NILES TOWNSHIP FOOD PANTRY
MIHUT’S ROMANIAN MISSION IN NILES
STATE SENATOR RAM VILLIVALAM’S
The Harvest Food Pantry
8341 Lockwood Avenue Skokie, IL
M-F HOURS: 9:30-11:30, 1:00-3:30 PM
Closed for lunch 11:30AM-1:00PM
Additional Evening Hours:
TUESDAYS: 4:30 PM
7300 Natchez Ave Door # 9 Niles, IL
Meals are pre-packed in a box for drive up service.
SERVICE IS ON THURSDAY’S
HOURS ARE FROM 6:30PM TO 8:30PM
Volunteers are helping with grocery delivery
(Cost for goods paid by customer)
Please reach out to (872) 240-2169 or (872) 240-2169 for further assistance.
2945 Howard St. Evanston, IL.
(Behind the Jewel)
Every Wednesday from 6:00pm-7:00pm outdoor drive up and/or walk up service
Those with questions or in need of assistance with unemployment benefits at this time are encouraged to visit Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) or questions regarding Unemployment Insurance should be directed to the Customer Service Center at 1- 800-244-5631.
See information about the Chicago Cook County Workforce Partnership that combines federal and philanthropic resources to provide comprehensive workforce development services to employers and job seekers.
IDES News Release as of May 6th, 2020- Updated
IDES Instructs 1099 Workers to Apply for Regular Unemployment Benefits Before Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program Goes Live - PUA Portal to Launch on May 11, 2020
News release can be found here from IDES website: PDF Version
From the Illinois Department of Employment Security Website:
Contact: Rebecca Cisco | 217.524.1219
5/6/20 – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) today released new instructions for 1099 workers who have lost work due to COVID-19. Workers who believe they may be eligible for new federal benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, must first apply for regular unemployment insurance before applying for benefits under PUA when a new application portal opens on May 11, 2020 via the IDES website.
If claimants receive an eligibility determination of $0, they can then appeal that decision by providing verification of wages earned, or they can submit a claim for PUA benefits. Claimants who have already applied for and been denied regular unemployment benefits can submit a claim through the new PUA portal when it opens. Receiving a denial for regular unemployment benefits is a mandatory first step in determining eligibility for PUA.
Filing for regular unemployment also provides claimants the opportunity to select how they want to receive benefits. Eligible claimants can choose between direct deposit or a debit card onto which their benefits will be loaded. Debit cards can take up to one to two weeks to receive in the mail while direct deposit payments take two to three days once a claimant completes their weekly certification for benefits.
PUA provides 100% federally-funded unemployment benefits for individuals who are unemployed for specified COVID-19-related reasons and are not eligible for the state’s regular unemployment insurance program, the extended benefit (EB) program under Illinois law, or the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program (PEUC), including independent contractors and sole-proprietors. Up to 39 weeks’ worth of benefits are potentially available under the program for COVID-19-related unemployment claims.
PUA claims will be backdated to the individuals’ first week of unemployment, but no earlier than February 2, 2020, and will continue for as long as the individual remains unemployed as a result of COVID-19, but no later than the week ending December 26, 2020. The program is similar to the federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance program which provides unemployment benefits in response to local disasters.
Those with questions or in need of assistance with unemployment benefits at this time are encouraged to visit the IDES website.
IDES News Release CARES Act Unemployment Benefits Expansion Package
April 15th, 2020 PDF Version
Message from IDES: "In Illinois, every individual who is unemployed or underemployed should file a claim for unemployment benefits, even if they believe they are not covered by the unemployment system. There are two reasons Illinoisans currently unemployed through no fault of their own should still file a claim for regular unemployment benefits with IDES, even if they have been told they’re not covered by the state’s regular unemployment insurance program - because they’re an independent contractor, part of the “gig economy,” or for some other reason.
First, it’s possible that whoever told them they were not covered was wrong. Workers who are employees covered by the unemployment insurance system are sometimes told they’re not. Even if an individual’s employer does not consider the worker to be covered and doesn’t pay unemployment taxes on the individual’s wages, the individual can qualify for benefits if IDES determines he or she is covered under state law. An employer’s failure to contribute to the unemployment system will not impact a claimant’s eligibility for benefits. Although eligibility for benefits cannot be guaranteed, nothing prohibits people from filing a claim for regular benefits, as long as they truthfully complete the application.
Second, the PUA program has been established for individuals who are unemployed for reasons attributable to COVID-19 and not covered by the state’s regular unemployment insurance program. To establish eligibility under the new program, the claimant will have to demonstrate he/she is not eligible under the regular program. Applying for and being denied benefits under the regular program can help establish eligibility under the new temporary program."
Those with questions or in need of assistance with unemployment benefits at this time are encouraged to visit the IDES website or questions regarding Unemployment Insurance should be directed to the Customer Service Center at 1- 800-244-5631.
Now that you have filed your unemployment claim and have landed to your confirmation page, what are the next steps?
- Make sure to write down your confirmation number and your claimant ID. If you need to reach out to the unemployment office via phone, having both are handy to best find your claim. The effective date of your unemployment is also a good date to have in case IDES has to go back to your original claim date.
- Based on your answers, you may or may not have to register with Illinois Employment Service register requirement. If you are required to registered with the employment service, you will be prompted to complete your registration by going to www.illinoisjoblink.com . Even if you are not required, it is recommended to registered with IL job link and complete the registration to ease the process of your unemployment process and be connected with local employment offers.
- From IDES: IL Job Link will create a username and password already for you on the confirmation page (see #2). You will then be prompted to create a new password once you log in.
How do I complete the registration requirement?
To complete the registration requirement, you must go to www.IllinoisJobLink.com and log in to create or upload at least one resume by following steps 1-4. Learn how to Create/Upload a résumé in IllinoisJobLink.com by clicking here. (opens PowerPoint guide)
- Click "Continue" in the orange block
- Answer all questions on the "New résumé Page"
- Create a résumé or upload your existing Microsoft Word résumé, and
- Select "Occupation-Work Wanted"
How do I know my registration is complete?
Your registration will be considered complete when you create or upload at least one résumé. To verify your registration status, log in to www.IllinoisJobLink.com and you will see "UI Registered" in green on the left-hand side of the screen, as it appears here:
Within 7-10 days of filing your claim and possible job registration, you will receive a UI finding in the mail. Example here. This UI will show your base period wages, weekly benefit amount (WBA) and your bi-weekly certification day.
One way to certify for benefits is via the internet during the hours of Monday through Friday 3:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Click here to certify. Review the information on the page, including Common Mistakes Made by UI Claimants found here. Click on Certify for Benefits for regular unemployment benefits. Click here for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Certification Online Portal. This will take you to the log in page to which portal pertains to you.
Tele-Serve Phone Certification
You may certify for benefits via Tele-Serve Phone Service. Tele-Serve also allows you to get information about your benefits whether you certify by Internet or by phone. Payment information will be available one business day after certifying.
The first time you call, you will create a personal identification number (PIN). Write it down and keep it in a safe place. Set up you pin ASAP or before 30 days of receiving your UI Finding Letter. Do not share your PIN with anyone else. You’ll need it every time you call.
When you call, have the following information available:
- Your Social Security number and your PIN
- Any gross wages you earned (before taxes and other deductions) during the certification period
- Paper and pencil to record any information given to you during your call. Press 1: To claim weeks of unemployment Press 2: To file an additional claim or to reopen a claim for unemployment insurance benefits Press 3: To check the status of your claim (also to request Federal Income Tax form 1099G) Press 4: Establish or change your PIN Press 5: Obtain general information After dialing Tele-Serve, enter your PIN and answer the automated questions. Do not hang up until Tele-Serve tells you your claim has been accepted.
For a list of certification questions, please visit the IL Department of Employment Security "I Filed My Claim, What Happens Now?" on page 3 found here.
Here is also a telecertify guide provided by the State of IL Department of Employment Security with further guidance: Tele-Serve Handbook
Local Mental Health Resources that have updated due to COVID-19
Peer Services is offering free and virtual support in groups for community members struggling with drug or alcohol use on Wednesdays at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Open to adults (18+) in all stages of substance use and recovery. It is confidential, judgement-free and "drop-in" type of participation. Groups are facilitated virtually by PEER counselors via Zoom. To join, please contact Gabriela at firstname.lastname@example.org. View updated flyers for their services as of April 2020 by clicking here and here. Website: www.peerservices.org Phone: 847-492-1778
Rainbows For All Children
Rainbows for all Children has partnered with Mosaic Therapy to offer six (6) free virtual counseling sessions. Anyone can participate, but target audience is children and families. Therapists provide a safe space for clients to check-in and manage stress & anxiety related to the current national emergency and uncertain times. At this time there is no cost for short term mental health check-ins. Kids and families can receive up to six (6) sessions & they will also work with finding a provider with your insurance for follow up. View updated flyer for their services here, mental health check form here, and their website here. Contact information: 855-455-0636
Apna Ghar Crisis Resources
- Legal Advocacy
- Safe/Emergency Housing
- Case Management
- Supervised Visitation/Safe Exchange Services
24-Hour Crisis Services Phone: 773-334-4663 or 800-717-0757 Text: 773-899-1041 Email: email@example.com
The Center for Enriched Living
The Center for Enriched Living (CEL) is offering free virtual programs seven (7) days a week to teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Participants do not have to be a member of CEL to join a virtual class or program and there is no charge for participating.
Programs are free to any teen and adult who has a developmental disability. The programs run 7 days a week and cover a wide variety of interests. Our current catalog of virtual programs includes teen & adult social clubs, cooking, book club, fitness, virtual travel and adventures, art classes, dance parties and much more. Wifi and a computer are all you need to participate.
CEL also has a Technology Lending Library to temporarily borrow an iPad or laptop.
To join the CEL community and learn more about FREE virtual programs and the technology lending library, contact Michael Welsh at Michael@CenterForEnrichedLiving.org or Megan Cross at Megan@CenterForEnrichedLiving.org. For current program options, visit www.CenterForEnrichedLiving.org/virtual-programs.
Turning Point services is offering services below at this time. All of which are free of cost.
The Living Room
Crisis support for adults led by Recovery Support Specialists who have lived experience with mental illness.
The Living Room at Turning Point has re-opened remotely during this time period. With the extension of Governor’s orders and people’s need for being able to have some peer support, we have decided to offer phone and video conference support to our guests.
For those wondering what this will look like, from 3-8pm a clinician will answer calls to 847-933-9202. Once assessed and determined to be appropriate for The Living Room, a guest will be given the option to talk by phone or by video conference (Zoom) with a RSS and the RSS will reach out within 30 minutes to discuss the crisis, not unlike a visit into The Living Room. Should we receive multiple calls, our clinicians will respond in the order received based on voicemails left with callback numbers. After 7:15pm, guests may be contacted back the following day of operation at 3pm.
24/7 crisis phone line
Crisis support to anyone of any age led by a team of therapists 847-933-0051 follow the prompts to speak with a crisis worker
This is an alternative option during Living Room hours, especially if someone needs assistance with getting to the emergency room during this time.
Typically, the Living Room is an in person support. Now that we are offering this support virtually, it differs from our crisis phone line in that it is led by Recovery Support Specialists, only serves adults, and allows the option to communicate via video.
Call 4 Calm text line
We are proud to be a partner of the Illinois Call4Calm text line service. Text “Talk” to 552020 (or “Hablar” for Spanish). This is not a crisis hotline, but is a source of support for anyone experiencing stress and in need of a listening ear. A Turning Point therapist will call the person to talk on the phone within 24 hours.
Call4Calm is a statewide mental health support during the pandemic, and Turning Point responds to support calls for people residing in Niles Township (SKOKIE IS INCLUDED).
Please reach out to each organization directly for continual updates as programs change. Thank you!
Emergency Financial Assistance with the Village of Skokie Human Services
The Skokie Community Foundation has raised funds through the Skokie Spirit Shines Through campaign. This generous grant was provided to Skokie Human Services to offer urgent support to those most impacted by Stay in Place orders due to COVID-19.
Information on financial and emergency assistance for rent, mortgage, utilities and food is available. Funding is limited. For more information, please call 847/933-8208 or 847/933-8252.
Niles Township General and Emergency Assistance
Niles Township Government is administering General Assistance and Emergency Assistance through phone service and their website. Niles Township residents can contact their office for an application or download it from our website. Once your application is completed and you have all the necessary documents listed on the first page, please call Ruth or Holly at (847) 673-9300 to schedule an appointment. To be directed to their Social Services webpage, click here. **New rental assistance for families with high school students** Please reach out to Niles Township. For questions or concerns you may email the social workers at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone: (847) 673-9300.
Suburban Cook Call Center
If you are about to become homeless, newly homeless, or just need help accessing services:
Suburban Cook Call Center – 1-877-426-6515 8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday – Friday
Call the Suburban Cook Call Center, or when places safely re-open, go to any Entry Point Walk-In Center or access location to be evaluated for services. Please use the following chart to best fit your needs. Chart provided by Suburban Cook Call Center:
|MY HOUSING SITUATION||SUGGESTED ACCESS LOCATIONS|
|I am going to be homeless soon (facing eviction or living in an unstable housing situation)||Call Suburban Cook Call Center|
Go to Entry Point Walk-In Center (various locations)
|I have recently become homeless and not sure how to get help||Call Suburban Cook Call Center|
Go to Entry Point Walk-In Center (various locations)
|I am homeless and staying at an emergency shelter||Staff at Emergency shelter or daytime support center can connect you to resources|
|I am homeless but not staying at a shelter||Street outreach workers can go to a place where you both agree to meet and connect you to resources|
|I am a Veteran and I am homeless or about to become homeless (facing eviction or living in an unstable housing situation)||Call or go to Hines VA homeless veterans program|
|I am a youth under the age of 25 and I am homeless or about to become homeless (facing eviction or living in an unstable housing situation)||Call or go to Specialized youth homeless service agencies|
|I am fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking or stalking||Call Domestic violence agency or National Domestic Violence hotline|
|I am not physically able to go to an Entry Point access location||Street outreach workers can go to a place where you both agree to meet and connect you to resources|
|I am not sure what I need||Call Suburban Cook Call Center|
Go to Entry Point Walk-In Center (various locations)
Family Support And Community Engagement (FsACE) Program- CEDA
COVID-19 Flyer-PDF Version
www.cedaorg.net Phone: (312) 795-8948
FsACE offers services that empower families to become self-sufficient through family support, health/nutrition, professional development programs and more. FsACE has expanded its services in order to provide relief to Suburban Cook County communities during this health crisis.
Services may include the following:
- Water bills that are past due- Cap of $300
- Telephone bills that are past due- Cap of $150
- Prescription cost- retail or mail order- Cap of $100
- Cleaning supplies or other necessary items- a gift card of $50 will be provide to cover this expense
- Emotional Counseling- Payment made directly to medical provider or family counselor for services as a result of the pandemic crisis.-Cap of $250
- Child Care-Payment for childcare for in home or facility daycare. Program is not for those receiving child care subsidy. Cap is $500.
- Housing Counseling. Please visit CEDA’s website here for housing counseling.
Consumers who have experienced a COVID-19 related event (i.e. loss of job, reduction in hours, increased household expenses as a result of ‘stay in place order’, illness or death of family member as a result of COVID-19) should contact the information referral line at (312) 795-8948 to begin the application process.
CEDA’ Partner Intake Site Locator: Due to Covid-19, our Partner Intake Sites are not conducting face-to-face intake. However, you may apply for assistance with one of our Partner Intake Sites via phone.
Intake demand is high, so please be patient. Please leave a message if you are unable to speak someone when calling. Many places are still closed with staff working from home.
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Home Weatherization
- ComED Residential Special Hardship
- Peoples Gas Share the Warmth
- Energy Efficient Kits
|REGION||PARTNER INTAKE SITE NAME||PHONE||HOURS OF OPERATION|
|Suburban North||North Shore Senior Center||(847) 784-6040||Monday-Friday 9am-4pm|
|Suburban North||Elk Grove Township (Serving Elk Grove Township Residents Only)||(224) 265-6111||Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm|
|Suburban North||Schaumburg Township (Only serving residents of the Township)||(847) 884-0030||Monday-Friday 9am-3pm|
|Suburban North||Hanover Township (Serving Streamwood, Hoffman Estates, Elgin, Bartlett, Hanover Park, Schaumburg)||(630) 540-9085||Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm|
|Suburban North||Palatine Township||(847) 358-6700||Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:00pm|
|Suburban North||Hanover Township Senior Services (Serving only within the Township)||(630) 483-5660||Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm|
|Suburban North||Northfield Township (Only serving Northfield Township residents)||(847) 724-8300||Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am - 4:30pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30pm - 4:30pm|
|Suburban North||Chicago Chesed Fund||(224) 534-6774||Monday-Thursday 9:00am-2:00pm; Friday - 9:00am-12:30pm|
|Suburban North||Barrington Area Council on Aging||(847) 381-5030||Monday-Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm; Friday 8:00am-3:00pm|
ComEd and Nicor have Relief Programs to help Skokie residents during these times. In addition to LIHEAP, for eligible customers, these resources are of financial assistance, grant options and flexible payment options for customers affected by the pandemic.
Please apply directly to ComEd online at: Bill Assistance Application Here or call to Bill Payment Assistance Program Credit: 1-800-EDISON-1 (1-800-334-7661).
Solicite directamente a ComEd en línea en: Aplicación de Asistencia de ComEd Cuenta Aquí o llame al Crédito del Programa de asistencia al: 1-800-EDISON-1 (1-800-334- 7661).
For Nicor, please reach out to partner agencies Energy Aide Local Agencies listed below for Cook County or directly to Nicor for additional eligibility questions at: 1-888-Nicor-4-U (1-888-642-6748).
Para Nicor, comuníquese con las agencias asociadas Agencias locales de Energy Aide para el condado de Cook o directamente con Nicor para preguntas de elegibilidad adicionales al: 1-888-Nicor-4-U (1-888-642-6748).
ComEd y Nicor tienen programas de ayuda para ayudar a los residentes de Skokie durante estos tiempos. Además de LIHEAP, para los clientes elegibles, estos recursos son opciones de asistencia financiera, becas, y opciones de pagos flexibles para los clientes afectados por la pandemia.
Produce-Mobile Upcoming Dates for Cook County Residents, including Skokie Residents!
July 13th, 2021 from 9:30am to 11:30am at the James Parking Lot
300 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL.
August 10th and September 14th, 2021 from 9:30am to 11:30am it will be help at Robert Crown Center,1801 Main St. Evanston, IL
Drive up preferred or walk up available (please bring cart)
For more information: 847-475-1150
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) SNAP Benefits
Notice from IDHS: PDF Flyer
Need help buying food for your school age children (ages 3-17 years old and 18-22 years old for high school) and previously who were receiving National School Lunch Program free or reduced-priced meals while schools were in session? Here is information for Pandemic-EBT for when school is not longer in session: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=124142
Already Receiving SNAP?
If you currently receive SNAP benefits, you DO NOT need to apply for P-EBT benefits. You are automatically eligible to receive these benefits. Your additional P-EBT benefits will be loaded into your Illinois LINK EBT account along with your regular SNAP benefits.
But My Family is Not Receiving SNAP Benefits
Is This Benefit Based on Household Income/Resources/Citizenship?
No, the only eligibility factor is that your child(ren) attend a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program and are eligible to receive free or reduced-priced meals when they are in school. For many schools, individual students qualify for free or reduced-price eligible meals. For other schools that participate in the in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), all enrolled students will qualify as meals are provided at no cost to the students. If you recently applied for free or reduced-price meals, P-EBT benefits will begin the month you become eligible. The head of the household of these students currently not receiving SNAP benefits will need to apply and be approved for P-EBT benefits.
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) SNAP Benefits Information in Spanish: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=124143
IDHS 4980 (N-04-20) PEBT Flyer Printed by the Authority of the State of Illinois
IDHS Redetermination Notice of Extended Approval Period
Notice from IDHS: Website Notice
SNAP Extended Certification Periods
- Change Reporting and Mid-Point Reporting SNAP households that have certification periods due to expire March 2020, April 2020, and May 2020 will be extended to an additional 6 months. Mid-Point Reporting households will remain in Mid-Point Reporting status during the 6 month period,
- SNAP households whose certification period expired in March or will expire April due to not returning a REDE application will have their case reinstated with a 6 month extension.
- For pending March and April SNAP REDEs, benefits will be systematically continued with a 6 month extension. The task will be removed automatically.
- REDEs that have previously been issued, received and processed require no additional action by the HSC under the waiver. IES will suppress any future mailing of Form 1893.
- Form 1893 will not be mailed to SNAP households with a certification end date of May 2020. SNAP certification periods will be systematically extended for 6 months (see chart below).
- IES will produce the central batch action to extend the certification period for each of the following months. The SNAP household will receive the same regular benefit amount for each month, unless the household qualifies for an emergency supplemental SNAP allotment for April and May. See Policy Memorandum, Emergency SNAP Allotments for April and May 2020, dated 04/01/2020.
|SNAP Certification Period Expiring||Certification Extended Through|
- Mid-Point Report (Form 2890) from March and April that have previously been issued, received and processed require no additional action by the HSC under the waiver.
- For pending March and April Mid-Point Reports, benefits will be systematically continued without interruption The tasks will be removed automatically.
- SNAP households that did not return a Mid-Point Report in March and April will be systematically reinstated and benefits will continue without interruption.
- SNAP households that would have a Mid-Point Report due in May will not be mailed Form 2890. IES will not mail Mid-Point Reports during the extension period to the affected households. SNAP households that would have received Form 2890 will continue to receive SNAP benefits without interruption
Example 1: Mr. T applied for SNAP on April 01, 2019. He was approved to receive SNAP in the amount of $194 through March 31, 2020 as a Change Reporter. Mr. T did not return his REDE application (Form 1893) and his certification expired at the end of March. Mr. T’s SNAP EDG will be systematically reinstated by IES with a 6 month extension from April 2020 through September 2020. His benefit amount will be $194 each month. Mr. T will be sent Form 1893 to reapply for SNAP approximately 60 days prior to end of his certification period September 2020.
Example 2: Ms. J applied for SNAP on October 2019 and was approved in Simplified Reporting through September 2020. Ms. J’s benefit amount is $35 per month. Ms. J was sent a Mid-Point Report (Form 2890) in February that was due March 02, 2020. Ms. J did not return the Mid-Point Report and her SNAP benefits were canceled effective April 2020. Under the FNS waiver for COVID-19, Ms. J’s SNAP EDG will be systematically reinstated by IES effective April 2020 and benefits will continue for 6 months.