Immigrant Family Resource Program

About IFRP

Welcome to the Immigrant Family Resource Program (IFRP), a partnership between immigrant-serving agencies in the State of Illinois, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to support immigrant access to public benefits. To learn more about what public benefits your family may be eligible for, call our multilingual information line at 1-877-537-7460, or contact an IFRP provider near you for free assistance and translations.

Our Work
IFRP funds organizations that provide information and screening to immigrant families to determine the eligibility criteria and immigration issues related to applying for and receiving public benefits and services. Our providers also offer accurate interpretation and/or translation services for immigrants who have difficulty communicating with the Illinois Department of Human Services, as well as case management services to immigrant families who need long-term assistance accessing and maintaining benefits and services. Additional services include outreach activities that inform immigrants about the availability of public benefits and other services that support personal and family well-being and economic self-sufficiency, as well as information about the eligibility criteria and immigration issues related to applying for and receiving public benefits and services.

Our Goals: Overcoming Obstacles to Immigrant Access to Public Benefits
The goal of the Immigrant Family Resource Program is to ensure that immigrant families and other limited English-speaking persons in Illinois are able to thrive and receive the services that they need for proper health, well-being and economic self-sufficiency. Based on a needs assessment completed by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights in 1999 and subsequent surveys, the primary barriers in immigrants access to safety net services and public benefits are:

  • A lack of clarity regarding eligibility for safety net programs and services, among both immigrants and service providers working in these communities;
  • Concern that receipt of public benefits will interfere with the immigration and citizenship processes;
  • Language and communication barriers that prevent immigrants from applying for and receiving benefits and services; and
  • Complex application and re-determination processes for IDHS benefit programs.
  • Transportation difficulties for suburban and downstate immigrants;
  • Complexities in serving mixed-status families.

 

IFRP works to reduce the barriers that low-income immigrants and their children face when seeking public benefits, financial support, and services ranging from nutritional, medical, housing, psychological, childcare, and employment.

To see who might be eligible for assistance you can use the Immigrant eligibility for public assistance programs in Illinois chart.

Contact

Luvia Quiñones; Immigrant Family Resource Program Director;  lquinones@icirr.org

Jenn Miller; Immigrant Family Resource Program Manager; jmiller@icirr.org

Sara Hamdan;  Immigrant Family Resource Program Associate; shamdan@icirr.org

Jamie van Wagtendonk; Immigrant Family Resource Program Health Care Organizer and Trainer; jwagtendonk@icirr.org

Srujana Kunapareddy; Immigrant Family Resource Program In-Person Counselor Program Manager; skunapareddy@icirr.org