Health Resources 



IDPH has launched a COVID-19 texting platform. Please help us spread the word so Illinoisans can receive reliable information daily on the coronavirus


  • To opt-in, text the word COVID to 312-500-3836 for English; or COVID ESP for Spanish. 

  • You will receive a welcome message from IDPH and a second text letting you know you will receive updates about COVID-19 in Illinois

  • you will also receive a link to the IDPH Frequently Asked Questions page.

  • You will receive COVID-19 texting twice a day, once in the morning, and once in the evening.

  • You can opt-out of receiving messages at any time by texting STOP to reply.


IDPH ha lanzado una plataforma de mensajes de COVID-19. Por favor ayúdanos a correr la voz y así de esa forma Illinoisans puedan recibir cada día información fiable sobre el coronavirus. 

  • Para incluirte, envía la palabra COVID a 312-500-3836 para Inglés; o COVID ESP para Español.

  • Recibirás un mensaje de bienvenida de IDPH y un segundo mensaje para hacerte saber qué recibirás actualizaciones acerca de COVID-19 en Illinois. 

  • También recibirás un enlace a la página de Preguntas Frecuentes de IDPH.

  • Recibirás mensajes de COVID-19 dos veces al día, uno en la mañana y uno en la noche.

  • Puedes excluirte de recibir mensajes en cualquier momento con solo enviar PARAR como respuesta.

Community Testing for COVID-19

Swedish Hospital has expanded COVID-19 testing for patients who meet the CDC and IDPH criteria. To determine if you need a COVID-19 test, call Swedish Hospital’s free COVID-19 Help Line 773-907-7700 or begin screening online

Your results will be evaluated by a Swedish Hospital clinical expert, who may recommend testing in our convenient drive-through tent. APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR TESTING. Learn more at


Testing at Swedish Hospital will come at no cost to patients. Uninsured will be offered free testing and follow up care will be managed through the hospital’s financial assistance and charity program. Those who are insured will not be responsible for any out-of-pocket costs related to being tested for COVID-19.

Heartland Health Centers is now offering FREE COVID-19 Testing for those that are uninsured regardless of immigration status. 


Anyone can receive FREE TeleHealth appointments (phone or video). During this call a physician will  recommend testing if necessary. Tests will be scheduled at Heartlands at 1300 W. Devon location. Follow-up appointments will be done by TeleHealth or in-person at the clinic nearest the client, if necessary.

Call : 773-751-7800 for assistance

For families with children that need to enroll or re-enroll in medical insurance, Heartland Health Centers will provide enrollment assistance  Language support is available online and over the phone. 


Call :

773.751.7062 for assistance in English & Spanish 

773.751.7045 for assistance in Arabic  

If you do not have a medical provider, are uninsured, or have limited or no income and believe you need non-emergency medical services, you can contact your nearest community health center (CHC) by phone and inform them of your need.

Utilize the link above to locate the nearest Community Health Center (CHC) for you or a family member. 

CHC's will work with you to coordinate appropriate care. CHCs  charge each patient on a sliding scale. Fees are based on the patient’s income and ability to pay. No patient will be turned away because of inability to pay.

Unemployment insurance provides temporary income assistance for those who have been separated from employment through no fault of their own and who meet certain eligibility requirements.


1) be able (physically and mentally) and available for work;

2) register with the state employment service; and,

3) be actively seeking work.

Undocumented immigrants are not eligible at this time. To be eligible, you must be authorized to work in the U.S.

If you have reduced hours which results in your wages being less than what your unemployment benefit would be, you may qualify for some assistance.

For a full listing of eligibility requirements please review pages 4 through 6 of the IDES Unemployment Insurance Handbook at:

Food Resources

Students who qualify for free or reduced meals at school, regardless of status, are now eligible for the Illinois Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program.

If a family has a LINK card, these benefits will automatically be applied to their account; no need to call or apply. If a family does not have a LINK card, they can apply for this special program.

This benefit is available regardless of immigration status and is not considered in the public charge test.

CPS will provide students with healthy meals. CPS families can pick up free food boxes at any CPS school that will contain three days of breakfast and lunch for every student in the household.


Food pick-up hours:


Monday - Friday

 9am to 1pm. 

For assistance, call the CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437) or email

The Friendship Center food pantry remains open during the COVID 19 crisis for all services.  Grocery and Hot Meal services are all pre-bagged and available for pick-up.  Neighbors in need are encouraged to come for food assistance during the following hours, regardless of geographic location, immigration status, or whether or not they have a valid ID.  All will be served.

La despensa de alimentos del Centro de Amistad permanece abierta durante la crisis de COVID 19 para todos los servicios. Los servicios de comestibles y comidas calientes están preempacados y disponibles para su recogida. Se alienta a los vecinos necesitados a que soliciten asistencia alimentaria durante las siguientes horas, independientemente de la ubicación geográfica, el estado de inmigración o si tienen o no una identificación válida. Todo será servido.




Monday     12pm-4pm distribution/distribución

Tuesday    12pm-4pm  distribution/distribución

Thursday  12pm-4pm distribution/distribución

                   6pm-8pm hot meals served/comidas calientes servidas

Friday        12pm-4am  distribution  distribución


Our Pet Food Pantry remains open on the third Sat of each month, from 9am-11am
Nuestra despensa de alimentos para mascotas permanece abierta el tercer sábado de cada mes, 9am-11am


The Friendship Center Food Pantry

2711 W. Lawrence ave


The Dovetail Project has launched the Fatherhood Relief Fund to deliver critical baby care and personal care supplies to fathers in need. If you're a father between the ages of 17 and 30 and you need support to make it through this time. 


For assistance, text DOVETAIL to 56525

Are you in need of groceries or know someone that is? Sign up to receive a weekly box of groceries from New Life Albany Park.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is partnering with New Life to help us pass out groceries for 150+ families every week.


Food pickup will be every Tuesday from 4:00-6:00 PM. (must sign-up first)


Let us know if you or someone you know could benefit from this service by signing up with the link above!




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