On April 10th, 2020, in conjunction with the Center for Health Equity Research Chicago (CHER) we launched a brief, community-based needs assessment, meant to capture the organizational and client needs of Chicago’s diverse community service organizations as they worked to respond to COVID 19. This point-in-time assessment covers the period of April 10th through April 29th,, 2020. This is after the Governor’s first stay-at-home directive, issued on March 20th, 2020, and includes the April 17th announcement that all schools in Illinois would remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
- Emergency financial support was the single biggest organizational need
- Food was the client need reported most by organizations
- 4 out of 5 organizations reported that clients had reported an increase in depression, anxiety and other mental health problems
- Needs varied based on community area