Resources for Immigrants and General Financial Resources During the COVID-19 Response

Updated April 8, 2020

This list is a working document. Please contact communications@howardbrown.org with any corrections.

Resources for Immigrants


Comprehensive resources guide created by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights to assist immigrant and refugee communities in Illinois during COVID-19. (Google Doc)

National and state resources for undocumented communities complied by the Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation (Google Sheet)

List of resources to help undocumented immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic put together by Immigrants Rising (Google Doc)

COVID-19 resources list in Spanish (Google Doc)

The Immigrant Learning Center Resource List (ilcr.org)

General Resources:

Pop-up Food Pantries (chicagofoodbanks.org)

Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS)

Senior Citizen Food Resource: Call 311 or 312-744-5000 and ask for the Senior Box. They will ask for the name, address, and phone number. The caller will receive a confirmation number. A large box of food will be delivered. It will be enough for 7 days, including a bag with 6 frozen foods. The food is from the Midwest Food Bank/Salvation Army.

COVID-19 Eviction Information (PDF)

Internet Access (internetessentials.com)

Low-cost internet service (everyoneon.org)

Sex Worker Harm Reduction Resources (U.S. Based) (Google doc).


Comprehensive list of resources for the disability community created by Access Living (accessliving.org)

COVID-19 resources for the South Side organized by South Side Weekly (southsideweekly.com)

Mental health resources guide organized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (nami.org)

Emergency assistance with accessing pet supplies organized by Rescue Chicago (rescuechi.com)

Financial Resources and Mutual Aid


3-1-1, the City of Chicago City Services and Assistance Line, can provide referrals to emergency financial assistance, shelter, and food resources. Call 3-1-1 for more information.

The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Mutual Aid Fund will provide a one-time emergency grants of up to $500 to individuals or families experiencing homelessness, including people who are unsheltered, staying at a shelter, or living doubled up with family or friends. (Deadline of 5/15/2020)

Information on how state unemployment benefits have been expanded to assist people impacted by COVID-19. (illinois.gov)

A community resource toolkit from the U.S. House of Representatives (PDF)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) temporarily suspended SNAP work requirements during the federal emergency declaration.  This means that starting April 1, there will be NO Able-bodied Adults without Dependents work requirements in Illinois (PDF) (Spanish PDF)

City of Chicago Rental Assistance information page for people needing emergency financial assistance with their rent (chicago.gov)

City of Chicago Housing Assistance grant. Application for emergency housing assistance from the City of Chicago for individuals and families impacted by the economic fallout due to Coronavirus (forms.office.com)

State of Illinois utility bills assistance program for low-income households (illinois.gov)

Modest Needs provides emergency financial assistance to low-income workers (modestneeds.org)

Relief grants for hospitality workers impacted by COVID-19 (anotherroundanotherrally.org)

Financial assistance for people working in the food and beverage industry (southernsmoke.org)

Cash assistance to restaurant, delivery and gig drivers, and other tipped and service workers (ofwemergencyfund.org)

Financial assistance to restaurant workers impacted by COVID-19 (rocunited.org)

Financial assistance to food and beverage service employees with children (coregives.org)

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program, which provides emergency financial assistance to bartenders, barbacks, and servers (usbgfoundation.org)

Chicago Dancers United short-term financial assistance for Chicago dance professionals (chicagodancersunited.org)

Extensive list of emergency financial assistance resources for artists and performers (covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com)

Pet resources from the Anti-Cruelty society. (anticruelty.org)

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