The Knox County Committee for Unmet Needs has been established to assist individuals and families who have exhausted all other avenues of assistance. Recognizing that financial stability is one of three building blocks of a good quality of life, Unmet Needs pools private donations, grant funding and church pledges to provide stability during a crisis.
The Knox County Committee for Unmet Needs will complement the social service system by compassionately responding through networking and collaborative funding provided by individual agencies, churches and human service organizations to meet the needs of all individuals in our community that may exceed the limits of any agency.
Who can receive help from Unmet Needs?
When faced with a financial crisis, families and individuals operating on a survival level income lack the safety net needed to maintain financial stability. The Knox County Committee for Unmet Needs provides financial assistance for basic needs such as rent, mortgage and utility payments; home and car repairs; medication and medical care. Clients must first pursue assistance through all available public agencies before their need can be brought before the committee. Clients must reside in Knox County Illinois. Clients can only receive benefits once every 2 years, with a lifetime limit of: $ 1,000
How are clients referred to Unmet Needs?
Cases for Unmet Needs must be presented by a representative of a Committee Agency. Clients are asked to verify income of all those living in the home and average monthly expenses so that the committee can make an informed funding decision. If a case is funded, financial assistance is provided to the vendor rather than directly to the client.
Who can join the Unmet Needs partnership?
Churches and human service agencies in Knox County can request membership on the Knox County Committee for Unmet Needs. Organizations will be granted membership following a majority vote of the members. All those who attend meetings are required to sign a confidentiality form prior to cases being presented.
How can you support the work of the Unmet Needs partnership?
Unmet Needs appreciates generous support from local churches, individuals and businesses who donate funds to be used by the committee. Unmet Needs also receives funding from private grants and memorials. Contact United Way of Knox County to make a contribution.
NOTE: The caseworker presenting the case can ask that one or more of these funding guidelines be waived due to extenuating circumstances.