Community Crisis Center financial assistance.

Residents that are struggling in Kane County can receive assistance from Community Crisis Center. The non-profit partners with groups to provide help to the disadvantaged, and that can range from basic needs such as food or clothing to referrals or job training. As resources allow, the charity will try to provide monetary assistance, but in many cases the only form of support available includes referrals.

Community Outreach is a service that connects the struggling and needy with those programs or agencies who can help them, and there may be one time financial assistance, educational services, referrals, and more. To start this process, the person needs to contact Community Crisis Center.

The organization, by collaborating and partnering with other non-profits and government agencies, can offer referrals. People of all backgrounds, races, and ages can learn about community services that may be able to benefit them. In fact, building out this network and establishing and strengthening linkages with partners is a major goal of the agency.

Help for bills and living expenses from Community Crisis Center

Not only may there be emergency assistance for expenses such as utilities, heating needs, shelter or food, but volunteers and outreach workers can also help with long-term goals. This may include actions such as managing a budget, establishing or repairing credit, and building assets. So this is a holistic approach to helping someone overcome their hardship and struggles.

A food pantry will help work to prevent hunger in the region. Nutritious packages of groceries and food items are provided to the income qualified household, as donations and contributions allow. These boxes or bags of food are sized for the family being served and will factor in their income as well. All items passed out will meet USDA nutritional guidelines.

Emergency financial assistance may be available as part of the Economic Crisis service. This can include funds for expenses such as rent, electric bills, deposits, or medications and more. Depending on the success of fund raisers or the results of the federal government grant process, there may be money available for families of Kane County facing a crisis. Another option is LIHEAP, and case managers can direct family's to application sites.




A goal is on preventing homelessness, so most of the grants are for people with eviction notices. However, the currently homeless that are stable may also receive help in the form of money for deposits or low income apartments.

All of these programs may have funds that can assist individuals with starting new heating services, stop the disconnection of utilities, or pay a portion of an overdue bill. Another goal is to offer some form of help, even a loan, to tenants with an eviction notice, and those funds can be used for overdue rent.

Individuals facing a life threatening condition, but that don't have the money for a medication, may receive a voucher for a portion of the costs. Or clients can learn about prescription assistance programs or other solutions. Any type of financial support is limited and is paid out first come and served. Also, there are no resources available from Community Crisis Center to provide on-going assistance, and clients need to gain self-sufficiency.

Transitional housing and living programs from Community Crisis Center are for the very low income and working poor. Clients can benefit from counseling, case management, mentoring relationships, transportation to a job interview, and more. The housing is not free, but is rather rent subsidized.

Basic needs can be provided, and this will be items such as clothing or a blanket for a homeless person. The support can help address a crisis, but is non-monetary. Receipts will have the ability to apply for other assistance as well, or enroll into the outreach services.




Economic Crisis Shelter is for women and children in the county. Up to 40 families can receive a room, case management and hot meals. There is also material assistance, such as clothing, from the Crisis Center. Survivors of domestic violence as well as single moms may benefit

School supply program provides children and students from low income households in Kane County Illinois with items such as a new pair of shoes, book bags, clothing, or more to begin the new school year. The Community Crisis Center program is available to children of working poor families, and some enrollees may receive the goods themselves, and others are given a voucher.

Holiday services in Elgin are run in partnership with local businesses and other charitable groups. Children may receive clothing, new toys, gift certificates, and free food. There is also holiday help for both senior/ as well as disabled homebound residents.

Information and services are available in both English (call 847-697-2380) as well as Spanish (dial 1-847-697-9740).




By Jon McNamara

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