Resources for District 146 Families

New Resources Available to Families
Posted on 07/06/2021
Covid-19 ResourcesFinancial 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.   
English Application
Spanish Application

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
Orland Park Information
Resources from South Cook ISC

Information from the Illinois Department of Public Health
What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19
What to do if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
What to do if you test positive
Who to call for more 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
Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events
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
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