IMPORTANT UPDATE - SNAP Emergency Allotments
Since April 2020, all Illinois SNAP households received both regular monthly benefits and an emergency SNAP allotment to address increased food insecurity challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. February 2023 will be the last month for SNAP households to receive the emergency SNAP allotment. This will result in a decrease between $95 and $255 per household per month.
Effective March 1, 2023, SNAP benefits will return to pre-pandemic levels and will use the normal eligibility determination process that considers household size, income, and deductions. IDHS recommends that SNAP customers visit www.abe.illinois.gov to update their account (e.g., change of address, increase in housing costs, decrease in income, etc.) in order to ensure they receive the maximum benefit for which they are eligible.
Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has put together a resource page to help SNAP households with the transition away from emergency allotments. In addition, IDHS has prepared and translated an informational flyer (available below) and will be mailing SNAP customers a letter in the near future.
SNAP Emergency Allotments Ending (Informational Flyer)
DESK AID - Income Limits for Public Benefits and ACA Health Insurance Marketplace (current as of 12/8/2022)
We have updated our 2022 FPL income limits for Medicaid, Marketplace, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Desk Aid (current as of December 2022). To download a copy of the updated desk aid, use the button below.
Illinois Child Care Assistance Program
The Illinois Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides low-income, working families with access to quality, affordable child care that allows them to continue working and contributes to the healthy, emotional and social development of the child. Families are required to cost-share on a sliding scale based on family size, income, and number of children in care.
A family may be eligible for the Child Care Assistance Program if:
The children are under the age of 13,
A parent/guardian is working or enrolled in an approved education or training program, and
The family's monthly gross income is at or below 225% FPL.
Access Illinois' online CCAP Application and tips for completing the application.
Visit YWCA Metropolitan Chicago's Child Care Assistance Program webpage with access to additional information and assistance.
Public Benefits Training for Early Childhood Providers
DuPage Federation has developed an interactive training course for providers who are interested in learning the basics of public benefits, specifically Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in order to provide guidance and support to their clients who may benefit from these services. The course includes information that is relevant to providers who serve families with young children including early childhood providers. The training is self-paced and provides the learner with the following information about Medicaid, TANF and SNAP:
What is it?
Who is eligible?
What are the benefits?
How to apply?
The training is free for providers who serve DuPage County residents and $10.00 for providers who do not serve residents of DuPage County. To request access to the training, use the Register button below. Please note, the contact information we ask you to provide will ONLY be used to confirm location and to send you access to the training.