COVID Resources

Our office is available to help answer questions about any of the resources available during the COVID crisis. If you have any questions, you can always reach us by emailing office@49thward.org or by calling (773) 338-5796.

Vaccination Information
 

Finding a COVID-19 Vaccine Near You

  • The City of Chicago maintains a Vaccine Finder webpage that can be used to find vaccination providers near your location. You can also call the City's COVID-19 hotline for assistance at (312) 746-4835.  

  • Get vaccinated at home and get a $100 gift card from the City of Chicago: appointments can be made Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm. To schedule your appointment call 312-746-4835 or click here.

  • Cook County maintains a webpage to find COVID-19 vaccines near you; it can be found here.  

  • The State of Illinois maintains its own vaccine finder that can be found here that can link individuals to vaccine providers' websites.

  • Walgreens offers free COVID-19 vaccines, click here to schedule your appointment.

  • CVS also offers free COVID-19 vaccines, click here to schedule your appointment.

Be aware of scams

If anyone asks you to pay for access to a COVID-19 vaccine, you can bet it’s a scam. Don’t share your personal or financial information if someone calls, texts, or emails you promising access to a vaccine for an extra fee. - Center for Disease and Control (CDC)
 

Testing for COVID-19

  • The City of Chicago has compiled resources for testing options in the city including community health centers, pharmacies, community-based testing, and more. 

  • The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has compiled a list of testing sites throughout the state

  • Heartland Health Center is offering COVID-19 PCR testing to non-patients every Wednesday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm by appointment only (make an appointment call 872-245-3790).

  • Physicians Immediate Care, 6140 N. Broadway offers both rapid result and PCR testing for COVID-19 at their Edgewater office. Make an appointment online here or call 773-435-9028.

  • Swedish Covenant, 5140 N. California offers COVID-19 drive-thru testing at 2899 W. Carmen Ave with scheduled appointments. To screen for an appointment call 773-907-7700 or see more information on testing here.

  • Chicago Public Schools' (CPS) has information here regarding COVID-19 resources, testing, and positive case reporting as well as information about schools' designated testing days, quarantine protocols. All CPS students and faculty that have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close proximity to a COVID-positive person are asked to stay home, fill out the self report form here, and call their heath care provider for further guidance.

Accessing Healthcare
 

If you have insurance and believe you need non-emergency medical services, you can contact your insurance carrier to help locate care or to use a telemedicine service like Teledoc. If you have misplaced your insurance card, your employer’s benefits manager (usually human resources department) can provide you with the contact information 

Uninsured and low / no-income residents who need non-emergency medical services should locate their nearest community health center (CHC) at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov. CHCs receive funding from the federal government that allows them to charge each patient on a sliding scale fee based on the patient’s income and ability to pay.

For a full list of community-based testing sites in the State of Illinois, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website here

Community Health Centers in Rogers Park Include:
 

  • Howard Brown Health Clark

​https://howardbrown.org/ 

Contact: 773-388-1300

Address: 6500 N Clark St
 

  • Heartland Health Center - Devon​​

https://www.heartlandhealthcenters.org/your-visit/

Contact: 773-751-7800

Address: 1300 W Devon Ave
 

  • Heartland Health Center - Touhy

https://www.heartlandhealthcenters.org/your-visit/

Contact: 773-751-1875

Address: 2200 W Touhy Ave
 

  • Access Rogers Park Family Health Center

https://www.achn.net/

Contact: 773-764-7146

Address: 1555 W. Howard St.
 

  • Hamdard Center for Health & Human Services

https://www.hamdardhealth.org/locations

Contact: 773-465-4600

Address: 1542 W Devon Ave
 

  • Oak Street Health - Edgewater

Edgewater Health Clinic - Illinois | Oak Street Health

Contact: 773-305-6705

Address: 1541 W Devon Ave
 

Pharmacy Delivery
 

  • Devon Discount Pharmacy

​Free delivery service and payment can be managed over the phone with a credit card

Phone: 773-465-8688

Address: 1542 W. Devon
 

  • Walgreens

​Free delivery service is available from 1 – 8 PM but credit card payment has to be made with a computer or phone app

Phone: 773-743-6784

Address: 7410 N. Clark
 

  • CVS

​Free delivery is available through USPS (may take 1-3 days) and requires an on-file credit card which can be taken over the phone

Phone: 773-338-4384

Address: 6510 N. Sheridan​

Financial Support​

  • All Chicago has an emergency financial assistance program. More information on the various funds available is available on its website by clicking here

  • Student loans: The federal government's student loan repayment pause has extended through August 31, 2022. Other measures include: a suspension of loan payments, a 0% interest rate, and stopped collections on defaulted loans for all eligible loans.

  • If considering bankruptcy, Upsolve is a nonprofit that helps people file for free.

Unemployment Benefits
 

  • As of September 4th, 2021, all federal pandemic benefit programs ended including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), but the standard unemployment benefits still remain active.

    • ​FAQs about expired/expiring federal programs. 

  • File for unemployment benefits at the following link and follow the steps listed on the site.

WIC
 

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Undocumented immigrants are able to apply for these benefits. Learn more and apply online.

SNAP and Medicaid Benefits
 

Benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, can be used to purchase groceries from local stores. Medicaid can help you access health insurance if you are uninsured. Eligibility is determined by household income. Apply directly through the IDES website, or get assistance from the Greater Chicago Food Depository Benefits Hotline (Mon-Fri, 8:30a-5p) at 773-843-5416. Visit the Department of Human Services’ website to use an interactive SNAP calculator.

 

There have been a number of laws that have passed expanding access to food assistance programs. The Greater Chicago Food Depository has compiled a number of resources to help people navigate the different programs for which they may be eligible:

Evictions
 

Non-Government Resources:
 

  • The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing has also put together information for tenants facing an illegal lockout and may be able to provide legal assistance to income-eligible tenants. Learn more on their website here

  • Rentervention: is a program that can help tenants with housing issues by giving brief advice from volunteer attorneys, help write letters to your landlord, connect you with community resources, and teach you about renters' rights. 

  • The Metropolitan Tenants Organization: is a tenant advocacy group that maintains a tenant's rights hotline Monday-Friday, 1:00-5:00pm at 773-292-4988, in addition to other resources found on the website. 

  • Legal Aid Chicago: can potentially help those facing eviction or at risk of homelessness. 
     

​City of Chicago: 
 

Federal:
 

  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has complied an updated resource pool for rental and utility bill assistance programs.

 

Housing Assistance:
 

  • Chicago's Department of Housing has compiled resources for renters who need help finding affordable homes or resolving landlord disputes. 

  • The City of Chicago Rental Assistance Program: financial assistance to Chicago residents to eligible individuals and families who are in danger of eviction.

  • Legal Aid Chicago: provides legal and assistance resources for housing, utility bills, and more.

  • Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing: can provide help with individuals facing eviction, foreclosure, housing discrimination, unsafe apartment conditions, unresponsive landlords, utility shutoffs, or tenant-landlord disputes. 

  • Community Service Centers: resources from shelter, food and clothing to domestic violence assistance, drug rehab, job training and prisoner re-entry services

  • ShelterList: directory of shelters that offer assistance to people experiencing homelessness and housing instability.

  • Housing Action Illinois: information and resources for housing and homelessness professionals

  • Mortgages: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) offers hardship programs for homeowners whose loans are guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. (Property owners with private lenders are encouraged to contact their lender to discuss options. Many lenders are offering forbearance programs as well.) 

  • The Illinois Homeowner Assistance Fund (ILHAF) program, starting in April 2022, will accept applications from homeowners struggling to pay mortgages due to COVID-19 for relief grants of up to $30,000 to eliminate or reduce past-due mortgage and property tax payments.

Internet & Utility Information
 

Small Business & Restaurants
 

​Resources for Small Business Supporters & Consumers

Resources for Small Business Owners

Business Counseling​​