Resources for COVID-19
We can get through this together.
It's been a challenging couple of weeks, and we understand how difficult this time may be for everyone, no matter your situation. For this reason, our staff at DuPage Habitat put together a resource list for all your potential needs.
We're determined that we can get through this together, so if you have any recommendations of resources to include, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you and your loved ones are in good health and good spirits.
Resources for Reopening Your Business
Regions: Governor Pritzker's new plan breaks the state down into 11 smaller regions, putting DuPage and Kane Counties in one region. Read more about what the plan means.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans:
The Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to businesses, homeowners and renters who suffered property damage during the civil unrest between May 26 and June 8, 2020 and not for COVID-19 related assistance. Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million, homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000. For more information please click here.
Small Business Assistance
ILDCEO: This is your one stop shop for all the resources curated by the IL Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Here you'll find everything from information on financial assitance for your business and tax relief information. Learn more by clicking here.
Phase 4 Reopening: The IL Department of Public Health is providing guidance to help business owners navigate the restrictions of each phase. Read through their guidance for operating during Phase 4.
Resources for COVID-19
Schools: Check with your child’s school district for more information about Child Meal Sites during COVID. You can find your local school district’s website here.
People’s Resource Center: Food is pre-boxed and delivered to cars in the parking lot. The goal is to minimize the risk of contact and to serve people as quickly as possible. Click here to view food pantry pick-up hours.
The Northern Illinois Food Bank provides: A directory of open food pantries, child meal sites and mobile food distributions in the Northern Illinois area. It is highly recommended that individuals call to confirm hours and requirements before heading to a specific location. This organization also aids those who are applying for benefits, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Call the hotline at 844-600-7627 to talk with a member of their team or leave a message and a team member will call you back ASAP. Find pantries in DuPage County and how to apply for SNAP Benefits: https://solvehungertoday.org/get-help/where-to-get-food/
DuPage County List of Food Pantries: DuPage County has provided a list of food pantries in our area. You can click on the link for the food pantry nearest you and find their contact information and operating hours. Click here to learn more.
Grocery Store Special Shopping Hours: Several grocery retailers have created dedicated shopping hours for older community members and other high-risk groups to shop for groceries without crowds of other people. We recommend you call prior to your visit to verify information.
DuPage County Housing Assistance Program: The purpose of this program is to stabilize individuals and families in their existing homes, shorten the amount of time families and individuals stay in shelter, and assist individuals and families with securing affordable housing. To find out how to qualify, use this link.
DuPage Pads: While their shelters are closed and programs have been put on hold, their Client Service Center staff will still be taking phone calls from our clients and help problem-solve with clients help them develop plans for having alternative housing during this time. If you are homeless or know someone homeless please call: 866.682.3846 x2275 or email email@example.com
Housing Action Illinois: Housing Action Illinois is a statewide coalition that has been leading the movement to protect and expand the availability of quality, affordable housing in Illinois for more than 30 years. They have several resources about finding affordable housing at this time, mortgage and rent assistance, as well as avoiding eviction and foreclosure. Follow this link for additional information.
IHDA: Find Affordable Rental Housing- ILHousingSearch.org will allow you to search thousands of affordable, subsidized and market rate units throughout Illinois. You can customize your search based on your specific needs, budget, and desired location. The service is also available through a toll-free, bilingual call center at (877) 428-8844.
Utlilities Resources- Gas/Electric
Illinois Commerce Commission: The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) issued an emergency order for all private water, electric, and natural gas utilities in Illinois to: suspend service disconnections, waive late-payment penalties, and implement temporary flexible credit and payment procedures to ensure all customers remain connected to essential utility services.
LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): Assists low-income households by offsetting the rising cost of home energy through direct financial assistance, energy counseling, outreach and education. An overdue bill or disconnect notice is not required to receive LIHEAP assistance. Emergency assistance is available to eligible households whose utility service is in danger of disconnection or has been disconnected and for homeowners whose furnace is non-operational or determined unsafe to operate. Visit this link for more information. Check with your local township, many have general assistance funds to help with hardships in paying utilities. Find your local township here. Check with your utility provider, they may be able to offer some resources as well.
ComEd: Due to COVID-19, ComEd has voluntarily implemented a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payment, effective immediately. This suspension will apply to both residential and commercial customers and will remain in effect at least until May 1st. To further support customers who may be impacted by the pandemic, ComEd will offer their most flexible pay plans to customers who indicate either an impact or hardship as a result of COVID-19. Find out more here.
Nicor: In addition to voluntarily suspending service disconnections until May 1, Nicor Gas is adhering to the Illinois Commerce Commission order that was issued March 18 to waive late payment charges until May 1. Both these decisions help ensure that those who can’t pay their bills or whose jobs are affected by COVID-19 do not face the added hardship of interruption of services or consequences for late payments. Visit nicorgas.com to learn more about financial assistance or payment programs available.
Comcast: Comcast announced new steps they’re taking to help people stay connected to the Internet, including complimentary access to network hotspots and unlimited data, and low-cost options for internet essentials.
Small Business Assistance
Paycheck Protection Program: The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020. For more information please click here.
EIDL Loan Advance: This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. Learn more by clicking here.
SBA Express Bridge Loans: Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. For more information please click here.
Business Counseling: Looking for expert advice to help your small business strategy, management, marketing and operations? Click here for a list of local assistance.
Federal Income Tax Filing and Payment Deadline Extension: The federal tax return filing deadline is now July 15, 2020. For tax payments of up to $10 million, the IRS has also extended the deadline for both individuals and businesses to July 15, 2020. Estimated tax payments for 2020 originally due on April 15 will now be due on July 15. More information can be found here.
Workforce - Employment Opportunities: There are companies in need of employment support during this crisis. Organizations that can help support those looking for work are Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and the DuPage County Workforce Development Division.
Bartenders: The United States Bartenders Guild Foundation is offering emergency assistance to bartenders affected by COVID-19. Individuals must apply, and it’s possible that there’s an overwhelming interest in this assistance.
Service workers: One Fair Wage is providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers, and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois is offering an optional special enrollment period from March 30 – April 30, 2020. Visit here for more information.
Emergency Child Care for Communities & Providers includes resources to find emergency child-care in your area.
Learn more about unemployment benefits, and changes made as a result of COVID-19, in the state of Illinois and how to apply here.
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General Resources and Information
The White House announced the federal filing deadline for taxes has been moved to July 15th.
The federal government has suspended interest payments on student loans.
Illinois’ Secretary of State has issued an order that suspends the expiration and renewal of driver’s licenses, ID’s, permits, vehicle registrations, and parking stickers.