Children and Family Benefits Unit (retd’) 

As you know, CPS continues to review every activity to make sure we are putting every dollar possible in the classroom.  In doing that review we felt that the services provided by the Children and Family Benefits Unit (CFBU) to help families with SNAP (Food Stamps) and Medicaid enrollment were similar to services provided by other organizations in the community.  As a result, we decided to eliminate this unit at CPS. Although the CFBU was eliminated, the Chicago Public Schools wants to make every effort is made to provide the much needed supplemental services to all our students in the district.

On this page you will find important information on how to apply for SNAP (Food Stamps) and Medicaid (low cost/free health insurance). For CPS the health and wellness of our students is critical to help them achieve success in the classroom and their educational goals.

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Programs

SNAP (Food Stamps)
Provides a resource to ensure that families have regular access to healthy foods.

Free or Low-Cost Health Insurance (Medicaid / All Kids)
Provides comprehensive healthcare that includes doctor's visits, hospital stays, emergency room care, prescription drugs, asthma inhalers, vision exams and eye glasses, hearing aids, immunizations and dental care.

How to Apply?

To apply for Health Insurance (Medicaid / All Kids) contact:

North Side:
Lucy Gomez Feliciano
Logan Square Neighborhood Association
2840 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618
773-384-4370, ext. 43

South Side:
Francelia Ramos
Southwest Organizing Project
2558 W 63rd Street, Chicago, IL 60629
773-471-8208, ext. 121

To apply for SNAP (Food Stamps) call:

The Greater Chicago Food Depository at 773-843-5416 or visit their website www.chicagosfoodbank.org to fill out a referral form under the tab “I need assistance”.

You also have the option to apply on your own with the Illinois Department of Human Services . In our other resources tab you will find links to finding an office closest to you and IDHS’ online Public Benefits application, also known as ABE.

Why Should You Apply?

CPS understands that if children are hungry or miss school because of health related issues, they will be less likely to succeed academically. Having health insurance and adequate food in the home helps to ensure that children have a healthy start. SNAP can increase a family's income by up to 30% a year. Also for every $5 spent using SNAP benefits, approximately $9.20 is generated in the local economy. Families, students, communities and schools can all benefit from these programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

A.
  SNAP Medicaid All Kids
Household Size Maximum Gross Monthly Income
Limit before Taxes/Deductions
Maximum Gross Monthly Income
Limit before Taxes/Deductions
Gross Monthly Income Limit
before Taxes/Deductions
1 $1,276 $1,442 $1,541- $3,119
2 $1,726 $1,951 $2,085 - $4,221
3 $2,177 $2,461 $2,629 - $5,324
4 $2,628 $2,971 $3,174 - $6,426
5 $3,078 $3,480 $3,718 - $7,529
6 $3,529 $3,990 $4,262 - $8,631
A. Yes, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements you can still qualify for benefits if you are a homeowner.
A. Under the Affordable Care Act, all U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents are now eligible for health Insurance, regardless of age.

A. Yes, these are the same benefits that your local IDHS office offers.
A. Yes, you can work and still be eligible for Health Insurance and SNAP. Income is used to determine your eligibility.

  SNAP Medicaid All Kids
Household Size Maximum Gross Monthly Income
Limit before Taxes/Deductions
Maximum Gross Monthly Income
Limit before Taxes/Deductions
Gross Monthly Income Limit
before Taxes/Deductions
1 $1,276 $1,442 $1,541- $3,119
2 $1,726 $1,951 $2,085 - $4,221
3 $2,177 $2,461 $2,629 - $5,324
4 $2,628 $2,971 $3,174 - $6,426
5 $3,078 $3,480 $3,718 - $7,529
6 $3,529 $3,990 $4,262 - $8,631
A. No, receiving SNAP or Health Insurance will not affect your child's ability to qualify for financial aid for higher education.
A. No, you will not be considered a public charge for receiving SNAP or medical benefits on behalf of your children.

Page Last Modified on Tuesday, October 20, 2015