Doing Business in a Different Way in the Wake of COVID-19
Website Update: (4/7/2020)
An Update on E&ES Programming
We continue to adjust our service operations to protect the safety of our customers and staff amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. While all E&ES office locations are currently closed to the public, we continue to offer services remotely to those currently enrolled in programming offered by E&ES. Services are available Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 5:00pm. If you are not currently enrolled in one of our programs, but are interested, please contact us here. Check back often as virtual services are being added regularly.
Please see the information below about services that are currently available, based on program:
Workforce Development Programs, including WIOA at American Job Centers:
Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) FamilyWorks:
CHA Golden Diner and Transitional Jobs Programs:
CHA Employment Placement Services:
For Those in Need of Economic Assistance:
Unemployment Insurance (UI):
The Illinois Department of Economic Security (IDES) has announced updated filing procedures, due to high volume here (opens in a new window).
Governor Pritzker issued an Executive Order to waive the 7-day waiting period for residents to apply for unemployment benefits, meaning anyone who qualifies can file and become immediately eligible. Apply for UI here (opens in a new window).
Learn about changes to payment and collection policies related to utility debt as a result of COVID-19. Several utility companies have announced plans to maintain services and waive late payment fees. Learn more here (opens in a new window).
The Illinois State Board of Education obtained a waiver from the federal government to continue distributing meals to all children who qualify for free and reduced lunch. Schools are encouraged to expand meal distribution programs to all children under 18 or to any student enrolled in an Illinois school, regardless of their age. Click here (opens in a new window) or contact your local school district for more information.
Food Pantries are available via the Chicago Food Depository’s partner agencies and programs. Food resources can be found by clicking here (opens in a new window). It is recommented that you call before you go to confirm program hours and requirements.
A federal waiver is being processed to expand Medicaid coverage. If the federal waiver is approved, the state will be able to expand Medicaid services through the addition of new medical providers, increased access across the state and ramped up services to many of the state’s most vulnerable populations. Get the latest information here (opens in a new window).
Individuals that have questions about or want to apply for benefits related to SNAP, cash or medical should visit ABE.illinois.gov or call the ABE Call Center at 1-800-843-6154. They can specifically check their application status, review benefits, or report changes here (opens in a new window) and clicking on the Manage My Case option.
Additionally, those with disabilities can request Vocational Rehabilitation services or Home Services here (opens in a new window).
CPS Remote Learning
On March 30, CPS announced a Pre-K–12 remote learning plan in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. This plan is not a one-size-fits-all approach—every school community is different, and each school will be notifying families of their plans by April 6, and in alignment with new guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education. Remote learning will begin Monday, April 13 and remain in place until schools reopen—which is currently scheduled for Friday, May 1. More information can be found by contacting your child’s school or click here (opens in a new window).