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Assistance with Household Basic Needs and Emergencies Available

Aug 13, 2020 01:41PM ● By Editor


From Cook County Public Health and Human Services - August 13, 2020

Cook County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) reminds the public of assistance programs available locally to help people meet their basic needs.

"Many people are experiencing unexpected difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic," says Public Health and Human Services Director Alison McIntyre. "Cook County Public Health and Human Services can help. Staff is available to connect residents with programs that provide financial support and other resources."

Programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help with household food needs, while cash assistance programs provide a safety net for housing expenses and other basic needs.

Emergency Assistance is also available to help people with shelter expenses, such as past due rent, a damage deposit or emergency shelter to prevent homelessness, as well as help with utilities when there is threat of disconnection.

Funding made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act through November 2020 will allow the department to serve more people experiencing emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit the Cook Count COVID-19 Hub at http://www.cookcountycovid19.org for more information on assistance programs and how to apply.
                                                                                                      
Contact: 
Public Health and Human Services Director Alison McIntyre
218-387-3620 or mail to:[email protected]