NEW - SNAP 15% Increase: January - June 2021
The COVID relief bill enacted in late December provided a 15% increase in SNAP benefits from January through June 2021. See flyer below for more information.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, students who normally get free or reduced price school meals or who attend a school that provides free or reduced price meals may be eligible for help buying groceries. Benefits will be issued starting in March, but will be retroactive to the start of the 2020-2021 school year and will be available through the end of the school year.
For more information about the program and to learn what a family needs to do to make sure they receive P-EBT benefits, please see the fact sheet and FAQs below.
Fact Sheet (P-EBT)
Please feel free to download copies of the above flowchart (two pages). There are three versions:
8 1/2 x 14 - ideal size for sharing electronically
8 1/2 x 11 - ideal size for printing on regular size paper
Flowchart (8.5 x 14)
Public Charge Fact Sheets
Between the Biden administration's decision to drop its litigation defense of the Trump administation's public charge regulation and federal court dismissals of the government's previous appeals, the 2019 Public Charge Rule is no longer in effect. As a result, the 1999 public charge guidance is now in effect. Please see below for fact sheet on the 1999 guidance, created by Protecting Immigrant Families Illinois (PIF-IL).
DACA & TheDream Act
Manage My Case
Child Tax Credit (Changes Resulting from ARP) (recorded 006/29/2021)
Navigating Public Benefits for Non-Citizens (recorded 02/16/2021)
Immigrant Eligibility: SNAP and Cash Assistance (recorded 02/22/2021)
Navigating Health Coverage Options: Immigrant Eligibility (recorded 02/25/2021)
Manage My Case (recorded 05/31/2019)
Health Benefits for Immigrant Seniors (webinar recording)
Immigrant Integration Annual Summit
The goal of our 2020 virtual summit was to share information and discuss challenges and opportunities serving immigrants and refugees in times of uncertainty. Our speakers and panelists shared best practices, innovations, and updates relevant to service delivery to immigrants and refugees.
We were grateful and honored to have Grace Hou, Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services present our opening keynote remarks and Sol Flores, Deputy Governor, State of Illinois provide closing keynote remarks. To view and listen to a recording of their remarks and the entire virtual summit, please visit our youtube channel.
A full list and bios of our speakers and panelists can be found by downloading a copy of the 2020 Virtual Summit Program below.
Able bodied adults without dependents will be limited to the length of time they can receive SNAP benefits.
Download "Overview" to learn:
Who is affected
How to qualify for increasing the amount of time ABAWDs can receive SNAP benefits
What ABAWDs should do
Download "Time Limits" to learn Client action suggestions for:
People who are chronically homeless
People in drug or alcohol treatment programs
People receiving domestic violence services
People responsible for the care of an incapacitated person
Certain able bodied adults without dependents are exempt from the work requirement.
Download "Exemptions" to learn:
Who qualifies for an exemption
How to request an exemption
What proof is needed for an exemption
Download "Community Resources" for contact information for community resources that may be able to help with the following:
Explain the new rules
Determine if you meet an exemption
Help you find work or training programs
DHS Forms & Information
SNAP Work Requirement - Medical Service Provider Unfit to Work
SNAP Work Requirement - Request for Exemption
SNAP Work Requirement - Request for Exemption (Spanish)
Change in Reporting Requirements
Change in Reporting Requirements (Spanish)