Waukegan Township Assistance Program

  1. General Assistance

  2. Township Office

    Physical Address
    149 S GENESEE ST
    WAUKEGAN, IL 60085

This program provides benefits to adults who are determined “not employable” under the Illinois Department of Human Services guidelines. 

WTAP Requirements:

Eligible applicants must have been diagnosed with one of the following serious medical condition:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Seizure Disorder
  • Diabetes
  • Serious Injury or Surgery

A Medical Evaluation Report should be completed by applicant’s physician to determine eligibility to work.  If applicant is deemed unable to work, they will be eligible to receive assistance for ONE year.  In the event applicant is found to be able to work, assistance would be limited to SIX (6) MONTHS.  For WTAP consideration, applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must reside within Waukegan Township boundaries for at least 6 months.
  • Must be completely indigent
  • Must not have any cash assistance or monetary compensation

Assistance is available for single adults considered “not employable” due to the criteria described above. Assistance continues until the time period expires or eligibility for any other monetary compensation occurs; whichever comes first.

WTAP includes the following:

  • General Assistance
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Representative Payee

General Assistance

General Assistance is a locally administered welfare program offered to residents of Waukegan Township who have no income or financial resources and are not eligible for Federal or State Assistance and are not able to provide their basic needs. 

Basic needs may include shelter, food, household supplies, utilities, personal essentials, medical and other expenses deemed essential to the health and well-being of the family or individual. Once eligibility has been established, funds may be applied towards rent, utilities, food allowance and household products. Other needs may be considered upon request.

Once the necessary documentation has been provided and eligibility has been confirmed, ALL General Assistance Grant recipients will be required to participate in a variety of classes/workshops provided by Waukegan Township and our various community partners.  Each GA client is expected to attend the assigned workshops.  You will be expected to inform our office of any absence at least 24 hours in advance, if unable to attend any scheduled event. More than three (3) missed or late appointments may result in a 30 day suspension from the program.

Program Expectations:

Once approved for assistance, clients must comply with assigned referrals, workshops, job services and must seek employment (if considered able to work).

It is our goal to continue offering services that assist our clients in obtaining and maintaining self-sufficiency.

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Link to forms


Waukegan Township is committed to providing quality assistance to all of its residents, including our undocumented friends and neighbors. For those hesitant to seek assistance due to residency status, please click the link below to connect with our partner, Mano-A-Mano Family Resource Center.

El municipio de Waukegan Township se comprometo a brindar asistencia de calidad a sus residencia, incuidos a nuestros amigos y vecinos indocumentados. Para quien que dudan en buscar ayuda debido al estado de residencia, haga un click en la enlace a contiuacion para conectar con nuestro socio, el centro de recursos familia Mano-A-Mano.