St. Clair County Illinois assistance programs.

Low income families can get help from the churches, charities, government assistance programs or non-profits listed below. They offer emergency financial help. Or free stuff is given out. St. Clair County residents can get:

Grants to help pay rent or rent or security deposits, utility or heating bill help, free groceries from pantries, or  medical or dental care or eye exams in the Belleville region. There is also transportation, job training, free school supplies, charities that provide free cars or auto repairs, weatherization services or Christmas gifts and clothes.

Help with heating and air conditioning bills

If you are behind on either your heating or summer cooling bills, Heat-Up St. Louis, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity that was created to help St. Louis area low income, elderly, disabled people, and other struggling families with paying their delinquent heating and summer cooling bills in St. Clair County, Belleville Illinois and parts of Missouri. It focuses on those who live in the St. Louis region.

Their primary goal is to provide utility counsel, heat (winter) and cooling (summer) grants to help pay bills, referrals to other agencies, and they will do what they can to restore a primary home heating source during the winter. During the summer, they will assist with air-conditioners, and payments will be made on high electric bills in the summer for at-risk households.

The needy people Heat-Up St. Louis, Inc. can assist includes the working poor, Americans who may have lost their jobs or who have been temporarily laid-off or often trapped in a economic crisis. The charities and other organizations that they partner with will provide a safety net in a region which often does not have enough state of Illinois, federal government, or directly utility company funds to help keep the needy connected to their utility and heating services.

 

 

 

 

The bottom line is that Heat-Up St. Louis, Inc., is a year-round program that assists thousands of people every year, including many in the St. Clair County region. During the summertime, the component known as Cool Down St. Louis focuses on providing cooling grants and public education to help the disabled and families with small children, and they can also aid the elderly and help them avoid heat deaths and illnesses. Because this is an ongoing assistance program, most of the donations go almost immediately to our networking social service, local charities, community action agencies, and other non-profits located in Missouri and Illinois. Contact 314-241-7668 to learn more or to apply for help.

Get mortgage help

Homeowners who live in St. Clair County and who are having problems paying their delinquent mortgages may be eligible for grants and other assistance for both paying their mortgage and other housing expenses.

The Catholic Urban Program-Holy Angels Shelter, which is located in East St. Louis, has available to distribute free grant money that is being targeted specifically to help borrowers who find themselves in a financial crunch or who may be facing a foreclosure. The program can help with paying up to three months of a borrowers mortgage. Those who apply for the mortgage help need to have a limited income that meets program guidelines and they cannot be in bankruptcy or can’t be deep in the foreclosure process.

 

 

 

 

To find out if you are qualified to receive mortgage assistance, call the Catholic Urban Program non-profit organization at 874-4079. Or click here to read about other ways to get help paying a mortgage.

Information and grants for bills and expenses

Churches, Catholic Charities, and St. Vincent - Help can be provided to St. Clair, St. Louis, and other local towns and counties. Assistance is provided regardless of religion or background. Some of the services administered include financial help for paying bills, including rent, heating, and food. Shelter and low income housing is offered.

Other resources include material needs such as free clothing, household products, diapers, and hygiene items. Some resources focus on single parents and women, such as the Holy Angels Shelter. The Catholic Charities organization and its volunteers and employees can provide assistance, guidance, and support to the low income and people faced with poverty. Also learn about local jobs and employment services in Illinois. Continue with Catholic Charities assistance programs St. Clair County.

Contact the Belleville Illinois based St. Clair County Community Action Agency. This is one of the leading non-profits in the area. Counselors may be able to help you with apply for programs that provide financial assistance, and they are definitely a great place to learn about your options and various programs. Among some of the services they may be able to help you with include:

  • Weatherization - This is a federal government funded program that will provide homeowners with free energy conservation updates to heir homes. Continue with government weatherization assistance.
  • LIHEAP - This program provides for either cooling utility bill payments for low-income households during the summer, and during the cold winter months funds are available for paying for heating bills and preventing disconnections of service.
  • Rent assistance and low income housing - The community action agency works with local churches, charities, and other aid organizations in order to provide funds to pay rent and housing costs. They can also help individuals apply for section 8 housing vouchers. This is for very low income families. Several organizations in the area focus on these housing and rent assistance programs or even section 8 deposit assistance.
  • Referrals are given to medical services too. The community action agency has details on everything from financial aid for paying hospitals bills to applications to insurance.
  • Senor citiuzens and the disabled can use community action. Whether information on SSI to workshops on the healthcare services from Medicare.

Call the community action agency at (618) 277-6790.

 

 

 

Urban League has offices in the county and region. The agency operates nationally as well and they focus on assisting the unemployed, working poor, and less fortunate, regardless of their race. Several assistance programs and referrals may be offered in St. Clair County. Some of the resources include:

  • Housing assistance - This may come in the form of security deposit help for the homeless, free foreclosure counseling to homeowners, zero interest loans or funds for back rent payment to prevent an eviction.
  • Financial classes, such as budgeting or credit counseling, in St. Clair County.
  • Educational supplies, including free school items for students.
  • Computer training and scholarship programs for high performers that meet low income guidelines.
  • Heating and other forms of energy bill assistance.
  • Much more is offered as well. Read Urban League St. Clair programs.

Society of St. Vincent Belleville is a leading charity in the region. They administer a number of services for the country and the entire southern part of the state. Resources include emergency financial assistance for food, rent and energy bills to referrals. Some of the more specialty type programs include transportation assistance (such as gasoline vouchers) and limited assistance for health care needs. Continue with Saint Vincent Clair County assistance programs.

Food and nutrition programs from Operation Food Search. Supporting the metro area, the hunger prevention hotline run by this agency assistance thousands of families per month. Services include referrals to pantries, government resources, and SNAP food stamps, among other resources. More on Operation Food Search programs.

Agencies for rent and security deposit assistance - Several non-profits can help low income families with an eviction notice. The Saint Clair organizations will help clients apply for government grants, and also offer case management. In some cases, a loan may be issued for paying back rent, and the agencies also offer shelter and placement into transitional housing. Find more rental assistance in St. Clair County.

Social services from Belleville Salvation Army can be called upon in a crisis. Many different types of programs are available. They offer after school care for kids as well as Christmas toys and school supplies. There are also basic needs available, as wide ranging as free food, clothing, and vouchers for various household supplies.

 

 

 

 

In some instances they can give a person short term financial assistance, and those funds may help with everything from energy bills to rent, housing, or medications. The Saint Clair County charity is also a church as well, and this ministry is available for general counseling. Or apply for basic needs/seasonal help including free Christmas toys, Easter baskets, Thanksgiving dinners, or free school supply programs. More on St. Clair County Salvation Army programs.

Housing as well as Debt Counseling and Assistance Center, which is also located in Belleville Illinois, also offers low income, homeless, the working poor, and others with several services. Some of the options include Eviction counseling, Rental assistance and shelter counseling. They also help with consumer debt, including credit cards and they show families how to get help getting out of car title loans. Vouchers for medical expenses and clothing, Housing Assistance, and free legal aid. Dial 888-397-5730.

The St. Clair County Community Services Division (phone 277-6790) offers Emergency Food and Shelter, Rent and even Mortgage Payment Assistance, government grants from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and more.

 

By Jon McNamara

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