liheap assistance begins

september 1, 2016!

September - open to individuals who are disabled and elderly.

October - open to individuals who are disabled, elderly, families with children under the age of 6 years old, and disconnected households.

November - open to the general public

Be sure to have the following materials with you in order to apply:

  • Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day period prior to the application date.
  • A copy of your current heat and electric bill
  • Proof of Social Security Numbers for all household members
  • If a member of your household receives, TANF, you must bring their "Medical Eligibility Card"
  • If your rent and utilities is included in the rent, bring proof of your rental agreement that states your monthly rent amount

Check out the Head Start/Early Head Start's new Health Website at

The TCOC Health Website offers specific health requirements for each of our programs: Head Start, Early Head Start, and our Pregnant Women's program, specific health requirements, printable forms, and much more.

Representative Mike Smiddy nominated Tri-County Opportunities Council for an AT&T Invest In Illinois award for the community work being done by our agency and were presented with a check for $2,000.

Pictured left to right are: Jeff Adducci, AT&T Director of External Affairs; Ken Krogulski, TCOC Board Chair; Terri Lawrence, President/CEO; Representative Mike Smiddy.

 Serving the 9 Counties of Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark, and Whiteside Illinois


Community Action Agency


current news AND INFORMATION

On May 18, 1965, Tri-County Opportunities Council was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in the State of Illinois for the following purposes....

TCOC's Fact Sheets and 990 Forms are available for the community to see how we spend our money and a brief overview of what TCOC's Program accomplished over the years....

TCOC posts all job openings for all of our programs on the agency website as well as all local newspapers surrounding that area.

Fact Sheets & 990 Forms

Job opportunities


Serving the Nine Counties in Illinois

The Tri-County Opportunities Council (TCOC), Community Action Agency, was organized and incorporated in 1965 by a group of interested citizens from Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside Counties for the purposes of investigating the frequency, location, character and cause of poverty; and coordinating efforts to prevent, alleviate and eliminate poverty through the cooperation of public agencies, private organizations, business, industry and interested individuals.

  • To strengthen and enable low-income people to become self-sufficient through the attaining of necessary skills, knowledge, motivations and opportunities.
  • To better organize a wide range of services related to the needs of low-income people in Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark and Whiteside Counties by utilization of innovative approaches and new types of services in attacking the causes of poverty including the support of self-help groups and cooperative efforts of low-income people.
  • To encourage participation of low-income people in the planning, development and implementation of programs and projects and in the decision making processes of governmental entities affecting their lives.
  • To strenghthen the capabilities of the CAA's community for planning and coordinating federal, state, local and private assistance related to the elimination of poverty by broadening the resource base of programs to include public officials, private organizations, individuals, business and industry.