What We Do

Programs and Services

CEDA is a private Community Action Agency providing community and economic development programs and direct social services that address the needs of low-income residents and communities in Cook County, Illinois. It is CEDA’s mission to work in partnership with communities to empower families and individuals to achieve self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life.


over 50Years in Business

Cook County, IL service area

Energy Assistance Programs

CEDA’s Energy Services Program assists eligible Cook County residents with their home heating and cooling energy costs as well as Emergency Furnace Repair.

Family Support and Community Engagement (FSACE) Programs (formerly CSBG)

CEDA offers a range of services to Suburban Cook County residents, which assist low-income people in attaining skills, knowledge and the resources necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.

Home Weatherization

CEDA’s Weatherization Program provides solutions to reduce energy costs and make homes more energy efficient for eligible residents in Cook County, Illinois.

Housing Services

CEDA’s Housing Counseling Program delivers comprehensive counseling services to homebuyers, homeowners, very-low to moderate income renters and the homeless in Cook County, Illinois.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program

WIC is a nutrition education, intervention and prevention program for pregnant, breastfeeding and post-partum women, infants, and children under age five.

  • WIC has been so helpful. When I was pregnant, I was having issues with my doctor. WIC was a great source of information. They helped me stop gaining too much weight throughout the pregnancy and also helped me maintain. After I gave birth, they had so much information about breastfeeding available and really helped me. They are still helping, by ensuring I am able to provide enough of the right foods for my family.

    -Talia S.

  • I will always be grateful to the staff at Ordered Steps for their loving words, direction, interaction, passion and all-around job experience that really works. I am a product of their passion for their job. Words are not enough, I am so grateful for them and this program.

    -Dan Brown

  • Not knowing which way to go to feed my family but thanks to God, he made a way for my family. The Food Program has really been a blessing to me and my family when my food supply is low. The distribution site at the church is totally a blessing in the community.

    -Robert F.

  • Anita F. was able to secure employment within 3 weeks of completing the job readiness training. The one job was not enough money for her to sustain so she was referred for a second job which she also landed. The two companies have let her customize her schedules since she has proven herself to be a go-getter, dependable and works with a sense of urgency and pride. She took advantage of the things that were taught to here in Job Readiness including if you cannot secure one great job, secure two jobs that will add up to the pay you need to run your household. Anita has successfully completed her 90-day probation with both companies. She reached self-sufficiency and now is maintaining it – she did everything with a sense of purpose and pride.