BEDS Plus Care forms part of the Suburban Cook County Continuum of Care. Households seeking Homeless Prevention assistance should first contact Entry Point at (877) 426-6515 or visit an Entry Point walk in center. Depending on their original location, they may be directed to another homeless services agency.
Find Food IL Community Food Map
Use the Find Food IL map to find places in your community offering free food or meals. You can also find stores and markets that accept SNAP/LINK or WIC coupons. Plus, see the DHS or WIC office nearest to you. Enter your zip code or city to get started. Click here for the map.
Illinois Department of Human Services: Free Tax Help
The Illinois Department of Human Services is offering free tax help through the Ladder Up – Tax Assistance Program. Ladder Up provides free income tax preparation and electronic filing for families with annual incomes up to $58,000 and individuals with annual incomes up to $32,000*. IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers assist in filing federal and state income tax returns for tax year 2021, and, in some cases, for prior years. Most sites will be open between January 29 and April 15, 2022.
Ladder Up – Tax Assistance Program will be offering free tax services by appointment only at many locations across the Chicagoland area and Springfield.
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Free Legal Assistance for Eligible Cook County Residents
Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt is offering free legal help for eligible Cook County residents who are dealing with evictions or unresolved debt issues. Assistance is available to those who qualify through the Early Resolution Program. Call the CCLAHD hotline at 855-956-5763 to learn how you can get help resolving your housing and debt problems. All services are available at no cost to Cook County residents and property owners regardless of income, language, or immigration status. The hotline is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Discounted Internet access available to low-income Americans
The Federal Communications Commission is temporarily providing low-income Americans discounted Internet access. The “Emergency Broadband Benefit” program — funded by the 2021 federal COVID relief package — gives eligible Americans subsidies of up to $50 per month for their internet service bill with the funds paid directly to participating residential web providers. The program also provides discounts up to $100 for purchasing a computer or tablet.
To qualify for the program, at least one person in a household either needs to have an income at or less than 135% the federal poverty level (i.e. $17,388 for a household of one), are currently receiving aid from certain government assistance programs (e.g. SNAP, Medicaid, a Pell Grant, or the FCC’s phone-service Lifeline program), or suffered financially due to losing their job during COVID-19 pandemic.
To sign up for the Emergency Broadband Benefit program: