State of Illinois Announces Help Illinois Families Initiative and more

Help Illinois Families Initiative

Governor Pritzker joined the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today to announce a major expansion in funding for the state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) programs. The $275 million total funding includes an additional $90 million allocated via the CARES Act, allowing the state to increase eligibility for these programs to 1 million income-qualified Illinoisans. These programs will provide emergency relief for families and displaced households across the state as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, with programs offering assistance with utilities, rent, and other household necessities for income qualifying residents. DCEO joined the Governor in Belleville and West Frankfurt communities to make the announcement. Read more


  • Helps eligible low-income households pay for home energy services, including assistance with heating, gas, and electricity.
  • More information on services available in your region can be found by visiting your Local Administering Agency (LAA) page.
  • Deadline: FY20 LIHEAP services is June 30, 2020, however FY21 LIHEAP enrollment opens up earlier than usual on July 27, 2020.


  • Offers an array of essential services, including rent assistance, food, temporary shelter, medicine and more.
  • Check your local Community Action Agency (CAA) for a list of available services near you.
  • Deadline: Open all year with expanded income eligibility guidelines as of February 2020.
Help Illinois Families expands on the existing Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Community Services Blog Program (CSBG). If you meet the income requirements and submit your application, you may be eligible for emergency assistance to cover the costs of utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food, and other household necessities.

Pantry will remain closed until June 1st

Due to Coronavirus concerns, the food pantry will remain closed until June 1.

However, if you are seeking financial aid for:

  • Utility bills
  • Rent
  • Prescription
  • Gasoline for out of town medical appointments

Call 815-625-0311 between 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Fridays in May.

Fred Marruffo
Board President 

NEW Covid-19 Housing Payment Assistance Program

This new program will provide financial assistance for two months of rent or mortgage (including escrow) for those that have been affected by the Covid-10 pandemic. 

– Must be within the CSBG 125% Income Guidelines (visit our website for guidelines).

– Must have documentation showing you have been off work/loss of hours by your employer due to a closure of a business or proof from a doctor that you are being quarantined due to the virus.

Since all TCOC offices are closed to the public, in order to follow the social distancing order, please contact an Outreach Worker by email if you live in the following counties:

Bureau County (Kay or Vanessa):

Carroll County (Julie):

LaSalle County (Kay or Nancy):

Lee County (Leslie, Loraen or Katie):

Marshall County (Crystal):

Ogle County (Renee):

Putnam County (Kay):

Stark County (Crystal):

Whiteside County (Leslie, Loraen or Katie):

Any questions, please call the main office at 1-800-323-5434, or email Neddie at

Food bank giveaway this Saturday

Sauk Valley Foodbank is giving away food form 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 8801 Plant Drive.

The food bank office is closed, but staff continues to serve the needy.

“Last week we delivered to low-income and elderly facilities, and made sure at least 600 people had food on their tables,” Executive Director Andrea Hensgen said in a news release. The food bank also served 852 people at a giveaway Saturday, she said.

“Our building itself is closed to the public, meaning no restrooms are available. So along those lines, we also ask that no one arrive early; everyone in line by 12 p.m. will be served.”

To donate or volunteer, go to or call 815-626-4556.

Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser cancelled

Unfortunately due to the shelter-at-home order, the Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser scheduled for April 20 has been cancelled.

We will evaluate the situation and set a new date for the event in the future.