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Earnfare Earnfare is a resource for those adults who do not have custody of their children and who also receive SNAP public assistance, which is formerly known as Food Stamps.  Program participants will need to first work off the value of their SNAP benefits. Only at that time can they work more hours and earn up to $294 per month.
Aid to the Aged, Blind, and 
Disabled (AABD)
   AABD helps those who qualify and need 
cash assistance for emergency expenses.  
    If someone does not qualify for any other 
programs, and if they are out of options, 
then the Illinois Department of Human 
Services runs a General Assistance 
(GA) program. 
    This may be able to provide qualified 
low-income families with money and cash 
grants for bills to pay in a crisis.  
    The DHS organization can also coordinate 
limited medical care and public programs 
when individuals do not qualify for any 
other cash and financial assistance programs.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance 
Program (SNAP)
    Program participants will receive the Illinois 
Link Card.  
   This program, which use to be called food 
stamps but was renamed to Supplemental 
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), may
be able to help low-income people, seniors, 
the disabled and their families buy the food 
and groceries they need for good health 
and nutrition.  
    Most Illinois households with low income 
can apply for and possibly received SNAP benefits.  
    While there are many conditions that 
need to be met, the two biggest factors are 
an applicant's income as well as their total 
number of household members.
Illinois Emergency Food & Shelter
    Illinois Emergency Food & Shelter gives 
comprehensive shelter as well as housing 
services to people struggling.  
    There may be grants to help with paying 
rent, support for homeless persons, and 
persons with evictions.  
    Social workers can also direct applicants 
to other rent programs and public assistance 
resources, as housing in Illinois is expensive.  
Find a listing of resources, and 
read more rent help.