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Westchester, IL (January 12, 2022) – Access to Care received a $4,000 grant award from the Chicago Bar Foundation to educate Access to Care members and health care providers about the services and assistance available through Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD).

“Cook County launched CCLAHD to assist our residents facing issues surrounding evictions, foreclosures, and debt,” said Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. “And while we’ve seen success, it will take all of us coming together and reaching out to folks to let them know about the resources available – that’s where our community partners come in. We’re proud to be partnering with Access to Care to get the word out about CCLAHD to our residents in greatest need.”

“CCLAHD is part of a comprehensive and holistic approach to recovery today and thriving communities tomorrow. I am grateful for the County’s ongoing collaboration with Access to Care, which serves nearly 500 low-income residents in District 14 alone and thousands across Cook County. This community engagement partnership means that more residents will be able to receive free legal representation, payment mediation, and support services to stay housed and out of bankruptcy,” said 14th District Cook County Commissioner Scott Britton.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, Access to Care members have expressed increased challenges with housing insecurity and growing financial pressures. This grant from the Chicago Bar Foundation gives us the opportunity to educate our members and related health care providers about CCLAHD services. Our members will greatly benefit from such tangible and timely assistance,” said Kathi Franklin, Access to Care President & CEO.

The Suburban Primary Health Care Council developed the Access to Care program in 1988. Access to Care is a non-profit primary health care program for low income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of suburban Cook County and northwest Chicago. Services include physician office visits, laboratory and radiology, prescription drugs, and mental health. Potential members can fill out an online application at to determine eligibility for the program.

For more information about Access to Care, please contact Stephanie Mucha, Director of Public Relations and Outreach. For more information about the organization’s fundraising efforts or to donate, please contact Gayle Deja-Schultz, Director of Development.

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