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CSBG Services

The COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT (CSBG) funded through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) provides a variety of services which are listed below:

One $1150 award is given per county. Only students attending an Illinois College or University on a full-time basis are eligible. Applications are taken January through April of each year.  Click on the CSBG Scholarship Application Menu to the left of this page for the Fall 2016/Spring 2017 school year.  
Emergency Services
One time per year assistance may be given in the areas of medicine, disaster relief, gasoline, water, etc.
Emergency Food
Eligible households may receive emergency food one time per month.  USDA Commodities may  also be distributed through the food pantries.  Days and times of the emergency food pantries are as follows:
Edwards County - Albion Office: Wednesdays 7:30am to 5:00pm
Hamilton County - McLeansboro Office: Tuesdays 8am to 12:30pm
Wabash County - Mt Carmel Office:  Tuesdays 8am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 5pm
Wayne County - Fairfield Office: Tuesdays 9:30am to Noon
Lice Education & Treatment
Available on a one time basis in order to prevent children from missing school and falling behind their peers. Prior to receiving treatment supplies, the family must watch a video at the WADI office that explains how a person gets lice, how to treat it, and how to prevent reoccurrence. Supplies which may be purchased include medicated shampoo, comb, furniture/carpet spray, detergent, trash bags, and olive oil if medicated shampoo is not desired.
Employment Assistance
Available to provide necessary work clothing required to keep or obtain a job such as steel toed boots, nursing scrubs, uniforms, etc.  Computers are available for public use to do resumes, job search, filling out online job applications, etc.

Am I eligible for CSBG services?

In order to receive CSBG services you must live in WADI’s service area (the counties of Edwards, Gallatin, Hamilton, Saline, Wabash, Wayne and White) and your past 90 day's income must be under the 125% of the federal poverty guidelines.  Contact your WADI office to see if income guidelines have changed.



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