about DHS

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

about DHSThe Department of Human Services is one of Illinois' largest agencies, with more than 13,000 employees and an annual budget of over $5.4 billion.

Illinois created DHS in 1997, to provide our state's residents with streamlined access to integrated services, especially those who are striving to move from welfare to work and economic independence, and others who face multiple challenges to self-sufficiency.

DHS is proud of its diversity, efficiency, and the services that the agency and its community partners provide to Illinois citizens.

Our Mission

Reduce poverty and keep individuals and families out of the deep-end of social service systems.

Guiding Principles

DHS will be guided by the principle that there is "No Wrong Door" for any of our customers. This dictates that we have a seamless service delivery approach that is:

  • Customer Centered
  • Pro-active 
  • Innovative 
  • Collaborative
  • Performance and Outcome Driven 
  • Dynamic Efficient and Effective
  • Solution Oriented 
  • Technology Sensitive

More Information

  • Rules and Policy - Up to date documents that govern the delivery of human services.
  • For DHS, the State of Illinois is divided into 5 regions. Use this DHS Regional Map to view your regions.

DHS Office Locator

DHS Help Line


DV Awareness Month at H.A.S.
Share a Prayer Campaign
T-Shirt Display
Purple Pinky Campaign
The Clothesline Project
10/1 Walk In Faith Not In Fear!
10/1 Heroes for Sojourn 4th Annual 5K & Kids Fun Run
Blue Ribbon Campaign
10/1 Mounds Fall Festival
10/1 Light Up the Lakefront
10/2 Yoga for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
10/3 The Clothesline Project and The Silent Witness Project Awareness Displays
10/3 Ribbon Remembrance
10/3 Balloon Release
10/3 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Ribbon Tying
10/4 Press Conference: Domestic Violence in the Asian Community
10/5 Court Advocacy Program Area South Open House
10/5 Art canvas created with DV Support group members
10/5 Walk and rally, 25th District police, Break the Silence of Domestic Violence
10/5 Purple Ribbon Tying
10/5 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kick-off Rally: "Free to Survive"
10/5 Loyola Wellness Fair
10/5 DV Awareness Month Kick-off Rally
10/5 Purple Ribbon Tying
10/5 Domestic Violence Kick-Off Rally
10/5 Grundy County Take Back the Night
10/5 Candlelight Vigil
10/6 In Her Shoes
10/6 Proclamation of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month
10/6 Posters/ Arts and crafts created with DV Spanish group members
10/6 Swedish Covenant Hospital Ribbon Tying Event
10/6 Join the Fight: March Against Domestic Violence
10/6 Purple Ribbon Tying
10/6 Awareness on Domestic Violence
10/6 Candlelight Vigil
10/6 Candlelighting Ceremony
Wear purple to raise awareness about domestic violence
10/7 "Purple Fridays"
10/7 Domestic Violence Symposium
10/7 Posters/ Arts and crafts created with English DV group members
10/7 Purple Ribbon Tying
10/7 15th Annual Domestic Violence March Balloon Launch & Candlelight Vigil
10/8 3rd Annual Ray of Hope Walk
10/8 Live Music, Interactive Art Project, Resource Fair
10/9 Chicago Marathon
10/9 2016 Duck Derby Drop
10/10 Candle lit vigil at Basta!
10/10 Candlelight Ceremony
10/11 Proclamation of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month
10/12 Art canvas created with DV Support group members
10/13 DVAM Networking Community Event
10/13 Share Day at McDonald’s
10/13 Open House/ “In Her Shoes”
10/13 “TAKE BACK THE NIGHT”: Standing Together Against Domestic Violence
10/13 Domestic Violence Awareness Event
10/13 Peace Walk & Domestic Violence Awareness Event
10/13 Candlelighting Ceremony
10/14 Virtual Introduction: Parental Responsibilities under Family Law
10/14 Movie Showing “No Estas Sola, Sara”
10/16 Stride Against Violence 5K Run/Walk
10/16 Will County Take Back the Night
Human Trafficking: Training
10/17 Domestic Violence Awareness Ribbon Display
10/17 Screening of Byron Hurt’s “Beyond Beats and Rhymes"
10/18 Task Force Meeting
10/18 October 20th as wear purple day
10/18 Clothesline Project
10/18 ADA Distance Learning Session: Introducing the REVISED Title II Action Guide for Self Evaluation and Transition Planning
10/18 Educational Programs & Tools to Prevent Teen Dating Violence
10/18 Domestic Violence Awareness
10/18 Byron Hurt, Keynote Speaker
10/19 Clothesline Project
10/19 March in Englewood
10/19 Threads Together
10/19 Stronger Community, Domestic Violence Event: Round table
10/19 Speak Out Against Domestic Violence
10/20 PurpleThursday
10/20 Providing training with the Savanna Police Department
10/20 Training for Police Officers
10/20 Neopolitan Lighthouse Domestic Violence Dinner
10/20 Trivia Night with DVLC’s Young Professionals Board
10/20 Campus Dating Violence
10/21 Family Movie Night
10/21 “Poetry Night”
10/22 8th Annual Angels Against Abuse 5K Walk/Run Fundraiser
10/22 9th Annual Walk for Hope
10/22 Get the Facts on Domestic Violence
10/22 Family Fall Fun Fest
Paint the Town Purple, All Day, All Over Town
10/25 Share Night at Culver's
10/26 Domestic Violence Vigil
10/27 Open House/ “In Her Shoes”
10/27 Candlelighting Ceremony
10/27 Candlelight Vigil
10/27 Domestic Violence Rally and Candlelight Vigil
10/28 Light Up The Night
10/28 Neopolitan Lighthouse Annual Bowling Fundraiser
10/29 DV March/Rally "Ni Una Victima Mas"
10/29 Writing to Heal
10/29 Dance 4 Awareness
10/30 Silent Too Long, Silent No More
10/30 Rev (Rock to End Violence)
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