There are a few local organization to turn to. They include the Community Action Partnership of Lake County, Catholic Charities ((847) 782-4000), Maristella, Lake County Housing Authority ((847) 223-1170), and the Salvation Army. They will provide help with rent, security deposits, and other housing expenses as funding allows.
Emergency assistance program
This is offered by the Community Action Partnership of Lake County. Financial assistance and cash grants are provided on a one-time basis to individuals and families who qualify for the emergency program. The funds can be used to pay an energy bill, rent, or for a health care expense or medical bill.
The agency also operates a Food Pantry and a Thrift Shop on site that assist with providing free clothing and other housing needs. These facilities are open to clients based on need or through referral from other local social service agencies or charities.
Saint Vincent dePaul:
316 W. Mill Street
Wauconda IL 60084
Lake County mortgage, rent, energy bill and foreclosure assistance
Homeowners who are facing foreclosure have resources as well. The Mortgage Foreclosure Help Desk was created with the assistance of the Lake County Bar Association (phone (847) 244-3143). The Help Desk has volunteer paralegals and lawyers that are stationed outside of Lake County Illinois courtrooms where foreclosure cases are heard. These attorneys will assist those homeowners with the foreclosure if they have no private counsel. Learn more about other Illinois foreclosure assistance programs.
Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County also provides housing counseling and foreclosure prevention services. Dial (847) 263-7478.
Government assistance – The Lake County Department Human Services is the main social service agency for the county. The center can help people of all backgrounds and situations, including the unemployed, seniors, poor, and very low income. They can help people apply for various federal government programs such as LIHEAP and Head Start. Some aid is administered locally as well, and that can include housing, rent help, free food, and even telephone assistance.
Maristella can provide support to mothers with children and single women in Lake County. Resources offered include hotel vouchers, rental subsidies, security deposits, free emergency food and clothing, employment assistance. Also get help finding housing or educational services. Christmas and Thanksgiving meals and baskets may be offered too. 1600 W. Park Avenue, Libertyville, IL 60048, call (847) 367-5360
Barrington Area Council on Aging – The non-profit can help seniors and their caregivers. Programs offered include Meals on Wheels, senior lunches, Medicare Prescription Part D consultations, and applications for the Illinois Circuit Breaker property tax assistance program. The aging office can also provide information, in-home assessment visits, a recreational activity program, and AARP income tax assistance and advice. Other potential resources include a Pharmaceutical Assistance program and vehicle license discount. 6000 Garland Lane, Barrington, IL 60010. Call (847) 381-5030 for intake.
Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission can help military members, veterans, and their immediate family members. What is offered includes food, advocacy, rent and mortgage assistance, heating bill help, aid to the medically indigent, and more. While resources are limited, those who qualify may also access emergency dental treatment, prescription eye glasses, and help for burial of indigent Veterans. Waukegan Illinois. Call (847) 377-3344
Family First Center of Lake County offers several recreational programs for families as well as referrals to other non-profits and government agencies. Examples include information on employment and job training, financial assistance for housing, utility assistance, and education. Other support includes help for victims of domestic violence, counseling, a health care center, and more. 202 South Genesee Street, Waukegan, Illinois 60085, (847) 244-4374.
Another community clinic to contact is HealthReach (Open Door) – Mundelein. They provide Prescription/Medicine Assistance, Health Care, Counseling, and Prevention. Dial 847-360-8800.
Lake County Health Department & Community Health Center has a location in North Chicago as well as Waukegan Illinois. The facility offers low income and the under and uninsured with numerous medical and health care programs. Receive medical examinations, Prescription Drug and Medicine Assistance; Programs for Senior Citizens – Services; and also Well Baby Clinics. Dial 847-377-8400
Catholic Charities also has limited funds that can help pay a heating or utility bill, if the customer is facing a disconnection of their service. A number of additional resources are offered to families that are faced with a crisis, and the organization can also offer case management, social services, and information on employment opportunities.
While funding is limited, and the Catholic Charities in Lake County receives a number of requests every month, they do their best to meet the needs of the less fortunate. Other services include free food, programs for seniors (including medications and home delivered meals), and immigration assistance.
Catholic Charities has several locations around Lake County, and they can be reached at (847) 782-4000. Or stop by Community Action Partnership of Lake County at 1200 Glen Flora Avenue, Waukegan, IL or call them at (847) 249-4330
Food and groceries in Lake County
Other places to call for free food, vouchers, or food commodities include Waukegan based Christian Fellowship Church ((847) 336-1815), Northern Chicago Emmanuel Faith Bible Christian Center (phone (847) 473-4854), The Chapel of Grayslake at 25270 West IL Route 60 (847-281-3386), and also Holy Family Food Pantry ((847) 623-2112). There are many others, but these are just a few examples. Click here for the phone numbers and addresses of more food distribution centers, soup centers, and charities.
The Salvation Army
200 West Crystal Lake Avenue
Crystal Lake IL 60014
Telephone: 815 455-2769
Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Rockford offers Outreach & Emergency Services, Crisis Pregnancy Program, and other aid. This agency also supports all of McHenry County. They focus on serving the working poor, seniors, and families with children. Other assistance available can include food or emergency financial assistance for bills and basic needs. Some holiday assistance may be offered by the charity and local churches too. Case managers also help immigrants and people who are new to Illinois and the United States. Call 815-344-6956
Receive energy bill help, both money to pay bills and home improvements to save energy, from the community action agency. Call them at (815) 338-7752. The two different services and programs are the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) as well as the weatherization program
McHenry Department Of Human Services runs many of the state and federal government assistance programs. Call the office to learn more about Temporary assistance to needy families with dependent children, also known as TANF. Other services include LIHEAP for heating and cooling bills. Medical assistance bill assistance s offered by Illinois All Kids as well as the information they have on community clinics. Food stamps and refugee/repatriate programs are administered. Main number is 815-338-0234
Clothing Closet For McHenry County, Inc. – Among other services, this agency partners with the local Salvation Army and other non-profits. They have information and referral to government and public assistance programs. May have household items to distribute to the needy, diapers, new clothing, work uniforms and more. 221 E. Calhoun St., Woodstock, Illinois 60098, phone 815-338-5316
Society of St. Vincent DePaul
This charity has several churches that work with it, as indicated below. Various social services and referrals are provided by volunteers. The society will do its best to meet the needs of poor McHenry residents. Emergency rent, utilities, medications, and more may be provided.
111 South Hubbard Street, St. Margaret Mary Church, Algonquin, Illinois 60102, call (847) 628-5161
410 N. First Street, St. Peter and Paul Church, Cary, Illinois 60013
1023 McHenry Avenue, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Conference, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
297 East Jefferson, St. Charles Borromeo, Hampshire, IL 60140
101 Church Street, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Harvard, IL 60033
5601 Bull Valley Road Church of the Holy Apostles McHenry, IL 60050
10519 Main Street, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Richmond, Illinois 60071
2118 Main Street, St. Peter Parish, Spring Grove, IL 60081
5006 E. Wonder Lake Road, Christ the King Catholic Church, Wonder Lake, Illinois 60097
312 Lincoln Avenue, St. Mary’s Church, Woodstock, IL 60098
Evangelical Free Church of Crystal Lake administrates financial assistance utilities, heating bills, prescriptions, rent, car repairs, or any short-term financial need. Address is 575 E. Crystal Lake Avenue Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014. Call (815) 459-1095 for intake.
Senior Services Associates, Inc. – As resources allow, one-time financial assistance is available in McHenry County for emergency situations such as housing, prescription medications, food, and utilities. (815) 356-7457
Help with paying rent
Receive rent assistance, funds to prevent an eviction, money for security deposits, and even utility bill help from the McHenry County Housing Authority. They provide tenants with grants from the Homeless Prevention and Rapid-Rehousing Program (HPRP). The grants can pay up to 18 months worth of rent. Phone number (815) 338-7752.
McHenry County Workforce Center – Programs more focus on providing self-sufficient, which address the root causes of homelessness. So direct rental assistance is not offered. What can be provided though is job placement, job search, information sessions, and referrals to government programs. 500 Russel Court, Woodstock, IL 60098, 815-338-7100
Home of the Sparrow, Inc. is offered for homeless women and children. It is a transition housing program and will provide housing while the client works towards self-sufficiency. Affordable, lower income housing, apartments, and information on longer term rent assistance, such as section 8, may be offered. 5342 West Elm Street, McHenry, IL 60050, call (815) 271-54
McHenry Township Emergency Assistance Program – This can offer emergency assistance for shelter, rent, food, utilities, and other bills. Documentation of income eligibility and emergency need is required and people can apply only once every 12 months. Funds may be used to pay rent or mortgage if it will prevent eviction or foreclosure. 815-385-5605
Health and medical care services
Low income and other working individuals can access health care from Family Health Partnership Clinic. The Health Care Clinic provides its medical for the whole family. Some examples of the programs include check ups, cancer screenings, chronic disease management, physicals, and sick care. Low income, people who can’t afford medical bills, and the uninsured all can get assistance. Phone 815-334-8987
McHenry County Housing Authority, which can be reached at (815) 338-7752, offers health care programs that provide Dental Services, Vision and a Hearing Aid Program.
Family Health Partnership Clinic of Woodstock (phone (815) 334-8987) provides primary care to the uninsured of McHenry County.
McHenry County Illinois food pantries
The following organizations may provide free meals, groceries, and perishable food items. Locations will also often have special holiday meals, such as assistance at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Call for more details, including hours.
•Crystal Lake 257 King Street, phone 815-455-0961
•Cary-Grove 8901 S. Cary Algonquin Rd., dial 847-516-3602
•Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Interfaith, telephone 847-854-1904
•Harvard 12 N. Ayer St., call 815-943-5121 for hours
•Huntley – Grafton Township 10109 Vine St., 847-669-3328
•McHenry 3708 N. Richmond Rd, phone 815-344-4717
•Marengo, 837 W. Grant, 815-568-7950
•Richmond, 5512 May Ave., dial 815-678-4351
•Wonder Lake – Nativity Lutheran Church, phone 815-653-3832
Get free diapers
Diapers are very expensive for low income families, and there are few places to get them for free. The St. Paul Diaper Bank Partnership of McHenry County has a program that changes that. This organization is now distributing free diapers to food pantries, charities, and other various agencies across the county. It is one of only a few assistance programs statewide that provide such a service. The program is catching on, as more than 30 churches and other groups have pledged to donate diapers to be distributed. Phone 815-338-7360.