Help for Illinois Families
The Pritzker Administration, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), has launched a new initiative to help Illinois families access and afford home energy assistance and other essential services during COVID-19. Building on the State’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program, the State’s Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 21) budget authorizes an expansion of the LIHEAP and CSBG programs for eligible Illinoisans seeking emergency assistance to cover costs of utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food, and other household necessities. To learn more about the resources and services offered, go to Help for Illinois Families.
Sudden job loss, reduced pay, medical expenses and other disruptive, one-time events put people who are living paycheck to paycheck at immediate risk of homelessness.The agencies below work togethter, with the help of public and private financial support, to help some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Individuals and families experiencing homelessness or who are at-risk of homelessness can reach out to the organizations below for assistance. Click here for a local directory of Homeless Shelters.
The Cicero-Berwyn-Stickney Food Pantry exists to reduce hunger in our communities by collecting and distributing supplemental food and other goods to those in need. Click here to learn how to get food and other assistance from our food pantry.
Other food pantries