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Family Support and Community Engagement

Our Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

CEDA will keep our essential services available to people in crisis and will be helping residents and communities who are unable to meet their basic needs.

What is it?

FsACE is a “case management” program that looks at your needs and builds you a path toward self-sufficiency.

CEDA has added NEW COVID-19 Crisis Response programs to help families and communities.

This new program is designed to support households who have experienced lay offs, a death in the family, reduced wages, children being at home, medical expenses, additional food expenses, and more.

How does it help?

Through FsACE, you receive

  • DENTAL AND VISION services, like dental exams, eye exams, and glasses.
  • TRANSPORTATION HELP with car repairs, bus cards, and gas cards 
    SCHOLARSHIPS for post-secondary education available starting 4/23/2021.
  • JOB PREP & COUNSELING including vocational training and job placement.
  • FRESH PRODUCE and nutrition education.
  • ADDITIONAL FUNDS for your unique needs, like beds, replacement IDs, GED fees, and beyond. 

Through NEW COVID-19 Response Programs, you receive

  • PAYMENTS on your rent, mortgage, water bill, and phone bill
  • ONLINE LEARNING essentials for students K-8 including laptops
  • MEDICAL COSTS for supplies and prescriptions
  • FOOD BOX DELIVERIES for seniors and the homebound
  • TRANSPORTATION costs, like registration fees 

Do I qualify?

To qualify you must live in suburban Cook County and meet the NEW, EXPANDED income guidelines. 

What do I need to do? Pre-apply Today!

Call (312) 795-8948 or fill out a pre-application at You’ll need these documents; DL or State ID, Consular Identification Card, SS Card for all household members, previous 30 days income. We’ll let you know if other documents are needed. 

You may be eligible for other programs

Please review our “Find Services” page to learn more.