COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Guidances and Resources

COVID-19 BOOSTER UPDATE: Everyone age 12+ is encouraged to get a COVID-19 booster. If you received an mRNA vaccine, either Pfizer or Moderna, you should get a booster dose 5 months after your last vaccine. If you received a one-dose vaccine, Johnson & Johnson, you should get a booster dose 2 months after your last vaccine.

CDC, Illinois, and Cook County Resources

Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance Program: Do you live in suburban Cook County and need help paying rent and utilities? If you have experienced financial hardship during the pandemic and need assistance to pay your rent and/or utility bills, you may be eligible for Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance. Find if you qualify below and apply by October 29, 2021. Visit http://www.cookcountyil.gov/rent-help or call 833-221-9821.

Cook County COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program: Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you, then schedule, call or visit their website to make an appointment. Vaccine Sign-Up Hotline: 833-308-1988 Monday-Friday 7am-6pm & Sat 7am-4pm.

Suburban Cook County Homebound Vaccines: CCDPH has partnered with organizations that can provide in-home vaccination to those who qualify. To qualify for this program you must be 65 or older, or have a disability, or use adaptive equipment, and live in suburban Cook County (not Chicago, Skokie, Evanston, Oak Park, or Stickney).

Cook County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Information: CCDPH has a dashboard to see current case rates as well as health guidances and testing information.

COVID-19 Testing Sites: The Illinois Department of Public Health keeps an up-to-date list of COVID-19 testing locations including addresses and operating hours. Testing is free and open to all regardless of symptoms.

Financial and Housing Assistance

Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance Program: Do you live in suburban Cook County and need help paying rent and utilities? If you have experienced financial hardship during the pandemic and need assistance to pay your rent and/or utility bills, you may be eligible for Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance. Find if you qualify below and apply by October 29, 2021. Visit http://www.cookcountyil.gov/rent-help or call 833-221-9821.

Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Resident Cash Assistance Program:  The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Resident Cash Assistance Program offers a one-time cash payment of $600 to income eligible suburban Cook County residents. The application is open until December 11.

Illinois Housing Development Authority COVID-19 Housing Resources: Find the latest news updates, answers to frequently asked questions, and other information about the Emergency Rental Assistance program.

Illinois Department of Employment Security: File an unemployment claim, look for work, and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Coronavirus Economic Stimulus Payments: Find answers to frequently asked questions about the federal stimulus checks.

IRS Get My Payment: Find when and how the IRS sent your 2021 Economic Impact Payment with the Get My Payment tool.

ComEd Bill Payment Assistance: Residents with qualifying limited income can apply for bill assistance. There are also resources for small business customers.

IHDA Cares: The application windows are closed, but learn more about these rental and mortgage assistance programs including frequently asked questions.

Des Plaines Financial Assistance

Rent, mortgage, and utility assistance is available for Des Plaines residents and small businesses. The City of Des Plaines has partnered with the Center of Concern to process applications and distribute financial assistance to residents with low and moderate incomes, as well as small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time employees that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To apply for assistance, or to learn more about available programs and services call our Community Support Specialist directly at 847-701-4705.

Health and Safety Information

IDPH Quarantine and Isolation Guidance: What to do if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, and what to do if you have tested positive for COVID–19.

CDC Frequently Asked COVID-19 Questions: FAQs about spread, close contacts, prevention, testing, contact tracing, and more

Grocery Shopping Assistance

Are you, or do you know, an older adult who needs help grocery shopping during COVID-19? The Center of Concern can assist with grocery shopping and delivery services. Call us at: 847-823-0453