Community resources

EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:

The following agencies in DuPage and Kane counties may be able to offer emergency financial assistance if you are having trouble paying rent, utility bills or need help coming up with money for a security deposit. (In alphabetical order).

Catholic Charities – DuPage County
Address:
26 W. St. Charles Rd., Lombard, IL 60148
Phone:
630-495-8008
Website:
www.catholiccharitiesjoliet.org

Catholic Charities of Aurora (Kane County)
Address:
314 N. Lake St., Suite 1A, Aurora, IL 60506
Phone:
(630) 820-3220
Website:
www.ccrfd.org

Com Ed

ComEd offers flexible payment options and financial assistance for customers in need. Flexible payment options are offered through April 1, 2014. In addition, ComEd offers financial assistance to those that qualify under several programs including its Residential Special Hardship Program, which offers up to $1,500 once every 3 years for eligible residential customers with household incomes up to 250% of the federal poverty level ($58,875 for a family of 4). Through April 14, 2014, customers are NOT required to provide additional hardship documentation to qualify.

Please refer to www.ComEd.com/CARE for further information.

Downers Grove Area FISH Food Pantry.
FISH is able to provide limited financial assistance for utility bills (except phone), housing, and car repairs.
Address:
4340 Prince St, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone:
(630) 964-7776
Website:
www.dgfish.org

DuPage County Department of Human Services
Address:
421 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone:
630-682-7000
Website
: www.dupageco.org or                                                                                               Website: www.dupagecris.org for C.R.I.S - Community Resource Information System                   C.R.I.S is a database of health and human services offered in DuPage County including: clothing and household goods, education, employment, income and financial resources, individual and family support, legal, food, health (dental, medical and mental), housing and utilities and transportation. 

DuPage Housing Authority
DHA provides rental assistance vouchers through a program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Housing Choice Vouchers allow income eligible families and individuals, elderly persons and persons with disabilities to live in decent affordable rental units.
Address:
711 E. Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone:
(630) 690-3555
Website:
www.dupagehousing.org

Elmhurst Walk-In Ministry
Address:
125 W. Church, Elmhurst, IL 60126
Phone:
(630) 782-6006
Website
: www.elmhurstwalkinministry.org

HCS Family Services(Only for residents of Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Westmont, or Willowbrook).
HCS Family Services offers short-term rent and mortgage assistance  due to an unexpected financial crisis. Services offered are rental assistance, security deposit assistance and supportive services to help obtain and maintain housing.
Address:
19 East Chicago Avenue, Memorial Building, Second Floor, Hinsdale, IL 60521
Phone:
(630) 323-2500
Website:
www.hcsfamilyservices.org

Homeless Prevention Partnership
The DuPage County Continuum of Care Homeless Prevention Program (HPP) consists of a number of community agencies that receive homeless prevention funds. These funds provide one-time assistance to avoid eviction and homelessness of individuals or families experiencing a short-term economic crisis. The funds can also be used to assist homeless families in securing housing.
Address:
421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone:
(630) 407-6500
Website:
www.dupageco.org

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Assists low-income households by offsetting the rising cost of home energy through direct financial assistance, energy counseling, outreach and education.
Phone:
The DuPage County's Energy Assistance: 630-407-6500 or 1-800-942-9412
Email: liheap@dupageco.org
Website:
www.dupageco.org

Naperville CARES (Naperville residents only)
Helps local families in financial crisis meet their essential needs by providing emergency financial support and resources.
Address:
618 W 5th Ave, Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: (630) 369-0200
Website:
www.napervillecares.org

Outreach Community Ministries
Address:
122 W. Liberty Dr. Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: (630) 682-1910
Website:
www.outreachcommunityministries.org

Nicor Gas Sharing Program
Nicor Gas Sharing Program provides one-time annual grants of $400-$450, depending on age, to qualified residential customers. To receive a grant, individuals must meet the income guidelines and apply in person at their local Salvation Army or other agency office.
Phone:
(630) 897-7265
Website:
www.nicor.com/en_us/residential/financial_assistance/sharing.htm

People’s Resource Center
People's Resource Center (PRC) offers emergency rent assistance to qualifying clients who are unable to pay rent or make a security deposit due to a temporary financial crisis.
Address:
201 S. Naperville Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone:
630-682-5402
Website:
www.peoplesrc.org

The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division:  Provides emergency rental and utility assistance.
1)     
Aurora Corps Community Center
437 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60505-3484
Phone: 630-897-7265
Website:
www.salvationarmy.org
2)     
Oakbrook Terrace Corps Community Center
1 S. 415 Summit, Villa Park, IL 60181-3906 
Phone: 630-629-3044
Website:
www.salvationarmy.org
3)     
St. Charles (Tri-City) Corps Community Center
1710 S. 7th Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174-4380 
Phone: 630-377-2769
Website:
www.salvationarmy.org

Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Holy Angels Conference
(For residents living on the southwest side of Aurora - the boundaries are the river on the east, Rt. 88 on the north, Orchard Road on the west and Plum Street on the South).  St. Vincent de Paul Society of Holy Angels Conference is a volunteer organization that provides assistance with basic rental and utility necessities. (No assistance is provided for cable bills.)
Address:
180 South Russell Avenue, Aurora, IL 60506
Phone :
(630) 897-8068

Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Rita of Cascia Conference
(For residents living on the northwest side of Aurora).  St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Rita of Cascia Conference gives guidance and possible assistance to help with emergency needs such as rent or utility bills. Other needs may also be accommodated. (Not able to provide security deposits.)
Address: 750 West Old Indian Trail, Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 892-6186

Veterans Assistance Commission of DuPage County
The Commission offers one time emergency financial assistance, including rent and utilities, for veterans discharged under honorable conditions and their families experiencing crisis.
Address: 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: (630) 407-5655
Website: www.dupageco.org/vac

Veterans Assistance Commission of Kane County
The Commission provides services and financial aid to military veterans and their families who reside in Kane County and qualify for and need assistance. Emergency financial assistance for rent, utilities, food and personal needs is available to qualifying veterans not receiving any other form of government aid.
Address:
719 South Batavia Ave, Bldg. A, Room 104 Government Center, Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: (630) 232-3550
Website: http://www.countyofkane.org/Pages/Veterans.aspxx

 

 

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