Community Services Group

is a federal program that is managed by the St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department through a management agreement between St. Clair County and the St. Clair County Community Action Agency.

The CSBG program offers a broad range of assistance for individuals and families that meet the program eligibility guidelines. Interested residents are encouraged to call for complete program details.

The CSBG program provides emergency assistance to eligible individuals or families that have experienced unforeseen hardships that are not self-inflicted such as: significant reduction in hours worked; unpaid medical leave, layoff due to lack of work; or othercircumstances approved through a CSBG assessment. Contact Community Services for initial phone assessment. Appointments are scheduled to further assess need, if necessary.

Services include, but are not limited to:  
  • Rent and Mortgage Assistance: Must be at least 30 days in arrears and no more than 2 months in arrearage. Bond for deed contract /agreement and Section 8 or public housing will not be eligible.
  • Dental and Prescription Assistance: Provide access to quality dental assistance for eligible persons without or limited health insurance coverage. The medical assistance may include dental care, denture assistance and prescription assistance.
  • Lice Kits: For K-12 grade students must be referred by school or physician.
  • Child care Co-pay: Families cannot be more than 2 months behind in payments. Applicant must provide proof of hardship.Child care providers must be licensed by a program approved by the State of Illinois.
  • Hot Water Heater Repair or Replacement
  • Limited Automobile Repair/Payment
  • Scholarships
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Current Illinois Driver’s License or state I.D.
  • Social security Cards for all household members
  • 90-day income for all household members
  • Proof of residency: Current lease and occupancy permit, warranty deed or mortgage statement
  • Proof of hardship must be provided
  • Other documentation will be required

Eligibility for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program is based on the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (125% of the poverty threshold) that is annually adjusted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

For additional information contact the CSBG program at 618-825-3263 or 618-825-3277 (Monday through Friday - 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.)          

2019 CSBG Income Guidelines

Effective January 11, 2019

Family Size

Gross Annual Income Prior to Application Date

Gross 90 Day Income Prior to Application Date

1

$15,613.00

$3,903.00

2

$21,138.00

$5,284.00

3

$26,663.00

$6,666.00

4

$32,188.00

$8,047.00

5

$37,713.00

$9,428.00

6

$43,238.00

$10,809.00

7

$48,763.00

$12,191.00

8

$54,288.00

$13,572.00

For each additional person add:

$5525.00 annually; $1380.00 3 months

The Weatherization Program provides low-income families with a grant for labor, materials, and installation needed to weatherize their home, or to make furnace repairs or replacement. For more information call Lian Field at 825-3251 (lfield@co.st-clair.il.us) or Nancy Wilson at 825-3276 (nancy.wilson@co.st-clair.il.us). The Weatherization Program is NOT currently accepting names for the waiting list. 

 

Heating Assistance Program

Beginning July 27, 2020, the general public will be eligible to apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and/or the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP).  LIHEAP will continue until June 30, 2021 or until funds have been exhausted. PIPP will continue until March 31, 2021 or until funds have been exhausted. The Furnace Program begins July 27, 2020 and will continue until April 30, 2021 or until funds are exhausted.

Due to COVID-19 the Intergovernmental Grants Department Building is closed to the public. Pre-applications are required by phone.  Customer representatives are available at the Call Center from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday except holidays.  To contact the Call Center call 1-833-711-0374 or go to helpillinoisfamilies.com.  

The program is based on a “first-come, first-served basis”.

Required Documentation:

  1. Current Illinois photo ID for head of household.
  2. Social Security Cards for ALL household members.
  3. Proof of gross income for ALL household members (based on a designated 30 day period).
  4. Current rent receipt, lease or Occupancy Permit.
  5. Completion of a Universal Signature Page.
  6. Completion of a Disclosure Form.
  7. Proof of home ownership is required for furnace applicants only.

 

**Additional information may be required upon review of documents.

 

2021 LIHEAP 30 Day Income Guidelines:

 

Family

Size

200%

30 Day Income

200%

Annual Income

 

 

 

1

$2,127

$25,520

2

$2,873

$34,480

3

$3,620

$43,440

4

$4,367

$52,400

5

$5,113

$61,360

6

$5,860

$70,320

7

$6,607

$79,280

8

$7,353

 $88,240

                                                         For families with more than 8 persons, add $747


2016 CoC Final Rankings IL-508
Community Services
Department
Intergovernmental Grants
Date Modified
6/22/2020

2016 Community Action Plan
Community Services
Department
Intergovernmental Grants
Date Modified
6/22/2020

2016 LIHEAP Press Release
Community Services
Department
Intergovernmental Grants
Date Modified
6/22/2020

2017 LIHEAP Press Release 8-15-16
Community Services
Department
Intergovernmental Grants
Date Modified
6/22/2020

CoC Application FY2016 IL-508
Community Services
Department
Intergovernmental Grants
Date Modified
6/22/2020

CoC Priority Listing FY 2018
Community Services
Department
Intergovernmental Grants
Date Modified
6/22/2020

CoC Priority Listing IL-508
Community Services
Department
Intergovernmental Grants
Date Modified
6/22/2020

CoC Review, Score, and Ranking Procedures IL-5-8
Community Services
Department
Intergovernmental Grants
Date Modified
6/22/2020

FY CoC Application
Community Services
Department
Intergovernmental Grants
Date Modified
6/22/2020

LIHEAP 2016-2017 Program
Community Services
Department
Intergovernmental Grants
Date Modified
6/22/2020

RFP - HUD Continuum of Care
Community Services
Department
Intergovernmental Grants
Date Modified
6/22/2020