samaritan-1178513-m The Orland Township General Assistance office provides financial assistance and referral information to Orland Township individuals and families during severe economic crisis. Orland Township Supervisor Paul O’Grady manages and controls the General Assistance program.

General Assistance is a financial aid program that helps residents meet basic needs until employment or another source of income, such as Social Security, disability or public aid, is obtained. Eligibility is determined by established guidelines based on income, assets and household size. Applicants should have no other potential means of income and should have applied for all possible benefits to be eligible.

Emergency Assistance is financial aid granted to qualified individuals and families on a short-term basis to alleviate life-threatening circumstances or to assist residents in returning to self-sufficiency. If an individual or family is eligible, they may receive assistance once in an 24-month period to meet basic expenses.

To be eligible for either General Assistance or Emergency Assistance, the applicant must meet certain financial and non-financial eligibility requirements and must supply his or her Social Security card, a lease or mortgage statement, pay stubs (for the past 30 days), bank statements, and proof of registry with Public Aid and the Illinois Job Service.

Please see the guidelines below for more information.

General Assistance

General Assistance is offered to residents of Orland Township who have no income or financial resources and are not eligible for Federal or State Assistance.


To be eligible for General Assistance you must currently reside in Orland Township and must be a citizen of the United States or alien who meets all legal requirements.  You must be a resident of Orland Township for the previous 6 months to apply.


You must be 18 years of age or older to be eligible for General Assistance.


Applications are available to anyone who asks for them. Applicants will be required to complete an application and provide necessary forms and documentation before assistance eligibility can be established.

Applicant’s Responsibility

Every applicant for General Assistance must, at the time of application, furnish complete and accurate information concerning income, proof of residency, any means of support and any assets.

All applicants will be required to apply for food stamps.

Applicants who are applying for Social Security Disability will be required to show proof of application and a physician’s letter supporting disability claim.

Assistance Grant

Once eligibility has been established the assistance grant may be applied towards rent, utilities, food allowance and household products. Other needs may be considered upon request.

Institutional Status

General Assistance is not available to residents in hospitals or in private or public institutions.

 Client’s Responsibility

Client must report any change in residence, income, assets, and/or family size within five (5) working days of the change. Notifications can be made to our office by letter, phone, or in person.

Client not reporting changes in income, assets, family size, residency or receiving more aid than they are entitled to are required by law to pay back a sum of money up to, but not to exceed, the entire amount of excess assistance paid by the Township.

Clients must keep all appointments and fulfill all requirements, sign all necessary forms.

Failure to do so will result in termination for non-cooperation.


Persons who make false statements or who willingly deceive and misrepresent their circumstances to a public assistance agency, or persons who willfully fail to report changes in income or property owned, which affect the amount of assistance they are entitled to are subject to penalties under the law.

Any person found guilty of fraud will be required to repay Orland Township the amount of assistance received and, in addition, may be fined, imprisoned or both.

Terminated Employment/ Job Services

If you voluntarily left your job without just cause you may not apply for General Assistance for 30 days from the date of termination. You are also required to maintain current registration with the Illinois Job Service ( You must bring paperwork that shows you have applied.



 Emergency Assistance provides financial aid for two (2) purposes: (1) to help alleviate a life-threating circumstance, or (2) to help pay a work related expense necessary or obtain or maintain employment. A life-threatening circumstance is a condition which poses an imminent peril to health and or safety because of a lack of or the jeopardizing of the availability of shelter, food, utility service, medication, transportation, or other basic necessity. You may also receive Emergency Assistance to help pay for a work related expense, but only if payment of the expense is necessary for you to get or keep a job. In order to help you pay such expenses, the General Assistance Office may also refer you to other agencies or programs or for other services.

You may receive Emergency Assistance only once in a 24 month period.


Disbursement of Funds

Assistance up to the amount of the payment level is disbursed by the means of disbursing order (requests to a vendor to provide goods and services in return for payment by the General Assistance Office) or by payment directly to a provider of goods and services. You will not receive cash.   The personnel of the General Assistance Office will tell you what the appropriate payment level is for the size of your household.

You may receive Emergency Assistance even though you have applied for and been approved to receive monthly welfare assistance (such as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Aid to the Aged, Blind and Disabled (AABD), Refugee and Repatriate Assistance (RRA) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as long as you have not yet begun to receive monthly payments of such assistance. However, if you have already begun receiving monthly payments of cash welfare assistance you cannot receive Emergency Assistance.


If you have any questions about Emergency Assistance or the program requirements or particulars, you should ask the personnel of the General Assistance Office. In addition, you may inspect the General Assistance Office’s Emergency Assistance Handbook during regular office hours.

Applications to determine eligibility for General Assistance or Emergency Assistance are available at the Orland Township office. Once an application is completed and submitted with required documentation, please contact Orland Township at (708) 403-4222 to schedule an appointment.