Student Resources and Local Programs
SIU School of Medicine offers students a chance to get involved in local programs and offers student support to those who need it.
Boys and Girls Club – Administers programs for children and teens.
Capital Township General Assistance- Provides transitional, emergency, and employment transportation assistance, etc.
Fifth Street Renaissance - Provides services and shelter for homeless persons. They also administer the SSO/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Program.
Helping Hands of Springfield – Provides services and shelter for homeless persons. They also administer the Winter Warming Shelter.
Illinois Housing Development Authority – Provides home ownership assistance
Mercy Communities – Offers programs and services for homeless, or at-risk women with children, over the age of eighteen with one or more children. They also administer the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) which is a local information technology system used to collect data about housing and services to homeless individuals and families and persons at risk of homelessness.
Phoenix Community Center – Provides services and shelter for homeless persons.
Sangamon County Community Resources - Provides programs such as: Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Home Weatherization Program, Housing Counseling Programs, etc.
SPARC- Provides programs for developmentally disabled persons.
Springfield Center for Independent Living (SCIL) – Administers the Ramp Program and Home
Springfield Urban League – Provides programs for disadvantaged and low-income persons.
The Outlet – Provides afterschool programs to local youth.
SIU School of Medicine Resource Room - A resource provided by SIU School of Medicine where students can anonymously get pantry staples and hygienic necessities.
Supplemental nutrition and assistance program (Snap) - Helps low-income people buy the food they need for good health. Benefits are provided on the Illinois Link Card which is accepted at most grocery stores.
Women, Infant and Children - Food assistance program for Woman, Infants and Children. It helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy.
- Illinois Utility and Energy Program
- CWLP Program
Telephone and Internet Assistance Programs/Furnace, HVAC/Heating repairs
Help with rental assistance
Free food pantries, meals and groceries
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Medical Bill Assistance
- Student Health Insurance Plan FAQs
- Understanding Health Insurance Videos
- Need help paying bills
- Springfield Resident Resources