General Assistance (GA)

All townships in Illinois are statutorily mandated by legislature to levy taxes and administer general assistance for destitute township residents.

General Assistance is a locally administered welfare program which provides monthly financial assistance to persons who do not have adequate income or resources to provide for their own basic needs. To qualify, the individual must meet certain financial and residential criteria, and not be eligible for any other state or federal assistance programs.

Who is eligible for GA?

Any township resident 18 years or older who is either a U.S. resident or legal alien admitted under color-of-law. The General Assistance Program is primarily for those adults without minor children, without adequate income, and ineligible for any other monetary forms of assistance.

Emergency Assistance (EA) Program

Applicants who do not qualify for General Assistance may still qualify for Emergency Assistance. To qualify for this program, the applicant must be:

This assistance is available only once in a 12-month period, and other criteria will be reviewed to ascertain if the applicant is eligible.

Who is eligible for EA?

Any township resident 18 years or older who is either a U.S. resident or legal alien. Emergency Assistance is available for adults with minor children who are not receiving TANF or social security income.

How to I get started?

Please call our office at (309) 452-2060 to schedule an appointment!

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