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Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity funds numerous services, including one $1150 Scholarship awarded per county each year. ( Only income eligible students attending an Illinois College or University on a full-time basis are eligible for the scholarship.)

Illinois Work Net Satellite Offices provide free career and job training information to the public. Computers are available to sign up for unemployment, Illinois Jobs Link and develop a resume.

Warm Neighbors Cool Friends helps households who have active gas and/or electric service with Ameren, live at the address on the bill, and have written documentation of personal or family crisis, (car repairs, home repairs, fire, injury, or illness, death in family, etc). The program will match the customer's payment up to $350 twice per year. If you receive LIHEAP you won't qualify for this program. If you are a little over income for our other programs this may be the one to help you.

Salvation Army vouchers are issued in Edwards, Gallatin, Saline, Wabash and White counties.  Assistance may include food, clothing, shelter, or utilities.

Emergency Services such as rent, water, utilities, medicine, disaster relief, and gasoline are available to eligible low income house holds one time per year.

Emergency Food Pantries are available in some counties on a limited basis. USDA Commodities are also distributed through the food pantries.

Lice Education & Treatment is 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.

Employment Assistance is available to provide clothing required to keep or obtain a job.

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) assists those homeless or about to become homeless with rent or deposits. The applicant must meet the income guidelines. The household must show that if the assistance is provided, they have sufficient income to pay their rent or deposits in the future. The rental property must pass a housing inspection.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists households with their heating & electric bills. Households do NOT have to be disconnected or behind on their bills but must met income guidelines. This program may also repair or replace unsafe or inoperable heating systems. If households are disconnected, have a disconnect notice, or are at 25% or under in their propane tank, additional assistance may be available. Ameren customers may be eligible for percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP).

Rental Housing Support Program (RHSP) provides rental subsidies to income eligible persons for certain pre-certified housing units within our service area.

The Emergency Transitional Housing Program assists the homeless with food & shelter, case management, financial counseling, and more. There are no income guidelines to qualify but funding is limited.

Weatherization is an energy efficiency program aimed at reducing utility costs of income eligible households. Work that may be done includes insulation, caulking, weather stripping, replacement of inefficient refrigerators, cleaning & tuning the heating system, repairing or replacing windows & doors. Priority is given to vulnerable populations such as the elderly & disabled.

The EF&S Homeless Prevention Program assists households who have had an unexpected crisis put them behind. Help with rent, utilities, budgeting, and more may be provided to prevent homelessness. The household must show that if the assistance is provided., they have sufficient income to pay their bills in the future. Households may only receive help in this program once every two years.

The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) program assists individuals in finding employment. Computer access, vocational and career information are available. Individuals lacking marketable job skills and/or education may be eligible for vocational training which may cover tuition, books, mileage, and child care. Low income adults, older youth and dislocated workers are eligible. This program gives people the skills to become self-sufficient and earn a living wage.

Head Start/ Early Head Start provides services to pregnant mothers and children from birth to 5 at no cost to families. Head Start recognizes parents as their children's first and most important teachers. The program provides resources to enhance long term success of children and families. Services include vision, hearing, health, dental and developmental screenings, family fun events, field trips, parent cafe's, individualized teaching, and more. Early Learning Centers are available for 3-5 year old children living in Edwards, Gallatin, Saline, and Wabash counties; transportation provided. Home based services are available in all seven counties.















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