Senator VillanuevaCHICAGO – State Senator Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago) praised the governor’s moves to increase funding for food, homeless and childcare programs throughout the state.

“We need to do all we can to protect our most vulnerable friends and neighbors,” Villanueva said. “Expanding these services is the moral thing to do and I am grateful for the governor’s commitment to making sure that nobody falls through the cracks during this crisis.”

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which feeds nearly 900,000 Illinois families, received a $80 million increase in funds. SNAP applications are now available online at

Housing and other services for people experiencing homelessness received a $2 million increase in funds. Local organizations that receive funds will remain in charge of how to best serve people in need in their community.

Childcare providers who are licensed to operate during the Stay at Home order will also receive stipends to cover new costs. Applications for the stipend are available at local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies.

Senator Villanueva’s district office is closed during the Stay at Home order, but staff are available to connect anyone to these resources at 708-552-5225.

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