Emergency Community Services
This list of service providers is offered for those who need to seek resources quickly. It is not meant to replace the one-to-one help of a licensed counseling professional, and it is not all-inclusive. Every effort has been made to list accurate and current resources. Please report any changes to the Advising and Counseling desk, so that others may benefit from updated information. If you know of additional helping agencies, please help us update this list.
Each individual's situation and eligibility are unique; not every agency can assist each individual.
- Each agency or provider sets its own criteria for assistance.
- Residency and income requirements are determined by each agency.
- You may be asked to provide verification of your needs, as well as identification and proof of residency (driver's license; state I.D. card; current bill showing address) depending upon the agency's policies. This may include documentation of hardship; copies of bills; loss of income; etc.
- Be prepared to provide required info that will qualify you for services.
St. Mary's Services/Hopeful Beginnings
300 E. Northwest Highway, Suite 200
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Office: (847) 870-8181
Cell: (847 504-7806
Fax: (847) 870-8325
Building Loving Families Brochure
Hopeful Beginnings Brochure
Student job seekers can work with PSC Student Career Development Center to qualify for a clothing voucher to obtain one professional interview outfit.
Contact Tanya Norfleet, Coordinator/Career Development Services, at (708) 709-3755 for more information.
Clothing (emergency need)
Grand Prairie Services (individual, group and family counseling)
PSC's Advising and Counseling Center has licensed professional counselors available to assist during scheduled college hours.
1-877-692-8686 or 1-877-MY-AUNT-M
Good Shepherd Center
Many churches offer food distribution, based on their own daily or weekly schedules.
Feeding Ilinois Partner Agencies
Locate your nearest Feeding Illinois partner agency and its hours of operations. Choose your county and narrow it down by entering your zip code.
Greater Chicago Food Depository Agency
Enter a zip code to find a food pantry, soup kitchen or shelter in Cook County or scroll down and click on the map for an agency near you.
This online resource will help you locate the food pantries, soup kitchens, and meal programs closest to you. Direct2Food will also help you determine if you are eligible for further assistance like food stamps and resources for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Northwest Indiana Food Pantries
For pantry listings please contact the Food Bank at 219-980-1777. The agencies are located in the following communities: Lake County - Cedar Lake, Crown Point, East Chicago, Gary, Griffith, Hammond, Hebron, Highland, Hobart, Lake Station, Lowell, Merrillville, Munster, Winfield. PORTER COUNTY—Chesterton, Portage, and Valparaiso.
P.A.D.S. (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
Cottage Grove Medical Center, Ford Heights
Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus
350 Victory Drive (lower level)
Park Forest, IL 60466
Loan closet for medical equipment
Country Club Hills
East Hazel Crest
South Chicago Heights
Plus some areas of Thornton & Lansing
M-F, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Need financial assistance to help pay your rent?
Have a 5 day notice?
Have a temporary crisis?
Tenants' Rights & Eviction Defense
LAF (Legal Aid Foundation) attorneys available for consultation on landlord/tenant issues; eviction defense; and assistance with documentation preparation.
Free service for Tenants only, M-F (except court holidays) 9 a.m.-12 p.m.:
Markham Courthouse, Room 202(g)
16501 S. Kedzie
Agencies which have case managers to assess all of your needs.
Ford Heights Community Service Organization
(708) 966-9HUB / (708) 966-9482
The HUB provides residents of south suburban Cook County with information and referrals to job training and employment programs; food, clothing, and basic needs; disability services; benefits assistance; medical, legal, and professional services; homeless services; housing assistance; youth and senior services; and much more. The core partners of the HUB are Ford Heights Community Service Organization, Respond Now, South Suburban P.A.D.S., and Together We Cope.
Respond Now (food; utility bill assistance–show bills)
Together We Cope
The service area of Together We Cope is bounded by 87th Street on the north, Will-Cook Road on the west, 183rd Street on the south, and Western Avenue on the east (with the Mount Greenwood area excepted because it is part of the City of Chicago). Our service area includes the townships of Bremen, Orland, Palos, and Worth. We serve all of Alsip, Chicago Ridge, Crestwood, Evergreen Park, Hickory Hills, Hometown, Merrionette Park, Midlothian, Oak Forest, Oak Lawn, Orland Hills, Orland Park, Palos Heights, Palos Hills, Palos Park, Posen, Robbins, Tinley Park, and Worth.
Also serving parts of Blue Island, Bridgeview, Country Club Hills, Harvey, Hazel Crest, Homewood, and Markham.
(708) 332-0100 Blue Island
(219) 838-0380 Munster
(Food, shelter, utility assistance)
16100 Seton Dr.
South Holland, IL 60473
(food, clothing, counseling, emergency funding: non-denominational)
CEDA (Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc.)
800 571-CEDA (2332)
1203 West End Avenue
Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411
Aunt Martha's (targeting youth/adolescents; women & children; offers health & prevention services; housing & shelter; intervention & support)
233 W. Joe Orr Rd.
(877) 692-8686 / (877) MY-AUNT-M
The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty.
Adult Student's Public Benefit Guide
This guide is intended to help college students and participants in job training to determine whether they qualify for public benefits or services, and how to apply for assistance.
South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
General and emergency assistance; food distribution; contact township where you reside.
Bloom Township Office (must be Bloom Twp. resident)
Halsted St. (Across from PSC)
425 S. Halsted St.
Bremen Township Office (must be Bremen Twp. resident)
16361 S. Kedzie Parkway
Markham, IL 60428
Crete Township Office (must be Crete Twp. resident)
1367 Wood Street
Crete, IL 60417
Monee Township Office (must be Monee Twp. resident)
26121 Egyptian Trail
Monee, IL 60449
Rich Township Office (must be Rich Twp. resident)
22013 Governors Hwy.
Thornton Township Office (must be Thornton Twp. resident)
333 East 162nd Street
South Holland, IL 60473
Washington Township (must be Washington Twp. resident; Beecher)
30200 Town Center Road
Beecher, IL 60401
Begin by contacting the utility. Ask for assistance/payment plan/deferment.