Adults can get General Assistance (GA) they are any one of the following:
- Age 21 or over
- Married and living with a spouse
- Age 18-20 and not living with a parent
A family can get GA if there is a:
- Child under age 18;
- Child who is 18 and going to school full time; or
- Pregnant woman in the household.
Anyone who gets GA must:
- Be a resident of Illinois (a permanent address is not needed)
- Live in the township
- Be a US citizen or a qualifying non-citizen
You must also meet the income and asset rules. Your monthly income must be less than the GA benefit amount. The amount of assets that you can have depends on your township’s rules. But your house, furniture, clothing, one car, and tools for your business don’t count as assets.