All Chicago partners with organizations across the city and Cook County in an effort to help the working poor, homeless, and less fortunate. They have information on, and can provide referrals to, a number of resources, including some that can assist with paying certain bills and household expenses.
A few main programs provided include the Emergency Fund and Homelessness Prevention services through the local Call Center. Some of the partners that are part of the network include the Learning Center and the non-profit Chicago Alliance, however dozens of other social service agencies can also contribute. More information on what can be provided to income qualified residents is below.
The Homelessness Prevention Call Center supports both the city of Chicago as well as all of Cook County. People that are facing eviction and that need emergency rental assistance, or those that are currently homeless and need help with paying a portion of a security deposit, may be offered support. There can be grants available for expenses such as utilities or a rent payment, among other needs.
A specialist will need to review the caller's eligibility. If they are not qualified, then referrals may be made to other community resources, ranging from short term loans to government support. In Chicago, dial 311, or in Cook County, people can dial the Homelessness Prevention Call Center at 1.877.426.6515.
All Chicago has information as well as referrals on many other resources as well. Some of them are as follows.
Much of the financial aid available from All Chicago is the result of the The Emergency Fund. This is targeted at families facing a one time crisis, such as an unexpected car repair or an illness. While the exact type of assistance provided will vary based on many factors, it can include some of the following.
Dozens of charities and social groups take part in the fund, and it is flexible and will address what the applicant needs help with. A goal is to prevent a sudden financial hardship from becoming a long-term crisis. Dial the Homelessness Prevention Call Center at the number above for more information.
The Learning Center focuses on self-sufficiency, in particular for the homeless and those facing poverty It is a key All Chicago partner, and case managers will help clients get on the path to self-sufficiency. There is guidance for single parents, veterans, and others from the community as well, so it is a flexible resource.
All Chicago is also involved in Rapid Re-Housing. This will help get otherwise self-sufficient families back into new, affordable housing. Many agencies participate, and together they may offer the following.
All of this is provided with ongoing case management. The All Chicago partners not only want to rehouse a family, but also keep them stable and break any homeless cycle.
For more information, dial the call center at 1.877.426.6515. An intake specialist will provide more details on available resources and the application process.
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