General Assistance Fund
certain State Statues, Township Supervisors are mandated to provide
financial assistance to the needy residents of their township. The “General
Assistance Funding” comes entirely from local real estate taxes.
There are 2 basic types of assistance that we can provide.
A monthly grant to supplement the recipient's income; emergency assistance
for such things as utility bill shut off notices, eviction notices, and gas/food.
The rules governing
who is qualified and the type and amount of assistance are generally set by the
Illinois Department of Public Aid. A key element to all general assistance is
confidentiality. Only the Township Supervisor and the caseworker are aware of
the recipient's name. There are no checks written directly to a recipient. The
criteria for eligibility are quite specific and start with the completion of
the attached application.
There are many social services available in the County. The Township
is only one and we try to guide people to the other services if we can
Possible Sources of Financial Assistance and Resources
Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
400 Russell Court
Woodstock , IL . 60098
Prairie State is a “not-for-profit” legal aid office that helps low income families and individuals solve many civil legal problems. The cases most commonly taken by Prairie State are landlord/ tenant and mortgage foreclosure matters; disability and healthcare issues such as Medicaid, Medicare, and S.S.I (Social Security). Also, public benefits such as food stamps, general assistance, domestic violence issues and senior citizen matters. For more information, please call the prairie State Office in Woodstock at 1-800-942-3940