An Immigration and Social Services Provider
                                                               An Immigration and Social Services Provider     

Senior Groups Christmas party at Chicago Gaelic park December 2013

Social Services at Chicago Irish Immigrant Support

Chicago Irish Immigrant Support is proud to offer a array of social services to the Irish community.


We provide case management and support services to vulnerable individuals and those experiencing difficulties. We assist clients to access services and benefits through direct interactions with our social services department or by providing referrals to appropriate agencies.


If you or someone you know have fallen on hard times we urge you to get in contact with us via phone or email.  


Senior Services:

Among our deepest concerns at Chicago Irish Immigrant Support are the challenges faced by the elderly population. We offer intensive case management services to the older folks in our community as well as run weekly drop-in group meetings hosted at Gaelic Park (Emerald Club) and the Irish American Heritage Center (Tara Club).


We cater to around 120 seniors each month and our meetings are designed to be a social and educational experience. Anyone is free to come along for a warm Irish welcome and to enjoy an exciting line up of guest speakers and events. 


Follow the Calendar of Events to learn about Chicago Irish Immigrant Support's Senior events by clicking HERE.


For locations and information about where Chicago Irish Immigrant Support provides senior programming,  click on the name(s) to find out about:


Irish American Heritage Center - Chicago, Illinois


Gaelic Park - Oak Forest, Illinois



We hope to see you at one of our meetings soon!

Affordable Care Act for Immigrants




Visit and buy health insurance before





December 15th!







Who is subject to the individual





Naturalized citizens, legal permanent


residents, and all other immigrants




present in the United States lawfully



unless their household income is below



the threshold for filing a federal tax


their religious beliefs.


Undocumented persons, including those




who have overstayed their visas, and




DACA recipients are not subject to the



individual mandate.


Who is eligible for financial



assistance when buying insurance




the health exchanges?

*Remember that anyone buying



insurance directly from an






company rather than on the




exchanges is not eligible for








Naturalized citizens, legal permanent


residents, and all other immigrants



present in the United States lawfully




whose household income is betwee



n 100%-400% of the federal poverty



guidelines as reported on their fede



ral tax returns






Undocumented persons and DACA




recipients are not eligible.

I am a green card holder, am I









for financial assistance?

Yes! However, if you would like to apply for Medicaid you need to have been a green card holder for at least 5 years. Naturalized citizens who meet the income requirements can apply for Medicaid immediately.

How do I receive the financial




assistance to which I am entitled?

You will not receive any money directly. The federal government will determine how much you should pay for your health insurance on the basis of your household income as reported on your federal tax return. It will then cover the difference between what you are paying and the full price of the insurance plan, and send it to the insurance company directly.

Where do I go to buy health insurance?

For Illinois residents, visit the Illinois health exchange marketplace at


You can buy private insurance directly from an insurance company but you will not be eligible for any financial assistance unless you go through the marketplace.

What happens if I don't buy health insurance?

In 2014, you will pay a penalty of $95 per adult and $47.50 per child (up to $285 per family), or !% of family income whichever is greater.

In 2015, you will pay a penalty of $325 per adult and $162.50 per child (up to $975 per family), or 2% of family income. whichever is greater.

For 2016 and beyond, you will pay a penalty of $695 per adult and $347.50 per child (up to $2,085 per family), or 2.5% of family income. whichever is greater.

When do I need to buy health insurance?

The health exchanges opened on October 1st. You have until December 15th to buy health insurance in order for the health coverage to begin January 1, 2014. March 31st, 2014 is the last day to sign up for health insurance for coverage to begin in 2014.

Where can  get more information?


You can call the Immigrant Family Resource Program at 1-877-537-7460, or visit these websites


Contact Us


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Office Address:

4626 N. Knox Avenue,

Suite 301
Chicago, IL 60630















Call 773-282-8445 to schedule your appointment at one of our upcoming legal immigration clinics!


Please, check our Facebook page for any changes or updates to our clinic hours. Thank you!

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