Basic Needs: Financial Assistance
Services Available at Addison Township:
Passport Photos & Passport Acceptance, Notary Public, ESL Classes, Flu Clinic (if vaccine available),
SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program), Prairie State Legal Services, Circuit Breaker Applications, Information & Referral, Hearing Test, AARP Driver's Safety Program, Senior Care, Rules Of The Road,
RTA Reduced Fare Cards, AARP Income Tax Program,
Pilot II Taxi Program, ACCESS DuPage Applications,
LIHEAP Applications, Limited Financial Assistance (must be income eligible), Special Events for Senior Citizens.
Clothes Closet Hours: open daily, call for hours.
Food Pantry Hours: Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Aid for Single Mothers
Arab American Family Services
Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
AAFS is an Illinois 501(c) 3 social service organization dedicated to empowering and enhancing the lives of the Arab American community through educational programs and services. Case management department is designed to strengthen families by assisting them access services. Under this program our goals are to educate the community on information related to public aid benefits and WIC and assist them in the process of obtaining these services if they are in need.
(630) 529-7715 General Assistance: (630) 529-9993
Services Include: Emergency Assistance, Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Food Pantry, Holiday Food Baskets, Sharing Tree, Voter Registration Service. The Senior Center offers: Bloomingdale Twp. Senior Discount Cards , Congregate Meals & Home delivery of meals to homebound senior citizens, Rules of the Road Review Course , Health Services – Blood Pressure testing , Eye Examinations, Prescription Information and Diabetes Tests, Income Tax Assistance, RTA Specials User Passes, and Recreational Activities.
(630) 495-8008 or (800) 240-7011
Counseling for individual, marital problems, parent-child relationships, unmarried parents.
Community services and anger management classes. Mentoring services also provided. Food assistance by appointment only. Transitional housing, shelter, assistance in rent, utilities and mortgage. Must call to make an appointment.
Center for Economic Progress
Assistance with tax preparation and tax concerns.
Community Crisis Center
The Community Crisis Center helps those in crisis due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or economic circumstances. We offer the following services: a 24-hour crisis hotline and information and referral; emergency shelter; individual and group counseling; medical, legal and welfare advocacy; emergency assistance with food, clothing, rent and utilities; and transitional housing.
Languages: English and Spanish
Downers Grove Area FISH INC.
FISH offers a variety of emergency social services to anyone who requests help. FISH maintains a free food pantry and clothes closet in the basement of the Downers Grove Township building at 4340 Prince Street in Downers Grove. On an emergency need basis FISH is able to provide local transportation assistance through volunteer drivers to doctor and dental appointments, therapy, court dates, and public aid offices. FISH is able to provide limited financial assistance for utility bills (except phone), housing and car repairs.
Downers Grove Township
Includes all or portions of 9 incorporated towns: Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Westmont, Willowbrook, and a small portion of Oak Brook, Woodridge and unincorporated Lemont.
The General Assistance program provides monthly financial service for people attempting to enter or re-enter the work force. Also, the program provides financial assistance to people who have a pending Social Security Disability application. If approved for financial assistance, certain medical care may also be provided. This program is designed for people who have no income.
Emergency Assistance is offered to township residents who may have a pending applicaton or are not eligible for Public Aid or General Assistance, but are faced with a financial emergency. The program is designed for people who meet the income guidelines. Help with utilities, rent and food is available.
The GA office also takes applications for the LIHEAP program. LIHEAP is help with heating bills during the winter season. A one time payment will be made directly to both heating and electricity suppliers to help qualified households. The program runs from September to the end of May. We also offer referrals to other agencies that may help.
Downers Grove Township is now an intake / enrollment location for Access DuPage. Residents of the township can call our office for further information or to make an appointment.
FISH, an all-volunteer ecumenical organization. provides a food pantry and clothes closet, located in the basement of the township office building. Hours are 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mondays and Fridays only. Phone: (630) 964-7776
DuPage County Client Services
Shared Housing Program: 1(800) 942-9412
Housing throughout DuPage County matches those who have extra rooms to rent in their home and those who are looking for a home to share.
SHIFT (Supportive Housing Initiative for Families in Transition)
A collaborative program that works with agencies within the county to improve services for at-risk or homeless families with children.
Emergency Shelter: 1(800) 941-8681
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
A faith based organization that offers resources for counseling services and support groups.
HCS Family Services
Food Pantry Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30am-12:30pm
Illinois Department of Human Services
Monday through Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Illinois Department of Human Services provides information and resources regarding programs and services available to low-income families in need of food assistance.
Illinois Department of Human Services Mental Health Services: A range of services are available, depending on a person's needs. The Division offers a continuum of services from intensive in-patient hospitalization to outpatient care, backed by supportive housing and employment programs throughout Illinois. Its forensic services are designed for the care and treatment of people referred through the court system. Specialized programs for children and adolescents are also provided. Services are recovery oriented, community focused, and attuned to the culture of the persons receiving care.
Illinois Department of Human Services Counseling Services: DASA's mission is founded upon the belief that human suffering and social and economic loss caused by the illness of alcoholism, addiction to controlled substances and the abuse and misuse of alcohol and other drugs are matters of grave concern to the people of the state of Illinois. It is imperative that a comprehensive and coordinated strategy be developed through the leadership of a state agency and implemented through the facilities of federal and local government and community based organizations to empower individuals and communities through local prevention efforts and to provide intervention, treatment, rehabilitation and other services to those who misuse alcohol or other drugs (and, when appropriate, the families of those persons) to lead healthy and drug-free lives and become productive citizens in the community.
Application schedule for 2014:
Beginning September 1, 2013: Seniors & people with disabilities
Beginning October 1, 2013: households with children under age 5
Beginning November 1, 2013: all other eligible households
See website for income eligibility.
Itasca Walk-In Ministry
Saturday (9am - 11am)
Emergency assistance including vouchers for food, prescriptions, bus and train tickets, car repair, sandwiches, rent/mortgage, utilities, motel. Food pantry located at facility. Open to Itasca residents.
General Assistance includes:
Financial aid to meet the basic needs of individuals for health and well being. In order to be eligible, a person must meet the financial and non-financial requirements, and have no other potential means of income. This is an ongoing grant program with Work Program requirements.
Emergency Assistance: Financial assistance to alleviate a life threatening circumstance or meet a basic need such as food, rent, utilities, prescriptions, or personal hygiene items. Assistance is issued once
in a 12 month period to Township residents who meet the financial eligibility requirement.
Salvation Army: Funds for the villages of Lisle and Woodridge are issued through the Township. These limited funds are used to meet a financial crisis such as utility disconnection, lack of medication or possible eviction.
LIHEAP-The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists eligible low-income households in paying for winter energy services. This program ends for each season on May 31st.
Circuit Breaker - an Illinois Department of Revenue program that provides for tax relief and pharmaceutical assistance to income eligible seniors and the disabled.
Food Pantry: Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from
8:30 - 10:30am and 2:30 - 4:00 pm. Call one day ahead for appointment. Foods provided by Dominicks and Jewel (produce, baked goods, etc) are available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 to 12:00. No appointment necessary for fresh goods. Lisle Township residents in need may use the pantry once a month.
Love Christian Clearinghouse
Referrals for housing assistance. Limited service area of York and Downers Grove Townships only.
Lutheran Church Charities
Lutheran Church of the Master
Monday - Thursday (10am - 1pm)
Residents of Carol Stream, Bloomingdale, Glendale Heights, Roselle and the areas of Addison and Itasca that are along Route 53 & Bloomingdale Township.
Emergency assistance for food, rent utilities, limited medical assistance and other emergencies. Home heating/ cooling assistance applications for LIHEAP.
Food Pantry hours: Wednesdays 8:30 to 11:00 am. Additional hours by appointment
Modest Needs is a registered charity that promotes the self-sufficiency of low-income workers by helping them to afford short-term, emergency expenses.
Since 2002, Modest Needs' donors have stopped the cycle of poverty for 11,280 hard-working individuals and families that conventional philanthropy otherwise had forgotten.
CARES' mission is to provide resources to people within the Naperville community who need assistance to avoid homelessness and attain self-sufficiency. CARES advocates to eliminate systemic problems that adversely affect its clients. Other services and programs included: Rental Deposit Program, Car Donation Program and Centralized Services.
The Township offers financial assistance to families and individuals in need. The following are a list of the various types of assistance.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP),
Tax Deferral Applications,
Adopt-A-Family/Holiday Food Basket Programs,
Circuit Breaker and Ride DuPage:
Contact Senior Services for details. (630) 357-8058,
Outreach Community Center
Year-Round M-F 9-6:30pm
Services for Carol Stream residents include: counseling, financial assistance, After-School program K-12 for District 200, mentoring and tutoring for children. Programs include:
Community Counseling Center
Children's Services and Youth Development
Big Buddy Mentoring
Jubilee Neighborhood School
Junior High Club
Learn 2 Earn and Superb Student
Wrap-Around Kindergarten Education (WAKE)
Community Development and Partnerships
Joint Council of Southeast Village
Twice Is Nice Resale Store
Bridgeway Community Church
Interfaith Food Pantry
HeadStart by Lifelink
Quad County Urban League- Urban Youth Empowerment Program
Aids the local community by helping youth rebuild their lives with a commitment to education, work, responsibility and family. Offers youth, 18 to 21 years of age, the opportunity to work towards their GED while learning basic job skills through internships, on-the-job training and community service projects. Must be a resident of Kane, Kendall, Will or DuPage.
Salvation Army - Oakbrook Terrace
Food Pantry: 2nd Saturday of Month, 9-11
Emergency food, financial assistance with heating bills and rent. Referral services within your community. Summer camp for children 4-12 yrs old. Fees: None/ sliding scale.
Food Pantry: Villa Park and Oak Brook residents only.
Veterans Assistance Commission of DuPage County
A service organization for Veterans and their families, providing advocacy, support, information, referral and temporary financial assistance. This is an emergency financial and referral assistance program designed to help DuPage Veterans and their families through difficult times. The VAC will provide limited emergency financial assistance to the veteran or veteran's spouse based on an unforeseen emergency beyond their control. Eligibility includes residency in DuPage County, 180+ days of active service, financial qualification and other criteria established by the VAC. Applicants should apply for other forms of Township, State and Federal aid if eligible, prior to applying at the VAC.
Township services include: General Assistance, Emergency Assistance, LiHeap, Salvation Army Assistance, Food Pantry, Food Stamps Applications, and Clothes Closet. Wayne Township includes: Barlett, Carol Stream, Hanover Park, St. Charles, Wayne, and West Chicago.
Food Pantry hours: Wednesday 10 am to 2 pm.
Wayside Cross Ministries
Christian oriented ministry. Programs provided include:
Master's Touch: comprehensive 12-month residential program for troubled, homeless, and destitute men.
Lifespring Ministry: A 12 month residential program for the women and children in crisis.
Urban Youth Ministry: Includes after school Kids Clubs, academic tutoring, sports programs and day camps.
Hope Outreach: Work Rehabilitation Program.
Wayside Center: offers emergency services of food, clothing, counseling and referrals to other social agencies
Monday through Friday 9:00AM to 3:00PM By Appointment
The General Assistance office provides the following resources:
LIHEAP (low income home energy assistance program) applications taken by appointment during the heating season, Salvation Army funds, A Pastor’s Fund of donated monies is administered by the GA Office, Emergency Assistance addresses Basic Needs such as groceries, rent, utilities, household supplies, personal hygiene items, prescriptions to township residents who qualify by income. This is available once in a 12-month period.
General Assistance is a state-mandated program for those who do not fit into categories administered by Social Security or Dept. of Human Services. This is an ongoing grant program with Work Program requirements.
The GA Office also organizes an Adopt-a-Family program for low-income families during the holiday season.
Assistance with food, rent, utilities, and medications is available to qualified residents. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) applications are taken from September to May, or depending on available funding. Access DuPage applications are also taken by appointment only. The General Assistance office operates a food pantry based solely on private contributions. It also administers Salvation Army funds for Lombard residents. To meet with a caseworker, please call 620-2400 for an appointment, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Senior Center Services include: Senior Ride program -arranges transportation to grocery stores, medical appointments, and general shopping, meal delivery to homebound seniors, driving courses, hearing tests, and recreational activities. Senior Center staff also helps members with medical claims and applications for energy assistance and other federal senior programs.
Food Pantry Hours: M, T, Th 9–11:00 and 1–3:00, W, F 9–11:00. York Township residents only. Must provide proof of income, social security card and proof of address
Educational Materials and Information:
Aid for Single Mothers
Illinois Department of Human Services-Financial Assistance
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