Byron Township - General Assistance

General Assistance (GA) is one of the three functions of Township Government.  All townships in Illinois are statutorily mandated by the legislature to levy taxes and administer general assistance for destitute township residents.  The rules for GA are established by the Illinois Department of Human Services and are interpreted  by the GA Office of the local township.

General Assistance (GA) is a locally administered welfare program which provides monthly financial assistance to persons who do not have adequate income or resources to provide for their own basic needs. To qualify, the individual must meet certain financial and residential criteria, and not be eligible for any other state or federal assistance programs.

Who is eligible for GA?

Any township resident 18 years or older who is either a U.S. resident or legal alien admitted under color-of-law. The General Assistance Program is primarily for those adults without minor children, without adequate income, and ineligible for any other monetary forms of assistance.

How Can I Apply for GA?

You may call the office at 815-234-8438 and request an application be mailed to you, pick one up at the office, or download the form here.  Then send the form to:

Byron Township - GA Office
507 North Colfax Street
Byron, IL 61010

You will then be called for an interview at the Byron Township Office on Colfax Street (across from the Byron High School) to determine what other information may be needed and eligibility.