Chicago Department of Family and Support Services

Chicago Department of Family and Support Services The Chicago Department of Family & Support Services connects Chicagoans to resources that build stability, support their well-being & empower them to thrive.

DFSS promotes the independence and well-being of individuals, supports families and strengthens neighborhoods by providing direct assistance and administering resources to a network of community-based organizations, social service providers and institutions.

Mission: Working with community partners, we connect Chicago residents and families to resources that build stability, support their well-being, and empower them to thrive.

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The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services and it's six Regional Senior Centers will be closed today for the ...
11/26/2020

The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services and it's six Regional Senior Centers will be closed today for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will resume services on Friday, November 27th. #Thanksgiving2020

The Holidays are upon us but the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline is accessible 24/7 and confidential. Call or text th...
11/25/2020

The Holidays are upon us but the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline is accessible 24/7 and confidential. Call or text the Hotline at 1-877-863-6338 (TTY: 1-877-863-6339).

Learn more at Chi.gov/dvhelp

If you are in need of assistance with Gas or Electric bills, fill out the pre-application at CEDAorg.net/pre-app.
11/23/2020

If you are in need of assistance with Gas or Electric bills, fill out the pre-application at CEDAorg.net/pre-app.

Applying for help with your gas and electric bills can be done in four steps. Learn more about the application process to make sure yours is completed here: https://www.cedaorg.net/find-services/apply-liheap/

Chicago's homeless extremely vulnerable during COVID-19
11/19/2020
Chicago's homeless extremely vulnerable during COVID-19

Chicago's homeless extremely vulnerable during COVID-19

Maura McCauley, Chicago's Homeless Services commissioner, talks about how the city is trying to help the homeless through the trials of COVID-19 and the Illinois eviction moratorium.

Masks can reduce your risk of infection by 65 percent. Do it for you and the people around you. #ProtectChicago chi.gov/...
11/19/2020

Masks can reduce your risk of infection by 65 percent. Do it for you and the people around you. #ProtectChicago chi.gov/protect

Telemundo Chicago
11/13/2020
Telemundo Chicago

Telemundo Chicago

AYUDA PARA PAGAR LA RENTA EN CHICAGO: La fecha límite para presentar la solicitud en línea es el domingo 15 de noviembre a las 11:59 p.m. Lo que debes saber aquí. https://trib.al/Rk7698e

No-cost Children's Dental Care, Physicals/Immunizations, & all ages Walk-Up COVID testing; Monday, November 16th at DFSS...
11/13/2020

No-cost Children's Dental Care, Physicals/Immunizations, & all ages Walk-Up COVID testing; Monday, November 16th at DFSS' King Community Service Center.

To schedule an appointment; call 312-543-5693 for Dental exams & call 773-247-9736 for Physicals. mobilecarechicago.org

Joint Clinic Alert! 3 Mobile Clinics (Physicals/Immunizations, Dental, and Howard Brown Health COVID-19 testing unit) will be at Dr.Martin Luther King Community Center on Monday, 11/16. Come by, or make an appointment for Monday!

All clinics are taking the necessary COVID-19 precautions. The dental clinic has a negative-pressure operatory, as well as newly-installed HEPA filtration system. More on our clinic safety upgrades here: https://mobilecarechicago.org/vansafetyupgrades/

Chicago Department of Family and Support Services

ATTENTION! Deadline to apply for Rental Assistance is this Sunday, November 15th. Visit chi.gov/rap.
11/13/2020

ATTENTION! Deadline to apply for Rental Assistance is this Sunday, November 15th. Visit chi.gov/rap.

We’re working with the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services to help families in need stay in their homes. All Chicagoans—regardless of immigration status—can apply for rental assistance by this Sunday. More info 👉🏾 chi.gov/rap.

Chicago, we have to do our part to flatten the curve. Let’s step up to protect the city we love. #ProtectChicago so we c...
11/13/2020

Chicago, we have to do our part to flatten the curve. Let’s step up to protect the city we love. #ProtectChicago so we can save lives.

Chi.gov/protect

For the latest information, visit Chi.gov/protect #ProtectChicago
11/12/2020

For the latest information, visit Chi.gov/protect
#ProtectChicago

EFFECTIVE MONDAY: I'm issuing a Stay-at-Home Advisory asking all Chicagoans to stay at home whenever possible to fight the current wave of COVID-19 we're seeing across our city. Chicago, please only leave your home for essential needs, including work and school. At home, please avoid inviting any guests over. More info on today's announcement is available at chi.gov/protect. #ProtectChicago

The Department of Family and Support Services will be closed today in observance of Veterans Day. We will resume service...
11/11/2020

The Department of Family and Support Services will be closed today in observance of Veterans Day. We will resume services on Thursday, November 12 at 9am. #VeteransDay

El Programa de asistencia para el pago de alquiler da fondos a los residentes de Chicago que están en riesgo de quedarse...
11/10/2020
Rental Assistance

El Programa de asistencia para el pago de alquiler da fondos a los residentes de Chicago que están en riesgo de quedarse sin casa: https://bit.ly/36pD3OW

Rental Assistance is available for people suffering financial hardship due to a crisis such as loss of job, home fire or illness. The program is intended to allow families to maintain housing during the time it takes to regain stability.

Stay Home if You Feel Sick! For more info, visit Chi.gov/coronavirus. #COVID19 #COVID #StayHome
11/09/2020

Stay Home if You Feel Sick! For more info, visit Chi.gov/coronavirus. #COVID19 #COVID #StayHome

Visit Chi.gov/flu for listings of where to get your Flu Shots!
11/05/2020

Visit Chi.gov/flu for listings of where to get your Flu Shots!

Free flu shots are available now regardless of insurance or immigration status. Visit one of our locations to get yours! Walk-ins welcome, but appointments are highly recommended! Visit http://chi.gov/flu

Be a hero, be a #ChiFluFighter

Polls are open today from 6am - 7pm. To confirm your polling place, visit Chi.gov/vote.
11/03/2020

Polls are open today from 6am - 7pm. To confirm your polling place, visit Chi.gov/vote.

Polls are open from 6AM - 7PM CT. Be a voter and be a part of this historic election—find your polling place: chi.gov/vote.

(If you've already voted, share this to spread the word!)

Election Day is almost here! For more information about Voter Registration, Early Voting, Drop Boxes or Polling location...
11/02/2020

Election Day is almost here! For more information about Voter Registration, Early Voting, Drop Boxes or Polling locations; visit Chi.gov/vote. #Election2020

10/31/2020
Chicago Mayor's Office

Visit chicagohalloweek.org to learn more!
#ChicagoHalloweek2020

Happy Halloweek, everyone! Get ready to costume up and go trick-or-treating…but with a few important health guidelines. Check out chicagohalloweek.org and have a spooky but safe time.

Remember: Rona Destroyers got their 👀 on you. 👻🎃

COVID symptoms? Sign up to receive text messages to check on your symptoms: chi.gov/covidcoach#ChiCOVIDCoach
10/29/2020

COVID symptoms? Sign up to receive text messages to check on your symptoms: chi.gov/covidcoach#ChiCOVIDCoach

10/27/2020
Chicago Mayor's Office

If you or someone you know needs help, call or text the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-877-863-6338. #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth

Chi.gov/dvhelp

Domestic violence doesn't just impact adults. #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth

Visit Chicago.gov/coronavirus for updates!
10/27/2020

Visit Chicago.gov/coronavirus for updates!

We all know Halloween will look a little different this year. While we all want to have fun and celebrate, it is importa...
10/26/2020
Chicago Halloweek

We all know Halloween will look a little different this year. While we all want to have fun and celebrate, it is important to remember that COVID-19 is still the biggest goblin we face. https://www.chicagohalloweek.org/

 Celebrating Halloween SafelyWe all know Halloween will look a little different this year. While we all want to have fun and celebrate, it is important to remember that COVID-19 is still the biggest goblin we face.  Chicago’s Eight Halloweek Guidelines    Masks aren’t just for trick-or-trea...

10/23/2020
Chicago Mayor's Office

Men are also affected by Domestic Violence. Access survivor help & resources at Chi.gov/dvhelp.

#DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth

Domestic violence knows no gender. #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth

Our DV team answered The Network - Advocating Against Domestic Violence question, "What Does Safety Looks Like?" Access ...
10/23/2020

Our DV team answered The Network - Advocating Against Domestic Violence question, "What Does Safety Looks Like?"

Access survivor help & resources at Chi.gov/dvhelp

Chicago Mayor's Office
10/22/2020

Chicago Mayor's Office

Tomorrow, new measures go into effect to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Chicago. This includes a non-essential business curfew from 10 PM to 6 AM. Essential businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations will be able to stay open during this time. Please limit household gatherings to no more than 6 non-household members. More info ➡️ chi.gov/reopening.

10/19/2020
Chicago Mayor's Office

For a list of resources, visit Chi.gov/dvhelp

Domestic violence isn’t always physical – it can be mental, emotional and verbal, too. #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth

Chicago Public Schools
10/16/2020
Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Public Schools

We will begin the second quarter learning at home. Our goal will be to reopen school buildings for pre-k and students enrolled in moderate and intensive cluster programs later in the second quarter.

Beginning next week, an intent form will be sent to all families with children in pre-k or moderate and intensive cluster programming seeking to understand their desire to return to in-person learning; families will have until October 28 to complete the intent form.

Please make sure your school has your up-to-date contact information. If you did not receive an email from the district last night, chances are your contact information is out of date.

We know families in other grades are eager to learn when their children may be able to return — we will be engaging families later this year regarding the potential return of additional grades in January.

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10/16/2020

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Chicago Department of Family and Support Services's cover photo
10/16/2020

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The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services was created to provide vulnerable Chicagoans with better access to coordinated, wrap-around assistance for every member of the family. By combining these program areas under one department, we are able to integrate resources, tap into existing synergies and create new collaborative efforts that serve to assist individuals in gaining or regaining stability.

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