This resource guide was compiled by Alternatives, Inc. to address the needs of Chicago communities during the Covid-19 crisis.

For the comprehensive most updated guide please visit http://tinyurl.com/alternativescovid

Food Assistance

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Common PantryService areas: east-west from Ashland Avenue to Kimball Avenue; north-south from Lawrence Avenue to Diversey Parkway; all Lathrop homes

Meals on WheelsSeniors and people with disabilities

Lakeview PantryLow-income folks in Lakeview & Humboldt Park; low-income folks anywhere in Chicago for the Online Market

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Online Farmers Markets

Free Meals for CPS Students and Families

CPS Covid-19 Food DeliveryPlease note that one form submission will result in one delivery and you should only submit one form per day. If you need an additional delivery, please fill out the form two days in advance of needing another delivery.

Brave Space Alliance Mutual Aid Covid-19 Request for Support – Queer and trans folks on the south side of Chicago

Housing and Shelter

Chicago Homelessness Prevention Call Center: Call 311 and ask for Short-Term Help to be transferred to the “Homelessness Prevention Call Center”

Street Light ChicagoYoung adults in Chicago between the ages of 16 and 24 living with unstable housing

Connect Me Now – Get connected to a shelter

HOPE Hotline – Individuals facing foreclosure or struggling to pay mortgage

Community Service Center LocationsAnyone seeking shelter, food, clothing, or other assistance

Rentervention – For Chicago renters to diagnose legal issues, understand your rights, and choose the best solution

Squared Away ChicagoSolve home-related problems with your landlord

Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Public Housing – Application for public housing

Chicago Rental Assistance People in immediate risk of eviction

Find a Housing Counselor – Anyone interested in homeownership or foreclosure prevention

Mortgage Forbearance and Eviction/Foreclosure Protections for working families

Finding Employment & Freelance Work

Chicago Current Job Openings Board

1575+ Remote Jobs From 100+ companies

Freelancer/Small Business Owner Request for Promo InterviewFreelancers or small business owners with an online product or service readily available

Freelancing Jobs with Rev

25+ Sites for Finding Remote Work

Real Ways to Earn Money Online

Remote-Friendly Employers

Stimulus Package for Humanity: Open Call for Submissions – Artists, creatives, healers, & humanists

The Mom Project: Unity – Women, mothers, parents, advocates who have recently been laid off or furloughed

Relativity Fellow – Five-month, full-time program during which participants will be paid to learn and train for new careers at Relativity and with select clients.

Working Remotely

For Youth

One Summer Chicago – Youth ages 14-24

Crisis Hotlines

If you are a youth in crisis, please call this number: 877-870-2663

Alternatives provides crisis intervention support to homeless, runaway, or locked-out youth 11-17 years old.

Crisis Text Line (Text HOME to 741741) – Text or Facebook message a trained Crisis Counselor for free

Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) – Anyone experiencing emotional distress related to a disaster (like coronavirus). Available in English or Español.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) – Anyone thinking about suicide, worried about a friend or loved one, or wanting emotional support. Available in English or Español.

Mental Health Care

Alternatives has licensed behavioral health staff who are engaging with HIPAA compliant telemental health software so they can continue to work with young people and their families. Contact JNewsome@alternativesyouth.org

Trilogy Behavioral Health

Access Community Health Network Behavioral Health

Howard Brown Health – Behavioral HealthAnyone (LGBTQ+ affirming healthcare)

Coronavirus Online Therapy – For essential workers (doctors, nurses, hospital receptionists, paramedics, firefighters, service industry workers, and more)

TalkSpace Free Therapy for Medical Workers

Grief and Loss

Explaining Death to Kids & Teens When Someone Dies of Covid-19

GriefShare – Find a support group

Supporting Grieving Children and Teens During the COVID-19 Global Health Crisis

Covid Widow Program – People who have lost their romantic partner to death (wives, husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends, partners)

Soaring Spirits – People who have lost their romantic partner to death (wives, husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends, partners)

Modern Loss

Alternative Mourning Rituals Offer Comfort And Closure During An Outbreak

Looking to connect, reflect, and learn with other young people? Alternatives is hosting regular interactive workshops and events. Visit https://alternativesyouth.org/events/ for more details!

Jobs, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

One Summer Chicago – Youth ages 14-24

CCH 2020 Scholarship – High school seniors who have experienced homelessness or been involved with CCH

Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and ParentsStudents with loans, borrowers, and parents

Health & Support

If you are a youth in crisis, please call this number: 877-870-2663. Alternatives provides crisis intervention support to homeless, runaway, or locked-out youth 11-17 years old.

Alternatives has licensed behavioral health staff who are engaging with HIPAA compliant telemental health software so they can continue to work with young people and their families. Contact JNewsome@alternativesyouth.org

Erie Teen Center

CHAT: Chicago Healthy Adolescents and Teens

Youth Services Available in Chicago During COVID-19

Broadway Youth Center – For LGBTQ youth and young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability

The Night Ministry – For youth experiencing homelessness, housing instability, or poverty

Crisis Text Line (Text HOME to 741741) – Text or Facebook message a trained Crisis Counselor for free

Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) – Anyone experiencing emotional distress related to a disaster (like coronavirus). Available in English or Español.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) – Anyone thinking about suicide, worried about a friend or loved one, or wanting emotional support. Available in English or Español.

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