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Williamson County Illinois assistance programs.

Many agencies provide emergency financial help in the Marion area. Find government assistance, grants to help with rent or energy bills, housing programs, and other aid. The main charities and churches to apply at for help, including free food, school supplies, clothes, or Christmas toys are below. There are also job programs, free debt reduction services, mortgage help, and much more in Williamson County.

Grants for energy bills, rent, and weatherization programs

Crosswalk Community Action Agency is a local, non-profit organization that provides services and resources for low to moderate income families and individuals. The goal of the agency is to provide services and resources that both improve and promote the level of self sufficiency, while at the same time, addressing day to day needs by providing grants for bills, mortgage payments, rent and other expenses.

Mortgage assistance and rent help

If an individual or a family is facing an eviction, or a foreclosure filing, they may be able to receive aid from Crosswalk Homeless Prevention Services. This is a series of programs and resources that are targeted toward people who are about to become homeless, or who may be homeless right now. Assistance provided could include a number of different approaches, including grants and cash that could help with rent, security deposits or mortgage payments.

In addition, the Homeless Prevention Program provides utility bill as well as general housing assistance, and other supportive services that are directly related to the prevention of homelessness to eligible individuals and families. The funds, loans and grants are designed for those who are in danger of foreclosure, eviction, homelessness or who are currently homeless right now. Also, find additional mortgage payment assistance programs.

Illinois Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

This is an option for low-income households who need help paying for winter energy services and heating bills. The amount of assistance that is provided to low income families will be is determined by a number of factors and criteria, including the applicants household income, number of people who live in the home, and the type of fuel used for heating (such as propane or heating oil).




An applicant to the LIHEAP program at Crosswalk does not have to own their home or even pay energy bills directly to get assistance. They can just be renters. Another item to note is that an overdue utility bill or service shut-off notice is not required in order to get help from LIHEAP. There is a crisis component that will provide emergency assistance, and that is available if the household is facing a disconnection or if they are disconnected from any energy source needed for heating and/or a delivered fuel supplier.


The scholarship program is designed to provide grants and other types of financial assistance to low-income and disadvantaged persons of high academic attainment or potential who are seeking assistance for educational expenses. Crosswalk Community Action Agency administers this. Students can also find other scholarship programs for minorities or disadvantaged students.

Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP)

This is an energy conservation program that was created by the federal government. It was designed to help low-income residents, the elderly, and other who may be struggling. The goal is to help them save fuel and money on their energy bills, while increasing the comfort of their homes at the same time. Weatherization assistance is free to applicants. Clients can reduce their energy bills by hundreds of dollars per year.

Williamson County emergency services program

Applicants can use this resources only once. It will provide onetime only cash assistance and grants to families, individuals and households who are truly experiencing an emergency or some type of crisis situation. The aid is targeted at those who need of immediate life necessities, such as shelter, prescription medicine, health or dental care, etc. Also, find other ways to get free health insurance or care.





Homeless prevention is available in Williamson County. CCCA may be able to provide emergency government grants, as funding allows, for rent or other expenses. Case management, landlord/tenant mediation, and case management can also help. The currently homeless may be able to receive funds to pay a portion of a security deposit on a new home in Illinois.

While the Crosswalk Community Action Agency main office is located in West Frankfort, they do also assist people who live in Marion and Williamson County Illinois. You can contact them at (618) 932-6438 to apply for assistance or learn more. More on financial resources from Crosswalk Community Action.

Additional assistance programs in the region

Williamson County Program on Aging offers home delivered meals to people who are 60 years of age and older, who live at home, and are not in a nursing home. It is usually a lunch meal, but at the same time the senior receives companionship. Phone number is 618.988.1585. They may also feed the disabled.

Senior Adult Services (phone 618.457.4151) is a similar program for the elderly. They promote needs of seniors, and can advice them on programs such as Medicare or discounted prescription medications. Also get information on congregate and home delivered meals. The Marion Senior Citizens Center runs social, nutritional, educational, health, and recreational programs. Call 918.997.9019.

Free or low cost medical care and assistance with bills is offered by various clinics. The Bridge Medical Center (phone 618.294.8330) runs a free medical clinic. Health care services are offered for the working poor who lack insurance as their employer doesn’t offer it.

Abundant Health Resource Clinic provides free case management services and medical care to low income residents that do not have health or dental insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, or any other access to healthcare. Doctors and nurses help the less fortunate. Dial 618. 529.9459 for intake.

The disabled also struggle to get by. Many live on only hundreds of dollars per month. There are resources in Williamson County and nationwide for anyone with a disability. Everything from medical equipment to cash loans, eye exams, supportive housing and more is arranged. Find a list of disability programs.

Salvation Army has a few social service centers, thrift stores, and food pantries in the Marion Illinois region. Case management and limited amounts of financial aid are available across the county. Most of the resources are administered by their Family Services department, and this can include free food, rent assistance/homeless prevention, and free Christmas meals and gifts. Back to school uniforms and supplies may be passed out too. They are a leading non-profit organization for the low income and seniors to contact for help. Read Williamson County Salvation Army assistance.

Another local non-profit is Hands of Hope Family Clinic. Call 618.998.8282. The center provides free medical care to low income working families who are under or uninsured. They also offer referrals to clinics. Or find more free health care in Illinois.





Marion Ministerial Alliance offers emergency financial assistance for rent, heating bills and utilities. Also provides monthly food boxes and lunches to children, seniors, and local families. There may also be loans or security or utility deposit help too. Call 618.993.8419

Williamson County Family Crisis Center (phone 618.988.8020) offers eviction prevention, safe temporary shelter to the homeless, and case management. Get help in finding a new home, as well as support for those getting back on your feet.

Harvest Deliverance Center Inc. provides a soup kitchen and emergency food boxes. Dial 618.252.0009 for information and intake.

By Jon McNamara














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