General Assistance For Residents

The Bremen Township General Assistance office provides financial assistance and referral information to Bremen Township individuals and families during severe economic crisis.  Bremen Township Supervisor Kathryn Straniero manages and controls the General Assistance program.

General Assistance is a financial aid program that helps residents meet basic needs until employment or another source of income, such as Social Security, disability or public aid, is obtained.  Eligibility is determined by established guidelines based on income, assets and household size.  Applicants should have no other potential means of income and should have applied for all possible benefits to be eligible.  Information on the general assistance guidelines may be found at­guidelines/

Emergency Assistance is financial aid granted to qualified individuals and families on a short-term basis to alleviate life-threatening circumstances or to assist residents in returning to self-sufficiency.  If an individual or family is eligible, they may receive assistance once in a 24-month period to meet basic expenses.  Information on the general assistance guidelines may be found at­guidelines/

Utility Assistance is available to Bremen Township residents with a current disconnection notice BEFORE the disconnection date.  For more information please call the office at (708) 333-9530 ext 1100. The guidelines for the utility assistance program can be found at

To be eligible for either General Assistance or Emergency Assistance, the applicant must meet certain financial and non-financial eligibility requirements and must supply his or her Social Security card, a lease or mortgage statement, pay stubs (for the past 30 days), bank statements, and proof of registry with Public Aid and the Illinois Job Service.