General Assistance (GA) is a program that provides assistance to adults who are not receiving, or do not qualify for programs administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS) more commonly known as Public Aid. GA provides monthly assistance for basic living needs such as utilities, shelter, food, personal essentials and medical care.
Individuals or families with dependant children are ineligable for GA and are referred to DHS for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
An applicant is not eligible for GA if the applicant has been denied benefits from other agencies because of non-cooperation, suspension, sanction, receipt of a lump sum payment or expiration of life time limits from TANF.
Emergency Assistance may provide utility or shelter assistance to eligible applicants as a onetime grant per 12-month period. For shelter assistance the applicant must have a current eviction notice, or a letter from the property owner certifying that the applicant is more than 30 days in arrears on rent. For utility assistance the applicant must have a disconnection notice from the utility company.
Other eligibility factors such as citizenship, residency, violation of parole or probation, drug felonies, etc are also factors in determining eligibility as mandated by the State of Illinois. Due to each applicant’s circumstances eligibility may vary from case to case.
Individuals interested in applying for GA should contact the Township Caseworker, Layla Brown in the Supervisor’s Office at (630) 879-1392, firstname.lastname@example.org or come in for an application.