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March 19, 2020

COVID-19: Economic Resources for Freelancers & Hospitality Workers

In an effort to support our many community members who may be economically impacted by the onset of the novel coronavirus, 826CHI has compiled a list of resources for freelancers, service industry workers, and anyone enduring a financial crisis during this time. Below you will find alternative income and financial relief solutions.  


Chicago COVID-19 Hardship and Help Page

Created by Chicago organizers Kelly Hayes and Delia Galindo to offer a simple way for people in Chicagoland to ask others for assistance during this pandemic. If you are financially secure and want to help someone please pick a hardship to address and donate.

Emergency Rental Assistance

Emergency Rental Assistance is available for people who are suffering from financial hardship due to the loss of a job, home fire, or illness. This program is intended to allow families to maintain housing during the time it takes to regain stability. 

Chicago Hospitality Employee Relief Guide

A relief guide to support Chicago small businesses and their employees as they navigate the coming weeks of social distancing. 

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

A philanthropic grant that assists bartenders or family members of bartenders who have experienced a catastrophic event or emergency hardship.

VIP Kid // Remote Teaching Opportunity  

Teach English online. Here is a flexible opportunity that lets you work from home on your schedule. (You can make up to $22/hr.)

Arts Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak

A list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals. 


In addition to resources for freelancers & hospitality workers, we offer resources for sustaining the health and well-being of caretakers and artists & entertainment during this pandemic.