Employment Resources

Helpful Phone Numbers

  • Non-Emergency issues: 311
  • City of Chicago Department of Health: (312) 747-9884
  • City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services: (312) 743-0300
  • City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation: (312) 744-4611
  • City of Chicago Department of Transport: (312) 744-3600
  • Chicago Housing Authority: (312) 742-8500
  • Suburban Cook County Homelessness Prevention Call Center: (877) 426-6515

Housing Resources

General Welfare and Community Resources

Healthcare

  • Find the Chicago Department of Public Health here.
  • Heartland Alliance offers multiple healthcare resources, including:
    • Health Care for the Homeless, which is a clinic in Uptown that provides primary medical care, urgent oral care, referrals for mental health care, referrals for substance use treatment, and case management for homeless people.
    • Healthy Places program for residents of Englewood or West Englewood only. They offer referrals to breastfeeding classes and trainings on Neighborhood Walkability Assessments.
  • Use BenefitsCheckUp to help find ways you can save money on your healthcare expenses.
  • The Metropolitan Family Services offer a host of well-being services, including:
    • psychiatric evaluation
    • case management and crisis intervention to help children and adults with chronic mental illnesses recover and be productive
    • assistance for older adults and their caregivers to meet the unique concerns of this stage of life
    • compassionate violence prevention programs
    • specialized veterans' services for returning soldiers and their families

Financial Resources

  • Heartland Alliance offers Asset Building Programs for refugees, CHA residents, teenagers, and formerly homeless adults with disabilities. The programs include general financial education training in addition to specific programs listed on their website. There are services offered at the following three locations:
    • North Side: 4411 N Ravenswood
    • West Side: 1200 W 35th Street, Suite 5500
    • South Side: 400 W 76th Street, Suite 110
  • The Metropolitan Family Services has a Financial Opportunity Center located at Kennedy-King College. The core services provided include:
    • employment placement
    • financial literacy
    • public benefits access
    • technology training
  • The Center for Economic Progress provides free tax help (especially help with filing your taxes) and financial services at many locations throughout Chicago. 
  • Ladder Up offers free financial services to help individuals move up the economic ladder. Services include:

Taxes

  • Access the Cook County Treasurer's Office here.
  • Apply for property tax relief for military personnel here.
  • Find Illinois tax forms here.

Voting Information

  • Find upcoming election information on the Illinois State Board of Elections website here.
  • Verify your voter registration and confirm your polling place here.

Academic Resources

Legal Services

  • The Legal Aid Society at the Metropolitan Family Services aims to protect and strengthen families by providing equal access to justice for our most vulnerable citizens, including those who are impoverished, the elderly, and victims of domestic violence.
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid offers legal support for individuals who live in the city of Chicago with a household income less than 150% of the federal poverty guidelines and have a legal problem in one of the following areas:
    • Housing
    • Criminal Records
    • Criminal Defense
    • Family 
  • LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation) provides free civil legal services to people living in poverty (at or below 150% of the federal poverty level) in Cook County. The five main areas of law they provide services in are:
    • Children and Families
    • Consumer
    • Housing
    • Immigrants and Workers' Rights
    • Public Benefits
    • Contact: Adela Carlin, Director of Community Engagement

Childcare and Family Services