What is the Purpose of this Service?

Title XX of the Social Security Act provides for funding for social services through the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG). States have substantial discretion in the use of SSBG funds. Each State determines what services are provided, who is eligible to receive them, and how funds are used. In Illinois these funds are used to provide funding for the Donated Funds Initiative (DFI). The Bureau of Basic Supports' Title XX unit provides administrative oversight for several DFI funded service areas.

Who can receive these services?

Social Services are delivered to vulnerable populations through more than 150 DFI funded contracts with not-for-profit organizations, local governments and educational opportunities.

What services are offered?

The national goals for the SSBG were developed toward providing economic self support, self-sufficiency, prevention of abuse and neglect of vulnerable populations and preventing or reducing institutional care. To those ends, various types of services are provided to target populations which include:

How to Apply?

Individuals must apply at the appropriate agency to get assistance for their individual needs. The Related Links to the right will direct you to the List of Agencies by Category of Need and provides contact information.

DHS Office Locator

DHS Help Line

  • 1-800-843-6154
  • 1-800-447-6404 TTY