COVID-19 Resources for Working People and Families

The COVID-19 virus has brought into stark relief how dependent we all are on one another for safety and security. At Women Employed, we have taken measures to keep our staff, partners, and the community safe while ensuring that we can stay the course, advocating fiercely and effectively for low-paid workers during this time of increased vulnerability.

We have compiled these resources to help keep you safe, and to help those who are differentially impacted to access support and resources needed to get through this crisis. We will update this list as new information becomes available.

We have also created a separate list of resources available to adult students. To view that information, click here.

This resource list is organized in these categories:

  • Searchable Database of Verified Resources
  • Direct Financial Assistance
  • Food + Nutrition Assistance
  • Unemployment + Stimulus Assistance
  • Housing
  • Domestic + Sexual Violence Resources
  • Community-Specific Resources
  • Resources for Parents of School-aged Children
  • COVID-19 Public Health Information
  • Voting + Census

Chicago Searchable Database of Resources

Created by the City Bureau, use this intuitive database of verified resources to search by resource need, community need, language, and location

Direct Financial Assistance

We are monitoring other grants that have run out of funds or are otherwise no longer accepting applications. Resources will be added back to the list as they accept new applications.

Food + Nutrition Assistance

Unemployment + Stimulus Assistance

  • Unemployment Insurance Information
    From the Illinois Department of Employment Security Website, this page has information about how to file a claim for Unemployment insurance
  • U.S. Department of Labor
    Information about workplace safety, unemployment insurance, as well as information for federal workers, mine operators, and needs of the agricultural sector

Housing

  • HUD COVID-19 Information and Resources
    Informational pages and resource pages for homeowners, renters, and people who are homeless through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Domestic + Sexual Violence Resources

  • Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline – 877-863-6338 (877-TO END DV)
    The Hotline provides crisis intervention and referrals to emergency housing and support services to victims of domestic violence.

Community-Specific Resources

Resources for Parents of School-aged Children

COVID-19 Public Health Information

Voting + Census

  • Census 2020
    More than ever we must make sure to count everyone that is living in the country ensure our communities receive accurate resources and representation! Every neighbor, immigrant, child counts. If you’re living in America, you should be counted in the 2020 Census! All responses are kept anonymous.
  • Register to Vote
    Your vote matters! If you are in Illinois, use this link to register to vote before the October 18, 2020 deadline! The Presidential Election is November 3, 2020.