Laid-Off Member Resources

INDIANA laid-off members click HERE.


If you are still laid off, make sure your employer has your most up-to-date contact info (phone number, address, and email address).
Go to the IDES Job Link page to search for available jobs:

Housing Resources

If you are a renter and live in the City of Chicago, click HERE for to apply for rental assistance.

If you are a renter and live in Illinois, click HERE for ongoing applications through IDHS and the State of Illinois to help pay for rent.

If you are an Illinois homeowner, click HERE for information about the Illinois Homeowner Assistance Fund (ILHAF).

If you live in Chicago and need help to understand your rights as a tenant, reach out out to the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing’s Support Services team at 312-784-3527. 

Utilities Resources

If you live in Cook County and need help with utilities, click HERE to learn more about the Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA)’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program which provides grants to low income families to help with gas and electric bills. 

Healthy Local 1

Check out our Healthy Local 1 page HERE  to learn about which healthcare options may be best for you.

Need help finding an FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center)? Check out our FQHC Finder to search for affordable care by location and services provided.

Food Assistance

Looking for food banks in Cook County? The Greater Chicago Food Depository has a site to help find food pantries and pop-ups in Chicagoland.

Local 1 has maps of the food banks that are close to you, in your area of Chicagoland. Click below on your area:

Looking for food somewhere else? Feeding America has a food bank finder for the whole country.

Need help applying for SNAP benefits? Click HERE for more info.


If IDES says there’s been fraud in your unemployment benefits, click HERE for Local 1’s guide for what to do.

Local 1’s Illinois Unemployment Guide is available HERE.

Our Troubleshooting Guide for Indiana Unemployment is HERE.

Other Resources

FOOD & BEVERAGE MEMBERS: Financial assistance for many kinds of needs is available through the Southern Smoke Foundation. This can include medical expenses, unpaid rent or mortgage, utility bills, etc. Apply at Make sure you tell Southern Smoke that you are a member of Unite Here Local 1. Let your Organizer know if you put in an application.

FUNERALS: If you have a family member who died from COVID-19, FEMA can help pay for funeral expenses. Click here:

CHILDCARE: Illinois has new programs to help pay for childcare if you’re back at work. Click here:

WINTER CLOTHES: Need warm winter gear? Click HERE.

DIAPERS: In need of diapers for your baby? Click HERE

Toolkit Videos

Check out our  “Toolkit” video series on the UNITE HERE Local 1 Facebook Page that provides information and training on unemployment, food assistance, financial planning and more!