There are several ways to apply for Cash, SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), and Medical Assistance.
Use the Application for Benefits Eligibility (ABE) to apply for SNAP, cash or medical assistance.
Apply Using a Paper Application
- Download the application
- Follow the directions on the form. Type in as much information as you can. If you can't answer all the questions, that's ok. You must include your name and address. You may print out the application and write on it if you prefer. You must sign the form.
- Once you've completed the application, carry, mail or fax it to your local Family Community Resource Center. Use the DHS Office Locator to locate your local office.
Apply At Your local Family Community Resource Center
Applications are taken at DHS local offices. Use the DHS Office Locator to locate the Family Community Resource Center in your county to apply for benefits.
What happens next?
The application process begins the day your DHS office receives your signed application. You will be asked to come to the office for an interview or participate by phone if you are unable to come to the office.
You will be asked for various types of documents such as:
- proof of your identity
- proof of your residence
- proof of Social Security numbers for all people on your application
- other types of documents depending on your circumstances.
The DHS caseworker will tell you what you need to bring.
Need Help with an Application
Please call our toll-free line at 1-800-843-6154 (Voice), 1-800-447-6404 (TTY), if you have questions or need help with the application.
DHS, USDA, and HHS are equal opportunity providers and employers.
- Department of Human Services
401 S. Clinton Street, 7th floor
Chicago, IL 60607
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
Director, Office of Adjudication
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington D.C. 20250-9410
Toll Free (866) 632-9992 (Voice)
Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities
may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at
(800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Director, Office for Civil Rights,
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
(202) 619-0403 (Voice)
(202) 619-3257 (TTY)
In accordance with Federal Law, U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) policy, the Department of Human Services is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, or political belief. To file a complaint of discrimination, contact either the Department of Human Services, USDA, or HHS.
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