documents ready to confirm eligibility with your LAA or CAA:
Social security card
Proof of past 30-day income (such as a 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
Residents seeking emergency relief can visit helpillinoisfamilies.com to determine their eligibility and submit a pre-application.
Beans (dry or can)
Cereal/granola bars (snacks)
Any non-perishable goods
Non food items
Toiletries (tooth brush/paste, deodorant, soap etc.)
Cleaning Supplies (Lysol spray and bleach etc.)
Diapers (both child and adult)
If your organization, business or group is interested in participating in the 2013 NFPN Spring Food Drive, or have items that you wish to donate, please contact the NFPN coordinator, Sarah Finkel at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-276-4900 ext 214.