Our government agencies and partners have been working hard to serve our neighbors. We have compiled a list of COVID-19 responses and resources on this page, which will be updated on an ongoing basis.
The majority of our staff are working from home at this time; please contact us via email for the fastest response. We are also checking voicemail.
We plan to share email updates on a weekly basis.
Quick phone and text references
- Text COVID19 to 78015 to receive City text alerts
- Text TALK to 552020 to access Illinois Call4Calm mental health services
- Text HELLO to 741741 to access a trained crisis counselor
- Unemployment insurance benefits: 800-244-5631
- Food Depository + SNAP or Medical: 773-843-5416
- United Way COVID-19 Recovery Fund - dial 211
- Mental Health support: NAMI Chicago Helpline - 833-626-4244
- Utilities: ComEd – 800-334-7661, Peoples Gas - 866-556-6001
- Marillac House Homebound Elderly Program for food: 773-584-3265
- Rush University Health Systems hotline for older adults: 800-747-0202
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
Visit chicago.gov/COVIDVax for updates on city-wide vaccine efforts. Appointments are available on Zocdoc.com/vaccine to anyone age 16+ living in the City of Chicago. Effective April 23, all City of Chicago-operated sites, including United Center, will accept walk-ins. Appointments are preferred but not required.
Garfield Park Mutual Aid
We are facilitating a hyper-local support network to share resources between neighbors during this time. Volunteers have delivered donated cleaning supplies, groceries, and food from local food pantries. Please consider making a contribution or volunteering support - and please share your needs - through the forms below:
- Needs Form for Neighbors Affected by COVID-19: Garfield Park
- Contribution Form for Neighbors Affected by COVID-19: Garfield Park
Government & Health
Employment & Small Business
- Illinois Department of Employment Services
- Allies for Community Business
- Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC)
Eviction: Landlords can file evictions unless tenants give them a written declaration that they should be protected by the COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium. Your landlord should give you a copy of the declaration before they give you a new five-day notice. If your landlord doesn’t give you a copy, you can make one and learn more about your tenant rights at Rentervention.com.
For more resources regarding eviction, lockouts, or renters rights, visit: chicago.gov/eviction
Please visit our Resources for Renters page for more information about current and upcoming rental assistance programs.
More Housing Resources
- Metropolitan Tenants Organization
- Housing Action Illinois
National Fair Housing Alliance & Foreclosure Relief Summary
- Legal Aid Chicago COVID-19 Updates for Homeowners
- Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing COVID-19 and Renters Rights
- The Preservation Compact & Downloadable Tenant and Owner Resources
- City of Chicago Rental Assistance Program
- Greater Chicago Food Depository - Map Search
- Breakthrough Urban Ministries Fresh Market
- Marillac House Food Pantry & Homebound Elderly Program
- Forty Acres Fresh Market
- Greater Holy Temple C.O.G.I.C.
- New Morning Star MBC Pantry
- St. Martin de Porres
Utilities & Internet
- Citizens Utility Board Consumer Protection Guide
- Peoples Gas
- Xfinity - Free Access to Out-of-Home Hotspots
- Comcast Internet Essentials - Free or Reduced Cost