One of the main responsibilities of townships is providing General Assistance. General Assistance is a locally administered welfare program for those with little to no income and very little in assets and is considered a program of “last resort.” In addition, the township offers Emergency Assistance for those who are facing “life-threatening” circumstances such as rental eviction or utility disconnection. Below outlines in detail both General and Emergency Assistance. All services are for those who live in DuPage Township in Will County.
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General Assistance in DuPage Township (in Will County) is a locally administered welfare program which provides monthly financial assistance to individuals who are not currently eligible for any other State or Federal Assistance programs and do not have adequate income or resources to provide for their own basic needs. General Assistance is used to help for shelter, utilities and other basic needs. Please note that only a certain amount can be given for assistance. To begin the application process, click on the link below to go to the application for assistance. You may also stop by the township office and pick up an application packet as well. Once completed, you will need to make an appointment to come into the office to submit the required documentation and sign off on some additional paperwork. If some of the documentation is digital, you can e-mail it when you come for your appointment. To make an appointment, you can click on the link below (where it says, “Click Here to Make an Appointment”) to make an appointment or you can call the General Assistance Office at 630-759-1317. Applicants must meet both financial and non-financial qualifications. By law, a determination must be made within 30 days of submitting and completing an application.
General Assistance Application (it is best to download the file to complete)
Emergency Assistance is a program meant to help alleviate “life-threatening” situations such as rental eviction or utility disconnection along with possibly other services as well. Unfortunately, Emergency Assistance CANNOT be used for 1st month’s rent, security deposit or hotel stays. In addition, under Emergency Assistance, assistance may be provided for car repair assistance for those employed or seeking employment. Please note that only a certain amount can be given for assistance. Applicants must meet both financial and non-financial qualifications. Emergency Assistance can only be used once during a 12-month period. To begin the application process, click on the link below to go to the application for assistance. You may also stop by the township office and pick up an application packet as well.
Emergency Assistance Application (it is best to download the file to complete)
After you have completed the application, you will need to make an appointment to come into the office to submit the required documentation and sign off on some additional paperwork. If some of the documentation is digital, you can e-mail it when you come for your appointment. You can click on the link below to make an appointment or you can call the General Assistance Office at 630-759-1317.
Income and Asset Limits for Emergency Assistance as of October 2nd, 2023
|Type of Case
|Adult Only Case
|2 Adults/Family Case: 2 Persons
|Family Case: 3 Persons
|Family Case: 4 Persons
|Family Case: 5 Persons
|Family Case: 6 Persons
|Family Case: 7 Persons
|Family Case: 8 Persons
|Family Case: Each Additional Member
|Add $428 per member
|Add $1,500 per member
Other Assistance Programs
Salvation Army Service Extension
The Salvation Army Service Extension provides for emergency assistance for things such as housing, utilities and other areas of need. The Salvation Army partners with DuPage Township in administering this program to help township residents in need.
PLEASE NOTE: DuPage Township does NOT accept donations of goods (furniture, clothes, etc.) for the Salvation Army. For donation of goods, please call 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825) or drop off at the local Salvation Army Thrift Store, located at 7511 Lemont Rd. Darien, IL 60561
Help to Others (H2O)
H2O, Help to Others is a program to help Illinois American Water customers with their past due water bill. This program is funded through contributions from IL American Water customers and works in collaboration with the Salvation Army and provides for a one-time grant of up to $100. Assistance from this program can only be used once in a 12-month period.
Nicor Sharing is a one-time grant from Nicor Gas for those who have fallen behind on their natural gas utility. The maximum grant is $500, depending on overall account balance. Customers must be within 201% and 300% of the Federal Poverty Line to qualify.
Nicor Energy Aide Program
Nicor Energy Aide is a one-time grant up to $350 towards their past due Nicor bill. Customers must be at or below 350% of the Federal Poverty Line and customers who have applied for LIHEAP during the program year can also apply for this program as well.
The Township also maintains a list of current resources available to residents of DuPage Township as well as for others living in Will County.