Return to Public Assistance IndexEarnfare 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.