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  Springfield Rental Assistance

Funds are still available through the Springfield rental assistance program, a partnership between the City and the Springfield Urban League. To qualify for the program:

  • The property address must be in the corporate limits of the City of Springfield.
  • Your household income is within the allowable limits.*
  • Applicant must provide documentation showing a loss of income due to COVID-19.
  • Cooperation from the applicant’s landlord to participate in the program.

Tenants seeking assistance should call the Springfield Urban League at 217.789.0830, Monday thru Friday, between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and must specify that they are seeking rental assistance within the City of Springfield. The intake process will occur over the phone. If you are leaving a message with the Urban League regarding the program after hours, please specify that you are seeking Springfield rental assistance along with your contact information.

The application process will include communication with your landlord to verify the rental agreement and the total rent owed. The maximum amount a tenant may receive is $1,000.00.

*Qualified Household Income Per Tenant Living At Address:
1 – Can make up to $42,800
2 – Can make up to $48,900
3 – Can make up to $55,000
4 – Can make up to $61,100
5 – Can make up to $66,000
6 – Can make up to $70,900
7 – Can make up to $75,800
8 – Can make up to $80,700

  Sangamon County Public Health Update – 12/9

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health is a division of the Sangamon County Government. On December 9, 2020, Sangamon County shared with the mayors of the cities, towns and villages the Sangamon County Health Department encompasses with information to commonly asked questions they have been receiving. We encourage residents to review the document and information that has been provided by the County regarding the current health pandemic at a local level. View the document.

  COVID-19 and Flu Clinics

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health has an updated list of local testing sites. Before heading out for a test, please wait at least four days from a possible exposure to get the most accurate test result and quarantine at home until a negative result has been given.If you are experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms, please do not go to the emergency room. First call your primary care physician. If you do not have a physician, please call SCDPH at 217.321.2606.

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health is offering seasonal influenza immunizations to the public at their facility, 2833 South Grand Avenue. For hours of operation, please click here.  You may also contact your health care provider or any of our area medical clinics (HSHS St. John’s, Memorial Medical Center, Springfield Clinic) about their flu clinics.

  Springfield Families Helping Springfield Families

Do you need assistance or looking to help? A Facebook community group is available for the different situations that come up daily during COVID-19.
Visit the site today to get connected.

Micro-Pantries

As part of the above initiative, there are various “micro-pantries” set-up throughout Springfield. These locations have pantries/sheds where community members are encouraged to replenish with non-perishable food items, while individuals in need can take necessary items to ensure food for their families. Everything is free. There are many located throughout the area including the sites listed below.

  • Downtown Springfield, 422 S. 5th Street (sidewalk in from of Dept. of Health)
  • Legacy Theater, 101 E. Lawrence Avenue
  • West Side, 1501 S. MacArthur Blvd. (lot behind building)
  • Springfield High School, 101 S. Lewis Street (in the Commons lot off Washington, by the shed)
  • Southeast High School, 2350 E. Ash Street (behind school, Off Ash, by community garden)
  • Lanphier High School, 1300 N. 11th Street (NE corner of the building)
  • Fifth Street Renaissance/SARA Center, 1315 N. Fifth Street (on porch of the building)
  • Douglas Avenue United Methodist, 501 S. Douglas (by entrance off Illini Ct.)
  • Graham Elementary, 900 W. Edwards (northwest corner of parking lot off Cook b/t MacArthur & State)
  • South Side Christian, 2600 S. MacArthur Blvd. (by the garage)
  • St. John’s Lutheran, 2477 W. Washington Street
  • Knox Knolls, 2251 W. Monroe Street
  • Colony West (Hope Presbyterian), 2211 W. Wabash Avenue (by main entrance of church)
  • Parkway Christian, 2700 Lindbergh
  • Ash & Pasfield, 2000 S. Pasfield (on Ash side)
  • Washington Middle School, 2300 E. Jackson (near front door)
  • Boys & Girls Club, 300 S. 15th Street
  • Feitshans Elementary, 1101 S. 15th Street (in small lot across from Stuart from school)
  • Harvard Park Baptist Church, 2401 S. Ninth Street
  • Washington Middle School, 2300 E. Jackson Street (near front door)
  • Youth Service Bureau, 2901 Normandy Road
  • Woodland Acres, 3200 N. Dirksen Parkway, Lot 303 (south entrance to Woodland Acres)
  • Lakeside Christian, 225 Toronto Road (Donation hours: M-F 9-noon)

You may also connect through the Central Illinois Foodbank for food distribution sites.

  Public Computer Lab

Lincoln Library’s computer lab is available to the public by appointment only. Please call to schedule an appointment at 217.753.4900 ext. 5630. Appointments are for one hour. Spots will be kept 15 minutes past the scheduled time if you are running late. Lincoln Library is located on the corner of Capitol Avenue and Seventh Street.

  Helping Illinois Families

The Governor announced, in partnership with DCEO, a new program for eligible Illinoisans seeking emergency assistance to cover costs of utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food, and other household necessities. Available for all qualifying low-income households. All applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. For complete details and the online application, visit www.helpillinoisfamilies.com.

  Joint Mortgage & Housing Assistance Website

To ensure homeowners and renters have the most up-to-date and accurate housing assistance information during the COVID-19 National Emergency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), and HUD launched the new Mortgage and Housing Assistance website. Visit the site .

  Get Hired Illinois

DCEO in conjunction with IDES launched the Get Hired Illinois. This new portal is designed to connect workers with available job and career training opportunities across the state. Residents and employers may access the site here. Illinois residents will also have free access to online workforce development courses via a partnership with Coursera.

  SpringfieldZoom

Springfieldzoom.com

Need a listing of restaurants offering curbside or delivery? Curious about which businesses are open and operating during COVID-19? Visit www.springfieldzoom.com to find a list of area businesses and what services they are currently providing.

  Virtual Career Support

The Goodwill Virtual Career Centers will operate Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Career Coaches will be available via telephone, email, along with some video conferencing capabilities. Land of Lincoln Goodwill Career Centers provide career support including how to file unemployment claims, preparation of resumes, online job searching techniques, FREE computer classes and training, and general employment support. Their Career Coaches can be reached via phone or email at 217.303.9532 or 217.899.0717 or via email at laura.kukl@llgi.org or david.macdonna@llgi.org.

  Emotional Support During COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division has launched a free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text the word TALK to 5-5-2-0-2-0; or for Spanish text the word HABLAR to the same number, 5-5-2-0-2-0.

The following are additional support resources available to residents as well.

  • SMSHA’s Disaster Distress Hotline: 1.800.985.5990 (crisis counseling)
  • IDHS Domestic Violence Helpline: 1.877.863.6338 (crisis hotline)
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1.800.273.8255 (confidential support)
  • Memorial Behavioral Health: 217.588.5509 (emotional support hotline)
  • Illinois Helpline: 1.833.234.6343 (for opioids and other substances)
  • Illinois Warm Line: 1.866.359.7953, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (recovery support)

  Sangamon Mass Transit District

Due to increased pandemic mitigation measures taking effect in Sangamon County, all night service routes will be reduced by 3 hours beginning Monday, November 16. The last buses leaving the transfer center will do so at 7:00 p.m. Additional service reductions may be implemented if ridership begins to decrease significantly.

Riders are still required to wear a mask while riding the bus and should get on and off via the rear door unless they need to use the wheelchair ramp at the front door. All fares are still waived and you will not need to pay to ride the bus through the rest of the year. The return of fares may be delayed even further.

For more information about bus service click here.

  Family Assistance

If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, access free childcare, or other essential services, please call 211 or visit the United Way website here.

To be connected to the United Way of Central Illinois, click here.

Free Internet Assistance

Comcast is taking steps to help connect low-income families to the Internet at home. New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households. For more information, click here.

  Payment Assistance

Rental Assistance

  • Capital Township Office: 217.525.1736
  • Catholic Charities: 217.523.4551, 217.523.9201 or 217.241.0214
  • Fifth Street Renaissance: 217.544.5040
  • Salvation Army: 217.525.2196
  • Sangamon County Community Resources: 217.535.3120

Utility Assistance

  • LIHEAP: 217.535.3120
  • United Way: 211
  • Abundant Faith Ministries: 217.527.1006

Mortgage Assistance

  • Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network: 855.533.7411

  Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence

During times of crisis, there may be an increase in domestic and sexual violence, while barriers to services are compounded. The health and safety of victims during COVID-19 is of the utmost importance to the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).

The role of the Domestic Violence Helpline is being expanded in order to create a one stop access point for shelter needs. Victims may directly call the Helpline at 1-877-TO END DV (1-877-863-6338 voice or 1-877-863-6339 TTY) and be connected to shelter through existing local domestic violence shelters or they will be connected to emergency shelter through available hotels and motels. Transportation assistance is being offered as well.