James R. Douglas, Director
345 West State Street
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
PHONE: (217) 243-9404
Hours are: 8:30 - 12:00 1:00 - 4:30 Monday – Friday
WHAT IS CSBG?
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic
Opportunity (DCEO) administers the Community Services Block Grant
(CSBG). MCS Community Services provides the services available
through the CSBG grant. MCS is governed by the county boards of
Morgan, Cass, and Scott counties. Individually the CSBG grant
has a Tri-partite governing board made up of local citizens from the
three county areas. The members represent three segments of the
community; elected officials, private citizens, and client representatives.
The Community Services Block Grant provides a
full range of services. The following are services offered by
MCS Community Services:
This program is designed to assist low income
individuals/households that are facing eviction from their
residence. To qualify for this program the client needs to be
behind on their rent and the landlord has to have
served them a written eviction notice. The client will also be
required to have some type of income (employment, social security,
TANF, unemployment, etc.) to qualify for assistance. Babysitting (or
some other type of working) for cash will NOT be accepted as income.
CSBG eligible clients may also be assisted with
some medically needed prescriptions under the emergency services program.
The scholarship program is offered
annually. Packets are sent out in the spring to all high
schools in the three county areas. Applications are also
available at our office. The scholarships of $1000.00 (amounts
are dependent of funding levels) are offered to income eligible
individuals in each of Morgan, Cass, and Scott counties, who are
planning to attend accredited Illinois University, community college,
technical or vocational schools. Preference is given to
applicants of racial or ethnic minorities. Eligibility is based
upon the following: Must be a high school graduate or GED
recipient planning initial enrollment in a Illinois post-secondary
educational/vocational program: must be a resident of Morgan, Cass or
Scott county: must be economically disadvantaged, according to CSGB
CSBG offers a loan program to assist new
businesses or expand an existing business to provide new employment
for the income disadvantaged.
This program provides case management services
to assist in family stability and to help move a family towards
self-sufficiency. MCS has one Family and Community Development
(FCD) certified caseworkers on staff. Enrollment is limited.
INCOME GUIDELINES FOR ALL PROGRAMS LISTED ABOVE
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