De Kalb County Illinois assistance programs.

There are a few non-profits and charities to contact in the DeKalb area for financial help. However, all resources are limited., whether it is rent help, grants to pay energy bills, or free medical. Families may need to call different agencies, ranging from churches to charities, to see who has funding and to find who offers the most financial assistance programs. More information is at the bottom of this page.

Child care

Children's Learning Center, which can be reached at 815.756.3506, offers an Infant / Toddler / Preschool Child Care Assistance Program. In addition, they also provide both before and after school day care. Other services offered include school holiday and summer program (age 6-10). 60% of the programs participants and the children are from low income families.

Homeless and emergency shelter

Homeless individuals and families can turn to Hope Haven. (815.758.3166). Among other services they offer emergency food and shelter, transitional housing and support services to place homeless individuals and families into permanent housing and help them get reestablished.

One program, known as rapid rehousing, can help with paying rent on a new home or a portion of a security deposit. Dresser Court from Hope Haven can help the disabled, and there is also information on government grants and job training from the Life Skills Center. Read Hope Have assistance programs.





Free legal aid in De Kalb County

Low income individuals can contact Prairie State Legal Service. The non-profit law firm provides free legal advice, assistance, representation and legal information for low-income individuals and families, the disabled and senior citizens and persons living with HIV/AIDS. Call them at 1.800.942.4612.

Senior citizen programs

Elder Care Services - Provides information and assistance, Case management, Elder abuse & neglect investigation, budgeting advice, money management, Nursing home pre-screening for frail and also low income elderly persons in the community. 815.758.5560

Find emergency assistance for paying bills, rent, prescription medications, and more

As indicated above, the Salvation Army of DeKalb County is one of the leading non-profits to contact for help and information. They offer low income and qualified individuals a host of different resources and assistance programs.





Emergency and crisis assistance - Appointments are necessary to learn about your options. If after the meeting, and if appropriate, the Salvation Army can refer people to resources that may offer a one time cash grant/financial payment towards an applicants rent, a utility bill such as their gas bill, electric or water bill, or funds towards prescription drugs.

In addition, follow-up services are provided by the Salvation Army to qualified individuals and families are encouraged to continue working with us on their path to self-reliance and long term self-sufficiency. Families interested in learning more or applying for assistance may call the office at (815 756-4308 and speak with a case manager to schedule an appointment to initiate the process.

Salvation Army may offer referrals to various DeKalbd area Homeless Prevention Service. This program, when available and if someone is qualified, distributes Homeless Prevention funds, will provide housing and rental assistance, heating and utility bill help, counseling and other supportive services directly related to the prevention of homelessness. The aid is meant to focus on eligible families and individuals who are in danger of eviction, losing their home to foreclosure or homelessness or to help those who are currently homeless. Receive payment of rent arrears to prevent eviction, payment of utility bills and arrearage on those bills, and money for security deposits.

Emergency Food and Shelter Program - This is a government funded program that can provide additional rent help, and even free food, to qualified individuals.

Call the Salvation Army of DeKalb Countyat 815 756-4308 to learn more about assistance programs offered, and how to get help with bills and rent. More information.

DeKalb County Housing Authority can offer very low income families, seniors, and the disabled Affordable Housing Opportunities. Or they can learn about section 8 rental subsidies. The address of the office is 310 N 6th Street, DeKalb, or the main number is (815) 758-2692.

Elder Care Services is for both senior citizens and their caregivers. The non-profit will offer resources, information on Meals on Wheels, medical care, and other support to the elderly in DeKalb County. Some of the assistance is hands on as well.




The community action in the region is known as the DeKalb County Community Services Department. They offer a host of emergency assistance programs, free advice, food, and other support. Examples of them are as follows.

The non-profit will help families budget, understand credit and money. There is free food year round and during the holidays. There are also scholarship and grant programs for GED graduates or those looking to get into college and/or vocational school. Or get help with weatherization, paying heating bills, self-sufficiency and so much more. Continue with DeKalb County Community Services Department.

TRRC - Two Rivers Regional Council is the regional community action agency. They are part of the nationwide network and oversee a number of emergency assistance programs, job training, food, and much more. The goal is to help DeKalb families overcome a hardship.

  • Free food and grants for paying rent, utility bills, and security deposits is all part of EFSP as well as LIHEAP.
  • Home improvement resources include weatherization or free HUD foreclosure counseling.
  • TRRC has information on nutritional needs, including pantries and SNAP food stamps.
  • Homeless or the evicted in DeKalb County can use either transitional or permanent housing solutions or explore loan programs for emergency rental expenses..
  • Several other services are provided, and read more DeKalb Two Rivers Regional Council programs.

Love Inc of DeKalb operates several programs for those facing a hardship. Most of the aid is non-financial in nature, and includes things like clothing, school supplies, holiday gifts, and free food. However, there may be referrals to non-profits that provide financial aid or loans for paying bills or rent, car repairs, and more. They are a faith based charity that provides numerous social services. More on resources from Love of DeKalb County.

TriCounty Community Health Center is based in Malta. There can be free or low cost medical or dental care. The doctors and nurses offer physical exams, care for common illnesses, information on prescription assistance programs, and more. Dial (815) 753-9010 for an appointment.

The Lions Club (phone (815) 756-1329) can help low income families and the uninsured pay for vision tests or eye classes. Free hearing aids may also be available.

DHS and social workers help low income families apply for public aid and cash grants. Depending on the program and approval, residents can use the funds for everything from medical needs to rent, heating bills, deposit, or transportation. The main office is at 2245 Gateway Dr., DeKalb, Illinois, 60115. Dial (815) 756-4805.

  • SNAP food stamps can help feed a family.
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, or TANF, offers cash grants as a form of financial aid. DeKalb County families can also access medical care or housing.
  • AABD - Aid to Aged, Blind, or Disabled is for seniors or the disabled.





Non-profits and government programs for free food - Residents can apply to local pantries or Human Service resources such as SNAP food stamps. Whether it is a church, charity, or social service office, assistance is available. Seasonal programs also include Christmas meals and other holiday support. Read DeKalb County food pantries.


By Jon McNamara

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