How Do You Apply for Public Aid in Illinois?


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You can apply for public aid in Illinois online, using a paper application or at your local family community resource center. Types of public aid that you receive include food assistance, health care, cash assistance and Medicare savings program.

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To apply online, complete the Application for Benefits Eligibility. The online application is faster and more accurate as the website has features that ensure accurate and efficient transfer of data to caseworkers for processing.

To apply using a paper application, download the application. Follow the instructions on the application form. Include as much information as you can, and try to answer as many questions as possible. You may choose to type the information on your computer or print out the paper application and write on it. You must sign the completed application form. After filling the application form, carry, mail or fax it to your local family community resource center. You may also take an application form from your local Department of Human Services office. The Illinois government website has a DHS office locator that you can use to find an office near you.

After the department receives your application, an employee may call you for an interview. This interview may be conducted in person or over the phone. You have to provide information to prove your identity, your Social Security number and your place of residence to qualify for public aid.

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