COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – State Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, is highlighting the Help is Here program from the Illinois Department of Public Health. The program helps families and individuals get help with issues that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic with food insecurity, shelter, mental health services, and other services.
“The Help is Here initiative is a vital program that will serve many of those affected under this pandemic,” said Stuart, “Whether it’s finding resources for mental or physical health services, or for issues with shelter or food, this program can help ensure that those hardest hit have access to basic needs and services through state and local resources.”
The Help is Here program has expanded from the hotline to other forms of support with a combination of state and local resources to help residents. The expansion of the program is to help meet residents’ needs as they have faced more issues from the COVID-19 pandemic affect individuals’ lives. Stuart wants the residents to know that they can find more about the program here or call at 1-833-2-FIND-HELP.
“I encourage residents who need help with issues ranging from food and shelter to medical issues, or anything else to take advantage of this program,” continued Stuart. “As we head into colder weather, issues facing local families and those in need begin to rise including food and utility costs, and this service can be essential to those in need during these difficult times.”