Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Dedicated to providing equal access to health and safety-net services for immigrants and refugees
Through a network of 37 ethnic community-based organizations operating in 59 different languages across Illinois, communities are provided equal access to health and safety-net services. The work is a partnership between the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). In 2010, there was integration of this network into the federally funded Illinois SNAP & WIC Outreach Plan.
Impact and Effectiveness at the Integrated Immigrant Communities
Big impact: Our network has been instrumental in improving the lives of over 500,000 immigrants and refugeesin the past 12 years by connecting them to valuable and essential front line services.
Cost Effective: In FY19, partners assisted 66,663 individuals -that’s an 74% increase from the previous fiscal year- to access safety net programs, at a low average cost of $69.04 per active case.
Meeting federal and state mandates: By providing assistance in 59 languages, ICIRR pertners help IDHS meet obligations of Title VI / 1964 Civil Rights Act as well the Quinones Consent Decree.
Leveraging Funds: As part of the SNAP outreach plan, the network receives a 50% federal match. All partners supplement with additional support.