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  1. Holiday Gathering Guidance: Read more about how YOU can practice safe holiday gathering guidance and follow tips to keep our commUnity safe!
  2. CIOGC Can Help With Your Rent: Are you facing hardship and need rental assistance? See more information down below and contact us today.
  3. Save The Date!: Join us for a virtual Congressional Townhall series with Congressman Sean Casten- January 25, 2022. 
  4. Sign up for YOUR Marketplace Health Care Plan : Sign up today and don't miss the deadline to get coverage!
  5. Give the Gift of Warmth: Donate & help us in our mission to provide coats to local families in need!

                            Holiday Gatherings Guidance
Holiday greetings
Chicago. We thank the approximately 1.9 million Chicago residents for their dedication and support in vaccination. Last year in Chicago, nearly 4 million vaccines were given. Nearly 75% of Chicago residents over the age of 5 received at least one dose. But we need to remain responsible, and safe in preparing for our holiday gatherings. Read some tips below on how you can practice safe holiday gatherings guidance-

          Holiday gatherings guidance                                              

  • The COVID-19 vaccines are by far the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the virus, and anyone who isn’t vaccinated should get one as soon as possible to be protected for the holidays. That includes children age 5–11-year-old who are now eligible for the Pfizer vaccine and teens age 16-17 who are now eligible for a Pfizer booster.
  • Fully vaccinated people can gather with others who have been fully vaccinated without restrictions.
  • The indoor mask mandate for public settings remains in effect for Chicago and Illinois. While this applies in public settings, if you are gathering with people outside your immediate circle or with people who are medically fragile, you should consider wearing a mask.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, you should consider not attending gatherings over the holidays. If you plan to do so, we encourage you to take a COVID test before the gathering, as well as mask and social distance when possible.
  • If you are sick or experiencing any COVID- or flu-like symptoms you should NOT attend any gatherings, even if you are vaccinated.
          Travel guidance
  • People should delay travel until fully vaccinated wherever possible, wear a mask during travel and attempt to remain distanced from others when possible.
  • The CDC recommends people do not travel if they are sick, if they have tested positive for COVID-19 and haven’t ended isolation (even if fully vaccinated), or if they have been exposed to COVID-19 (unless fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days).
  • In addition, the CDC currently recommends all people traveling into the US are tested no more than one day before departure and again 3-5 days after arriving in the US.
  • Under the City’s Travel Advisory, unvaccinated travelers should be tested for COVID-19 before and after travel from any state on the advisory list and should quarantine upon arrival in Chicago. For domestic travel, the quarantine and testing recommendations do not apply to fully vaccinated travelers.

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CIOGC Can Help With Your Rent!

If you have experienced financial hardship during the pandemic and need assistance to pay your rent and/or utility bills, you may be eligible for Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance.


Are you a renter or landlord in suburban Cook County?

Have you experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Do you have a current or future obligation to pay rent, utilities, and/or other housing-related expenses?


Are you Eligible for the Rental Assistance Program?

The Rental Assistance Program (RAP) provides funding to Chicagoans who are at risk of becoming homeless. RAP helps Chicagoans who have housing right now, but who may become homeless soon because they lost income or had another eligible emergency which prevents them from paying rent.

  • Payment of future rent, or rent arrears to prevent eviction
  • Security deposits in cases of fire, flood, foreclosure, domestic violence, or eviction
  • You live in the City of Chicago
  • You are at risk of becoming homeless due to eviction, loss of income or other emergency
  • You economically classify as a low-income household
  • Your landlord completes the RAP requirements
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