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Reviewing the Laws

The Cook County Public Defender's Office has compiled legal aid resources available for various legal supports for residents of the county. 

Legal Aid Chicago provides resources around family law, housing & evictions, workplace & disability, and immigration law for residents of Cook County. 

FDLA provides public defenders and resources to avoid arrest. 

Chicago Legal Clinic provides resources around family law, housing & evictions, workplace & disability, and immigration law for residents of Cook County. 

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services provides resources around family law, housing & evictions, workplace & disability, and immigration law for residents of Cook County. 

Aerial View of Suburban Street

The Housing Authority of Cook County provides public housing to residents of Cook County. 

Community Economic Development Association provides assistance with utilities, housing services, and other assistance. 

WINGS provides housing and other services to survivors of domestic violence.

CARPLS is a legal aid organization that provides eviction and mortgage support.

Journeys the Road Home provides housing support for people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk for homelessness in the north & northwest suburbs. 


CATCH empowers families to foster resilience and prioritize mental health and emotional wellness in their children.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons and their families affected by mental illness through support, education, advocacy, and research.

 Serving more than 80 communities in the Northern Illinois region, The Josselyn Center provides individuals of any income a convenient place to improve their quality of life through comprehensive and affordable behavioral health services provided by a caring staff of licensed clinicians.

The Bridge Youth & Family Service provides individuals in the Northwest Suburbs and throughout Palatine Township. All of these services are provided on a sliding scale based on income and financial hardship. No One is turned away based on ability to pay.

School Supply

ISBE is the state level body that oversees schooling in Illinois. You should also consult your local school district for more specific information. 

The Illinois Department of Human Services runs a childcare subsidy program for families in Illinois. 

Action for Children is the local childcare resource and referral center for suburban Cook County. They can connect families to childcare services as well as other resources for families with children.

Shalva provides domestic violence services for families, especially Jewish families, in suburban Cook County.  

Metropolitan Family Services provides families and individuals with services around adoption, abuse, violence, and relationships. 

Putting Groceries in the Trunk

The Illinois Department of Human Services maintains the cash assistance and food stamp program for Illinois

Provides food assistance as well as housing and other services to residents of northwest suburban Cook County.

Provides food assistance M & Th to residents of Palatine Township.

Provides food assistance T-Th to residents of Wheeling Township.

Provides food assistance M-F to residents of Northfield Township.

Putting Groceries in the Trunk

This newly announced payment deferral option allows borrowers, who are able to return to making their normal monthly mortgage payment, the ability to repay their missed payments at the time the home is sold, refinanced, or at maturity. 

Renters can find out if they are protected from evictions during the COVID-19 national health emergency, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) have created online multifamily property lookup tools

This accessible, easily navigable site is intended to help renters facing eviction by helping them find out if their building is covered by the federal eviction moratorium, informing them about local eviction protections, and connecting them with local legal aid resources. 

Resources compiled by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to help struggling renters and homeowners in need of forbearance or mortgage relief. 

Working from Home

The Illinois Department of Employment Security manages the unemployment assistance program.

The Chicago-Cook Workforce Partnership is the nation's largest workforce development program, connecting residents of Cook County to job readiness and application programs. 

The SBDC offers technical assistance support for small businesses across the state. 

Cook County offers a range of technical assistance for small businesses in Cook County. 

Ladder Up provides individuals with financial knowledge and legal assistance around tax preparation, financial aid, and financial education.

Doctor and Patient

Cook County Health & Hospitals System maintains public hospitals, clinics, and Medicaid programs within Cook County. 

Cook County Health manages a clinic for patients in Arlington Heights. 

CCDPH is the frontline leader in managing Cook County's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and managing public health response for the county. 

The IL Healthcare Marketplace (aka Obamacare) lets IL residents buy insurance. Those who lost healthcare because they lost a job are eligible to purchase insurance on the marketplace.

The Josslyn Center provides mental health services for residents of northern Cook County. 

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