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Public Assistance and Support

The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) supports families. DHS helps families meet basic needs, cope with illness, emergencies, or other challenges to self-sufficiency.

Get help to improve your quality of life. Use the resources below.
Find services, including:
  • Cash assistance,
  • Food Stamps,
  • Homelessness,
  • Mortgage Relief, and more.

 
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Department of Human Services (DHS) Locator Web Page (link opens in a new window)
DHS Locator- Use the Locator to find a DHS office or Service Provider in your local area. To access the 24 hour DHS Hot Line, call 1.800.843.6154 or 1.800.447.6404 TTY (English or Spanish). To access the DHS Provider Help Line, call 1.800.804.3833 or 1.877.434.1082 TTY.


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Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD) Website (link opens in a new window)
Disabled Assistance- Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD) helps those who need money and are 65 years or older, blind, or disabled.


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Division of Human Capital Development Website (link opens in a new window)
Public Assistance Programs- People eligible for public assistance can access more services and programs through The Division of Human Capital Development.


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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Website (link opens in a new window)
Financial Assistance- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a temporary financial assistance program for families and pregnant women with one or more dependent children. Its helps to pay for food, shelter, and utilities.


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Emergency Food Program Website (link opens in a new window)
Emergency Food Program- The Emergency Food Program helps families in Illinois who fall in the category of low income. The food is free for these families to help support them.


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WIC - Women, Infants, and Children Website (link opens in a new window)
Food Assistance- The WIC - Women, Infants, and Children Program is a food assistance program to help low to middle income pregnant women, new mothers, and children under 5 years old buy healthy food items.


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Free Lunch and Breakfast Program Website (link opens in a new window)
School Food Program- The Free Lunch and Breakfast Program says that each public school must have a free lunch program that provides a free lunch and breakfast to students eligible to receive free meals. See eligibility requirements.


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Food Bank Finder Web Page (link opens in a new window)
Food Bank- The Food Bank Finder is used to locate the Feeding America food bank that services your local community.


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Earnfare Website (link opens in a new window)
Food Stamps- Earnfare helps adults without dependents receive food stamps. Participants must first work off the value of their food stamps (at minimum wage).


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Food Stamp Program Website (link opens in a new window)
Food Stamps- The Food Stamp Program helps eligible TANF recipients to get the food they need.


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Assistance for the Homeless in the State of Illinois Website (link opens in a new window)
Homeless Assistance- The Assistance for the Homeless in the State of Illinois provides assistance and contact information for homeless individuals. This is through help hotlines and shelters in the State of Illinois.


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Identification Card for the Homeless Website (link opens in a new window)
Homeless Assistance- The State of Illinois offers free of charge, Illinois ID Cards to the homeless with the proper documentation to show proof of legal name, date of birth, social security number, and signature. The individual must also bring a completed Homeless Status Certification.


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Supportive Housing Program Website (link opens in a new window)
Homeless Assistance- The Supportive Housing Program provides services such as alcohol and substance abuse counseling and mental health programs while helping to prevent people from becoming homeless.


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Homeless Prevention Program Website (link opens in a new window)
Homeless Prevention- The Homeless Prevention Program provides rental assistance, utility assistance, and supportive services to prevent homelessness. Services are for eligible individuals and families who are in danger of eviction, foreclosure, or for those who are currently homeless.


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Homeless Veterans Website (link opens in a new window)
Homeless Veterans- Homeless Veterans provides a wide array of programs and plans designed to help homeless veterans live as self-sufficiently and independently as possible.


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Homeless Youth Services Website (link opens in a new window)
Homeless Youth- provides services that help homeless youth transition to independent living and become self-sufficient. The program strives to meet the immediate survival needs of youth.


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Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Website (link opens in a new window)
Tax Credit- The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) puts cash back in your pocket if you worked during that past year. If you qualify, you can reduce your taxes or get a bigger refund. Learn where to get help to file your taxes and guidelines for the federal and state EITC.


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