Please share where you can - Trying to get help in Illinois is pointless, as most agencies do not answer, or are temporarily closed, there is nothing but a run-around and no answers from DHS or any other government agency.
I own my own mobile home in a small mobile home park, have lived here for two years, then had a recent change in income so we have gotten behing the last 2 and a half months, now, facing an eviction notice I recently received, I have come to realize just how the Illinois budget impasse has effected our lives.
I have a 2 and 3 year old and yesterday, according to United Way , since most agencies rely on the funds that have been frozen due to the impasse, I have run out of options so I need to prepare to lose my home that I own for a lousy $680 in back lot rent, because apparently, Illinois does not have $680. Not to mention our power is going to be shut off due to the impasse and LIHEAP (energy assistance) funds being frozen. All together, we have a $540 gas bill, they already shut us off, and our electric is $180, which will be shut off any day as well.
This has been an eye-opening nightmare, I have been calling every agency in the State, those that do answer, have no clue what to do as the funding is not available or try to pass me on to someone else who is even less help, but most don't even answer, including the ever-worthless DHS "help line" at 800-843-6154, the number they give if you need help.. I have been calling every day for a week now, never get a person, no answer, and you cant even leave a message.
I am at a loss - something has to be done with this situation in Illinois. Someone has to look into what has gone wrong here. I have never gotten rental assistance in my life , yet am treated like I have no options, what is it all for?
Our federal government created a homeless prevention program that is useless as far as I am concerned. Please let me know of anyone that can help us, as I have exhausted all attempts here in Iroquois county, (and in Illinois for that matter) , who does not even have a DHS or SS office (closed in the last few years) , the government has literally abandoned us here...
Thank you for your time, and please help if you can.
This is a game-changer for us, as we are considering moving and we would have never been able to do this without all of you.
Thank you and God Bless this means to a new beginning!!
I hope you will find township and local churches willing to help your family. Many in our area have food pantries and even help network for jobs or day work. There may be members who need help with tasks at home - yard work, cleaning, cooking. Reach out to the good folks in Iroquois County - I have known some over the years. Do you need winter coats, boots and gloves?
Ashley, I have also read your story on Capitol Fax blog and Illinois Policy. God bless and hang in there, i would like to know if you need anything for the kids? And can we send a little something for the kids at the address you provided on earlier posts?
Sorry about your predicament. I hear that TRW in Marshall IL is hiring. Best of luck.
Good luck and may God bless and watch over you and your family!