Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
The federal government created an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-income families. This credit will put cash back into an individual’s pocket and can help people locate resources in Illinois that can complete and file their state and federal taxes for free.
Homeless Youth Services
Homeless Youth Services works to meet the immediate survival needs (which include food, clothing, housing, and shelter) of youth and assist them in becoming self-sufficient.
The Illinois Department of Human Services also runs Head Start, which is paid for by public funds from the federal government. The service provides a comprehensive program of education, parent involvement, public health insurance, and social services for children under 6 years of age.
All Kids can provide uninsured children in Illinois with free comprehensive health care and access to public programs. Resources offered include payment for prescription drugs, doctor’s visits, checkups. Contact your local DHS Family Community Resources Center for more information on medical care.
Illinois Child Care Assistance Program
Help for paying child and daycare is available. The Illinois Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides working families, the low-income, and people who are training for a job with money to pay their childcare costs. They can also use state-approved, high quality yet affordable childcare providers which will allow families to continue to get job training or get help for paying for childcare as they work. Read Illinois childcare assistance.