Local organizations that can provide assistance with bills and expenses
Many local families and individuals will from time to time need a little short term help. There are some places that they can turn to for emergency services, housing needs, grants for bills, and even educational opportunities. Both the Western Illinois Regional Council Community Action Agency (WIRCC) and the Jamieson Center offer assistance programs. Clients can even apply for loans to fix their home. Find more information on the services they provide below.
Rent and Mortgage Assistance
If you are struggling with your monthly housing obligations, the Homeless Assistance program provides those facing an eviction, as well as currently homeless persons, with essential emergency assistance and grants. They program can offer them housing and utility bill assistance. They offer households emergency rent and/or mortgage payment assistance. Or for those individuals that need referrals to security deposit assistance, WIRC-CAA may have suggestions. Find additional ways to get mortgage help.
Illinois Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
This assistance program is designed to assist eligible low and moderate income households with paying for winter energy bills and associated services. The federal government funded LIHEAP program will provide a one-time cash grant to eligible households to be used for heating and energy bills. The amount of the cash grant that will be provided is determined by the household income, household size, fuel type used by the applicant, and geographic location and where they live in Illinois. Participants must meet LIHEAP income guidelines in order to be eligible to benefit from the assistance program.
Illinois Home Weatherization Program
Get free energy conserving upgrades to your home. It is administered by the Western Illinois Regional Council Community Action Agency and this is an energy conservation program that assists eligible low and moderate income households with making their homes more energy efficient. Applicants will receive free improvements, including sealing cracks with weatherstripping and caulk, insulating attics and walls, repair and replacement of heating systems, repairing windows and doors, replacing windows, and other upgrades.
Free Clothes and Food
The WIRC-CAA Clothing Center will provide low and moderate income people with free new and used clothing. The center is located at 223 South Randolph Street in Macomb. This McDonough County based operation receives and distributes the clothing for free to people. A food pantry is also located at 223 South Randolph Street in Macomb. The pantry is stocked with federal food commodities, from rice to ground venison from Hunters Helping the Hungry, and other community donations. People who need a little food to make it through a difficult period can be assisted by this pantry.
Homebuyer/Rehabilitation Assistance Program
Another program offered by the community action agency is the Homebuyer/Rehabilitation Assistance Program. This will provide the opportunity for affordable home repairs and/or ownership to those with limited financial resources. Participants in the program must meet income eligibility as defined by the program, they need to follow procedural requirements, and maintain the residence. Up to 80% of financing is available through participating local lenders, and low interest loans are available for home purchase as well as repairs.
Stop by Western Illinois Regional Council Community Action Agency at 223 South Randolph, Macomb, IL, or call them at (309) 837-2997 to apply or learn more. They administer all the programs mentioned above. Or find more details on Western Illinois Regional Council Community Action Agency programs.
Heating Bill Help from Warm Neighbor
The Jamieson Center has partnered with the Energy Assistance Foundation, and together these organizations will offer financial assistance and cash grants to community members to help them heat their homes. The office of the center is at 1025 S 2nd St, Monmouth, IL 61462.
The Warm Neighbor program has conditions in order to be eligible, including income guidelines. The program targets those who make too much money to be helped by regular financial assistance programs from the state of Illinois or the federal government. So mid income people can be assisted as well. The program is considered "matching assistance," which requires that those people who are receiving help contribute something toward their heating bill, and the Warm Neighbor program is not a charity. Find additional ways to get help with electric bills. Click here.
The program is a higher income program for those people who fall through the cracks of other government programs.
The bottom line is that the program exists for those who make a higher income but find themselves with an emergency, such as unforeseen job loss, medical bill, fire, or car troubles. Another aspect of the program is that each year it should aid different people with their bills.
Contact the Jamieson Center at 325 East 9th Avenue, Monmouth, IL (309) 734-4251.
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