Illinois Public Assistance - 4

Illinois Welcoming Centers

Illinois Welcoming Centers can provide a number of services, referrals, and information.  The state-funded locations can offer, among other things, employment training, community health care, educational services, and information on public assistance.  Best of all, these services and more can be found in just one location.  Another benefit of these locations is that the Illinois Welcoming Center staff is bilingual.  Services are offered in both English and Spanish, and Illinois clients have access to multilingual translators and interpreters.

Transitional Assistance (TA)

This public assistance program is for those who do not qualify for either Refugee and Prpatriate Assistance (RRA) or AABD.  Specific qualifications and rules apply.

Illinois Medical Assistance Programs

Illinois Medical Assistance Programs can provide families with access to affordable or free, yet high-quality public health care and assistance. Medical Assistance Programs are administered through the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS).  While various conditions need to be met and are in place by the state, in general for medical bill assistance a patient or family needs to have a child under 19, needs to be pregnant, or health care may also be offered for seniors as well as the disabled.

Women, Infants, and Children Food Assistance

WIC is another food assistance program that is administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services.  It helps new mothers and young children as well as pregnant women eat well and stay healthy, and ensures their child also cereal, dry beans, peanut butter, or peas.  The WIC program also provides the public with information about nutrition and general health care to help keep people healthy.

WIC Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)

The Illinois WIC Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program is another public assistance program for Women, Infants, and Children across the region.  The government can provide special checks and vouchers to buy fresh, nutritious fruits, bread, vegetables, and herbs from both farmer’s markets and roadside stands.

Assistance from Illinois Counties and Cities

Cook County                             DuPage County                        Kane County

Lake County                             McHenry County                      Will County