The Capital Township General Assistance office is located at 901 S. 11th Street, Springfield, Illinois. The office is on the south west corner of 11th and Cass Streets.
We are open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Office is closed on all County holidays.
Office phone: 217-525-1736
Fax: 217- 525-0056
If you are needing assistance you need to come in person & go thru the INTAKE process.
Intake Times: MONDAY 1:30-3:30 pm / TUESDAY 8:30-11:00 am / THURSDAY 1:30-3:30 pm
Applicants for Workfare or Transitional Assistance need to apply on our A.M. Intake day.
The Caseworkers will be available to see clients at those times for Intake - ONLY.
During intake you will be checked for:
When you come for your appointment:
Once your Caseworker has all the correct documents and completes the interview you will be finished & able to leave.
No decisions will be made at the appointment about eligibility. Your caseworker has five business days to make a determination on your application after ALL documents are received. You will be notified by mail of your approval or denial. You may also call the Caseworker back to check on the status of your application. The caseworker can give you an idea of when to call them back. Utility pledges & payments are made directly to the Utilities Co. We will contact Landlords after we approve your application for Rent assistance. A voucher will be issued once you are approved. Rent vouchers can be faxed, E-mailed, signed in person or taken by the client to the Landlord once it is ready. It is up to the Landlord what they prefer. You will not have to sign the voucher. You will sign an authorization to pay assistance form at the interview. Caseworker must have ALL documents before they can process the application.
You must be a full-time resident of Capital Township to be a recipient of any of our assistance. Assistance received and/or addresses used outside of Capital Township will be cause for termination or denial of assistance.
Use Link below to view a printable brochure of programs offered by Capital Township:
Transitional Assistance is available for childless individuals 18-62 years old who are considered "not employable" and full-time residents of Capital Township. Individuals who are considered "not employable" can receive up to $350.00 per month in financial assistance. Applicants must exhaust all other sources of income before making application. Applicants that have children in their home or custody of a child under the age of 18 are considered a Public Aid case and don not qualify for Transitional Assistance. Clients who apply for the program must be under the care of a local physician in Capital Township or Springfield, IL. Must be eligible for a full month of assistance to apply. No partial months are issued. Clients incarcerated, confined to a hospital, nursing home or treatment facilities do not qualify for Transitional Assistance. Applicants pending for SSI/SSD are required to sign a form 2199, repayment of interim assistance. The criteria for being considered "not employable" are as follows:
* Disabled as determined by the Department of Human Services.
* Unable to work due to a serious injury or surgery.
* Unable to work due to a serious medical condition.
Any intentional falsification whether written or oral, will result in a one (1) year sanction of ineligibility for any assistance.
Lifetime limit for Transitional Assistance is 27 grants. Once 27 grants have been issued the applicant is no longer eligible for Transitional Assistance at any time. Applicant may not reapply for Transitional at the end of the lifetime limit if they are not eligible for 2 month or more of grants. Partial grants do not count toward the Lifetime grant limit.
Emergency Assistance is available for full-time Capital Township residents determined eligible who have demonstrated a verifiable need for a certain category of emergency aid. The categories for Emergency Assistance are as follows:
In the majority of cases, Emergency Assistance will be issued through referrals from other social service agencies that are not able to provide the necessary assistance. Emergency Assistance is paid directly to the vendor only, and never to the recipient. Emergency Assistance will be granted until such funds are exhausted.
The Workfare Program:
Capital Township has established a program to provide temporary assistance for single, childless, jobless residents who are willing and able to work while they are actively seeking permanent employment. Possible applicants must be able to work with out any physical limitations & not applied for any type of disability assistance. Participating Workfare employers are offered part-time and temporary help at no direct cost to them. This program provides eligible adults between the ages of eighteen (18) and sixty-two (62) the opportunity to earn the assistance they are receiving and gain valuable work experience. Only a certain number of slots are available for this program. If you remain eligible the maximum you can stay on the program is 9 months. Once your case is closed for reaching maximum grants you can not reapply for 2 years. If you are terminated you can not reapply for 4 years. To find out more about Workfare and how to apply contact our office at 217-525-1736.
Lifetime limit for Workfare is 27 grants. Once 27 grants have been issued the applicant is no longer eligible for Workfare at any time. Applicant may not reapply for Workfare at the end of the lifetime limit if they are not eligible for 2 month or more of grants. All Grants count toward the Lifetime limit.
Transitional & Workfare clients:
Once a client completes Workfare successfully there is a 2 year waiting period to apply for Workfare or Transitional. Clients that leave Workfare due to termination have the 4 year waiting period to apply for Workfare and 2 year for Transitional Assistance. Transitional clients must also wait 2 full years after leaving the program to reapply for Workfare or Transitional. If a Workfare client while active on the program becomes unable to work and meet all the qualifications for Transitional Assistance they may be moved from Workfare to the Transitional Assistance program. The months they received assistance on Workfare will count toward the months eligible for Transitional. This must take place while the case is still active. Workfare clients that find employment while active on the Workfare program can wave the 2 years eligibility period. They must provide proof of employment to their Caseworker before their case is closed. If within the first 3 months of that employment they lose their job they can return to Workfare with proof of termination from the same employer they left Workfare for and complete the balance of eligible months. They must have at least 2 eligible months. The ineligibility period will revert to the original date of eligibility. A client may only do this one time.
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Employment Transportation Assistance (NEW)
This category of assistance was created to assist Capital Township residents that are employed outside of the home with some of the cost of getting to and from their place of employment. Eligible applicants will receive a 20 ride bus pass to be use on SMTD city buses. To apply you must be a resident of Capital Township, be at least 18 years old, provide proof of employment (check stubs), provide delivered in their name post-marked mail from their Capital Township address in the past 30 days from the application date and meet the federal poverty guidelines at the 150% level for your household for the past 30 days. Lost, damaged or stolen bus passes will not be replaced. Persons who have just started employment but have not been paid can provide proof of employment thru their employer. Applicants can apply for one 20 ride bus pass every 30 days for a total of 4 bus passes in a 6 month period. After 6 months from the initial application date, clients would be able to re-apply and start over if eligible, once 30 days has passed from receiving the last bus pass.
Maximum Grant: One 20 ride bus pass in a 30 day period ($20.00)
Assistance Limitations: 4 bus passes in 6 month period starting with initial application date.
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Capital Township has entered into a intergovernmental agreement with the Townships of Chatham, Cooper, Divernon, Loami, New Berlin & Williams to provide emergency assistance for their residents. Any resident of those townships that is in need of help with a utility disconnect notice or eviction notice can call our office at 217-525-1736 and we will assist you with the application process.
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