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Sources to Ease Financial Burden Due to Covid-19

It’s hard to stay on top of the news and programs offered in this dynamic Covid-19 environment. We’ve compiled a list of practical resources to help navigate the web for assistance, particularly financial, during this ever-changing time. Updated March 30, 2020

Government Resources

City of Desplaines

Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce Economic Injury Disaster Loan Information

Important City Updates

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State of Illinois

Comprehensive State Coronavirus Site

Covid-19 and Unemployment Benefits

State Economic Assistance Site

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Unemployment questions related to Covid-19 answered by the IDES

National Resources

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is delaying foreclosures and evictions for those with Freddie Mac and Fannie May mortgages. Check with your lender for more information.

IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief and Stimulus Information 

Social Security Administration Covid-19 Response Page

US Chamber of Commerce Small Business Coronavirus Aid Guide

Library Resources

We have a lot of great online resources available to patrons with Des Plaines Library cards. If you do not have a library card, you can fill out our online application from home. We will process temporary cards while we are closed so that you can access our online resources. We will issue physical cards once we re-open.

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Legal Forms Library: Free forms for divorce, leases, wills, power of attorney, taxes and an attorney directory. 

Tax Forms: See the library’s tax form page for all the tax forms you need, information on who to call when you have questions and where to go online for more trusted information. 

Adult Learning Center from HelpNow: Includes tips and resources to start your job search and writing experts to help you craft a winning resume and cover letter. Also includes practice tests for the GED and US Citizenship Test. 

Lynda.com: Thousands of online video tutorials that can help you learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. 

Social Services: Explore our social services page for information on local social service providers.

Corporate Resources

ATT is providing free access to hotspots and continuing its Access program of $10 month internet service for those who meet qualifying income.

Comcast is providing free access to hotspots. Also, they will provide two months free for new customers of Internet Essential service.

ComEd is taking action to help its customers with payment assistance programs and by imposing a moratorium on service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges through at least May 1st. 

CVS is responding with various programs to make obtaining medications easier and more efficient.  Also for the next several months CVS is offering zero-dollar co-pay telemedicine visits.

Enterprise Car Rental is lowering the age of car rentals to help college students get home.

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