Interim and/or Emergency Veterans' Financial Assistance


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Who Can We Assist:

Veterans, their Immediate Families, Unremarried Widows of a Veteran or Adult Disabled Children of a Veteran who was disabled prior to the age of 18 who are Madison County, IL residents and in need of financial assistance to cover basic needs.

If you are a Homeless or are at risk of losing your housing, you will be required to contact the Madison County, IL Coordinated Entry and Homeless Prevention Hotline at (618) 296-5300 to complete a screening
in addition to completing the above Financial Assistance Application Screening.

Those in need of Veterans Financial Assistance should complete the above Financial Assistance Application
Screening or call 618-296-4554 to schedule a screening. All walk-ins for financial assistance will be scheduled for a future appointment as appropriate.

Assistance Types:

Veterans Financial Assistance is as outlined below and both are INCOME and NEED Based. Financial Assistance is not designed to be ongoing financial support over any considerable time.

  1. Short-term Interim Veterans Assistance (IVA) is while you're waiting for a more longer-term/permanent assistance such as Unemployment, Social Security and/or VA Benefits (Compensation and Pension) to start or you will be returning to the workforce and may not receive 1st check for several weeks.

  2. Emergency Veterans Assistance (EVA) is for Veterans with an income source who experience an emergency beyond their control which leads to a sudden loss of income resulting in their inability to pay for their basic needs. EVA is One-Time assistance meant to get you through a qualified emergency and eligibility is based on income guidelines and need.

Basic Need Categories are Currently Defined as:

  • Food, Pet Food, Clothing and Personal Hygiene (Cleaning Supplies)
  • Rent and Mortgage Assistance
  • Electric and Gas Utilities
  • Water, Sewer and Trash
  • Limited Property Tax Assistance
  • Limited Emergency Dental
  • Other categories as needed and warranted on a case-by-case basis
If you are currently receiving other financial assistance to assist in covering your basic needs, then assistance cannot be duplicated or provided. For example, if your already receiving a particular form of assistance such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), we cannot provide assistance for that category. Those already on subsidized or income based housing cannot receive duplicate housing assistance.

Below is a link to apply for other forms of assistance available via the State of Illinois:

Any applicant approved for Veterans Financial Assistance will be required to apply for other permanent forms of assistance provided by other agencies as needed and directed. In addition, those qualified will be required to show proof of application for all permanent assistance and other services directed to apply for.

Below are links to other forms of assistance we can assist Veterans, Spouses (If married), Unremarried Widows of a Veteran or an Adult Disabled Child of a Veteran who was disabled prior to the age of 18 and who are Madison County, IL residents initially apply for:


Any applicant claiming that they are unable to work must apply for Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or other qualified VA benefit such as Compensation or Pension. While awaiting a decision, applicants must have a physician’s note describing the disability, the limitations and/or restrictions, and the release date or the anticipated recovery time with a return-to-work date.

Veterans Financial Assistance can only be applied to current month unpaid bills in the Veterans, Spouses (If married), Unremarried Widows of a Veteran or an Adult Disabled Child of a Veteran who was disabled prior to the age of 18 and who are Madison County, IL residents.

All approved Emergency Veterans Financial Assistance is voucher based and paid directly to vendors, landlords, mortgage companies, utility companies, etc. A W9 (Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification) is required in order to process any assistance with such vendors and we will work to obtain those when and as needed.

No assistance can be paid to family members or relatives, for example Rent cannot be paid to someone a Veteran, an Unremarried Veterans Widow or an Adult Disabled Child of a Veteran who was disabled prior to the age of 18 is staying with for which they are not responsible for and listed on valid bills.

An application and screening is required for all Veterans Financial Assistance prior to any assistance being approved.

NO CASH or CREDITS GIVEN

Non-Qualification Information:

  • Reserve/National Guard with a Release from Active Duty for Training (Basic and Advanced)
  • Applicants receiving assistance from other governmental agencies (i.e., federal, state, county, or township programs)
  • Applicants who are able to sustain gainful employment
  • Full or part-time students in receipt of the GI-Bill or other financial aide and/or on break unless needs arise due to an emergency, such as a declared disaster
Typical items needed to apply and/or verify need and indigence:

  • Discharge Papers - DD214/s (Proof of Military Service from last and/or most recent period of service)
  • Proof of Madison County, IL Residency
  • Driver's License/State ID
  • Marriage License
  • Social Security Card/s
  • Birth Certificate/s
  • W9 (Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification)
  • All Sources of Income in the Veteran, Spouses (If married), Unremarried Widow or Adult Disabled Child of a Veteran who was disabled prior to the age of 18 name (Typically for the preceding 30-60 Days)
  • Current Month Unpaid Bills in the Veteran, Spouses (If married), Unremarried Widow or Adult Disabled Child of a Veteran who was disabled prior to the age of 18 name
  • Checking and Savings Account Statements in Veteran, Spouses (If married), Unremarried Widow or Adult Disabled Child of a Veteran who was disabled prior to the age of 18 name  (Typically for the preceding 30-60 Days)
  • Valid Rental/Lease Agreement in in Veteran, Spouses (If married), Unremarried Widow or Adult Disabled Child of a Veteran who was disabled prior to the age of 18 name
  • Mortgage Statement in in Veteran, Spouses (If married), Unremarried Widow or Adult Disabled Child of a Veteran who was disabled prior to the age of 18 name
  • Shut-off/Disconnect Notice and/or Eviction/Foreclosure Notice
  • Household expenses (Cannot exceed income for the last thirty (30) days)
  • Out-of-pocket Medical Expenses paid within the last thirty (30) days (i.e., deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance, prescriptions, etc.)
  • Investment Statements where significant savings/assets are involved (i.e., IRA's, 401k's, CD's, etc.)
  • All other information as needed and requested to determine eligibility and need

Contact Us:

If you are or know of a local Veteran, Veteran Family, Unremarried Widow of a Veteran or Adult Disabled Children of a Veteran who was disabled prior to the age of 18 in need of assistance or services, please contact the Veterans' Assistance Commission (VAC) at 618-296-4554 or via email at mcvac@co.madison.il.us or on Facebook at @mcveterans

Any Veterans in Active Crisis or in need of immediate Medical Attention should call 911, go to the nearest Emergency Room and/or call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or text to 838255.