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Grundy County assistance programs.

Funding is available to help families and individuals with emergency shelter, food, and energy bills in Grundy County Illinois. There are a few different organizations that can assist those who need help.

Rent and housing assistance

HALC provides the section 8 housing voucher program in Grundy County. This is the main federal government sponsored rent assistance program with a focus on very low-income families, seniors, and the disabled. There is often a waiting list for this program. It is a form of subsidized housing for low income families, the disabled or elderly.

Clients will also need to still pay a portion of their monthly income towards their housing cost. HALC and government aid is only intended to be a subsidy. The program does provide individuals some flexibility in finding their own home or apartment to live in. Call (815) 434-0380.

Additional assistance programs

Another non-profit community action agency that offers services and resources is Two Rivers Head Start Agency. They administer the Community Services Block Grant. This is a general assistance fund that provides people grants for paying emergency bills. For example, money can be used to pay for rent, medical and hospital bills as we as food assistance. They even offer employment training and job finding services. Find additional ways to get help with medical bills, including tips to reduce medical costs.

These programs and resources are available for low and moderate income residents of Grundy County. The program is funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and is supplemented by federal government funding.

Many other programs are available by TRRC. Not only will they try to help Grundy County residents that are facing a crisis, but they coordinate career counseling, offer a Nutrition Program for seniors, and administer a service known as Family Functioning Development. The goal is both short and long term success. Contact them at (630) 264-1444 to learn more or apply. Continue with help from Two Rivers Regional Council.




The Morris and Grundy County Salvation Army offers a number of social services and low income programs. Some of the housing resources include a homelessshelter, transitional housing, and emergency rental/eviction prevention. Volunteers from the Salvation Army also focus on providing Christmas assistance. This can include free food and meals for families, in particular children and seniors of Grundy County Illinois.

Other services include referrals, a thrift store, clothing, and more. Students from the local districts, from K to 12, can also apply for free back to school supply programs and events. Read Salvation Army assistance in Grundy Country.

Senior programs in Grundy County can provide food, meals, information, and other support to older residents and their spouses.  Home Delivered Meals, also known as Meals on Wheels, can provide low cost or free support to the elderly and homebound in the community if they are unable to care for themselves.

Receive information on Illinois and federal government programs such as Medicare, Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP), Medicaid, Circuit Breaker, and low income Energy Bill Assistance. Other services include support for caregivers, community care programs, and referrals. Dial (815) 941-3121 or (815) 941-3422

Kendall-Grundy Community Action - The non-profit supports multiple counties. They mostly offer applications to government assistance programs, such as LIHEAP for paying heating and gas bills as well as free energy conservation. Or clients can inquire into resources such as SNAP food stamps.

However, they can also help with transportation, including car repairs, from Drive to Success. Also, scholarships are provided for educational and job placement reasons to qualified residents from Grundy County. The agency does its part to assist the less fortunate with their bills, rent, and employment needs. Read Grundy Community Action programs.

Grundy County Crisis Line - The service offers linkage to financial support, food, or basic needs. Some agencies offer housing assistance, such as security deposit help or loans for paying rental expenses, while others just provide advice. The crisis line can direct families to DHS programs as well, such as food stamps, medical care or grants for paying heating bills. Continue reading.





Free food banks in Grundy County

One of the groups that can help is the Church of Hope Deacon’s Pantry. For the last several years this organization has provided free food with the help of donations from the community and local businesses.

Another group that may be able to help, in addition to the Church of Hope Deacon’s Pantry (phone 815-237-8312) in Gardner, is P.A.D.S (dial (815) 942-3245). The charity works to provide local residents with free food.

Another place to turn to for food and groceries is Northern Illinois Food Bank. They generally help hundreds of families per year with food, meals, and groceries. There may also be free holiday meals, snacks for students, and Meals on Wheels home delivery or free pet food. The Northern IL food bank phone number is (847) 336-3663.

Additional non-profits and charities to turn to for free food, household goods, baby formula, or food stamps applications include the following. A focus is on seniors, families with children, and individuals with no other resources available to them.

Church Of Hope, 202 N. Monroe, Gardner, 60424, dial 815-237-8312. Emergency food boxes may be offered.

Coal City Food Pantry. The pantry is at 6805 E. McArdle Road. Call 815-216-3288 for hours.

Minooka Bible Church, 412 N. Wabena Avenue, Minooka, 60447. Call 815-467-2205. The center may have clothing, free hot meals or lunches, and boxes of groceries.

We Care Of Grundy County., Inc., 520 W. Illinois Ave., Morris, Illinois 60450, 815-942-6389


By Jon McNamara













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