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Alton assistance programs.

General assistance.

This is not welfare. Rather, general assistance is a program offered to Alton Illinois residents that will help families with their basic needs and dealing with an unexpected crisis. People can receive help with paying for rent, food, shelter, heating bills, utilities and even medical care. In order to be eligible for assistance from this program, an applicant must live within the Alton township and there are certain income requirements.

The program is most effective at providing emergency financial grants and medical assistance. People must also have exhausted all other methods  of receiving medical assistance. It needs to be noted that general assistance is set up as short-term assistance program. Also, the town wants people to think that if you have a job, you are automatically disqualified from this aid. It other words, it can even help people who are working.

Alton Township families can receive up to $300 per month in benefits from general assistance, which is divided up as $150 for rent or housing expenses, $53 for utilities, and up to $65.75 for food and other needed essentials. However, Alton township does allow flexibility in that the $65.75 can be put towards utility bills in addition to food. Dial 463.3522.

Christos House, Inc. is a local non-profit that may be able to provide both direct financial assistance and referral information. Get access to funds and support that can help with housing expenses (such as rent) as well as heating and utility bill payments. Aid is available in times of emergency financial assistance to victims of domestic violence. (417) 778-1773

The local Alton Illinois community action agency is known as Ozark Action Inc. The non-profit agency may be able to offer local residents access to direct financial assistance and cash grants to help deal with other emergencies. For example, if you are faced with an eviction and need access to rental assistance to prevent eviction, money may be offered. They can also help people get into a new home by paying a security deposits or first months rent. More on assistance with rent.

Ozark also provides other forms of assistance, including free food, access to medical care, and energy assistance from resources such as the Energy Crisis intervention Program (ECIP). Call (417) 264-2215 to learn more or apply for help.




By Jon McNamara

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