COVID-19 Resources for Residents
- Public Health Resources
- Community Resources & Social Services
- Financial Resources
- Resources for Veterans
- Resources for Immigrants
PLEASE CLICK ON THE BOLDED and underlined HEADLINES FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT EACH PROGRAM
If you or a loved one is experiencing domestic violence, please call the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline for crisis intervention and referrals to emergency housing and support services: (877) 863-6338
SOCIAL SERVICE RESOURCES
- Guide to Hanover Park Social Services
- Just Shelter
- Age Options- Senior Services - (708) 383-0258
- Illinois Department on Aging
- People's Resource Center
COMMUNITY FOOD ASSISTANCE
The Village of Hanover Park encourages residents, particularly now, to Shop Local. In addition to our business directory, we have produced a restaurant guide to show which restaurants and grocery stores are still open and how they are serving customers. The dollars you spend in your community are reinvested in your community. Please support local businesses.
The Federal government has announced numerous assistance programs including Economic Impact Payments (tax rebates), delayed tax filing, expanded unemployment benefits, mortgage payment relief and suspended student loan payments. Financial Educator Karen Chan will show you how to maximize the benefit you get from these options, based on your individual situation. Plus, they’ll share best practices for managing bills, debt and savings during a crisis. Also check their YouTube Channel for other recordings.
School District web pages contain information on school return dates, meal service, at home e-learning, and community food assistance, among other things. Please use the property search function to find your school districts.
PLEASE CLICK ON THE underlined HEADLINES FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT EACH PROGRAM.
The IRS is committed to helping you get your Economic Impact Payment as soon as possible. The payments, also referred to by some as stimulus payments, are automatic for most taxpayers. No further action is needed by taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees. If you have not filed taxes in the past two years, you can provide your information to the IRS through the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info site. If you have not yet received your stimulus check, it’s probably still on the way and you can track its status with the IRS’s “Get My Payment App”.
Cook County has launched a comprehensive initiative to provide economic relief independent contractors (1099 workers), among others, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now accepting applications for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Illinois consumers should be aware of the resources designed to help them manage financial difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The options available depend on the type of debt you have and who your lender is. The State has produced a summary of some of the major relief options for mortgages, student loans, and other types of debt that might be available to you and places that you can go for help.
If you were laid off from your job, WorkNet is providing grants and training to help you get employed again.
The Federal Trade Commission has produced a Consumer Information Blog with useful articles about consumer financial issues, including dealing with debt collectors, managing bills during the pandemic, and stimulus payment scams.
- COMED POWER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS- ComEd understands that the last thing you should have to worry about is having reliable electric service, which is why they are committed to helping families and businesses experiencing economic challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Payment assistance is available.
- Cook County Utility Assistance Program- The Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA) program asks eligible residents of Cook County apply for utility payment relief.
PAYMENT RELIEF FOR STUDENT LOAN BORROWERS
Under a new initiative, Illinoisans with commercially-owned Federal Family Education Program Loans or privately held student loans who are struggling to make their payments due to the pandemic will be eligible for relief. Borrowers in need of assistance must immediately contact their student loan servicer to identify the options that are appropriate to their circumstances. Relief options include:
- Providing a minimum of 90 days of forbearance
- Waiving late payment fees
- Ensuring that no borrower is subject to negative credit reporting
- Ceasing debt collection lawsuits for 90 days
- Working with borrower to enroll them in other borrower assistance programs, such as income based repayment
Money Magazine has compiled a list of 25 funds which can help workers affected by the pandemic.
What Should Veterans Do If They Think They Have COVID-19?
The VA has set up a dedicated COVID-19 site.
What should veterans do if they think they have COVID-19?
Before visiting local VA medical facilities, community providers, urgent care centers, or emergency departments in their communities, veterans experiencing COVID-19 symptoms—such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath—are encouraged to call their VA medical facility or call MyVA311 (844-698-2311, press #3 to be connected). Veterans can also send secure messages to their health care providers via MyhealtheVet, VA’s online patient portal. VA clinicians will evaluate veterans’ symptoms and direct them to the most appropriate providers for further evaluation and treatment. This may include referral to state or local health departments for COVID-19 testing.
What about routine appointments and previously scheduled procedures?
VA is encouraging all veterans to call their VA facility before seeking any care—even previously scheduled medical visits, mental health appointments, or surgical procedures. Veterans can also send secure messages to their health care providers via MyhealtheVet and find out whether they should still come in for their scheduled appointments. VA providers may arrange to convert appointments to video visits, where possible.
Can visitors still access VA medical facilities?
Many VA medical facilities have cancelled public events for the time being, and VA is urging all visitors who do not feel well to postpone their visits to local VA medical facilities. Facilities have also been directed to limit the number of entrances through which visitors can enter. Upon arrival, all patients, visitors, and employees will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and possible exposure.
What about VA nursing homes and spinal cord injury units?
On March 10, 2020, VA announced that its 134 nursing homes (also called VA community living centers) and 24 spinal cord injury and disorder centers would be closed to all outside visitors. All clinical staff will be screened for COVID-19 daily before entering the nursing home or spinal cord injury units, and staff will work only within those units to limit possible transmission of the virus. Exceptions to the visitor policy will only be made for cases when veterans are in their last stages of life in hospice units or inpatient spinal cord injury units.
IDHS created three emergency assistance projects through the Illinois Welcoming Centers prioritizing immigrants, refugees, and Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals who have experienced a COVID-19 related hardship between March and December 2020. One of the three new resources is a housing assistance program targeted to refugees and immigrants. A full description of all three programs is below:
- COVID-19 Public Health and Health Navigator Project: Participants receive COVID specific Health Navigator trainings and can receive a Health Navigator certificate from a partnership between Alivio Medical Center and the Arturo Velasquez Institute-City Colleges of Chicago.
- COVID-19 Employment and Training Project: Participants receive training, employment assistance and worker protection education from one of our 26 partner agencies.