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Assistance programs Rock Island County.

Get financial assistance as well as free stuff in Rock County. The main programs for help with rent or a mortgage, or government assistance for utility or heating bills or low income housing, are below. Apply at church pantries for free food or Christmas gifts, or get free school supplies or basic needs from a charity.

Non-profits and charities offer foreclosure help, free clothes for work, job placement, and even debt reduction services in Rock Island. Find where to get emergency financial assistance, grants, assistance for renters or loans for paying bills below.

Financial help for utility bills, housing assistance, and more from community action

Project NOW is a local Community Action Agency and they offer range of assistance programs and social services in Henry, Rock Island, and Mercer Counties. A sampling of the programs are :

  • Foreclosure prevention counseling and support. Find additional government mortgage assistance programs.
  • Home repairs and updates to make your home safer or more livable.
  • Low interest loans to buy a home.
  • Medical debt collector assistance.
  • Weatherization programs can help families save on their energy bills.
  • Emergency repairs of heating and cooling appliances, including furnaces.
  • Grants and funds to help pay unpaid utility and heating bills.
  • LIHEAP and utility bill help is offered by Project NOW too. Effective September 1 on each year, both disabled and elderly residents of Henry, Rock Island, and Mercer counties may be able to receive assistance with paying their heating and utility bills. Or if they have been disconnected, they can get reconnection assistance for their service if you have been disconnected. Or if a family has an imminent threat of a service disconnection, they may get aid.
    Starting October 1, any low-income household, not just elderly or disabled, that has had their utility service disconnected, or if they are under an imminent threat of having their service disconnected, they may be able to qualify for help with getting utility service reconnected. Lastly, beginning November 1 LIHEAP assistance programs will be available to all lower income families and households throughout Henry, Rock Island, and Mercer counties.




The Rocky County non-profit offers other support as well, in all cities including Moline. The main office is at 418 19th Street, Rock Island. More information on other assistance programs can be provided. Call them at (309) 793-6391.

Social services and assistance for bills in Rock County

The Rock County Illinois Salvation Army provides the local community with numerous resources as well as financial assistance programs. The aid offered is based on local needs, the number of people who need support, and available resources. In addition, the Salvation Army partners with both the state and federal government, other churches, charities and non-profit agencies.

They collect clothes, back to school supplies, shoes, and other stuff (including Christmas toys) and give them to needy families for free. The faith based Salvation Army charity help families who are in a crisis with housing,  basic needs, and financial resources.

The goal is to bring the maximum amount of financial resources as well as basic needs to bear in meeting the needs of individuals and families in Rock Island. There may be occasional funds for paying rent, free food, a thrift store, or help for paying utility bills. There is also free winter attire, and support for other expenses. Call (309) 794-0220, or more on Rock Island County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Most of the towns in the county provide general financial assistance. Government funds can be used to pay for basic needs, such as rent, food, or energy costs. The town's general assistance funds will be available to those who qualify based on various conditions. If you do qualify note that emergency assistance is available only at most one time. Also look into FEMA funds. Call your town, and some examples are below.

  • Bowling Township, 16816 28 Street West, Milan, Illinois 61264, dial (309) 787-5943
  • South Moline Township, phone (309) 762-3232
  • Andalusia Township, 8524 88th Street West, Taylor Ridge, IL 61284, (309) 798-5537
  • Blackhawk can be reached at (309) 787-3111
  • Township of Cordova, 910 Third Avenue South, phone (309) 654-2447
  • Town of Hampton, call (309) 755-2944
  • Township of Moline – phone (309) 764-3558
  • Milan Township Illinois, (309) 787-5943.
  • Port Byron, 1305 North High Street, call (309) 523-2287





Catholic Charities of Rock Island, which can be reached at 309-636-8000, offers a number of social programs, counseling, and information on where to turn for help. Whether it is a security deposit or box of food, referrals may be given.

There are churches that help the poor, low income, immigrants and vulnerable in Rock Island County. A program can provide financial aid as well as general support or free stuff or loans. There is also counseling and free advice. Phone 309-636-8000.

Free groceries and food assistance programs

Dozens of food banks, soup kitchens, churches and non-profits offer assistance to needy and low income families. The pantries can provide a number of goods to individuals and will do their best to never turn a Rock Island resident away. Special meals and food baskets may be passed out around Thanksgiving and Christmas too. In addition to a few of the sites listed below, find more pantries free food pantries in Rock Island County.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church (phone (563) 332-5002) may have fresh or frozen foods, emergency food boxes, and can provide other support.

Eldora Food Shelf will provide food to students during the summer and their breaks. Other items passed out year around include canned food. The location is in Eldora Illinois. (515) 858-2577

Church of Peace supports the entire Rock Island community. (563) 332-5002

Rock Island free legal aid and advice from lawyers

H.E.L.P. Legal Assistance (phone (563) 322-6216) as well as Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. (dial (815) 965-2134) both provide low to moderate income individuals with free legal representation and advice. Learn about foreclosure prevention tactics, help with consumer debt issues, domestic violence, and much more. Learn more on Illinois free legal advice.

Low income health car programs

Community Health Care, Inc. (563-336-3000) is the local clinic that offers a dental and medical home for low to moderate income persons who could not access primary health care elsewhere in the community and who can’t afford their hospital or medical bills. The CHC clinic offers individuals both a preventive, acute and chronic health care resource. In addition, the facility also offers laboratory, x-ray, pharmacy, nutrition, and health education services. Counselors can also advice people on how to deal with medical bills, including how negotiations may help. Find more details on how to get advice for medical bills.





TVNHA Community Clinics are located across the county. They may offer basic care such as influenza and pneumonia vaccinations, screenings, and basic check ups. Dial (309) 779-7600 for an appointment or information. The Coal Valley Clinic can be reached at (309) 799-7518.

A major medical provider, Rock Island Community Care, also has several centers around Rock County. The centers offer low income and underinsured dentistry, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, laboratory works, x-ray, pharmacy, mental health counseling and nutrition. Dental care can be offered too. There are clinics located in Davenport, Moline and Rock Island Illinois. Telephone (563) 336-3000.

Good Samaritan Free Clinic offers free primary medical care to people without insurance but who are working. Nurses, physician assistants and others provide most of the care. To those who are eligible, most of what is available is basic family care. There may also be free eye exams and insulin strips for the low income or uninsured. Call (309) 755-9400

RIA Health Clinic is another location that people can turn to in Rock Island County. Variable rate billing may be in place for those who need assistance. (309) 782-0804.

There are a few charities that operate nationally and locally that assist with medical needs. This can include transportation to a hospital, free screenings, check ups, and advice. All of the assistance is free. Find a list of national charities for financial support.


By Jon McNamara














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