General Assistance Office

708-482-8300 Ext. 223, 232

General Assistance is mandated by Illinois State Statutes. The program provides monthly financial service for people attempting to enter or re-enter the work force. Also, the program provides financial assistance to people who have a pending Social Security Disability application. This program is designed for people who have no income.

Services

Individuals who are not eligible for Social Security or a state supported program may apply for General Assistance. Individuals must be residents of the Township of Lyons.  The Township of Lyons employs a budgeting system pursuant to the rules and regulations and follows the guidelines of the Township Supervisors of Illinois General Assistance manual in determining eligibility. Eligible applicants who are able to work must be registered monthly at the Illinois Dept. of Employment Securities (IDES) and Illinois Jobskills Match and actively be applying for work and partcipate in the Township Community Work Program. Eligible applicants who are unable to work must have an active Social Security Disability claim and a Doctor’s Statement of Disability on file in the General Assistance Office. Residents should call for an appointment to apply for General Assistance.

Community Nurse Health Center

Community Nurse service area now includes the communities of Summit, Justice, and citizens within Lyons Township in Bridgeview and Hickory Hills. Uninsured and low-income children and adult residents of these communities will be able to register for the services at Community Nurse and the Community Healthcare Network of the Western Suburb, which includes assignment to a primary medical home (either Community Nurse or the Family Medicine Center at Amita LaGrange Medical Hospital ALMH), access to a network of local specialist who wiill see these patients at no charge, diagnostics and hospital servics at ALMH, a discounted pharmacy program, and access to behavioral health services through Pillars, if needed. Enrollment Department 708-579-5415.

Access to Care

Access to Care, a United Way program sponsored by the Cook County Suburban Primary Health Care Council, provides for low cost visits to an Access to Care doctor and low cost prescription drugs prescribed by that doctor. Eligibility is based on income. You can go to their website for further information www.accesstocare.org.

County Care

County Care program offered through the Cook County Health and Hospitals System is an Illinois Medicaid program for adults. Click here for more information (english version) Click here for more information (spanish version) Community Nurse Health Center is an Affordable Care Act Membership location. Please call 708-818-0150 to apply for this program or go to website www.healthcoverage4U.org for more information.

Salvation Army

Residents can contact the General Assistance Office for referrals to their local area Salvation Army for assistance.

Food Pantry Referrals

There are numerous agencies and volunteers who serve our community and General Assistance refers many individuals for their services. Food pantries located in the township work together with General Assistance to provide food from their pantries to local residents.

Referrals can be obtained from the General Assistance Office.

Useful Resources

CEDA
7666 W. 63rd St.
Summit, IL.  60501
312-420-4247
Illinois Department of Human Services
West Suburban Office
2701 W. Lake St.
Melrose Park, IL. 60160
708-338-7600

Access to Care
2225 Enterprise Drive
Suite 2504
Westchester, IL. 60154
708-531-0680

Social Security Administration
North Riverside-708-447-0609
Palos Hills- 708-974-3421
Illinois Dept of Employment Securities (IDES)
Burbank 708-458-0500  
Maywood 708-338-6900

Cook County Dept. of Public Health
708-492-2000

Coast2Coast Rx Prescription Drug Discount Card-

Allows all Township residents, regardless of income, age, or health status to participate in the program and save on the cost of their medications. Even pets and other people living outside the Township are able to take part in the program. The Rx card will be available for residents at participating pharmacies, governmental offices, libraries and the Township General Assistance office. You can also print the Rx card, check your prescription prices and view the nearest participating locations at www.coast2coastrx.com.

THE COAST2COAST RX CARD IS NOT INSURANCE AND NOT INTENDED TO REPLACE INSURANCE

ComEd Administering Relief on Energy (CARE) program offers a range of financial assistance programs for eligible customers, including grants for qualifying residential customers, nonprofit organizations that have fallen behind on their electric bills, activated members of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard, Reserves and disabled veterans.

For additional information about the CARE programs, please call 888-806-CARE (2273) or visit ComEd.com/CARE