WHAT IS GENERAL ASSISTANCE?
A short-term assistance program when between jobs or during illness.
A financial aid program for those who are not qualified for other assistance (state or federally funded aid).
Applicants must meet requirements for eligibility as contained in the Township’s General Assistance Handbook.
HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR ASSISTANCE?
Eligibility for aid is generally based on financial, non-financial, and workfare assigned requirements.
In addition to being a resident of Harlem Township, information regarding you and your family, financial status, and registration with the Department of Employment Security is required.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE?
Call our office to make an appointment at 815-633-9382.
Your current Illinois Driver’s License or Identification Card and Social Security Card are required.
Applications for General Assistance Clients may be picked up during regular business hours, daily from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO PROVIDE WITH MY APPLICATION?
Social Security Card
Verification of residence within the Harlem Township boundaries. Trailers are not eligible for Township assistance.
Medical Card or verification of insurance
Unemployment status- Letter from IDES within the last 30 days
If pending disability status, please bring documentation from an attorney
Sources of Income-Bank Statements,Pay-stubs
Parole/Probation (if applicable)
A current utility bill for verification of residency
CHECKLIST FOR GENERAL ASSISTANCE
The applicant is not receiving General Assistance from another governmental unit.
The applicant is without dependent children and applying as a single adult case.
The applicant’s current available non-exempt income falls within the income guidelines.
The applicant is able to work and actively seeking employment -or- if applicant is unable to work, a physician statement is required.
EA eligibility is determined in the interview process.
CONTACT HARLEM TOWNSHIP
819 Melbourne Avenue
Machesney Park, IL