Homeless Prevention Program – must have proof of an economic crisis within the last 60 days (unless literally homeless), income must be under 200% of poverty guidelines, have an eviction, past due, or foreclosure notice, rent/mortgage must be affordable (cannot exceed 50% of NET income), unit must pass a Habitability Inspection

Voucher Shelter Program – must be literally homeless and unable to stay at a homeless shelter, income must be under 200% of poverty guidelines, and must lack financial resources to obtain shelter on own.

Emergency Solutions Grant Homeless Prevention Program – must be at imminent risk or at-risk of homelessness, income must be at or below 30% Area Median Income (AMI), rent must be under Fair Market Value, and must lack sufficient resources and support networks to retain housing.

Emergency Solutions Grant Rapid Re-Housing Program – must be literally homeless, rent must be under Fair Market Value, and must lack sufficient resources and support networks to retain housing.

Permanent Supportive Housing Program – must be disabled and chronically homeless, must agree to work with a case manager on supportive services to maximize housing stability and prevent the return to homelessness on an ongoing basis.

current news AND INFORMATION


LIHEAP assistance ended on May 31, 2018.

LIHEAP will begin:

October 1, 2018 - open for all elderly and disabled to apply

November 1, 2018 - open for all elderly, disabled, and families with children under the age of 6 to apply

December 3, 2018 - open to the general public to apply​

Office locations, times and days will be available at a later day.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the main office at 815/625-7830 or via email at tcoc@tcochelps.org.


Community Action Agency


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.

Check out the Head Start/Early Head Start's 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.


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.  

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