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Ending EUC Unemployment

Ending EUC Unemployment

Ending Unemployment?

State Assistance for Unemployed Workers

State agencies are working together to deliver services to unemployed Illinois workers. That effort includes providing additional information through this Web portal and access to services for basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. Detailed information and additional web links are available below.

Health Care​

Illinois Healthcare Portal
This portal is a one-stop source for healthcare needs. Individuals can sign-up for affordable health insurance programs, prescription drug assistance, and free breast and cervical cancer screenings. Visit the Illinois Healthcare Portal.

Family Care Illinois
Health insurance for parents and certain caretaker relatives living with children 18 or younger in Illinois. Call 1-866-All-Kids, 1-866-255-5437 (TTY: 1-877-204-1012) or visit the Family Care web site.

All Kids
Health insurance coverage for Illinois children 18 or younger, regardless of family income. Call 1-866-All-Kids, 1-866-255-5437 (TTY: 1-877-204-1012) or visit the All Kids website​.
School Health Program
Coordinates activities to help all Illinois school-aged children. IDPH funds 40 School Health Centers statewide that offer routine medical care, school/sports physicals, immunizations, nutrition counseling, health education, sexually transmitted disease testing and pregnancy testing. Each health center has a medical director and is staffed by a nurse practitioner or physician assistant who is qualified to provide medical care to children. For information about a School Health Center in your area, contact the School Health Program at (217) 524-5992.

​Education & Training

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. Job Corps currently trains more than 60,000 students at 125 centers nationwide. If you or someone you know is interested in joining Job Corps, call (800) 733-5627 (JOBS). An operator will provide general information and refer you to an admissions counselor closest to where you live. More information also is available at​.

Veterans, Women, Seniors and Disabled

Illinois Warrior Assistance Program
Assistance for Illinois Veterans as they transition back to their lives after serving our country. Call 1-866-554-IWAP (1-866-554-4927) or visit the Illinois Warrior website.

Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
Provides free mammograms, breast exams, pelvic exams and Pap tests, as well as treatment, to all uninsured Illinois women ages 35-64 regardless of income. Call 1-888-522-1282 (TTY: 1-800-547-0466) or visit

Illinois Healthy Women
Covers family planning/birth control for Illinois women ages 19-44. Call 1-800-226-0768 or visit

Health Benefits for Workers with Disabilities
Working individuals with a disability pay a low monthly premium and receive full medical benefits. Call 1-800-226-0768 (TTY: 1-866-675-8440) or visit

Community Care Program
Assistance to help senior citizens who might otherwise need nursing home care, to remain in their own homes by providing in-home and community-based services. Call Senior HelpLine at (800) 252-8966 or visit​


Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network (IFPN)
The Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network (IFPN) is a FREE, one-stop resource to connect homeowners with important tools, including access to counseling services, legal advice, mortgage assistance programs, foreclosure prevention events, and tips on how to avoid mortgage fraud.​ Illinois residents who are having trouble paying their mortgage, facing foreclosure or know someone who is should reach out to IFPN as soon as possible by visiting, or by calling the IFPN hotline at 1-855-KEEP-411. A list of upcoming outreach events is also available at the website.

The Mortgage Relief Project
Helps take advantage of new government programs that can help you lower your mortgage payments, avoid foreclosure and keep your home. The program will be traveling throughout the State of Illinois, providing free housing counseling and information on avoiding mortgage scams. For more information and to view upcoming dates, please visit our Mortgage Relief Project website or call 800-532-8785.

Child Care
The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides low-income, working families with access to quality, affordable child care to help them continue working. Families are required to cost-share on a sliding scale based on family size, income, and the number of children in care. Check out the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Eligibility Calculator​ for help in determining if you may be eligible for this assistance, and how to apply.​


SNAP (Food Stamps)
Help low-income people and families buy food for good health. The online SNAP Eligibility Calculator will help estimate your benefits. The most important factors for eligibility include income and expenses; the number of persons who live and eat together; and the amount of available liquid assets, such as money in checking and savings accounts. Your application will be reviewed and if you qualify, you will receive an Illinois Link Card which is accepted at most grocery stores. Apply For Cash, SNAP (Food Stamps) & Medical Assistance

Emergency Food
Resources include U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) commodities and other donated foods at food pantries across the state. To find a food pantry, soup kitchen, or homeless shelter in your area, visit the Illinois Food Bank Association website. Food pantries might ask for proof of identity and residency.

Illinois Free School Lunch and Breakfast Programs
Each public school is required to provide a free meal to eligible students (National School Lunch and/or School Breakfast Programs; Special Milk Program; Illinois Free programs; or any combination of these programs). How is a student determined to be eligible for free meals? eligibility criteria | Map - Illinois School Nutritional Programs​ | household eligibility

WIC - Women, Infants, and Children
A food assistance program to help low to middle income pregnant women, new mothers, and children under 5 years old buy healthy foods like milk, juice, eggs, cheese, cereal, dry beans, and peanut butter. There are many locations in Illinois to apply for this program. To find one close to you, use the online DHS office locator.

Earn fare
Earn fare helps adults without dependents receive Food Stamps. They must first work off the value of their food stamps (at minimum wage), after which they may work more hours and earn up to $294 per month.

Food Bank Finder
Locate the Feeding America food bank​ that serves your local community.​


Homeless Prevention Program
Helps keep individuals and families in their homes, shorten the time they spend in shelters, and assist in securing affordable housing. Individuals and families in immediate danger of eviction, foreclosure, or homelessness, as well as those currently homeless, might qualify when they document a temporary economic crisis beyond their control. They must also demonstrate their ability to meet prospective rental/utility obligations after the assistance has been granted. Homeless Prevention Program Directory

Supportive Housing Program
Provides services such as alcohol and substance abuse counseling and mental health programs while helping to prevent people from becoming homeless. Job training, transportation, child care and transitional housing might be available. Case management is required. Services are delivered by local governments, community organizations and not-for-profit agencies. Applications accepted at DHS Family Community Resource Centers. To find an office near you, see the DHS Office Locator.

Homeless Youth Services
Provides a place to live and job services for youths between 14- and 20-years-old who lack housing, the skills to live on their own, and who cannot return home. Parents, guardians, school staff and youths can find the nearest agency at Homeless Youth Agencies and their Sites.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Helps pregnant women and families with children to pay for food, shelter, utilities, clothing and other expenses for a limited time period. Benefits are provided on the Illinois Link Card. Find out more about TANF | Apply for Cash, SNAP (Food Stamps) & Medical Assistance

Aid to the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (AABD)
Aid to the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (AABD) helps those who need money and are 65 years or older, blind, or disabled. A US citizen living in Illinois may be eligible if they receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or are ineligible for SSI due to income. Certain immigrants who are ineligible for SSI due to federal time limits to become U.S. citizens may also qualify.

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
Earned Income Tax Credit​ puts cash back in your pocket if you worked during the past year. If you qualify, you can reduce your taxes or get a bigger refund. Each year, in January, updated information about where to get help to file your taxes and guidelines for the federal and state EITC are posted online.​