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Listing: Financial Support Services

Media Type

Online Resource

Reviewed Date

May 10, 2023



CEDA - Gas and Electric Bill Utility Assistance Program
CEDA’s Utility Assistance Programs, clients can take comfort in knowing there’s help with your gas, electric, and water bills, as well as repairing or replacing your heating system.
(800) 571-2332

CEDA - Find Services
One of the largest private, non-profit Community Action Agencies in the country, CEDA serves residents throughout Cook County, Illinois. Programs and services are offered in the areas of education, emergency assistance, employment and workforce training, energy conservation and services, health and nutrition, and housing counseling services. We are constantly improving and expanding our services to further aid our mission of assisting individuals, families and communities.
(312) 782-CEDA (2332)

Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt
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.
(855) 956-5763

Chicago Department of Family and Support Services Program Guide
Emergency food and services, Homeless services, Adult day Emergency response system, Caregiver assistance, Housing relocation, Transportation/ADA Paratransit, Schools 

Chicago Furniture Bank
The mission of the Chicago Furniture Bank is to provide dignity, stability, and comfort to Chicagoans that face poverty by allowing clients to handpick an entire home's worth of furniture.
(312) 752-0211

City of Chicago Rental Assistance 

  • Temporary loss of income
  • Fire or flood
  • Court order to vacate (foreclosure or eviction)
  • Domestic violence

Resources for Residents
Financial relief and other programs for Chicago residents

Know Your Rights: Eviction and Lockout Resources
The eviction moratorium ended on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, but Chicago tenants still have options. If you are worried about remaining in your home because you have been unable to pay rent: 

  1. Don't Self-Evict - If you get an eviction notice, know that only the Sheriff can carry out an eviction. It is illegal for your landlord to try to remove you from your home. 
  2. Get Legal Help - Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt is a free resource to help landlords and tenants resolve housing and debt issues. Visit or call 855.956.5763. Legal support for tenants is also available at or text "hi" to 866.773.6837.

2-1-1 Metro Chicago
Connecting Chicago and suburban Cook County residents to the help they need, when they need it. 

Community Care Alliance of Illinois
(CCAI) is an organization contracted to offer Medicare benefits. The government pays companies like CCAI to provide you with the same or even more benefits than original Medicare (Part A and Part B), including affordable co-payment and coinsurance amounts when you use network doctors and hospitals.

Benefits for People with Disabilities (SSA.Gov)
The federal government has two programs for assistance to individuals that meet the criteria and qualify for benefits:

USA Gov - Financial Assistance and Support Services for People with Disabilities
Explore a wide range of programs and tools to help with housing, taxes, medical bills, service and emotional support animals, and more.
Get help with medical bills, modifying vehicle, housing resources, service animals, tax help....

Family Benefit Solutions
Financial assistance for families with a special needs child.
1110 W. Lake Cook Rd. Suite 150
Buffalo Grove, Il. 60089
Office - 847-279-8506

Help Hope Live
Medical fund raising for the expenses insurance doesn’t cover

Illinois Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) a savings and investment plan.

Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)
Cash assistance, SNAP, My IL link, employment

1-866-324-5553 TTY

Illinois Department of Public Health - IDPH
View all active grant programs, and funding opportunities

Unemployment Insurance Relief During Covid-19:

Society of St. Vincent de Paul 
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and providing others with the opportunity to serve.
12731 S. Wood St.
Blue Island, IL 60406



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