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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.


Tri-County Opportunities Council will investigate the impact of poverty throughout our nine county service area and will work, in partnership with individuals, families and communities to provide opportunities that supports movement towards stability and self-sufficiency.  

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


Community Action Agency

Building Opportunities to Transform Communities


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 strengthen 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.

*NEW Covid-19 Housing Payment Assistance Program

This new program will provide financial assistance up to two months of rent or mortgage (including escrow) for those that have been affected by the Covid-10 pandemic. 

  • Must be within the CSBG 200% Income Guidelines.
  • Must have documentation showing you have been off work/loss of hours by your employer due to a closure of a business or proof from a doctor that you are being quarantined due to the virus.

​Since all TCOC offices are closed to the public, in order to follow the social distancing order, please contact an Outreach Worker by email if you live in the following counties:

Any questions, please call the main office at 1-800-323-5434, or email Neddie at



Tri-County Opportunities Council's Rental Housing Support Program is now accepting names for its waiting list. 

The program provides affordable housing to individuals and families with extremely low-income (under 30% of area median income) in the counties of Carroll, Lee, Putnam, and Whiteside. 

In addition, an Outreach Plan has been developed to assist individuals and families to enroll in additional agency programs in order to provide opportunities that support movement towards stability and self-sufficiency. 

If you are interested in applying, please fill out the information below. ​​

To view the agency's

community action plan,

click below:

Community Action Plan 2020

United Way of Whiteside County has received $10,000 in restricted grant monies and is collaborating with its partner agency, Tri-County Opportunities Council, and the City of Fulton to distribute funds to households in Fulton that have fallen behind on rent, mortgage, or utility payments because of an impact from COVID-19.

Eligibility restrictions apply. Payments go directly to vendors. Deadline to apply is June 30, 2020.

Click here to complete the application

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Visit our Board of Directors page for more information!