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Other Assistance and Resources

Losing a job can be a stressful time. Regardless of whether you receive unemployment insurance, you might be able to receive other services. Below is a list of resources that may help.

Not sure where to start? Visit ABE to learn about and apply for programs in Illinois.

COVID-19 Resources

Coronavirus.illinois.gov: Learn about the latest health guidance, how to get vaccinated, and where to find additional services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cash Assistance

Illinois Department of Human Services: Find information about cash assistance programs for families, disabled people, and more.

Child Care

Illinois Department of Human Services: Find affordable, quality childcare programs near you.

  • Online: Child Care
  • Phone: IDHS Helpline: (800) 843-6154

Child Tax Credit

IRS: Claim your $300 per month Child Tax Credit and missing stimulus payments, even if you don’t have your tax documents.

Food

Illinois Department of Human Services: Get help applying for SNAP (food stamps), WIC, and more.

Health Insurance

Get Covered Illinois: Find affordable health insurance coverage at Illinois’ official health marketplace.

Housing

Illinois Housing Development Authority: Apply for rental or homeowner assistance programs.

Job Training and Career Resources

Illinois workNet: Discover training opportunities, workshops, and career coaching resources that may be available in your local area.

Utility Bills

Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity: Learn about the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help pay for home energy services like heating.

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