MACOMB, IL — The local nonprofit Western Illinois Dreamers offers up to $2,000 in rent/housing and utilities assistance for immigrant students (does not include international students) who lost income or suffered a hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, such us increased health care costs.

The information students provide is confidential.

For more information, contact students Anthony Gomez, and Alondra Lavariega,, or Professor Julia Albarracin. at (309) 836-5202, or apply directly at


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