The local Community Action Agency, Project Now, helps people in Henry County, Illinois. They have helped thousands of seniors and families with low incomes pay bills, meet basic needs and improve their standard of living over the long run.
Utility Reconnection Assistance
This is available to applicants who are income eligible and can demonstrate that they have made some payments on their energy bills in an effort to keep their service, or if the applicant has the ability to contribute to paying a portion of the fees for reconnection.
Beginning in November of each year, LIHEAP assistance programs are available to all low-income households throughout Henry, Rock Island, and Mercer counties. Contact Project NOW to learn more, make an appointment, and apply. Heating bill assistance will continue through May of each year. Read more on emergency energy bill assistance.
Emergency Furnace Assistance
Emergency grants and funds may be available to families and individuals who own their own homes and are LIHEAP eligible. If you are accepted into the program, furnaces will be repaired or replaced if the heating system is not working or if the system or home is red-tagged by the utility company.
Utility Bill Payment Assistance
The AMERENIP Utility Bill Payment Assistance program offers one time payments and cash grants on a first-come first-served basis to struggling families. There are some conditions to receiving assistance, and people who are interested in applying need to bring proof that their household income is at or below 150-200% of the federal government poverty level.
Residential Hardship Assistance Program
The Residential Hardship Assistance Program from Project NOW will assist AmerenIP customers with grants of up to $600 that are used to provide assistance with utility, heating, and energy bills. They must demonstrate the following conditions in order to receive aid, including they need to have a specific hardship such as a medical emergency, military deployment, family tragedy, or job loss, and their income needs to be at or below 400% of the federal poverty level.
Foreclosure Prevention - Stop a Foreclosure with Prevention Services and Counseling
If you a a home owner who has fallen behind on your mortgage payments, Project Now can help. The housing counselor will meet with you and review your mortgage issues as well as the home owner’s budget in order to develop an action plan to stop a foreclosure. Options offered by the counselor can include contacting and negotiating with the loan servicer to work out a payment agreement, seeking direct funding assistance, apply for federal or state assistance, or other measures aimed at preventing a foreclosure and saving your home. Or if interested in negotiating yourself, find negotiation tips.
Home owners are urged to call us sooner, rather than later, especially if you have just begun to fall behind on your payments as the earlier you take action the better chance you will have.
The main office is located at 418 19th Street, Rock Island. Call Project Now at (309) 793-6391.
Salvation Army is a leading social services and non-profit agency in Henry County Illinois. The resources and aid offered includes housing, such as rental assistance. Programs for families and children include summer camp, back to school supplies, and coats for kids. Some basic medical care such as vouchers for prescriptions are offered in a crisis. A thrift store and food pantry are also available. 119 N. Tremont St., P.O. Box 643, Kewanee, Illinois 61443, call 309-853-4192. Or click here for more information on the Salvation Army in Illinois.
In addition to the resources above, the Cambridge and Henry County Salvation Army offer other resources. They focus on case management and self-sufficiency. So while some funds may be offered for expenses such as heating bills or food, the emphasis will be on helping people find a job, gain new skills, and get them on the path to stability. More on Henry County Illinois Salvation Army.
Kewanee Ministerial Association is also based in Kewanee. Dial 309-853-4877. Offers financial assistance for paying rent and utilities. Transient aid is also available.
Henry County Veterans Assistance provides assistance to veterans. Receive free transportation to VA hospital in Iowa City, utility, rental, and heating bill assistance. Food and meals may also be distributed to needy individuals. 307 W. Center Street, Cambridge, Illinois 61238, call 309-937-3451
Kewanee Social Service Agency – Resources offered include medical care such as eyeglass assistance and prescription help. A clothing closet can provide blankets, hats, gloves. Emergency food and rent assistance is provided. Counseling and referrals are provided as needed. 238 Community Square, Kewanee, IL 61443. Main number is 309-853-4877
Henry County Health Department has a couple locations in the region. Services offered include home health, which means skilled nursing and homecare services.Women’s Clinic and care for Health, Family Planning, Physicals, Well-child, Immunization, STD. Also apply for WIC here.
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