Project Access - Family Resource List
Public Benefits Information & Answers to Common Questions

This brochure is designed to provide you with a list of programs and services that may be of assistance to you and your special needs child. It describes several programs and provides their relevant contact information. Most of these programs have certain eligibility requirements which may or may not be clear from the descriptions provided here. It is important to ask about eligibility criteria at the time you apply for one of the benefits listed. For more information contact Health & Disability Advocates at 312-223-9600.

Resources:

Cash Assistance:

TANF - provides monthly cash assistance to low-income families through the Department of Human Services (DHS). The program has many rules regarding eligibility.  Applications can be completed at your local DHS office.  To find the nearest office call 800-252-8635.

Child Care: 

Cook County Childcare Referral Service - helps families find appropriate childcare providers. Call 773-769-8000 for information.  They will then send you a list of providers in the area.  The list is free for those under 21 and requires a small fee for those over 21. 

DCFS Childcare Subsidy -  provides a subsidy to families of children with special needs which can be used for any children in the home.  For information call 312-808-5043.  DCFS will mail an application and you can find your own childcare provider.

DHS Childcare Subsidy -  provides a subsidy to single mothers under 21.  This service is run in conjunction with the Cook County Childcare Referral Service. Call 773-769-8000 for information.

Child Support: 

Division of Child Support Enforcement - services are available to anyone.  They are free for TANF recipients and for all others, they require a onetime charge. Call your local DHS office for information. To find the nearest office call 800-252-8635

Disability Benefits:

SSI - The Social Security Administration offers monthly cash assistance to disabled individuals or to the families of children who have a disability.  Applications can be completed at your local Social Security office. To find the nearest office call 800-772-1213. 

Family Support Services:

DCFS - The Department of Children and Family Services offers assistance to stabilize low income families through emergency cash assistance, housing assistance and referral to relevant social services.  For information call 800-252-2873.

Food & Nutrition:

Food Stamps - This program is run by DHS and provides assistance for low-income families to help buy food products. The assistance is delivered through the Illinois Link card.  Applications can be completed at you local DHS office.  An application for TANF automatically includes a food stamp application. Call 800-252-8635 to find the DHS office nearest you.

WIC - is a nutrition program for low-income pregnant women, new mothers and children up to age 5.  It provides free food, milk and formula. To find the location closest location to you call 800-545-2200.

Medical Coverage:

Medicaid - provides full medical coverage to low-income individuals. The program is run by DHS and has many rules regarding eligibility. Applications can be completed at your local DHS office. To find the nearest office call 800-252-8635.

KidCare - provides medical coverage to children whose families cannot obtain insurance through their employer. If you have private insurance, KidCare can also reimburse you for some of the premiums that you pay for your children’s insurance. You will be enrolled on a plan based on your income. You may apply for KidCare at your local DHS office or you may request an application be mailed to you by calling 800-226-0760.

Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) - provides additional medical coverage and care coordination for children with certain chronic impairments. Coverage includes therapy, medication, specialized equipment, and supplies. Both Medicaid recipients and privately insured individuals who meet their income requirements may be eligible. For application information call 312-996-6380. 

Respite Care:

DSCC - provides respite care to families of children with certain chronic impairments. Both Medicaid recipients and privately insured individuals who meet their income requirements may be eligible. For application information call 312-996-6380.

Office of Rehabilitation Services - provides respite care and other in home support for families of children with special needs. For information call 800-843-6154. 

Therapeutic Services:

Early Intervention - provides a wide range of therapies to infants and toddlers (age 0-3) who are diagnosed with or are at high risk for developmental delays. To locate the provider nearest you call 800-323-GROW. 

Transportation:

DHS - provides transportation to and from medical appointments for certain Medicaid recipients. For information and authorization contact DynCorp at 877-725-0569.  Transportation must be scheduled 2 days prior to appointment. DHS can also provide CTA transit cards to TANF recipients. 

Utility Fuel Assistance:

LIHEAP - is designed to help low-income households pay for winter utility services. It will provide a one-time benefit to be used for energy bills. The benefit amount is based on family income and household size. To apply, contact the Community Economic Development Association at 312-207-5444.

Project Access: 
Family Resource List

Health & Disability Advocates 
205 W. Monroe 3rd Floor 
Chicago, IL 
Phone: 312-223-9600
Fax:312-223-9518
www.hdadvocates.org