COVID-19 Resources

During these challenging times, it’s crucial that workers have access to the resources they need. The materials below are to help you navigate this pandemic.

Retroactive FEMA Reimbursements for COVID Funeral Expenses

Starting Monday, April 12, those who lost loved ones to COVID-19 will be able to apply for retroactive reimbursements for burial costs. Applicants can receive up to $9,000 per burial.  

The deceased’s documentation status is not considered, but the applicants must be U.S. citizens, legal residents, asylees, refugees, or non-citizen nationals.

To apply, you must call 844-684-6333.  The call center will be open from 7am to 7pm ET, starting April 12.

Before you call, please collect relevant documentation. The applicant(s) must provide: 

  • a copy of the death certificate. The death certificate must indicate the death “may have been caused by” or “was likely a result of” COVID-19 or COVID-19-like symptoms. Similar phrases that indicate a high likelihood of COVID-19 are also considered sufficient.
  • proof of funeral expenses incurred. Documentation (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) must include the applicant’s name as the responsible person for the expense, the deceased individual’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and that funeral expenses were incurred after January 20, 2020

Please note, FEMA will only award COVID-19 funeral assistance for a deceased individual on a single application. If multiple individuals contribute toward funeral expenses, they should register under a single application as applicant and co-applicant.

For examples of eligible funeral expenses and for more information, click here

Upcoming Webinars

SEIU Arabic COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar

Watch our Vaccination Q&A Webinar from Feb. 10.

Vaccination Information

General Guidance and Resources

State Specific Resources

Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10 requiring all Illinoisans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 until May 30. Beginning in May, Illinois residents will be asked to wear masks in settings where social distancing is not possible (more info here). The order does NOT prohibit essential work or activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking your pet for a walk. Janitors, Security Officers, and Residential Workers are deemed essential.The governor moved to allow people who have to skip work because they have coronavirus to collect pay, even if their job doesn’t come with paid sick leave. Those who are unemployed due to sickness can collect unemployment insurance, “to the full extent permitted by federal law.”Union Health Service (UHS) UPDATE: If you or your family uses Union Health Services (UHS), please call (312) 423-4200 before showing up. A professional will advise you on the best course of action. Click here for more information. Chicago Public Schools will be closed from Tuesday, March 17 through Tuesday, April 20. Deep cleaning on schools will begin on March 17. All CPS school sites will serve as food distribution sites for CPS students. Food pick-up will take place outside of the school building and begins at every school on Tuesday, March 17 and is scheduled from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday through Friday. CPS families can pick-up three days worth of meals at time, each with two meals per child. If you need assistance, please call the CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437) or email familyservices@cps.eduThe City of Chicago announced a temporary suspension of debt collection, ticketing and towing practices through April 30. Residents who owe debt will not face ticket doubling and defaults on payment plans during this health crisis.

COVID-19 Testing: For testing sites in Illinois click here

Unemployment: To apply for unemployment insurance, visit the Illinois Department of Employment Security website and their FAQ here. The state is working to analyze the impact of the federal stimulus on Illinois – for questions on the package, click here.

For a step-by-step guide on applying for unemployment in IL click here and for a video guide click here.

ComEd Extends No-Disconnect until June 1: ComEd is extending the suspension of service disconnections for nonpayment and waving of new late payment fees through at least June 1. Customers who may experience financial hardship should visit or call (800) 334-7661.

Food: To apply for SNAP benefits, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Medicaid, visit the Illinois Department of Human Services website.

To receive COVID-19 text alerts from Cook County, text AlertCook to 888777