There are several ways to apply for Cash, SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), and Medical Assistance.
Determine eligibility for SNAP benefits
Domestic violence programs located throughout Illinois provide safety assistance to victims of domestic violence. They are free and private. Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, temporary food and housing, and more.
The Emergency and Transitional Housing Program gives immediate and comprehensive shelter services to homeless persons and persons at risk of becoming homeless.
Find more information about services and assistance available to individuals with disabilities.
Find support and treatment services for alcoholism & addiction through an extensive treatment provider network throughout the State of Illinois.
Learn about services available to those in need of mental health care.
Every year in Illinois, child abuse and neglect goes unreported. Experts tell us that one in five children will be abused or neglected before they turn 18 years old. When you call the DCFS Child Abuse Hotline, you are joining every day Illinoisans who make the socially-responsible choice to keep kids safe and get families the help they need, before it is too late.
Persons ages 60+ seeking admission into a nursing home must go through the IDoA screening process. During the process, all persons seeking information are provided with all short and long-term care options, regardless of income or DON score.