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Morgan County assistance programs.

Locate how to get assistance and find resources that can help with bills

The MCS Community Services organization offers several programs that are designed to provide residents with short term help for a variety of expenses and bills. The agency is located at 345 West State Street
Jacksonville, Illinois. Contact them for more information on any of these or other programs they may offer. Phone (217) 243-9404.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
This will help low and moderate income households pay for their winter energy or summer cooling bills. The LIHEAP program will provide a one-time cash grant, which is paid directly to the utility companies, to supplement the cost of heating their home and their fuel bills. While the amount of the grant will vary, the amount of assistance will be determined by the household size, level of household income, fuel type used in the home, and geographic location. Renters may also be eligible for benefits under certain conditions as well.

Emergency Furnace Assistance
This may be available for income eligible homeowners if their heating systems are non-operational or if the system has been red-tagged as being unsafe by a heating contractor or their utility company.

Utility Reconnection Assistance
This program may help if your household is disconnected from its energy source that may be needed for providing you with heat and/or a delivered fuel supplier has refused to deliver you with fuel and the tank contains 25% or less. There are conditions to this program, and assistance for reconnection to your service will only be provided to families and individuals that have made a good faith effort to maintain their energy service, that have made some effort to pay their bills, or to those that can pay a portion of the amount owed for reconnection of their service. Learn more on Illinois energy assistance programs.

Emergency Services
It was created to assist low and moderate income individuals and households that are facing eviction from their residence. To qualify for this housing type assistance program the applicant needs to be behind on their rent and the landlord needs to have had also served them a written eviction notice. The applicant needs to also have some type of income, even including if it is just social security, TANF, or unemployment to qualify for assistance.





Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP)
It was designed to help low-income residents save money on their heating and utility bills. Some of the following weatherization work may be competed on your home, including sealing cracks with weather stripping and caulk; repairing windows and doors, and insulating attics and walls.

Tuition and Scholarship Program
For students who apply and are selected, the scholarships of $1000.00 are offered to income eligible individuals in each of Morgan, Scott, and Cass counties.

All of the resources listed above are provided by MCS Community Services. Call them at (217) 243-9404, or read more on programs from MCS Community Services.

The Jacksonville Illinois Salvation Army is another leading social service agency. The non-profit administers several resources for low income families, the poor, and seniors. Some of the assistance is for short term needs, and can include free food, emergency utility and heating bill help, and rental assistance. Special Christmas programs are available as well, such as Angel Tree. However the main focus is on self-sufficiency.

Case managers do focus on providing stability to Morgan County residents. Staff can assist qualified clients with applying for government benefits (such as food stamps) and directing them to job training programs. A key to self-sufficiency is a decent paying job and increased income, and this is a focus. Read Salvation Army Morgan County Illinois.




By Jon McNamara













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