Assistance Programs, Local Agencies, and Charities


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Illinois Assistance Programs and Services


  • Illinois Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)  – Monthly food stamp benefits to help low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health, (+++)  Call: 800-843-6154
  • Illinois Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD) Program   Helps eligible persons who are aged, blind, or disabled and who need money, Call: 800-843-6154
  • Illinois Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)  – Provides cash as temporary financial assistance for pregnant women and families with one or more dependent childrenCall: 800-843-6154
  • Illinois Federal Telephone Assistance Program (Lifeline)  – Offers discounts on basic monthly service for qualified telephone customers, Call: Local telephone company
  • Illinois State Telephone Assistance Program (Link-Up)  – Provides discounts on installation charges for telephone service to eligible Illinois program participants, Call: Local telephone company
  • Illinois EarnFare Program  – Designed to provide Illinois adults who receive SNAP benefits and who volunteer an opportunity to gain valuable work experience, earn cash assistance, and become self-sufficientCall: 800-843-6154
  • Illinois Medicaid  – A health insurance program that provides medical and health-related services to eligible Illinois residents, Call: 800-843-6154
  • Illinois Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility (MPE) Program  – Offers immediate, temporary coverage for outpatient health services to pregnant women who meet income requirements, Call: 866-255-5437
  • Illinois All Kids Program  – Offers health care coverage to all children living in Illinois, Call: 866-255-5437
  • Illinois FamilyCare Program  – Covers health care services for eligible Illinois parents or caretaker relatives of children 18 years old or younger, Call: 866-255-5437
  • Illinois Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) Program  – Designed to help with costs associated with health insurance premiums for some Illinois residents who have high medical expenses and who have private health insurance available, Call: 800-843-6154
  • Illinois Moms & Babies Program  – Provides health care coverage to eligible pregnant women and their infant, Call: 866-255-5437
  • Illinois Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)  – Healthy foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition education, health care referrals, Call: 217-782-2166
  • Illinois National School Lunch Program (NSLP)  – Provides low-cost or free lunches to school children, Call: 866-262-6663
  • Illinois Special Milk Program  – Offers milk to children in schools, childcare institutions, and eligible camps, Call: 866-262-6663
  • Illinois School Breakfast Program (SBP)  – Provides low-cost or free meals to school children, Call: 866-262-6663
  • Illinois Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)  – Provides free meals and snacks to help low-income children in the summer months, Call866-262-6663
  • Illinois Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)  – Provides healthy meals and snacks to children and adults receiving day care, Call: 866-262-6663
  • Illinois Head Start  – Comprehensive child development programs serving low-income children and their familiesCall: 217-241-3511
  • Illinois Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)  – Designed to help eligible low income households pay for winter energy service, Call: Local Agency
  • Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP)  – Assists households reduce energy bills by improving energy efficiency of their homes, Call: Local Agency
  • Illinois Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)  – Designed to aid individuals known to be at risk of malnutrition due to low income and poor health conditions, Call: 217-782-2166
  • Illinois Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)  – Provides low-income seniors with special checks to buy fresh, nutritious fruits, vegetables, and herbs from authorized farmers’ markets, Call: 800-843-6154
  • Illinois Benefit Access Program  – Provides free transit ride to seniors and persons with disabilities, Call: 800-252-8966
  • Illinois Housing Choice Voucher Program  – Helps eligible low-income households lease privately owned rental units from participating landlords, Call: Local PHA
  • Illinois Public Housing  – Provides safe, decent, and affordable rental units for eligible low-income residents., Call: Local PHA