General Assistance

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Caring for and improving the lives of our citizens by providing interim assistance for financial and medical needs to qualified cases.


St. Clair Township provides GA in accordance with written standards provided in the General Assistance Handbook for Local Governments. These standards are applied consistently to those who apply.

General Assistance (GA) can be available to those who are not eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and do not have the financial resources to provide for their needs. GA programs help people meet their basic living requirements. To qualify for GA, you must have very little income and assets and live within the geographical area of St. Clair Township.

Please call or visit the office to obtain an application.

107 Service Street

Swansea, IL 62226



An appointment will then be set up to discuss the application to determine eligibility. All applicants must provide a valid driver’s license, or a government issued ID and a social security card. Each GA applicant is required to complete and sign an application and follow through with the application process.



Illinois Department of Human Services

Social Security

St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants

St. Clair County Housing Authority

Beacon Ministry of Belleville

Salvation Army

St. Clair County Continuum of Care