Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency - This is one of the leading places to call for both advice and referrals. They either run themselves, or can refer people to, programs such as Head Start, weatherization; Day Care; Rental Assistance; Golden Meals; Single Family Owner Rehab; Rental Rehab; CSBG; Emergency Services; Health Clinics; FEMA; Kid Care; Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); Medical Transportation; IDPH Lead Programs; and Low Income Supportive Housing. Call 815-232-3141.
The Closet, which is in Princeton Illinois at 2026 N. Main (815-875-3145) offers a wide variety of clothing, personal hygiene, and other household items for the low income. Applicants to the agency do need to have a referral from the from DHS or the Bureau County Health Department. So clothes may be offered at a nominal cost.
If you need a job, or to gain skills to increase your income, call B.E.S.T. (Business Employment Skills Team) in Princeton, Illinois. Phone is 815-872-0255. This non-profit agency may be able to provide job training/placement assistance, college and vocational training, career planning, job search workshops, and technical schools. In addition, work experience, on-the-job training plus special youth programs are also provided.
Rent and housing assistance, including section 8 in Illinois, is administered by the Bureau County Housing Authority. They offer rent assistance, including information and application on Section 8 rental housing. A number of low income housing programs, advice and resources are run. Spring Valley Family Apartments is a form of low cost housing for income qualified families. The agency is also running the Hi-Rise Apartment, which is focused on seniors and the disabled. The centers are located in Princeton and Spring Valley, Illinois.Another resource is the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV). This is very limited and the waiting list is rarely open. The vouchers can be used to help pay a portion of rent to those that qualify. 815-664-4888
Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. (dial 800-531-7057) provides civil legal advice, pro-bono legal services and representation by paralegals and attorneys for low income, elderly, and disabled persons who cannot afford private attorneys or can’t afford equal access to the law. Clients of the law firm must meet income eligibility requirements or be age 60 or older or meet grant criteria.
Tri-County Opportunities Council (phone (1-800-323-5434) is another community action agency in the region. Some of the services and programs they offer to residents of Bureau, Carroll, Lee, and Marshall Illinois include grants to pay heating and energy bills, weatherization, community service block grant, homeless prevention and foreclosure counseling, and free or discounted food.
Emergency Solutions Grant from TCOC - This is a federal government HUD financed resource. The non-profit agency that administers this can address various housing issues. The program can provide shelter, emergency security deposit help for the homeless, funds for paying energy bills, and more. Bureau County and residents of nearby counties can also apply for one time loans to pay rent and other eviction prevention programs. The agency is located in Rock Falls. Call 1-800-323-5434.
Bureau County Salvation Army is part of a wider, regional network of Salvation Army centers. When possible, the charity organization will offer free food, emergency rent and utility bill assistance, and similar aid. Many referrals to churches and other non-profits in the Princeton Illinois region can be provided too. Or contact them for holiday assistance, Christmas gifts, job training, or shelters. More details.
Carroll County Help Center - Thrift Shop. Call them for free food, assistance paying rent, electric bills, and medical assistance. You can only get help at most once a year. Savanna, Illinois. Call 815/273-2879
Housing Authorities is another non-profit organization that can provide rent help. Call 815-273-7081. They will address a number of rent and housing issues, with a focus on homeless prevention and government subsidies.
Shelters and transitional housing programs can help families in Marshall County Illinois and nearby towns. Find a place to stay and other support. Resources include free food, meals, basic needs, job training, and more. Also locate permanent homes and information on rental assistance programs. Continue.
Dental Dreams is a low cost, free dental clinic in the Northwest section of Illinois. Call them at 815-399-7777, or find a listing of other Illinois dental clinics. They also accept the medical card as well as private and government health insurance.
Thomson, Fulton Food Pantry can distribute free food and groceries. (815-589-3671)
Carol County Lifescape Services provides help to people with a disability and low income senior citizens. Everything from applications to SSI cash payments and food stamps are administered along with free hot meals and more. Counselors also offer intake, caregiving to the homebound, and referrals to government grants or affordable housing. Click Lifescape Community Services.
Salvation Army, which is another center based in Dixon Illinois (phone 815/284-7772) can help anyone in need. They have limited funding, but will try to help anyone in need in the community. They may be able to help with shelter, rent, free food, and shelter. If you do not live by the center then referrals to other, more convenient sites may be offered. More information Lee County area Salvation Army centers.
Society for St. Vincent DePaul (phone 815-284-7719) provides social services, financial assistance, and referrals to Illinois and government programs.