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COVID-19 Resident Resources

COVID-19 Testing 

 A state-run suburban drive-through testing center is open and operating in Markham. The testing center is running hundreds of tests per day with results coming back to patients faster than federally-contracted labs. The testing is at a former multi-lane Environmental Protection Agency Emission Testing Facility.  Persons remain inside their vehicle when tested. The address is: 3824 West 159th Place, Markham.

Guidance on the Use of Masks by the General Public

Guide for Consumers Struggling to Repay their Debts During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Below are links to several of the local area utilities regarding their response to COVID-19, including provisions for anyone struggling to make utility payments:

ComEd

Nicor Gas

Xfinity/Comcast

Verizon

AT&T

Homewood Disposal

As of today, April 8, 2020, Homewood Disposal Services is continuing to provide collection for refuse, recycling, and yard waste in our community. In response to the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other relevant federal, state and local agencies and experts, Homewood Disposal is taking steps to help prevent the spread of the virus. 

Households with COVID-19 

Households that have been infected with COVID-19 are being instructed to securely bag all recyclable material and place it in the trash/refuse cart. Homewood Disposal’s recycling processing center employs many “hands-on” sorters; therefore, we must eliminate their exposure to potentially infected recyclable material. Homeowners are encouraged to begin recycling once the virus is no longer present by placing unbagged recyclables in their recycling cart/bins. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

All PPE equipment and COVID-19 related cleaning supplies MUST be bagged and placed in the trash/refuse cart. PPE material, such as rubber and plastic gloves, masks, and glasses, are NOT recyclable. Cleaning supplies include all disposable wipes, paper towels, tissues and all material used in the prevention of COVID-19. 

Please note, payments are still required for Homewood Disposal services during this time in order to avoid service interruption. Effective May 1, Homewood Disposal will resume service interruption for residents who are delinquent in their payment. Electronic waste collections will continue for residents who schedule a special collection. As Homewood Disposal continues to provide all critical solid waste collection services, the health and safety of its employees, customers, and communities will remain their highest priority. 

Senior Services

Senior Shopping Service

The Village of Homewood and St. Joseph’s Athletic Association have collaborated to offer a Homewood Senior Shopping Service. Since the shelter-in has been implemented, volunteers from these organizations have offered to go grocery shopping for Homewood senior citizens. To participate in the service, send an email or call with the grocery items to be purchased. Reimbursement for the items purchased will be done at the time of delivery to the volunteer. A check or cash is accepted; however, change may not be possible. All volunteers have been vetted by the Village of Homewood or the Dioceses of Chicago.  

This service is being coordinated by the Village of Homewood Events Manager, Allisa Opyd. Send an email with questions or orders to Allisa at aopyd@homewoodil.gov or call 847-814-1862.

Senior Meal Delivery Service

Please use this link to sign up for meal delivery with Age Options. If you are unable to use the link, you can call Anthony DeLuca's district office at 708-754-7900 and we can input the information for you.

Once your information is captured, it will be sent to Age Options each Thursday and Friday.  You will be contacted to confirm your date of birth and meal choice. The meal delivery will be 5 days after Age Options confirms your meal choice.

Senior Shopping Hours

Walt’s Food Center - Every day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. customers who are 60+ and older will have the opportunity to shop before the store opens to the general public at 8:00 a.m.

Walgreens - Every Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. is designated as seniors-only shopping. Additionally, Walgreens provides additional senior discounts through its website.

Food Services

Children / School Meals

Sack lunches are available to any Homewood School District 153 student who needs it. Pick-up is at the HF Sports Complex located at 18205 Aberdeen Street.

11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Mondays (pick up two lunches)

Wednesdays (pick up three lunches)

Food Pantries

Thornton Township Pantry

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Feeding America

Grocery Shopping Guidance

Guidance for Grocery Shopping

Guidance for Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Grocery Stores

Unemployment Information

Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. IDES recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive as possible. Please visit the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s website to review the information.

Federal Resources

U.S. Department of Labor: Guidance Regarding COVID-19 and the Family Medical Leave Act

U.S. Department of Labor: Guidance Regarding COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act

https://www.benefits.gov/

State of Illinois Resources:

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx

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