Resources Available to Families

Last Updated: 8/2/2021 4:22 PM


Financial Assistance
The Child Tax Credit has been expanded and provides $3,000 per child aged 6-17 years and $3,600 per child under age 6. 

Families who filed taxes in the last two years or who used the IRS “Non-Filer Portal” to get a stimulus check last year do not need to do anything. The IRS will automatically send them a monthly payment by direct deposit or check starting on July 15. 

Families that are not automatically enrolled, such as low-income families that have not made enough money to be required to file taxes, need to sign up at

Internet Access
Affordable internet services
AT&T information
Xfinity WiFi home hotspot information
Xfinity hotspot finder

Federal aid is now available specifically to help families pay for high-speed internet service and a computer or tablet. The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides discounts of up to $50 a month for high-speed internet along with a onetime discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.   

Utility Support 
1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661)
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Nicor Gas
Nicor has a number of financial assistance programs available to residents.

Food Pantries
Note: Eligibility for some of these resources may depend upon your home address of your. 
Tinley Park Food Panty
6875 173rd Place,
Tinley Park, IL. 60477
(708) 614-7739
Service Areas: Tinley Park and Orland Hills

Redeemers Free Little Pantry
4955 W. 158th Street
Oak Forest, IL. 60452

VKMI Hattie B. Williams Food Pantry
5217 149th Street,
Oak Forest, IL 60452
(708) 331-3511
Service Area: South Suburbs

Together We Cope
17010 Oak Park Ave.
Tinley Park, IL. 60477
(708) 633-5040
Service Areas: Bremen, Orland, Palos and Worth townships

Orland Township Food Pantry
14807 S. Ravinia Ave.
Orland Park, IL. 60462
(708) 403-4222

Local Resources
Cook County Department of Public Health
Illinois Department of Public Health
Tinley Park Information
Oak Forest Information

Social Emotional/Mental Health Resources
IDHS: School Based Mental Health Resources
Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child
Disasters and Scary Events: Helping Children Cope
Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
Manage Anxiety and Stress
Returning to School After an Emergency or Disaster: Tips to Help Your Students Cope
SAMHSA: Tips for Social Distancing (PDF Document)
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (PDF Document)
UNICEF - Dealing with Coronavirus Anxiety (Video)
A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus
Northwestern University: Strategies for Coping with Isolation and Loneliness

From the School Nurse: Take 5 and Breathe