Financial Assistance + Other Resources
The uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic has created financial instability for many. Here are some financial assistance programs and other helpful resources in the community for those seeking to manage payments and provide for themselves and their families during this uncertain time. The City of Elgin will continue working with its community partners to keep this list up to date.
Last updated August 9, 2021
Water Bill Assistance
City of Elgin Temporary Water Bill Assistance Program
Application Period Open
The City of Elgin, in partnership with the Salvation Army of Elgin, is offering water bill assistance for residential water customers financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Residential customers that meet established eligibility criteria are eligible to receive a one-time grant of up to $400. Eligible residents will be able to use this money to pay any previous or current City bill for refuse, sewer and water. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come first-served basis. The eligibility details and application process are described below.
- City of Elgin resident with an active water account.
- Water shut-off notice from the City of Elgin.
- Photo ID of the person whose name is on the bill.
- Demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Proof of financial need, such as loss or reduction in income (pay stubs, letter of termination/furlough, unemployment benefits, etc.).
- Applications will be accepted directly by Salvation Army of Elgin through their City of Elgin Temporary Water Bill Assistance Program. The City of Elgin will not accept applications.
- If you believe you meet the requirements, complete this application and gather the mandatory documents (ID, water shut off notice, and proof of financial need, such as loss or reduction in income (pay stubs, letter of termination/furlough, unemployment benefits, etc.).
- To apply for assistance, submit your application along with copies of the required documents to email@example.com. Include "Elgin Water Bill Assistance" in the subject line. You will be contacted to schedule a virtual appointment. An appointment is made to review all required eligibility documents.
- Due to Covid-19, virtual appointments are preferred. However, if you can't do a virtual appointment, you can call the Salvation Army of Elgin at 847-741-2304 extension 301 and leave a message to schedule an in person appointment. Please bring your completed application and required documents to the appointment.
- On average, clients go through the utility assistance process within 7-10 days.
- Any assistance approved by the Salvation Army of Elgin will be applied directly to the resident's current or past-due water bill. Assistance will not be offered for future account balances.
- Any outstanding account balance that exists after funds are granted must be paid in full or the resident must request a payment plan through the City (more information on payment plans can be found below).
- Bilingual (Spanish) assistance is available on site and over the phone.
To download the fillable PDF application, click here.
Water Bill Payment Plans
Payment plans are available for residents with delinquent water bills. Payments can be made over a period of up to 12 months. To remain on the payment plan, you must remain current with installment payments and current charges on all future water bills. Failure to make payments on time will result in a default of the payment agreement and the account will be subject to immediate disconnection. To set up a payment plan, dial 311 or if located outside of Elgin call 847-931-6001.
Other Financial Assistance Programs
Emergency Rental Assistance
Illinois Department of Human Services: Rental Assistance Program
The Rental Assistance Program is here to help keep families stably housed, and ensure that tenants and Housing Providers/Landlords are financially secure to prevent a tide of evictions due to COVID-19.
If you are a renter whose primary residence is in Illinois and are behind on rent due to economic hardship caused by COVID-19, you may be eligible for up to 15 months of rental payments to cover back-rent owed from June 2020 through August 2021. For additional information please visit illinoisrentalassistance.org. Aid is available statewide.
- Illinois residents who are renters and have a household income at or below 80% AMI
- Household must have experienced a financial hardship directly, or indirectly, due to the pandemic
- Household is behind on rent and/or is at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability
- Proof of citizenship is not required
Illinois Housing Development Authority: Illinois Rental Payment Program
Prairie State Legal Services is a law firm that provides free civil legal aid to people who cannot afford an attorney in northern and central Illinois, and their West Suburban office serves DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and DeKalb Counties.
Prairie State has several housing-related resources available to help you understand your legal rights when facing eviction during Covid-19.
- Visit https://www.pslegal.org/covid-resources for Covid-19 Eviction resources, including an eviction toolkit, a Renters’ Handbook, and other resources.
- For up to date information on evictions during Covid-19, click here.
- Eviction Help Illinois Hotline - Prairie State Legal Services is a member of Eviction Help Illinois, a state-wide network of 16 non-profit organizations providing legal aid, mediation services, and connection to other resources. Tenants can call 855-631-0811 Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm for free legal help.
Help for Illinois Families: Relief for Households Across the State
This initiative remains available for all qualifying households with low income, regardless of how they may be affected COVID-19. Eligible families may qualify for hundreds of dollars of support; all applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis and subject to funding availability.
In addition to utility billing relief, the Help for Illinois Families Initiative includes emergency assistance for rent, temporary shelter and other necessities. To make applying for these funds easy and accessible remotely, DCEO has taken steps to streamline the process, launching a new remote application, streamlined website, and expanded technical assistance available now in over 30 languages through the hotline 1-833-711-0374.
With more than $100 million in funding still available through this program, the state of Illinois and consumer advocates are urging residents eligible for the program to take advantage and apply for Help for Illinois Families assistance today. For more information on how to apply and to find out about relief programs available near you, visit www.helpillinoisfamilies.com.
You may be eligible to receive financial assistance for the following services:
Township General and Emergency Assistance Programs
Contact your corresponding township for more information on their general and emergency assistance programs. These programs are designed to provide financial assistance for basic needs like rent/mortgage, utilities, and food.
- Address: 729 S. McLean Blvd Suite 200 Elgin, IL 60123
- Phone Number: 847-741-2045
- Address: 7431 Astor Ave, Hanover Park, IL 60133
- Phone Number: 630-540-9085
- Address: 611 E. Main Street, East Dundee, Illinois 60118
- Phone Number: 847-428-8092
Applications continue to be open for Emergency Rental Assistance through the Ecker Center for Behavioral Health. Funds are available through June 30, 2021 for rental (not mortgage) and utilities assistance.
Eligible applicants must have documentation demonstrating the following:
- household is experiencing a COVID-19 related hardship
- household income is less than 80% area median income
- household is at risk of homelessness or housing instability
Applications are available for pick-up Monday-Friday 9am-5pm at 1845 Grandstand Place, Elgin. Funds will be distributed on a first come first serve basis until depleted. Recipients must participate in case management services around the use of the funds.
Additional Financial Assistance Programs in the Community
YWCA Pandemic Health Navigator Program
YWCA Elgin has received a grant to help COVID-impacted community members. This COVID-19 Pandemic Health Navigator Program (PHNP) integrates community health centers, community-based organizations, and our public health partners to coordinate resources for our most vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19. For more information, visit their website.
Elgin Area Pandemic Assistance
Need help with Covid-19? Vaccine sign-up, rental, food, utility needs and more?
For more information, visit gailborden.info/covidhelp.
Agency: St. Vincent de Paul (on East and West sides of Elgin)
- Type of Assistance: Financial assistance for rent, utilities, and anything else that is a necessity.
- How to apply: Call, leave a name, phone number, address, and what the need is. A volunteer will contact them within 24 hours. People on the east side of the Fox River should call 847-289-2222. People on the west side of the river should call 847-628-5170.
Agency: Salvation Army
- Type of Assistance: Emergency Financial Assistance Program. Help with rent and utility bills.
- How to apply: Calling the office at 847-741-2304 ext. 302 and making an appointment. Some documentation is required, including photo ID, proof of income, proof of emergency, and either a utility bill or two forms that the landlord must fill out.
Agency: Community Crisis Center, Inc. (CCC)
- Type of Assistance: Shelter (first come, first serve) and rental assistance (first come, first serve)
- How to apply: Contact CCC by calling the hotline at 847-697-2380 to see if you can be placed on a waiting list.
Agency: Two Rivers Head Start
- Type of Assistance: Rental and Utility
- How to apply: Call 847-717-6048 to apply. Applicants must reside in Kane County and meet income guidelines. Call for more information.
Staying Safe and Keeping the Lights On
As the economy reopens, ComEd understands some of you may continue to experience financial hardship. ComEd can help find a financial assistance solution that’s right for you. Find details on the programs available at ComEd.com/paymentassistance or by calling 1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661).
Nicor Gas Assistance
As the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to unfold, Nicor Gas is assessing the needs of its customers and communities to make sure they are providing all the support possible. If you are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19, Nicor Gas can help by connecting you to energy assistance, offering extended payment options, and providing energy-saving measures.
- LIHEAP Energy Assistance Funding (CARES Act)
- Extended Payment Arrangements
- Energy Aide Programs
- Energy Assistance Resources
- Free Weatherization