Edwardsville Township intern Tayleur Blaylock accesses the Illinois Department of Employment Security application on the township’s new benefit application computer.
EDWARDSVILLE — Edwardsville Township Supervisor Frank Miles announced a computer station is available for residents to use to apply for benefits from the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
The computer station is in the township office, 300 W. Park St.
“This computer station will give our clients the ability to apply for unemployment, food stamps and other benefits they may be eligible for while they are seeking help from our assistance programs — general assistance and emergency assistance,” Miles said. “They often do not know these programs are available or do not have the resources available to visit these state offices.”
The township offers two assistance programs, general assistance and emergency assistance, to assist low-income residents with shelter, utilities, food and personal items. Residents may also qualify for food stamps, Medicaid or unemployment benefits.
“IDES has recently announced the closing of their Wood River office and applications for unemployment benefits will only be taken via their website,” Miles said. “Our computer station will enable residents without Internet access to apply for these benefits. Recent IT improvements in our office resulted in surplus computer equipment. This is an excellent way to put this equipment to use.”
Residents may use the computer during the township’s business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A photo identification is required.
Edwardsville Township includes the city of Edwardsville, village of Glen Carbon and unincorporated areas just outside of the two municipalities. For information, visit www.edwardsvilletownship.com or call (618) 656-0292.