Vermilion County assistance programs.
Find how and where to apply for free items (food, clothes, gas vouchers) along with financial aid (rent, heating bills, medications, etc.) in Vermilion County. The main churches, charities, and non-profits in the greater Danville Illinois region are listed below. Whether it is a grant to pay back rent or a security deposit, or mortgage help or something else, support is offered to struggling families. Several non-profits and other agencies are in place and may be able to help.
Get help with energy, heating bills and weatherization
Danville Illinois and Vermillion County are served by the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency. Call this non-profit at (217) 443-2705. They run a couple different energy bill assistance programs for people who need help.
- Heating, utility and energy bill assistance - Each and every year over 5,000 families are provided with energy and heating bill assistance. The resources and services are available to more than five thousand families in Easter Illinois each and every year. Families that qualify for aid will receive a payment on their behalf directly to their energy provider to defray a portion of their home winter heating bills and energy costs. The exact amount of cash assistance provided to each eligible applicant will vary and it is dependent upon the households income level, type of fuel used, and household size.
- Weatherization assistance programs - The weatherization program, which is funded by the federal government, provides each qualified home a comprehensive assessment of their furnace, heating unit or other heating source. In addition the assessment will include data on the overall energy efficiency of their home. Private contractors and experts will be hired to replace or repair the furnace or heating unit, insulate the home if needed, and perform other energy conservation measures. Numerous studies have shown that home weatherization programs can save a family twenty percent or more each year on their winter heating bills and summer cooling costs.
- Money to reconnect utility service and pay for repairs - In addition to the assistance indicated above, the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency also provides emergency services and financial aid to reconnect families disconnected from their power sources. Last, but not least, the agency offers emergency furnace repair or replacement to homeowners with low income who have broken, inefficient or inoperable furnaces.
Call the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency at (217) 443-2705 to learn more about these or other assistance programs that are offered. Whether it is a loan from a non-profit in the area, applications to Head Start, or government grants, support may be provided. More on financial aid from East Central Illinois Community Action Agency.
Information and emergency assistance
Another group to contact in Danville Illinois is the Salvation Army. This is an organization that helps people across the globe. They are a great resource to contact to learn about options and programs available to you. From time to time the Salvation Army may even have a limited amount of funds that can be used to help people pay bills, such as utility, and housing costs, such as rent. Phone (217) 442-5911, or read more Salvation Army Vermilion County.
Regional short term housing and rental assistance - Find several organizations, including pro-bono legal firms, that either offer direct financial aid or free counseling. A combination of grants as well as charity funds are used for expenses such as rent, security deposits, or moving costs. Learn more.
However there are other agencies that focus just on the immediate county. This includes churches and other places. More on rent and security deposit help in Danville and Vermilion County.
Catholic Charities Diocese of Peoria also services people in Vermilion County. They offer numerous programs and can refer people to local charities and government programs as well. Some of the services they offer include Crisis Intervention, Food Pantry, Intact Family Preservation Services and more. Call them at 443-1772, or find more details assistance from Vermilion County Catholic Charities.
Programs for free food as well as household goods are available for low income families. Other clients may be the elderly, children out of school, the unemployed and the disabled. Food pantries provide groceries or clients can get a hot meal.
Other support may be offered too. Vermilion County non-profits that run these pantries can also generally offer information on SNAP food stamps or places to turn to for free Christmas assistance and even clothing. Find the Vermilion County food banks.