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.
While the best place to get your COVID-19 vaccine is with your healthcare provider, the City of Chicago is operating multiple vaccination sites.
- Chicagoans over the age of 12 are able to receive vaccination at all City of Chicago sites offering Pfizer vaccine.
- Starting January 22, 2022, CDPH will extend its family vaccination clinics at City Colleges of Chicago. These events will offer pediatric COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines for children age 5-11, as well as Pfizer vaccines and booster doses to all Chicagoans.
- While generally a parent or legal guardian must accompany individuals under the age of 18 seeking vaccination, parents may now consent to their vaccine-eligible minor being vaccinated without their presence at CDPH walk-in immunization clinics, CDPH Mobile CareVan events, and certain select CPS clinics.
- No Government issued ID or insurance 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
Employment & Small Business
The State of Illinois eviction moratorium ended on October 3, 2021, but Chicago tenants still have financial and legal options to help them to remain in their homes. Three important points:
- Don't self-evict. A notice of eviction from your landlord does not mean you need to leave your home right away. Only the Sheriff can legally remove you from your home.
- Get legal help. Free legal assistance is available to Chicago renters. Visit Rentervention.com, which is provided by the Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, or other resources listed below.
- Get financial help. Visit chicago.gov/eviction for a list of places residents can apply for emergency rental assistance and more information regarding eviction, lockouts, or renters rights.
Additionally, under the COVID 19 Eviction Protection Ordinance, landlords filing evictions due to nonpayment of rent against tenants who have coronavirus-related financial hardships should wait for a seven-day “cooling-off” period in addition to the regular five-day notice period. After the “cooling-off” period, landlords must show the court that they have engaged in good faith efforts to reach a reasonable alternative to eviction, including mediation, payment plans, or other options before an eviction can proceed.
Residential tenants who have lost income as a direct or indirect result of the COVID-19 pandemic should notify their landlords in writing within five days of receiving an eviction notice in order to further protect themselves from eviction.
For more resources regarding eviction, lockouts, or renters rights, visit our Resources for Renters page or chicago.gov/eviction
Please visit our Resources for Renters page for more information about current and upcoming rental assistance programs.
More Housing Resources
- Housing Action Illinois
- National Fair Housing Alliance
- Legal Aid Chicago
- Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing COVID-19 and Renters Rights
- The Preservation Compact Downloadable Tenant and Owner Resources
- Greater Chicago Food Depository - Map Search
- Breakthrough Urban Ministries Fresh Market
- Marillac House Food Pantry & Homebound Elderly Program
- Forty Acres Fresh Market