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ILLINOIS STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 83: Latino Caucus Highlights Economic Assistance for Families | Caucus Latino Pone Énfasis en Asistencia Económica para Familias

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By Press release submission | Mar 21, 2020

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Illinois State House District 83 issued the following announcement on March 16.

Amid the announcement of a national emergency by the president and restaurant and bar on-site consumption closures by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus, is highlighting unemployment benefits and other economic assistance available to working families:

“It is crucial that working families in our community, particularly Spanish-speaking and immigrant families, know that we are here for them during these tough times,” state Rep. Lisa Hernandez said. “We are coordinating with Gov. Pritzker and leaders at all levels of government to make sure families are fully informed about the available resources to help them overcome this public health crisis. And we look forward to ensuring testing is available to all Illinois residents, regardless of immigration status.”

In an effort to assist working families impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) adopted emergency rules that would allow individuals who have been temporarily laid off to qualify for benefits. Individuals would be considered actively seeking work as long as they are prepared to return to work as soon as their employer reopens. Individuals that are confined to their home due to illness or to care for a family member, must meet eligibility requirements such as registering with the state employment service and actively seeking work. For more information, please contact IDES at 1-800-244-5631 or visit www2.illinois.gov/ides.

Starting on March 17, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will work with schools statewide to provide two meals a day to children who qualify for free and reduced lunch and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will provide food to every child outside their nearest neighborhood school between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Additionally, a moratorium on shutoff was put out for utility companies. ComEd and Ameren announced they are suspending disconnects and waiving late-payment fees, as well as AT&T and Comcast. Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi.

Court-ordered evictions have been suspended in Cook County and Emergency Rental Assistance is available to Chicago families suffering financial hardship. For more information, local families can visit their local Community Service Center or call 3-1-1.

“Our state has taken critical first steps to prevent food insecurity and make sure families do not fear losing their homes,” state Rep. Delia Ramirez said. “The Latino Caucus is ready to get work to ensure resources are making their way to our communities and ensure proactive steps are taken to lessen the effects of the housing and employment crisis that will soon hit working families.

CHICAGO – En medio del anuncio de una emergencia nacional por parte del president y el Gobernador J.B. Pritzker ordenando que todos los bares y restaurantes deben parar de servir clientes dentro de sus locales, el Caucus Legislativo Latino de Illinois, está llamando atención hacia beneficios de desempleo y otra asistencia económica para las familias trabajadoras:

“Es critico que la familias trabajadoras en nuestra comunidad, particularmente las familias inmigrantes y los hogares donde el español es el idioma dominante, sepan que estamos aquí para ellos durante estos tiempos difíciles,” dijo la Rep. Estatal Lisa Hernandez. “Estamos coordinando con el Gobernador Pritzker y líderes a todos los niveles del gobierno para aseguar que las familias sepan sobre los recursos disponibles para ayudarles a superar esta crisis de salud pública. Y esperamos trabajar para asegurar que las pruebas del virus estén disponibles para todos los residentes de Illinois, a pesar de su estatus migratorio.”

Para ayudarles a las familias impactadas por el virus COVID-19, el Departamento de Seguridad de Empleo de Illinois (IDES) adopto reglas de emergencia que permitirá que individuos que han sido despedidos temporalmente califiquen por beneficios. Individuos serán considerados como buscando empleo activamente siempre y cuando estén preparados para regresar a sus trabajos tan pronto como vuelvan a abrir sus puertas. Inviduos que esten confinados a su hogar debido a una enfermedad o para cuidar a un familiar, deben cumplir con los requisitos de elegibilidad, como registrarse en el servicio estatal de empleo y buscar trabajo activamente. Para más información, por favor contacte a IDES al 1-800-244-5631o visite www2.illinois.gov/ides.

Empezando el 17 de marzo, la Junta de Educación Estatal de Illinois (ISBE) trabajará con todas las escuelas para proveer dos comidas diarias a los niños que califiquen por almuerzo gratis o reducido y las escuelas de Chicago (CPS) proverán comida para cada niño afuera de las escuela locales durante las horas de 9 a.m. a 1 p.m. Adicionalmente, ComEd y Ameren anunciaron que van a suspender las desconecciones y los cargos por pagos atrasados. AT&T y Comcast anuncionaron lo mismo. Xfinity WiFi hotspots estarán disponibles para todas las personas que los necesiten, incluyendo a los que no sean clientes de la compañía. Visite www.xfinity.com/wifi para un mapa de los WiFi hotspots de Xfinity.

Desalojos ordenados por una corte has sido suspendidos en el Condado de Cook y Asistencia de Renta de Emergencia para las familias de Chicago con dificultades financieras están disponible. Para más información, familias locales pueden comunicarse con su Centro de Servicios Comunitarios o con el 3-1-1.

“Nuestro estado ha tomado los primeros pasos críticos para prevenir la inseguridad de comida y asegurar que las familias no pierdan sus hogares,” dijo la Rep. Estal Delia Ramirez. “El Caucus Latino está listo para trabajar para que recursos lleguen a nuestras comunidades y asegurar que pasos proactivos sean tomados para disminuir los efectos de la crisis de vivienda y empleo que pronto afectará a las familias trabajadoras.”

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