The best way to end homelessness is to prevent it

BEDS Plus Care staff will be available on the following dates to help with on-site rental assistance available through the IHDA’s Illinois Rental Payment Program. BEDS staff will be able to answer questions about IHDA’s ILRPP and also will help with applications.

  • Dec. 14: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Village of Dixmoor Community Center, 14336 Paulina Ave. in Dixmoor
  • Dec. 15: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cicero Town Hall, 4949 W. Cermak Road in Cicero
  • Dec. 16: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Village of Dixmoor Community Center, 14336 Paulina Ave. in Dixmoor
  • Dec. 21: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Village of Dixmoor Community Center, 14336 Paulina Ave. in Dixmoor
  • Dec. 28: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Village of Dixmoor Community Center, 14336 Paulina Ave. in Dixmoor
  • Dec. 30: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Village of Dixmoor Community Center, 14336 Paulina Ave. in Dixmoor

Full details available in the flyers below and on our Urgent Updates page.

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.

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:

Learn more about our 2020 rental assistance program

Manager of Stabilization Services Joann Boblick discusses prevention with Presbyterian Church of Western Springs

All referrals for rental assistance must be referred to our agency through EntryPoint.

EntryPoint is a collaborative effort to refer those in need to agencies that serve their area.

To access EntryPoint, please call 877-426-6515

Email:  info@beds-plus.org

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.

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