HOPE
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.

Serving the Nine Counties in Illinois

HISTORY

Job opportunities

Fact Sheets & 990 Forms

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

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....

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....

current news AND INFORMATION

TRI-COUNTY OPPORTUNITIES COUNCIL

Community Action Agency

 

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

2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson’s

“War on Poverty.”

His speech is what sparked the creation of Community Action  Agencies across the country.  This year Tri-County Opportunities Council is celebrating everything that the War on Poverty has accomplished since 1964 and everything that we hope to do in the future to eliminate poverty in the United States.

Help us celebrate by sending an e-mail to tcoc@tcochelps.org to share your story about how Community Action has helped you!

help us celebrate!!

TORNADO RELIEF

Tri-County Opportunities Council has been awarded by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) the Tornado Relief Program for residence located in Grundy and LaSalle Counties to assist with emergency rehabilitation assistance to those households directly affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes on November 17, 2013.


These funds may be used to provide assistance to homeowners that are uninsured and underinsured or funds may be used to provide assistance for the homeowner's insurance deductible. The loan amount for households utilizing funds for rehabilitation assistance will be a maximum of $40,000. Funds used for a homeowner's insurance deductible must be a minimum of $500. Funds will be provided to eligible households on a first-come, first-served basis.


LIHEAP HEATING ASSISTANCE

September - Open to the elderly, and disabled individuals through the State of Illinois (individuals who have a pending disability application do not qualify)


October - Open to the elderly, disabled individuals through the State of Illinois (individuals who have a pending disability application do not qualify), households with children under the age of 5, and
disconnected households.

November - Open to the public; must be income eligible. 


Furnace assistance begins in October to all clients that fit in the above categories and own their own home (home must be in the applicants name).


For information on income guidelines and where to apply, please visit the LIHEAP page on the website or click here.

EMERGENCY LOAN PROGRAM

Tri-County Opportunities Council has been awarded funding from the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) to help emergency repairs for approximately twelve lower income families in Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark and Whiteside counties. Trust funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis to qualified applicants.

The Trust Fund Emergency Loan Program can assist eligible homeowners to fix building code violations and other necessary repairs such as roofing, flooring, plumbing or siding. Rehabilitation assistance will be provided as a five year forgivable loan. Loan will be forgiven on a 1/60th per month over the affordability period. Sale or transfer will trigger a recapture if prior to five years.