General Assistance

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General Assistance Director - Lisa Bauer

Please contact Lisa at

Leyden Township's General Assistance Program offers programs designed to help those in need of assistance. Those in need of help and not sure where to turn, can contact this office for direction.

What is General Assistance?

General Assistance, is a public assistance program mandated by state law for adults that are ineligible for state or federal programs and who meet financial requirements. GA can provide monthly allotments for shelter, food, clothing, personal essentials, and transportation through direct vendor disbursements. Decisions of eligibility are made based upon state guidelines. Those interested township residents in need should call or come in to pick up an application.

Access To Care Intake

Access To Care is a program offering primary medical care and treatment for minimal co-payments. Suburban Cook County residents not covered by private insurance or Medicare and who qualify financially can enroll.

Information and Referral

In addition to township programs, staff is knowledgeable of state and federal entitlements. Applications for most Illinois Department of Human Services programs are available and advocacy provided when necessary.

Year Round Giving Program (YRGP)

Our YRGP consists of a weekly food pantry and monthly promotions.  Please see Food Pantry link for more information.

LI-HEAP Program

Handled by Leyden Family Services, an Intake Site. Please call 847-451-0330.

Program Description

The Illinois Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to assist eligible low income households pay for winter energy services. LIHEAP will provide a one-time benefit to eligible households to be used for energy bills. The amount of payment is determined by income, household size, fuel type, and geographic location.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size
Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $18,735
2 $25,365
3 $31, 995
4 $38, 625
5 $45, 255
6 $51,885
7 $58, 515
8 $65, 145

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

CEDA Program

2019 Services:

  • Auto Repair Program
  • Dental Care Program
  • Vision Care Program
  • Scholarship Program (April - June) – Scholarship Program application is only available online @
  • Family Nutrition
  • Trade Skills
  • Employment
  • Family Support and Case Management
  • Housing Financial Counseling and Information & Referral

CEDA offers a case management program that provides a range of services to qualified low-income people to attain skills, knowledge and the resources necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.

CEDA will be on-site at the Town Hall 2501 Mannheim Rd Franklin Park, the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month, from 8:30am to 4:00pm starting April 16th.

CEDA will take walk-ins, but to better serve you, please schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment, please contact Lisa Bauer at 847 455-8616 X5112.

Leyden Family Services

Mental Health Programs


  • Adult Mental Health Treatment
  • Adult, Psychiatric Service
  • Apartment Program to Foster Independent Living for Adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness


  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Treatment
  • Adolescent and Child Psychiatric Service
  • System of Care Program - Children and Adolescents
  • Intensive Crisis Service for Children and Adolescents
  • Case Management/Care Continuum of Mental Health Services
  • Client Aftercare for Mentally Ill

Leyden Senior Citizens Program

  • Elder Abuse Program
  • Crisis Program
  • Emergency Food and Living Services
  • Assistance to Clients to Obtain Public Benefits
  • Community Education Program

Alchohol/Substance Abuse Programs

  • Substance Abuse Outpatient Program
  • DUI Services
  • Substance Abuse Aftercare
  • Residential/Inpatient Detoxification, Rehabilitation, and Gambling Treatment Services