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.

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) for FAQs about eligibility for unemployment insurance

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

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

Freelancers who do not qualify for their state's unemployment insurance may apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Resources for Business Owners and Employers

Employers seeking to avert layoffs can access and use Rapid Response Layoff Reporting & Services

Business owners facing economic impact caused by COVID-19 can apply for low-interest, long-term loans for payroll, bills, and working capital from the U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Relief Program

The Small Business Survival Guide offers Lake County small businesses steps to recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sales Tax Deferral for Bars and Restaurants: IDOR's informational bulletin

The CDC has a list of resources for businesses and employers

Cash or Monetary Assistance

Temporary Rental Assistance information

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

Financial assistance for bartenders, spouses of bartenders, or children of bartenders: Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

DJs can report lost gig revenue for the purposes of collecting good samaritan donations

Student Loan Assistance

Coronavirus and Forbearance Information for students, parents, and borrowers

Nutrition and Food Assistance and Well Being

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Moraine Township Food Pantry

West Deerfield Township Food Pantry

Contact Lake County's 211 Service

Apply for health insurance

Apply for Illinois Medicaid

Centers for Disease Control (CDC): COVID-19 protection and steps if you think you are sick

Illinois Department of Health: State of Illinois COVID-19 info

Lake County Health Department & Community Health Center: Lake County COVID-19 info