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Covid-19 Information and Resource Page — 2021

This page includes information about Covid-19 from the Cook County Department of Public Health and other resources. Information about testing and vaccines is included.  Late in 2020, the Cook County Department of Public Health formed a partnership with community-based organizations across Cook County, including Progress Center.  Through the partnership, community-based organizations will share information about…

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Emergency Back Up Provider Program — Contact Progress Center if your personal assistant is unable to work due to Covid-19

Emergency Back Up Provider Program:  Progress Center is now operating an Emergency Back-Up Provider program.  Through this program, people in the Illinois Home Services Program can secure a back-up provider if their regular personal assistant is unable to work for a reason related to Covid-19. Progress Center has established a dedicated phone line for this…

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Emergency Back Up Providers and PPE

Emergency Back Up Provider Program:  Progress Center is now operating an Emergency Back Up Provider program.  In the early stages of the pandemic, Progress Center had a program that could place an emergency provider with someone in the Home Services program in emergency need of a personal assistant. The program specifically was to support people…

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Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List Lottery opens on October 19

The Housing Authority of Cook County is opening its Housing Choice Voucher wait list on Monday, October 19, 2020. The housing authority will begin to accept wait list applications at 8:30 in the morning on October 19.  The housing authority will accept applications for the waiting list until Monday, November 2 at 4:30 p.m.  This…

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Medicare Part D Annual Enrollment Period

Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period begins on October 15 and ends on December 7.  During the Annual Enrollment Period, Medicare Beneficiaries may:  switch Medicare Plans, join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, switch from one prescription drug plan to another prescription drug plan, drop Medicare Prescription Drug coverage.  Progress Center has four health benefits counselors on staff. …

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2020 Fall Legislative Training — Starting Tuesday, October 6

Progress Center for Independent Living invites you to an online Legislative Training. The eight-week training meets once a week on Tuesdays (2 p.m.) and begins on October 6. The training will give participants the opportunity to: Learn how to make a difference in the Legislative process. Learn how to share your opinions and make your…

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2020-August — Benefits and Services Updates from Age Options

The information below was compiled by Age Options and shared with partners within the Age Options network. The information below includes updates to benefits programs and services, and other resources that apply to seniors and people with disabilities in the context of Covid-19.  Thank you so much to Age Options for putting together this information.…

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March on Sheridan Road — August 30

Join the Institutional Rescue and Recovery Coalition for a “March on Sheridan Road.” Join Us to Save Lives in Long-Term Care Facilities More than 700 Rogers Park Nursing Home residents have been infected by Covid-19, and 100 have died so far.     No More! March * Car & Bike Caravan * Rally August 30,…


Support for people who are experiencing social isolation

Support for people who are experiencing social isolation The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) received funding through the CARES Act from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living to provide services to older adults and persons with disabilities who are socially isolated as…

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Update from Progress Center — August 2020

Update from Progress Center — August 2020 Progress Center staff continue to work remotely. Offices will remain closed to the public in August Greetings from Progress Center.  We hope that everyone is doing well.  These last few months have not been easy.  We mourn for those who have lost family and loved ones through Covid-19. …