The Office of Community Development administers the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program and the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program that both offer assistance to organizations such as homeless shelters or community action agencies which in turn help individuals/families.
- Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG): Through the CSBG program, community action agencies can offer a variety of services that can assist individuals/families in moving towards self-sufficiency. Services range from rental assistance, to scholarships, to food pantries and nutrition programs, to emergency assistance in the event of a disaster. To learn more about the CSBG program, go to the link found to the right. For the community action agency serving your area, go the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies IACAA link found below.
- Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESG): Through the ESG program, not-for-profit organizations or units of local government can offer services that assist individuals/families in stabilizing their situation. Services may include a food pantry, temporary shelter, nutritious meals, training, and many more. Emergency shelters, not-for-profit organizations and units of local government may also apply to cover a portion of the costs of operations. For more details, click on the link to the right.