Student Resources and Local Programs

Local Programs

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.

Student Resources

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. 

Low income home energy assistance program grant (LIHEAP)

  • 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

Eat. More. Save. More

Nutrition Security in Southern Illinois

Immediate Financial Assistance

Medical Bill Assistance

Sangamon County Community Services Block Grant Program