Last Updated: 11/23/2020     

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  • Are you a resident of Cook County dealing with eviction or unresolved debt? Go here to the Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt Program
  • Learn more about Restore Illinois - Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations effective 11/20/2020 -  go here
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Our Covid-19 Recovery Programs

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What is the Cook County Community Recovery Initiative?

We created this rapid response initiative to provide equitable and holistic comprehensive financial relief and critical support services to help suburban Cook County residents and small businesses rebound stronger than ever from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative, funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is part of our ongoing commitment to promote equitable economic growth and community development, along with our partners.

  • We have launched a wide range of assistance programs as part of our equitable recovery initiative.
  • Our goal is to assist businesses to remain open, workers find jobs and families stay in their homes.

Community Relief - By the Numbers

We want to provide you with a snapshot of our progress on the Cook County Community Recovery Initiative. Applications are being reviewed and money is being dispersed to eligible applicants. We have found consistently the need far exceeds the available resources. Cook County residents and small businesses will continue to need more relief as we recover from this historic pandemic. We will keep you updated as our work moves forward.

To view our snapshot for Business Outcomes and Community relief, go here  

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