Second Chance Shelter
Helps homeless individuals in St. Clair County who are in crisis with help for rent, security deposits & utility assistance plus offers counseling to homeless families & give referrals to charities & other agencies.
(618) 874-0223

St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Dept.
Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
Assistance for specific emergencies such as rent & mortgage assistance, limited automobile repair or payment, limited dental & prescription assistance.
(618) 825-3263

The Good Samaritan House of Granite City
The Good Samaritan House enriches the lives of homeless women and children by supporting them in a loving Christian environment.  They provide emergency shelter, safe and temporary housing, basic human needs, supportive services and offer residents opportunities to enhance life skills & become self-sufficient.  There's a youth program, a parenting group, a health & nutrition group, budgeting classes, daily life skills classes, consumer education and employment & job coaching.  Learn how to get help
1825 Delmar Blvd. - Granite City.
(618) 876-0607

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
They have 18 local offices, known as conferences, to help residents in Belleville, Cahokia, Caseyville, Columbia, East St. Louis, Fairview Heights, Germantown, Lebanon, Mascoutah, Millstadt, O'Fallon, Pinckneyville Waterloo with shelter, rent & utilities, food & clothing, gas, emergency transportation & vehicle repairs, doctor visits & pharmaceutical vouchers, employment assistance & job training, education & literacy programs, money management & counseling to those in need; assistance for victims of AIDS, substance abuse and crime; and burial & pallbearers for the indigent.  They offer emergency vouchers through their thrift shop in East St. Louis for those who meet criteria including victims of natural disasters & fires to receive furniture & necessities for a new home and for low-income families they can help with basinettes, layettes & cribs for newborns; clothes, dress clothes for funerals & school uniforms.  Find the Conference closest to you

Belleville Council Main Office
# 13 Vieux Carre - East St. Louis.
(618) 394-0126

The Salvation Army
Offers emergency services to people in need for rent & utility assistance, temporary housing & shelter, food & clothing, transportation vouchers, back to school supplies, Christmas toys & Easter baskets, holiday meals, medical resources & prescription vouchers, employment assistance & job training, crisis counseling & disaster assistance and they help individuals apply for Section 8 plus more.  Resources are always limited, not guaranteed and you must meet eligibility requirements.  All locations below but Belleville have an emergency shelter.  Call to verify there's an opening.

Alton Salvation Army
525 Alby St.
(618) 465-7764

Belleville Salvation Army
20 Glory Place
(618) 235-7378

East St. Louis Salvation Army
616 North 16th St.
(618) 874-3136

Granite City Salvation Army
3007 E. 23rd St.
(618) 451-7957

Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc.
The St. Clair County Division helps African Americans and others in the region. They may provide financial aid or referrals for rent & housing when funds are available and offer credit & budget counseling. They have 3 assistance programs, clothing, food & utilities and you must be 18 or older & have a photo ID for food & clothes.   Clothing Assistance is on Thursdays only from 1pm-4pm.  Food Assistance is on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:30am-11:30am.  Utility Assistance is Monday thru Friday from 8am-5pm.
10220 Lincoln Trail - Fairview Heights.
Contact: Antionette Newsome for all programs.
(618) 274-1150

Women's Ministry Center
A Christian-based non-profit that offers various support.  You may find help with food & clothing, toiletries & hygiene items, they have a Back to School Bash where kids in need can get school supplies & backpacks, a winter coat giveaway, holiday food baskets, and Giveaway Tuesdays for women & children in need. (Every Tuesday from 1pm-3:30pm, they provide clothing & shoes and underwear, personal hygiene items, toilet paper & laundry detergent) Plus, there's emotional & grief support, employment assistance and a help & resource center.

Tuesday & Thursday: 1pm-4pm
1st Saturday of the month: 11am-1 pm
2418 Bloomer Drive - Alton.
(618) 433-8308

City & County Housing Resources

Belleville General and Community Assistance
Helps Belleville residents in need through general assistance for various issues including housing, emergency grants, community grants and gives referrals.
512 W. Main St.
Monday thru Thursday: 8am-4:30pm  (Closed between 12pm-12:30pm)
(618) 233-6518 Ext #2250

East St. Louis Housing Authority (Seniors Only)
Provides housing assistance to senior citizens who are considered low to moderate income.
Monday through Friday: 8:30am-5pm
(618) 482-6971

Madison County Housing Authority
Find & apply for low-income housing.
2 Eastport Plaza Drive - Collinsville.
(618) 345-5142

Madison County Rental Housing Support Program
The program provides rental assistance for 32 properties. Must meet income standards. Learn more by visiting the website.
Mary Castillo  (618) 296-4442
Mary Castillo  (618) 296-4442
David Harrison (618) 296-5513

St. Clair County Housing Resources
19 Public Square - 2nd floor - Belleville.
Ask for Shay or Bev
Monday through Friday

(618) 825-3330

Miscellaneous Housing Resources

Affordable & Low-Income Rentals

Madison County

Monroe County

 St. Clair County

Madison County Landlord Listing

A downloadable file compiled by Madison County Community Development (MCCD).  Download the .pdf file here:

Multi-County Property Management
Terra Properties - Subsidized, income-based & conventional rentals in Ava, Carlyle, Coulterville, Girard, Highland, Litchfield, Mascoutah, New Baden, Okawville, Patoka, Pinckneyville, St. Jacob, Trenton, Troy, Valmeyer & Vandalia.
1-(800)-RentNow  or

Senior Housing in St. Clair County
A downloadable .pdf file compiled by St. Clair County Housing Authority that you can find

Utility Assistance
Madison County Community Development (LIHEAP)
130 Hillsboro Ave. - Edwardsville.
(618) 692-8940

Monroe County Western Egyptian E.O.C. (LIHEAP)
207 West Fourth Street (Rear) - Waterloo.
Thursdays only by appt.
(618) 939-8715
(618) 443-5231

St. Clair County Community Action Agency (LIHEAP)
10 Public Square # Suite 200 - Belleville.
(618) 277-6790

The Good Samaritan House Energy Assistance Referrals
By appointment only for residents in Alton, Collinsville, Cottage Hills, East Alton, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Granite City, Hamel, Hartford, Highland, Livingstone, Madison, Mitchell, South Roxana, Troy & Venice.  Visit their site

Find more resources on our Resources page!

Multiple Assistance Programs
Resources for shelter, rentals, utilities, food, clothing, basic necessities, school supplies, medical, counseling, job training, transportation, disaster relief, emergency assistance and more in the Metro East.

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Beacon Ministry

A group of local churches that helps those in need through the latest financial crisis in their lives. Whether it's a need for housing or shelter, they're facing eviction or utilities are being shutoff, they connect people to services & resources and help them break the chains of poverty.  Their Relational Ministry serves in Belleville on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month to provide a hot meal for the homeless and hold a Roundtable Forum where they gather to discuss topics of concern to those on the streets.  They meet at 12:30pm at Trinity United Church of Christ at 47 N. Douglas.  They have a Furniture Ministry where furniture is delivered on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month - you must request this from their Call Center.  Sources for financial aid are available and sometimes help from their Client Assistance Fund may be provided and they give connection to services including job placement.  
Beacon's Resource Call Center - Open 24/7
Other help: Monday thru Thursday: 9am-12am

(618) 222-8824

Call for Help, Inc.
Gives referrals to agencies that can provide information on rental assistance or other basic needs.  They help the homeless and qualified adults & families and young mothers & their small kids who are
experiencing a hardship that need assistance with rent, utilities or emergency needs in St. Clair County.  Therapy for homeless adults with mental illnesses is not limited to St. Clair and they can make appointments at their office.  Their Sexual Assault Victim's Care Unit helps victims of rape, sexual abuse & sexual assault in St. Clair, Madison, Monroe, Jersey & Randolph Counties.  They can no longer receive requests via phone and you must call the Central Intake Dept. of St. Clair County to qualify for assistance.  You can also download their .pdf files for rent & utility assistance, rapid rehousing and community assistance resources here:

(618) 825-3330

Catholic Urban Program
Regardless of your religious beliefs, they provide emergency services & financial help for rent & utilities to St. Clair County Residents. They also help with basic needs like food, shelter, transportation, clothing and referrals to housing & rental assistance agencies.
(618) 398-5616

Community Care Center
Offers help for residents in the Granite City, Madison, Mitchell, Pontoon Beach & Venice.  They have an emergency food pantry, a soup kitchen 3 days a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11am-12pm)
they donate clothing, have a Back to School Program which provides school kids with new outfits & shoes, senior food delivery, Christmas basket with food & a toy, loans medical equipment and gives layettes for newborns.
1818 Cleveland Blvd. - Granite City.
(618) 876-8770

Community Hope Center
Helps individuals & families experiencing financial hardships.  They offer a food pantry, free store with gently used clothes & necessities, underwear drawer, free lunch 3 days a week (Monday-Wednesday & Friday 10am-1pm), haircuts (Mondays, some Fridays - call), Easter Baskets, Thanksgiving meals & Christmas toy giveaway.  They do not provide rent or utility assistance, gas cards or cash.  Must register by bringing an ID, paperwork showing your address, birthdate & social security number of each household member.
Monday thru Wednesday & Fridays: 9am-11am
Saturdays by appointment only
1201 Hope Center Lane
- Cottage Hills.
(618) 259-0959

Glen-Ed Pantry
Provides food, donated clothes & household items plus has seasonal programs for back to school such as bags, P.E. clothes & shoe gift cards, and offers Thanksgiving & Christmas baskets and Christmas toys for clients' kids.  For Residents in Alhambra, Carpenter, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Hamel, Livingston, Marine, Moro, New Douglas, Prairietown, St. Jacob, and Worden. Must bring a document showing current residency such as a lease or utility bill - a driver's license or voter registration cars aren't accepted). They can't help with rent or utilities but can refer you to other places that may.
Monday and Wednesday: 3pm-5:30pm
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9am-11:30am
125 5th Avenue - Edwardsville.
(618) 656-7506

Highland Area Christian Services Ministry
Assistance with emergency rent & utility assistance, food pantry, counseling, resume help, SNAP & LIHEAP Application help, school supplies, birthday gifts for kids, etc., for residents in Alhambra, Grantfork, Highland, Marine, New Douglas, Pierron & St. Jacob.
Monday thru Thursday


(618) 654-9295

House of Neighborly Service

Monroe County residents may be able to get food at their emergency food pantry, emergency backpacks for the homeless, birthday party bags for children, pass-thru funds for catastrophic medical events, case-by-case financial assistance, financial counseling, job searches & resume writing, senior services at senior apartments and connections to other resources.
Office: (618) 939-8900
Hotline : (618) 939-8680

Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House
St. Clair County residents may find limited emergency assistance for rent, utilities & clothing.
(618) 874-0777

Madison County Catholic Charities
May provide housing vouchers and rent & utility assistance, food & clothing, MedAssist program for prescriptions (Alton only), basic necessities & guidance, pro bono legal assistance in non-criminal cases, case management & referrals, and special baskets during the Holidays for those in crisis. They have a food pantry on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 9am-12pm.

3512 McArthur Blvd.
(618) 462-0634

Granite City
Verify their address when you call
1821 Edison Ave.
(618) 877-1184

Madison County Homeless Hotline
They'll assist you in finding food pantries, clothing, emergency shelters & housing assistance, crisis response, advice, support & referrals. Available Monday thru Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.
(618) 296-5300

Or, you can download a .pdf file from Madison County Community Development (MCCD) that includes housing & rental Assistance, emergency shelters, clothing & food resources, healthcare & Veteran resources plus a Madison County Landlord Listing and more

Madison County Urban League
Assists African Americans and disadvantaged persons with emergency financial aid for rental assistance & emergency housing, utility assistance & prescriptions.  They give referrals for grants & financial aid, provide counseling, have a special family-planning clinic that provides physical exams & lab services & contraceptives. They offer  student transportation, tutorial services, and focus on job training, recruitment & employment counseling. 
408 East Broadway - Alton.
(618) 463-1906

Maryville Outreach
Assistance for Maryville residents & its churches members or families of kids in their schools.  Residence Assistant Program (RAP) helps with emergency needs such as rent, utilities, medications on a temporary basis.  Help is available on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month from 5:30pm-7pm.  A food pantry provides emergency food, hygiene items, laundry & cleaning supplies and Thanksgiving & Christmas baskets for those qualified. The food pantry hours are Tuesday: 5:30pm-7pm and Thursday & Saturday: 10am-12pm.   Grandma's Attic, a resale shop, is open to the public, not just Maryville residents, and can be visited it on Tuesdays from 5:30pm-7:30pm, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 10am-1pm or Saturdays from 10am-12pm. 
504 East Division St. - Maryville.
(618) 345-9693

Moms on a Mission
A Facebook group of over 14,000 people who serve those in the Metro East & St. Louis area that are low-income or homeless, veterans or disabled, foster kids & families, fire & flood victims, and more.  They have a Pay or Pray thrift shop where everything is a quarter or they say a quick prayer with you (Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm); help people in need with food, clothes, hygiene items & household goods; they hold a school supply drive, a summer carnival & a prom dress drive; help families at Thanksgiving & Christmas, tries to supply window AC units for those in need plus members answer requests, give advice and share resources & job leads.  You must join the group, then once admitted, make a post asking for help.  Join the group
440 McBride Ave. - Dupo.
(618) 286-3631

Phoenix Crisis Center
Crisis Hotline for temporary emergency shelter, legal advocacy and counseling for women & children who are victims of domestic violence.  Based out of Granite City. Hotline open 24/7, 365 days a year.

(618) 451-1008