Crete Township Office
1367 Wood Street
Crete, IL 60417
Balmoral Heights Homeowners Association
Dee Naydal - interim
Crete, Illinois 60417
Williamsburg Homeowners Association
Greater Crete Homeowners Association
657 - First St.
Crete, Illinois 60417 R
Willowbrook Homeowners Association #1 - 2 - 3
Elder Kevin Anthony Ford
The Pantry is available to all Crete Township residents in need, every Wednesday at Town Hall, from 9:00 am until noon. Proof of residency is required and visits are limited to 12 times per year. Donations of cash and food will be accepted any day while the Township Offices are open. If donations are made by mail, please mark the envelope (Crete Pantry).
Township Government: Local People Helping Local People
General Assistance is one of the basic functions of Crete Township. Townships provide food, shelter, and emergency relief for needy people until they are able to support themselves.
Historically, General Assistance was instituted before the depression for people incapable of supporting themselves. Counties taxed for the maintenance of the county poorhouse or poor farms. Township supervisors were the "Overseer of the Poor." Even then it was believed that local people could do better identifying those in their community in need of help.
The Depression brought a vast number of impoverished people across the country. The federal government decided to step in and provide assistance for those in extreme financial need. These new federal programs directed assistance to three specific categories of people: dependent children, the elderly, and vision impaired. In 1950 disable people were added as an additional category to the federal program. The federal government provided the funds for the states to establish and administer these programs.
People apply to these federal programs and go through an eligibility screening to begin receiving financial assistance. The categories have now been divided into two separate programs. Elderly, vision impaired, and disabled people may receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The program to assist families with dependent children is called Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). People who do not fit the eligibility criteria for these two programs may instead qualify for General Assistance.
Typically, General Assistance goes to single people in financial need. The Township Supervisor and staff determine eligibility. Assistance is distributed in the form of partial payments toward rent, food, utility bills, etc. However, assistance from Township's is used only as a last resort. Supervisors become
advocates for those not able to return to work finding them appropriate support through other available programs such as SSI.
In Crete Township we have been very fortunate, those in need are few in number. The General Assistance Fund is our insurance fund for those in need. We work hard to identify other community resources, which may provide assistance during a crisis. The success of our program is not measured by the dollar amount of general assistance given. Assisting those in need become self-reliant is the measure of our success.
If you should have any questions regarding General Assistance or any issue affecting Crete Township, please feel free to call the township at 708/672-8279.
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304 N. Scott St.
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Marriage licenses for ceremonies held in Will County – May be obtained at the Crete Township Office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Ceremonies are not held at Crete Township.
No appointment necessary.
The fee is $28.00 payable by cash only.
No credit or debit cards accepted.
• Certified copy of birth certificate or passport
• Current form of I.D. (Driver’s License or State I.D.)
• Divorce papers or death certificate if other than first marriage
• Cash Only. No personal checks, credit or debit cards.
Request forms for certified copies of marriage certificates, are also available through the Township Office or online at www.thewillcountyclerk.com.
Certified copy requests will be sent to the Will County Clerk’s Office and will be mailed to your home for the following charges:
• Certified copies are $9.00 for the first copy and $4.00 for each additional if requested at the same time.
• Cash only, no credit or debit cards accepted at The Crete Township Office.
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