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Adams County Illinois assistance programs.

Find a list of financial aid, grant, and loan programs below. Whether it is help to pay for housing (rent, security deposits or mortgages), utility bill assistance to keep the power or heat on, or free food, support is available in Adams County. Find churches, charities, and DSS offices in Quincy and Adams County to apply at for help. This is in addition to medical care from clinics, job placement, help for the elderly, and other social services.

Help with bills, rent, job training, and more

The Salvation Army, located at 732 Hampshire Quincy, Illinois (217) 222-2087), has several different programs that provide local residents with assistance. Any individual or family who lives in Adams County or Quincy IL, and who needs help, is eligible for assistance. While they have seen major increases in requests for mortgage help, rent payment, money for fuel and heating bills, and food assistance, they still do have funds available to distribute.

The Types of Services offered include Free Medical Prescriptions, Rent & Utility Bill Assistance, Transportation, Auto Repairs, Fans & Heaters, Food Aid, and much more. Contact them to apply or learn more information. Or find more information on Salvation Army centers in Illinois.

Additional programs and resources in Adams County

Another option for Adams County residents is the Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials. They provide resources and administer programs and policies which aid the economically disadvantaged and struggling families throughout the Quincy and Adams County region. A sampling of the programs they offer are below. Contact them 107 North 3rd. Quincy, IL. 62301. Phone: 217-224-8171.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
This is a federal government and state funded program and it is administered through Illinois Department of Public Aid. The purpose of LIHEAP is to assist low to moderate income persons by offsetting the rising cost of home energy. They can help them pay the bills through direct financial assistance, free cash grants, energy counseling, education and outreach. Help fro LIHEAP can also be provided for propane, natural gas, heating oil, fuel oil, coal, electricity, and gas bills. In addition, emergency service and crisis grants are available if a household has been or is about to be disconnected from their energy source or a delivered fuel supplier has refused to deliver and their fuel source or heating tank contains 10% or less of its capacity.




Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP)
Another way to save on energy bills is from free weatherization upgrades. This was designed to help the elderly, low income, and the disabled make their homes more energy efficient. The savings can be achieved by insulating floors, attics, sidewalls, replacing broken glass, windows and doors, and sealing cracks throughout the structure. People can save hundreds of dollars per year.

Free School Supplies
The Two Rivers School Supply project provides free book bags and school supplies in the fall for income eligible students Pre-K through high school in Adams, Brown, Pike and Schuyler counties.

Grants For Housing Repairs
If you are a homeowner that meets household income eligibility guidelines and if you are in need of home repairs, accessibility modifications or rehabilitation to address either the health and / or safety concerns, you may be eligible for low interest loans or cash grants from this housing program.

All of those programs listed above are offered by Two Rivers Regional Council. Call 217-224-8171.

Clearpoint Credit Counseling Solutions is a non-profit that deals with debt, credit, and mortgage issues. Call for free or low cost credit and budget counseling, educational outreach and foreclosure prevention counseling. Other services provided by the non-profit are bankruptcy counseling and debt management. Dial (877) 877-1995, or read more credit counseling in Illinois.

Quincy Township General Assistance - The town provides temporary financial assistance until the low income family can become self-sufficient and until they can receive help from longer term solutions. Access financial assistance and resources for paying rent, utility bills, food, medications, and household items. 706 Maine Street, call (217) 223-4970

Housing Authority Of Adams County offers both section 8 vouchers, and can place people into public or low income homes or apartments. Over 100 units are offered. Phone number is (217) 894-7022

Quincy Catholic Charities is located at 620 Maine Street, Quincy, Illinois 62301. This is a non-profit social service charity agency. It can help people in Adams County, regardless of their religion or background. Services and resources include supportive pregnancy services, professional counseling solutions, medassist, intact family services and access to a food pantry. Also referral services and information on local financial assistance programs. Call (217) 222-0958, or learn more.





P.A.C.T. Head Start, (Parents As Children's Teachers) – Offers a child development service for three and four year old children of low income families, as well as their families and parents. Education, health care, and social issues are addressed. Mt. Sterling, IL 62353. Main phone: (217) 773-3903

Quincy Housing Authority - Provides section 8 vouchers for rent, as well as low income public housing. Main number (217) 222-0720

Western Illinois Salvation Army supports Adams County as well. There are several offices that provide Family Services, emergency rent and heating bill help (as funding allows), free food and other support. Other resources include shelter and referrals to other regional non-profits. Click Adams County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Land Of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. Western Regional Office – Adams County Illinois residents can receive free civil legal assistance and advice. Solutions are offered to eligible low income individuals in certain types of civil legal matters including, but not limited to, eviction matters, orders of protection, consumer debt and credit, and other civil matters. A client’s income needs to be low, and assets limited. 310 Eastern, Suite 330, Alton, Illinois 62002, dial (618) 462-0029

Food programs in Adams County Illinois

Meals For The Needy is run by Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ. It provides a lunch on Saturdays, and may have information on other food pantries. Call (217) 222-0601

Ladies Of Charity - This non-profit organization provides clothing, food, and other personal items to individuals in need of help. 510 South 4th Street, Quincy, Illinois 62301, call (217) 222-6359

Meals On Wheels is offered by West Central Illinois Nutrition Project. The main office is 639 York Street, Quincy, Illinois 62301. Low cost meals are taken and delivered to people's homes, after they meet qualifications. Telephone (217) 224-5031. Read more Wheels on Wheels.

Adams County W.I.C. (Women, Infants And Children) - A public assistance program for women who are breast-feeding, pregnant or who have a child under five years old or an infant. It is a food and nutrition program for people with nutrition or health related risks who meet income guidelines. It provides, for free, supplemental nutritional food to eligible pregnant women, infants and children, and mothers. 330 Vermont Street, Quincy, Illinois 62301, call (217) 222-8440 for information.





Medical care providers and referrals

Adams County Homemaker Health Service - This agency will both coordinate and provide health care so that people can receive free or low cost health and medical care. Most of the medical programs are on a sliding fee scale. The services will help people maintain daily living patterns at home over a long term basis. 639 York Street, Quincy, Illinois 62301, call (217) 223-6951

By Jon McNamara

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