Resources to Help You Recover from Financial Hardship resulting from COVID-19

Whether you are an employee, business owner, student, or family affected by Covid-19, the following resources are a starting point to help you cope and recover financially. If you are looking for non-financial resources and information, please visit the library's Covid-19 information page.

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Unemployment assistance for employees

Cash or monetary assistance

Student loan assistance

Nutrition and food assistance, and well being assistance

Resources for business owners and employers

Info for business owners and employers

Updated December 29, 2020

Unemployment assistance for employees

Individuals who have lost their job as a result of COVID-19 can visit the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) website to apply for unemployment. 

10 things to know before applying for unemployment insurance in Illinois, including a link to file your claim.

See the FAQ's on Unemployment in Illinois on the State of Illinois Coronavirus response page.

Unemployment insurance claimants must also register with the employment service: Employment Service Registration Requirements

For additional information, Call IDES at 1.800.244.5631 or visit the IDES website

Are you looking for a job? Lake County is maintaining a list of opportunities.

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Updated April 5, 2021

Cash or monetary assistance

Temporary Rental Assistance information

Rental Assistance and Affordable Housing in Lake County

  • The Lake County COVID Housing Relief Program (CHRP) provides rent and utility assistance for eligible households financially impacted by COVID-19. If you are a Lake County resident and need help paying rent or utility bills, please call 211. To learn more, please visit .


  • The Lake County Federal Emergency Rental Assistance (FERA) program is now open. Learn more at

​​​​​​​Cash assistance for pregnant women and families with children: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Financial assistance for musicians: The Recording Academy MusiCares or Musicians Foundation (re-opened)

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Updated December 29, 2020

Student loan assistance

Coronavirus and Forbearance Information for students, parents, and borrowers

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Updated December 29, 2020

Nutrition and food assistance and well being

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can help you and your family purchase groceries. To find out if you are eligible or to get help with your application, visit or call 844-600-7627.

The Northeastern Illinois Food Bank can also be a useful resource in feeding you and your family. Find your nearest pantry at

Moraine Township Food Pantry

West Deerfield Township Food Pantry

Contact Lake County's 211 to be connected with someone well-versed in Lake County organizations and operations that will direct you to services, resources, and help. On a phone, text 898211 or dial 211.

Apply for health insurance

Apply for Illinois Medicaid

Local health authority information and who to contact if you or someone you know is sick


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Updated May 7, 2021

Financial resources for businesses:


The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application round two has closed.

The IRS and the Treasury Department have announced  tax credits available under the American Rescue Plan (ARP).  The program helps small to mid-size businesses claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave to their employees due to COVID-19 – this includes leave taken by employees to receive or recover from COVID-19 vaccinations.  The ARP tax credits are available to eligible employers that pay sick and family leave for dates between April 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021.  See the fact sheet here.

SBA Funding Options

Other options:

ComEd Small Business Assistance - provides eligible small business customers with a one-time grant of up to $1,000 towards a past due balance – a remaining balance can be placed into a payment plan of up to six months.  For details please visit the ComEd website.

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Updated May 7, 2021

Info for business owners and employers

Find a location near you to get vaccinated at All vaccinations are done by appointment only.

Questions on re-opening your business can go to the IL DCEO at 1-800-252-2923 or

Consider chatting with the experts at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the College of Lake County (CLC). Or, sign up to receive updates from the SBDC at CLC.

19351 W. Washington St.
Grayslake, IL 60030
Room E186
Phone: (847) 543-2033
Fax: (847) 223-9371

Find further business resource links, information, and partners on the Lake County Partners website

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