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General Assistance - Township
232 E. Jackson St.
P.O. Box 55
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: 309-833-2671
 
Office Hours:Contact individual Township Supervisor, as listed by township. Macomb City Township, 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, City Building, 232 E. Jackson St., Macomb, 309-833-2671.
Eligibility:Must meet income and asset guidelines. Must apply in the township of residence.
Area Served:This office covers the following townships: Blandinsville, Bushnell, Chalmers, Colchester, Eldorado, Hire, Industry, Macomb City and surrounding Macomb area, Mound, New Salem, Prairie City, Sciota, Scotland and Walnut Grove.
Services Provided:Financial assistance for shelter, personal supplies, utilities,and clothing. Medical assistance for qualifying General Assistance clients.

Clients are encouraged to sign up for the LINK program at DHS if in need of food.
Comments:Persons/family units receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/TANF from the Illinois Department of Human Services or persons receiving Supplemental Security Income/SSI are not eligible to receive General Assistance as they are currently receiving an allocated amount of assistance from another tax funded agency.

A qualifying applicant must be actively seeking and available for full-time employment. Recipients not working 25 hours or more per week must participate in a Work Program of 32 1/2 hours per month-scheduled between 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at participating governmental or not-for-profit locations. Also, they must register with the Illinois Employment Services and seek employment.

Qualifying recipients are eligible for medical care effective the date of acceptance.

The township office has a 30 day time frame to establish eligibility of an applicant or to mail a denial of the application stating a specific non-qualifying factor(s).

"WORKFARE" is a term meaning a program established by Illinois law under which recipients of General Assistance, who are mentally and physically able, may be required to perform work within their abilities in return for the welfare or assistance payment(s) they will receive. It does not mean a regular job will be found for them. Instead, they "work off" their assistance by receiving credit for each hour worked as though they were earning the state minimum wage. Recipients are not paid for this work as they will be "paid" the amount of their assistance and are simply trading their labor for hte help they receive. Some type of work can be found suitable for nearly every recipient. Therefore the likelihood of being required to work off the assistance amount is very great. Assistance may be denied anyone able to participate who refuses to do so.

McDonough County Township Supervisors

Bethel
309-776-4108

Emmet
309-837-1771

Tennessee
309-776-3830
Last updated: 2013-11-21

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