Help for Illinois Families: Relief for Households Across the State: The Pritzker Administration, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), has launched a new initiative to help Illinois families access and afford home energy assistance and other essential services during COVID-19. Building on the State’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program, the State’s Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 21) budget authorizes an expansion of the LIHEAP and CSBG programs for eligible Illinoisans seeking emergency assistance to cover costs of utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food, and other household necessities.
MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
to read an important message from Mayor Gina Cunningham regarding COVID-19 and the Village of Woodridge's response and efforts.
The Village continues working with federal, state, and local agencies to communicate information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and preventative steps people can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. The Village understands that at this, as information is rapidly evolving, there are many implications for our residents. As such the Village Board and Village have taken the following measures (click on the below links for more information):
- Mayor and Village Board to Postpone Vote on Tax Revenue
- Village Suspends Water Disconnections & Water Late Payment Penalties until Further Notice
- Woodridge Amends Liquor Licenses for Restaurants; Extends Business Licenses for 90 Days
- Suspension Soliciting and Peddling in the Village of Woodridge - view the emergency powers notification here.
- The Village of Woodridge held a Specially Called Meeting of the Village Board on Friday, March 20 at 3:00 PM at Village Hall. The purpose of the meeting was to take action related to the COVID-19 Pandemic and other necessary action items. Click here to view the meeting and hear updates from both Mayor Cunningham and other Village Department Staff.
As a resource, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has provided a Guide for Consumers Struggling to Repay their Debts During the COVID-19 Pandemic (available via this link). This guide provides state and federal assistance and information that is available to assist those facing financial hardship.
(1) WorkNet DuPage Career Center: The WorkNet DuPage Career Center is committed to providing workers and businesses with every tool in their arsenal to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than ever. Through their “From Layoff to Launch” webpage, DuPage County residents can quickly and easily access a wide range of assistance to help their careers in these uncertain times.
(2) A Woodridge resident created this helpful step-by-step guide (linked) to assist in navigating the Illinois Department of Employment Security unemployment benefits application process. Other helpful tips:
- There are two steps to the application, which is the certification process after having received the letter or email from the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
- Monitor both email and regular mail for certification instructions.
- The IDEAS website and call center allow people to file and certify on specific days based on the last name
- Last name beginning with N-Z: Please file your claim on Mondays or Wednesdays between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Can't make your allotted window? There's open calling on Fridays between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
(3) The Woodridge Library lists resources for national and state unemployment benefits, food assistance, and health insurance.
(4) Updates from the Illinois Secretary of State: (i) Expiration dates for driver's licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations and other transactions and document filings will be extended at least 90 days after Driver Services Facilities reopen. (ii) Don't wait. Renew your license plate sticker now: www.cyberdriveillinois.com; (iii)The REAL ID deadline is October 1, 2021.
(5) Peoples Resource Center offers emergency rent and mortgage assistance - click here for information.
(6) DuPage County Housing Assistance Program helps stabilize individuals and families in their existing homes, shorten the amount of time families and individuals stay in shelter, and assist individuals and families with securing affordable housing.
(7) The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation provided a press release with information to help consumers struggling to make payments on their debts, including rent and mortgage payments.
-- MENTAL HEALTH
(1) The Illinois Department of Human Services is the State Mental Health Authority and is responsible for assuring that children, adolescents and adults have access to public-funded mental health services. More information here.
(2) NAMI DuPage, whose mission is to provide support, advocacy and education in order to improve the quality of life of
individuals with mental illnesses and their families, has many resources located on their webpage.
(3) The free program, Call4Calm allows Illinois residents to talk to a mental health professional for free. To participate text TALK or HABLAR to 552020. In addition, people can seek guidance on other critical issues by texting keywords (e.g., “unemployment,” “food,” or “shelter” to receive additional info in response.
-- PHYSICAL HEALTH
CDC, IDPH Recommend Wearing Cloth Face Coverings in Public:The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommend wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Face coverings can also help slow the spread of the virus and help asymptomatic people with the virus from transmitting it to others. For information on how to make a homemade mask, visit the CDC website
What you can do to minimize risk... The Illinois Department of Health has also listed every-day actions that people can take to prevent the spread of disease, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you have questions about Coronavirus you can all the Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline 1(800) 889-3931 or
send an email to: DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV
The resources are available anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Groot Garbage / Recycling:Effective March 23, Groot is applying the following temporary policies to help protect drivers and keep customers safe. At this time, yard waste and recycling service is unaffected by the changes; however, Groot anticipates potential changes to yard waste and recycling programs. The temporary policies include:
1. Loose uncontained items will not be collected.
All trash/refuse and recycling must be placed in a company designated cart, a can with handles, or bagged. Loose uncontained items will not be collected. More specifically:
2. All bulky item/construction debris collection is suspended until further notice.
No large items should be placed alongside garbage carts at this time.
3. All white good / e-waste collection is suspended until further notice.
Information updates will be shared immediately if circumstances change that may impact Groot's ability to provide services as scheduled. The waste collection industry as a whole is applying these polices to help keep everyone safe.
DuPage County: DuPage County has developed a comprehensive list of the County services that are still available, limited, or suspended at this time.
Utilities: The Citizen's Utility Board (CUB) is maintaining a list of utility companies and their response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Many utility companies are suspending disconnection and late-payment charges. View the list here, including information on Comcast, Nicor, and ComEd. Utility Information
OUR OLDER ADULTS
During this pandemic one of greatest concerns is the social isolation of older adults. We are working to educate residents and loved ones on opportunities to help one another and suggest researching technology opportunities to stay connected.
A listing of resources for aging adults has been provided from AgeGuide. This agency provides senior services, including essential services such as Home Delivery Meals. Please click here to access the guide.
If you have the opportunity, please check in on your neighbors.
It has come to the Village's attention that the local Jewel-Osco, 2317 75th Street, and all other Jewel-Osco stores, are asking kindly to allow for senior shoppers between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Also, the Shop & Save in Downers Grove has senior shopping between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
The Woodridge Police Department wants to remind everyone to be aware of scams that may arise out of people's interest looking for information or people trying to take advantage of the situation. Please be cautious. For those interested in up-to-date COVID-19 cases, John Hopkins University has published a map located here: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
The Village has created a designated webpage with information for Woodridge Businesses
Dine Woodridge - Staff is working with local restaurants to highlight Woodridge eateries offing delivery, pick-up, or curbside service. Visit https://www.dinewoodridge.com for a complete listing. If you are a local establishment and would like your information posted, please e-mail Phil Green, email@example.com.
OUR PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND PROGRAMS
Village Drop-Box: The Village of Woodridge has a new drop-box on loan from the Woodridge Library. Outside of Village Hall is a large, identifiable drop-box. Please submit payments, plans, and other Village documents.
Effective Monday, March 16 at Noon, Village Hall and Public Works buildings closed to the public until further notice. The Police Department will remain open for walk-in services.
Village offices can continue to be reached by phone and email.
The Center for Disease Control recommends that event organizers postpone, cancel, or offer virtual participation for community events expected to have more than 50 people for at least eight (8) weeks (as of March 16, 2020). Also, the DuPage County Health Department recommends canceling gatherings of 10 or more older adults because they are a high-risk population. As such, the Village has canceled the following Village events:
- Community Open House on April 30, 2020
For other program cancellations or closings, please contact the appropriate agency for the status of the program or class.
The Woodridge community is strong and resilient. #WeWillGetThroughThisTogether.
Volunteer Opportunities - there are many social service agencies looking for healthy, able bodies to serve others.
Giving DuPage has created an Urgent Volunteers Needed page located here: www.givingdupage.org/volunteer
DuPage Foundation is accepting donations specifically for local not-for-profit agencies. Learn more here: https://dupagefoundation.org/covid-19.html
The West Suburban Community Pantry is in need of medium-sized boxes. Check your stockpile from your past Amazon orders and drop them off at 6809 Hobson Valley Dr., Suite 118 in Woodridge.
Job Opportunities - there are businesses looking for temporary workers
Jewel / Osco Woodridge - hiring cashiers and baggers - (630) 985-9380 - Contact: Penny, Store Director
RJW Transport Woodridge - hiring truck drivers (contact Rob Kalinoski) and warehouse workers (contact Janette Sendejas)
The Village has an emergency alert system. Click here or text WOODRIDGE to 99411 to enroll.
The Village issues a weekly electronic newsletter. Enroll in E-news online.
The Center for Disease Control website has information about Coronavirus, situation updates, and information for travelers.
State of Illinois information can be found at coronavirus.illinois.gov
Illinois Department of Public Health
The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) and Will County Health Department have important information and case tracking dashboards.
Please refer to DuPage County Health Depatment website as a resource: https://www.dupagehealth.org/590/Coronavirus-Information