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General Assistance is one of the main responsibilities of the township. The General Assistance Office serves families in times of need. Assistance is available to those who qualify. Below is a list of the programs available through the General Assistance Office. All services are for those who live in DuPage Township in Will County.

General Assistance
General Assistance in DuPage Township 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.    Please note that only a certain amount can be given for assistance.  Depending on your situation, other resources may be available.  General Assistance is given monthly for up to 12 months.  To begin the application process, download and complete the General Assistance application and collect the necessary documentation.  Once completed, call the General Assistance Office at DuPage Township for an appointment to complete the application process.  Also, depending on your particular situation, you may be required to submit additional documentation than what is listed in this packet.  By law, a determination must be made within 30 days of submitting and completing an application.  Should you need assistance or have questions about completing the application process, please contact the General Assistance Office.

General Assistance Application

Emergency Assistance
This assistance is meant to help alleviate “life-threatening” situations such as rental eviction or utility disconnection along with possibly other services as well.  Please note that only a certain amount can be given for assistance.  Depending on your situation, other resources may be available.  Emergency Assistance can only be utilized once during a 12 month period. 

Additionally, assistance can be given for work related expenses for those who are currently employed or seeking employment. The purpose of the assistance is so that individuals can maintain or gain employment. Assistance that is given is for the purpose of car repair. An estimate for the car repair from a repair shop is required as part of the application process.

To begin the application process, download and complete the Emergency and General Assistance application and collect the necessary documentation.  Once completed, call the General Assistance Office at DuPage Township for an appointment and to complete the application process.  Also, depending on your particular situation, you may be required to submit additional documentation than what is listed in this packet.  By law, a determination must be made within 30 days of submitting and completing an application.  Should you need assistance or have questions about completing the application process, please contact the General Assistance Office.

Emergency Assistance Application

Salvation Army Service Extension
In addition to the above services, the township serves as an extension to the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army Service Extension provides for emergency assistance for things such as housing, utilities and other areas of need.

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. Applications for H2O can be completed at DuPage Township through the General Assistance Office.

Nicor Sharing

Nicor Sharing is a one time grant from Nicor Gas for those who have fallen behind on their natural gas utility. Customers must meet the income requirements to receive assistance.

Resource Referral
The Township maintains a list of current resources available to residents of the Township as well as others living in Will County.