The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many new laws, regulations, programs, and procedures affecting almost every legal subject area, as well as the court system. As the situation changes day by day, Prairie State Legal Services (PSLS) remains committed to serving its clients. Individuals may continue to apply for services through online intake and telephone intake by calling their local office.

During this challenging time, it’s important that individuals have information and resources related to their civil legal rights and issues that may be compounded as a result of the coronavirus. Below is a list of resources that can be found on the homepage of the PSLS website.

Resources

COVID H.E.L.P. of Illinois

Many families are dealing with life-changing issues related to housing, employment, income, debt and the loss of a loved one. In response, Illinois’ legal aid community has launched COVID HE.L.P. (Housing and Economic Loss Prevention), a free tool for people in Illinois who are facing housing, employment, and other economic problems because of COVID-19. This is a joint project of CARPLS Legal Aid, a nonprofit legal aid organization in Illinois, and other Illinois legal aid agencies that understand the cascade of legal problems the pandemic has unleashed on Illinois families.

PSLS continues to be available to help provide legal services, but this new tool is an easy way for people to access legal information as well as start an online application for legal help.

Tips for Renters

If you are facing eviction or utility shut-off during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have special rights and/or assistance may be available to help you stay in your home. Many of the eviction rules have temporarily changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Information and tips for renters can be found in our Renters Handbook.

Eviction Help During COVID-19

PSLS offers resources to help you understand your legal rights if you are facing eviction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Eviction Q & A

Several short video Q&As about eviction can be found on the PSLS YouTube Channel, here.