***The Springfield Urban League is no longer accepting applications for Emergency Assistance at this time. If you’ve submitted a completed application and would like to know the status of your application, please contact us at 217-789-0830 Ext. 1136.

Program Details Below

Having Trouble Paying Your Rent or Utilities?

We’re Here to Help.

The Springfield Urban League’s - Emergency Food & Shelter Program works to help renters get the assistance they need to avoid utility shutoff or eviction. The Emergency Food & Shelter Program is administered by the United Way of Central Illinois.


Are You Eligible?

You may qualify if you can answer yes to the following questions.

  • Are you a renter household?
  • Does your household income meet the program's limits?
  • Has someone in your household (1) qualified for unemployment or (2) had a decrease in income or increase in expenses due to Covid-19?
  • Is someone in your household at risk for housing instability or homelessness?

How Much Assistance is Available?

Every household's situation is different, so the amount of assistance you may receive will be specific to your needs.

What Costs are Eligible?

Eligible costs include: rent, manufactured home lot rent, rental of a manufactured home, utilities including electric, gas, power, heat, water, sewer, bulk fuel, eviction costs, fees charged by your landlord, hotel costs if the hotel is your residence, and other costs related to keeping you in your home.

Costs that are not eligible include: landlord-paid utilities, landlord-paid property taxes, property insurance, phone, internet, renter insurance.

How Can the Emergency Food & Shelter Program help me?

Depending on your circumstances, Springfield Urban League’s - Emergency Food & Shelter Program

  • Bring your delinquent rent or utility bill(s) current.
  • Pay up to 3 months of future rent at a time, until funds run out.

How Do I Apply?

After you answer the prescreening questions, you must complete an application for assistance and provide documentation.

Please have all your information and documents ready to ensure faster processing of your application. An application will not begin the review process until all information has been received.

If you are requesting rental assistance, make sure the amount you request will be accepted by your landlord. If they challenge the amount, it can delay your application's processing.

What Happens Next?

If you qualify for rent assistance, we will request approval from your landlord/property manager. If your landlord/property manager approves, we will send payments directly to them to bring your rent current and pay up to 3 months of forward rent. If the landlord will not accept the funds through the program, you will not be eligible to receive assistance directly to pay your rent.

If you qualify for utility assistance, we will work with your utility company(ies). If your utility company(ies) approve, we will send payments directly to them to bring your utilities current.

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Agency's Total Operating Budget
Agency’s budget for the program area(s) for which EFSP funding is being requested:
Is this agency a nonprofit or unit of government?
Is this agency debarred or suspended from receiving funds or doing business with the Federal Government?
Does this agency commit that they will not discriminate against individuals needing assistance based on age, race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, economic status, or sexual orientation?
Funding Request Information
Did you receive funds in past phase(s)?
If so, have you been out of compliance at any time during the past three phases (37, CARES, 38)?
Did your agency return unexpended funds in any previous phase(s)?
  1. # of years these services have been offered;
  2. # of staff administering these services;
  3.  # of volunteers assisting with these services;
 If applicable, # of clients/households served in
 Phase 38 (specify whether the number is individuals or households)

Include a brief paragraph explaining why you are requesting funding in each particular category (food, rent, etc.) and how this funding will impact the need for the services in your area (one paragraph per category for which funding is being requested). If any program categories do not apply, please put N/A. If category descriptions are the same for both Phases, please put “same as above” in the Phase ARPA-R row.

Breakdown of Grant Request
Provide the amount requested for individual services and the number of units per service you plan to provide.(Estimating the number of meals or nights of shelter to be paid with EFSP funding. For rent and utility expenditures, estimate the number of bills to be paid.)  
 
Service Categories Dollars Requested Units/Bills Clients Served (Please label individuals/households)
Served Meals ($3.00/Meal Rate)
Other Food
Mass Shelter 
($12.50/Night Rate)

 
Rent/Mortgage Assistance
Utility Assistance
Other Shelter (Hotel/Motel)
Total Requested
Service Categories Dollars Requested Units/Bills Clients Served
Served Meals ($3.00/Meal Rate)
Other Food
Mass Shelter 
($12.50/Night Rate)

 
Rent/Mortgage Assistance
Utility Assistance
Other Shelter (Hotel/Motel)
Total Requested