Social Services Resources

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Evanston Care Network: Find free and low cost services, including childcare, unemployment, job training, food, housing, legal help, and more.

Discover City of Evanston Resources during COVID-19

Want to Talk to a Someone? 

Talk with Tabitha, our Social Worker, at 847-448-8659 or in person at Evanston Public Library’s downtown location and Robert Crown Branch :

  • Monday 10am-6pm (Main)
  • Tuesday 11am-7pm (Main)
  • Wednesday 10am-6pm (Robert Crown)
  • Thursday 9am-5pm (offsite/remote)
  • Friday 9am-5pm (Main)

Tabitha is here to talk with you and can also help with:

  • SNAP/Medicaid applications
  • Disability applications/recertification
  • Access to primary care/specialized care
  • Housing (both application assistance and referral/linkage)
  • Mental health/substance abuse linkage & referral
  • Emergency/transitional shelter
  • Food pantries/nutrition programs
  • Free showers/laundry/meals
  • Employment (applications, referrals to workforce development, resume help)
  • Other issues/resources: domestic violence, LGBTQIA+, re-entry, legal aid, immigration, etc.

Need a Meal or Place to Rest?

  • Visit Interfaith Action’s website to find free meals and a hospitality center or call/text 847-448-4311 
  • If your need is urgent call the 24/7 Crisis Line at AMITA: 708-681-4357

Need help as a tenant with housing issues? 

Our partner Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO) is accepting phone calls at their 24-hour hotline number 773-292-4988. They are prioritizing Evanston calls, with a callback time between 24-48 hours.

Need Financial Assistance with a Mortgage, Rent Payments, etc.?

  • Call the Eviction/Homeless Prevention Call Center at 877-426-6515
  • Call the City of Evanston CV19 Rent Assistance Program at 847-448-8112, if you live in Evanston, lost income due to COVID-19, and are 2-6 months past due on your rent.  Or email your name, address, and phone number to, and you will be contacted to determine eligibility and start an application.

How do I find out more about Evanston’s Reparations Program?

Visit the City of Evanston’s Reparations webpage

Need to file for Unemployment or a Stimulus Check?

Illinois Legal Aid Online has information on How to Get Unemployment.  Visit Get My Payment if you have not received your Stimulus Check.

Need Free Tax Help? 

  • Call Ladder Up at 312-588-6900 or visit for eligibility and to schedule an appointment. Income limits: Available to individuals earning up to $30,000/year and households earning up to $57,000/year.
  • If you are 65+, the Levy Center (in partnership with AARP Foundation) will offer free tax help during tax season.  Call the Levy Center for more details and to make an appointment: 847-448-8250. Income limits: Available to individuals earning up to $35,000/year and households earning up to $55,000/year.

Need Healthcare? 

  • Meet virtually or talk over the phone with our Certified Healthcare Navigator. Email Laura, our Certified Healthcare Navigator, at to set up an appointment.
  • Learn how to enroll in healthcare coverage, find out if you qualify for financial help, get assistance with filing complaints, and more.
  • You can also call the library at 847-448-8630, and we will provide you with the Navigator’s phone number.

Need Wi-Fi, a computer, or printing?

Find Wi-Fi, computers, and more at the Evanston Public Library.

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