When you’re down on your luck and need help in Leyden Township, resources for food, paying bills, counseling, health care and more are in place. One of those places is Leyden Township’s General Assistance (GA) and Family Services programs.
General Assistance is a public assistance program mandated by state law for adults ineligible for state or federal programs and who meet financial requirements. GA provides monthly allotments for shelter, food, clothing, personal essentials and transportation through direct vendor disbursements.
Eligibility decisions are made based on state guidelines. Township residents can apply for assistance at Leyden Town Hall, 2510 N. Mannheim Rd., Franklin Park.
The township also partners with the Community & Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA), a private, nonprofit community action agency serving residents throughout Cook County with other services. These services include Access to Care, a program offering primary medical care and treatment for minimal co-payments for suburban Cook County residents not covered by private insurance or Medicare and who qualify financially; and, the Illinois Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for low income households (payment determined by income, household size) that pays winter energy services with a one-time benefit.
The amount of payment is determined by income, household size, fuel type, and geographic location. Those earning less than $17,505 before taxes for singles and $60,135 for a household of eight may qualify.
Other programs available for residents in need include auto repair, dental care, vision care, scholarships (April-June), family nutrition education, trade skills, employment assistance, family support and case management, housing financial counseling and Information and referral.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested veterans benefits are also available.
CEDA representatives are usually available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Town Hall on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month to assist residents and answer questions.
As for the food pantry, Leyden Township Family Services Director Dorothy Duda said the need is there year-round.
“It is especially tough when kids are out of school throughout the year,” Duda told the Journal. “People are great with donations especially during the holidays, but we do need them all year round.”
The pantry, run by Leyden Family Services, is stocked by community donations available to any Leyden or Maine township resident in need. It is located at 10200 W. Grand Ave., Franklin Park. For those seeking assistance, the pantry is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (no Thursdays) from noon to 4 p.m. To receive food, a photo identification and proof of residency (such as a lease or utility bill) is required. The pantry can be accessed up to four times per year. Donations are received year-round during regular business hours at the 10200 W. Grand location, 847-455-5688.