"A Community Action Agency"

Serving Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac Pope, Pulaski, and Union Counties in Illinois

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

The CSBG Program is the central program for community action.  This program provides a range of services which assist low-income people to attain the skills, knowledge, and motivation necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.  The program also may offer low-income people immediate life necessities such as food, shelter, medicine, etc.

CSBG Loan ProgramThis low interest loan program assists small businesses in creating jobs for CSBG eligible persons.  Loan funds are available for starting a new business or expanding an existing business.  A job creation commitment is a required part of the loan contract.

Scholarship Program:  This program provides sixteen $500 scholarships for CSBG eligible persons seeking a college education.  Applications are available each spring for awards to be used during the summer or fall semesters.

Emergency Assistance Program:  This program provides financial assistance to eligible CSBG clients in meeting emergency needs for shelter, food, clothing, medical, fuel, etc.  Assistance will include a one-time payment to vendors on behalf of clients and will not exceed $175.

Surplus Food/Commodities Distribution Program:  Food pantries are operated in Hardin, Pope, Pulaski, and Union counties in an effort to help reduce hunger among low-income individuals.  We would like to thank the local churches and organizations that make donations to the pantries.

Hot Meals Program:  This program provides operational costs for the soup kitchen in Cairo, Illinois, to provide hot, balanced meals to CSBG eligible and homeless populations.  The soup kitchen is open Tuesday through Friday beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Project Share:  Each year 35 CSBG eligible families are provided holiday food baskets.  Shawnee Development Council, Inc. board members, employees, and associates also participate with voluntary donations of food, cash, and gifts.

Family & Community Development Program: FCD is a two-year program in which a certified FCD specialist works with individual families to develop a goal-oriented action plan for self-improvement and family stability.   One outstanding family is recognized each year at a celebration in Springfield for their progress in meeting goals toward self-sufficiency.

Prescription Assistance Program:  Funds provide CSBG eligible persons with assistance in the purchase of medical prescriptions.

Emergency Food and Shelter Program:  This program provides assistance to persons who are experiencing emergency need for rent assistance, utilities payment or those who are facing the threat of eviction or losing utility services in Hardin, Johnson, Massac, and Pulaski Counties .  Assistance is limited to one-month rent or utility payment.

Individual Development Accounts: IDAs are a matched savings program to help eligible low-income individuals accumulate funds for post-secondary or vocational education, to purchase a home, or to start a small business.  The matching amount is limited to $1800 per family account after meeting the asset specific and general financial education class requirements.

Illinois Department of Human Services Homeless Emergency:  Financial assistance is provided to eligible individuals and families who are homeless and experiencing a need for shelter, food and supportive services.  

Illinois Department of Human Services Homeless Prevention:  Financial assistance is provided to eligible individuals and families who are at risk of homelessness due to utility disconnect notice or past due rent payment.   DHS rental or utility assistance funds have a one time in a two-year period restriction and is limited to one-month rent or utility amount.  

United Way Funds:  United Way funds are used to purchase food items for the food pantries in Pulaski and Union counties. 

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