Lake County Illinois assistance programs.

Find information on several charities and nonprofit organizations, as well as the local community action agency. There is information on the aid and assistance programs they offer, as well as find their contact info below.

Rent help

There are a few local organization to turn to. They include the Community Action Partnership of Lake County, Catholic Charities ((847) 782-4000), Maristella, Lake County Housing Authority ((847) 223-1170), and the Salvation Army. They will provide help with rent, security deposits, and other housing expenses as funding allows. Prairie State Legal Services, Inc provides legal counseling for those who are facing an eviction. Find their phone numbers at bottom.

Emergency assistance program

This is offered by the Community Action Partnership of Lake County. Financial assistance and cash grants are provided on a one-time basis to individuals and families who qualify for the emergency program. The funds can be used to pay an energy bill, rent, or for a health care expense or medical bill.

The agency also operates a Food Pantry and a Thrift Shop on site that assist with providing free clothing and other housing needs. These facilities are open to clients based on need or through referral from other local social service agencies or charities.

Numerous other assistance programs are administered. Some, such as LIHEAP, are referenced below. Other services may include information on job training or educational resources, including Head Start. Additional housing resources are in Lake County Illinois, and those include transitional housing or funds to pay a security deposit. In come cases the community action agency will issue a loan for certain expenses. Dial (847) 249-4330, or find more details on Lake County community action programs.

Energy bill assistance - LIHEAP and weatherization

Assistance for energy bills is available in two separate components from Community Action Partnership of Lake County. They are noted below. (847) 249-4330.




The LIHEAP program was designed to assist low to moderate income households with paying for a portion of their winter energy bills and expenses. The LIHEAP program provides a one-time annual cash grant to qualified. The grant is used to pay heating and utility bills.

Weatherization is a federal government funded assistance program that was designed to aid low-income families, the elderly and the disabled by reducing home energy costs. The Weatherization upgrades and work will be performed on the homes of qualified, low-income families. It is free to qualified families, and can help them save hundreds of dollars per year. The program includes insulating attics, repairing and replacing heating systems and furnaces, weather-stripping, installing storm windows, caulking and making other minor home repairs or improvements. These home improvements will in effect increase the energy efficiency of the home, and they will thereby reduce the amount of energy that is needed to either heat and cool homes. Contact the community action agency to apply.

Catholic Charities (number at bottom of page) also has limited funds that can help pay a heating or utility bill, if the customer is facing a disconnection of their service. A number of additional resources are offered to families that are faced with a crisis, and the organization can also offer case management, social services, and information on employment opportunities.

While funding is limited, and the Catholic Charities in Lake County receives a number of requests every month, they do their best to meet the needs of the less fortunate. Other services include free food, programs for seniors (including medications and home delivered meals), and immigration assistance. More on Lake County Illinois Catholic Charities.

Lake County mortgage, rent, energy bill and foreclosure assistance

Homeowners who are facing foreclosure have resources as well. The Mortgage Foreclosure Help Desk was created with the assistance of the Lake County Bar Association (phone (847) 244-3143). The Help Desk has volunteer paralegals and lawyers that are stationed outside of Lake County Illinois courtrooms where foreclosure cases are heard. These attorneys will assist those homeowners with the foreclosure if they have no private counsel. Learn more about other Illinois foreclosure assistance programs.

Another government agency to call is Lake County Housing Authority. They provide Rental Assistance Programs. Mortgage and Foreclosure Counseling and Family Self-sufficiency Programs. Dial (847) 223-1170.




Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County also provides housing counseling and foreclosure prevention services. Dial (847) 263-7478.

Additional rental resources - While there are three programs/agencies listed above, tenants have several other organizations that they can turn to when they need help. Services offered include homeless prevention, emergency cash for paying rent and deposits, and much more. Read more Lake County Illinois rent assistance.

Government assistance - The Lake County Department Human Services is the main social service agency for the county. The center can help people of all backgrounds and situations, including the unemployed, seniors, poor, and very low income. They can help people apply for various federal government programs such as LIHEAP and Head Start. Some aid is administered locally as well, and that can include housing, rent help, free food, and even telephone assistance. Continue with public assistance in Lake County.

VOA of Illinois operates in the region and in Kane County. The focus is on housing assistance, such as transitional units, and referrals to local, non-profit emergency rent and deposit assistance. They help the homeless and case managers work to prevent evictions. Other services include job placement, help for seniors, Christmas toys for children and more. Learn more.

Zion Township offers limited cash assistance from a program known as Emergency Assistance. Rental, heating, and utility bill assistance can be provided for people with a shut off notice or who are facing eviction and have a 5 day notice. Clothing or transportation to a job may be offered as well in order to main employment. Financial planning, budgeting, and credit repair classes may be offered by the township for people in Lake County. Address is 1015 27th Street, Zion, Illinois 60099, call (847) 872-2811. Note the programs are only for residents of that town.

Maristella can provide support to mothers with children and single women in Lake County. Resources offered include hotel vouchers, rental subsidies, security deposits, free emergency food and clothing, employment assistance. Also get help finding housing or educational services. Christmas and Thanksgiving meals and baskets may be offered too. 1600 W. Park Avenue, Libertyville, IL 60048, call (847) 367-5360

Barrington Area Council on Aging – The non-profit can help seniors and their caregivers. Programs offered include Meals on Wheels, senior lunches, Medicare Prescription Part D consultations, and applications for the Illinois Circuit Breaker property tax assistance program. The aging office can also provide information, in-home assessment visits, a recreational activity program, and AARP income tax assistance and advice. Other potential resources include a Pharmaceutical Assistance program and vehicle license discount. 6000 Garland Lane, Barrington, IL 60010. Call (847) 381-5030 for intake.

Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission can help military members, veterans, and their immediate family members. What is offered includes food, advocacy, rent and mortgage assistance, heating bill help, aid to the medically indigent, and more. While resources are limited, those who qualify may also access emergency dental treatment, prescription eye glasses, and help for burial of indigent Veterans. Waukegan Illinois. Call (847) 377-3344





Lambs Fold of Lake County - The charity provides housing and self-sufficiency to the disabled and women in the community. There are a wide variety of solutions available, including shelter to more medium term, low income apartments that can be rented out. Other services include educational support, tutoring, job placement, and legal guidance. Read more Lambs Fold.

Salvation Army Stores of Lake County - The charity organizes services from churches and faith based groups in Lake County Illinois. For those facing an emergency, such as eviction or utility disconnection, then referrals may be available to financial support. Vouchers may also be provided to pay for medications, or a day or so in a motel as part of disaster relief.

Other programs from the charity can include thrift stores and free food pantries, Christmas assistance, transitional housing and more. Volunteers can even help with home repair or meal deliveries for the homebound. 428 South Sheridan Road, Waukegan, Illinois 60085, call (847) 623-6170, or continue Lake County Salvation Army.

Assistance for basic needs is available from non-profits. Struggling families can turn to clothing closets or thrift stores for school supplies, Christmas assistance, and general clothes. Of particular focus is on assisting children with winter coats or offering items such as diapers or furniture to new, low income moms. More on Lake County clothing closets.

Family First Center of Lake County offers several recreational programs for families as well as referrals to other non-profits and government agencies. Examples include information on employment and job training, financial assistance for housing, utility assistance, and education. Other support includes help for victims of domestic violence, counseling, a health care center, and more. 202 South Genesee Street, Waukegan, Illinois 60085, (847) 244-4374.

Lutheran Social Services operates across Illinois. The agency runs several programs for the poor, low income, and homeless in Lake County and other cities. There are some regional food pantries and clothing closets that may have free groceries and basic needs. Supporting Hispanics is another resource offered by Lutheran Services. The charity also runs a program known as Ways to Work which may have low interest rate car loans and even repairs to autos. More details.

Get help at the holidays. Non-profits and local towns in Lake County may offer free toys or meals at Christmas to income qualified families. Other assistance may be a basket of food, stockings with presents or home delivered meal to a senior citizens for Thanksgiving or Christmas as well. More on holiday programs in Lane County.

Health care and prescription drugs

Two charities and non-profit organizations to turn to for help include HealthReach, Inc. as well as Catholic Charities. Both of these groups may be able to refer people to prescription assistance programs from pharmaceutical companies. Click here to learn more.

Or they may also be able to provide patents with grants or other forms of financial assistance to pay for prescription drugs. HealthReach can also offer health screenings as well as diagnostic services.





Another community clinic to contact is HealthReach (Open Door) - Mundelein. They provide Prescription/Medicine Assistance, Health Care, Counseling, and Prevention. Dial 847-360-8800.

Lake County Health Department & Community Health Center has a location in North Chicago as well as Waukegan Illinois. The facility offers low income and the under and uninsured with numerous medical and health care programs. Receive medical examinations, Prescription Drug and Medicine Assistance; Programs for Senior Citizens - Services; and also Well Baby Clinics. Dial 847-377-8400, or also find information on Illinois medical debt collection laws.

Several other free or low cost medical and dental clinics operate in the region. Low income and uninsured Lake County Illinois patients may be able to receive affordable medical care and health services. Medications and mental health counseling may be offered too. Find details on clinics and health centers. More.

Food and groceries in Lake County

Northern Illinois Food Bank Lake County Branch, which is based in Park City, and can be reached at (847) 336-3663 provides food, groceries, and other aid.

Other places to call for free food, vouchers, or food commodities include Waukegan based Christian Fellowship Church ((847) 336-1815), Northern Chicago Emmanuel Faith Bible Christian Center (phone (847) 473-4854), The Chapel of Grayslake at 25270 West IL Route 60 (847-281-3386), and also Holy Family Food Pantry ((847) 623-2112).

There are many others, but these are just a few examples. Click here for the phone numbers and addresses of more food distribution centers, soup centers, and charities.

Debt counseling and agencies that can help people get out of debt

If you need help with getting out of debt or getting your financial future under control, call Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Lake County at 815-338-5757. The agency offers such services as credit counseling and repair. They can also help people deal with credit card and medical debts, as well as provide bankruptcy advice.

Lake County Illinois organizations that provide general assistance

HealthReach, Inc. is located in Waukegan, Illinois and can be reached at (847) 360-8800. Prairie State Legal Services, Inc has a phone number of (847) 662-6925. Call Maristella at (847) 367-5360. Catholic Charities has several locations around Lake County, and they can be reached at (847) 782-4000. Or stop by  Community Action Partnership of Lake County at 1200 Glen Flora Avenue, Waukegan, IL or call them at (847) 249-4330.

Call any of these charities or organizations to apply for help or learn more about their programs.






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