Copies of social security cards are required for everyone with a valid social security number in order to receive assistance through our programs.
If you have lost your social security card, click the link to the left to be taken to the Social Security Administration's website to start the process of getting a replacement card. Some individuals may be able to complete the process entirely online, while others may need to go to the nearest social security office to submit documentation.
If you have not applied for Cash Assistance (TANF/AABD), SNAP (Food Stamps), or Medical Assistance, you can find information about how to apply by clicking the link to the right. Applications can be completed online, over the phone, by mail, or in person at your local DHS office.
To access the new ebtEDGE website, please click here. If you have not registered on the website, instructions for how to set up an account and link your current LINK card can be found here.
If you do not have a vehicle or other form of transportation, the Connect Transit public transportation system has a route that stops on Prospect Road and from there it is a short walk to the office. Click the link on the left to plan your trip to our Bloomington Office.
If you do not have a vehicle or other form of transportation, the CityLink public transportation system has a route that goes to the First Baptist Church Food Pantry and from there it is a short walk to the office. Click the link on the right to plan your trip to our Pekin Office.
Our State Agency reached out recently to make us aware of scams ongoing throughout the State where persons are trying to represent agency staff members or State staff and asking for clients to send in Personal Identifiable Information (PII).
Know that our agency NEVER uses Facebook Messenger; we also will never text you asking for any personal information. You may get a reminder message or email if you schedule an appointment with us and it will tell you what to bring, but never asking for that information to be sent through unsecure means.
This is one of the reasons that when a client schedules a phone appointment with us, we require you, the client, to call us on your appointment date and time, so that you know you are talking to the correct people when giving out your information.
Please do NOT ever give information out if you do not know with whom you are speaking. Protect your information and identity. We will also never attempt to collect funds or require payment for services rendered at our agency.
The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) does not provide direct grants to individuals; CSBG does not charge a fee for receiving a grant. If you receive a message offering you a CSBG grant or requesting a fee, please contact the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Fraud Hotline at 1-800-447-8477 or click the link to the left for information on how to report fraud to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.