The Human Services Division promotes and enhances the independence of at-risk youth, seniors, disadvantaged residents and residents with a disability in the Skokie community through activities, information and referral, programs, counseling, education and coordination of community social services.
The Village of Skokie's TeenLink program unites residents who are in a need of outside seasonal yard work with teens who are available for hire to do the work. This program is only available to Skokie residents.
The TeenLink program is a compilation of contact information of Skokie teens available to do seasonal yard work. This list includes the name and address of the teen, days available, type of work they are willing to do and their expected rate of pay. Residents can receive the list by mail or email. The resident is responsible for contacting the teen and for making financial and scheduling arrangements.
If you would like the TeenLink contact list please call the Village Manager's Office at 847/933-8257. Skokie teens may also complete a TeenLink Program application to be added to the TeenLink program list.
Benefits Access Application
Effective July 1, 2012, The State of Illinois eliminated the Illinois Cares Rx the Circuit Breaker Property Tax Relief programs due to the lack of funding. What was previously known as the Circuit Breaker application is now called the Benefits Access Application. These benefits are now available for TWO years once you have been approved. If you have filed this year (2013), you will not need to file again with Benefit Access until 2015.
The benefits now available are:
- Seniors Free Transit Ride
- The Persons with Disabilities Free Transit Ride
- Secretary of State License Plate Discount
To be determined eligible for these benefits, you must submit the Benefits Access Application on the Internet. Paper applications are not available. You can apply online at: https://idoaweb.aging.illinois.gov/baa/Welcome.aspx
Please Contact the Human Services Office for any questions or to schedule an appointment. Volunteers are available to assist with filing these applications. 847/933-8208.
Seniors and persons with disabilities can sign up for this program that authorizes postal carriers to notify the Human Services Division if a resident's mail has not been removed from their mail box in two days. The Human Services Division then calls the person or their designated emergency contact to see if there is need for concern.
If you would like more information or wish to register for the program, please call the Human Services Division at 847/933-8208. When registered, a staff member will take your name, address and emergency contact information over the phone and then contact the post office to place a Carrier Watch sticker on the mailbox. To fill out an application, please click here. This program is free-of-charge.
Federal Income Tax Aid
Federal Income Tax help is provided free-of-charge beginning in early February through the middle of April to low-income senior citizens and people with disabilities. Through the coordinated efforts of the Human Services Division and AARP, volunteer tax aides assist individuals with the preparation of simple tax forms. Volunteer tax aides prepare returns for persons with personal or basic income only (dividends, interest, pensions, sale of residence). Call the Human Services Division at 847/933-8208 during mid-January to find out if you are eligible and/or to schedule an appointment.
Home Delivered Meals
Participants in the Home Delivered Meals Program receive one hot meal daily, Monday through Friday. Meals are delivered between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The meals are delivered by a caring and committed corps of volunteers.
To be eligible for the Program the applicant must be:
- A Skokie resident
- Physically unable to prepare hot meals
The Program ensures a nutritionally balanced meal five days a week. The cost of the meal is $4.75 per day. There is a limited subsidy available, on a case-by-case basis. Please call 847/933-8208 and speak to Juanita Davis, Home Delivered Meals Coordinator for further information about the meals program.
Lending Closet - By Appointment - Cash or Check Only
The Lending Closet offers Skokie residents the use of canes, walkers, crutches and wheelchairs for periods up to six months. A lightweight travel wheelchair may be borrowed for 24 hours or through a weekend for a $25 deposit that is refunded upon the wheelchair's return in good condition. Standard folding wheelchairs also are available for loan up to six months for a $25 (cash 0r check only) deposit that is NOT refunded. At the end of the six-month period, the wheelchair must be returned to the Smith Activities Center in good condition. A driver's license is required for wheelchair loans. Only one six-month wheelchair is permitted per household per year. The Lending Closet is open Monday through Friday BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call 847/933-8208 for further information, or to schedule a time to pick up a lending closet item.
SHIP/Medical Claims - Insurance Analysis
SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) is assistance provided by a volunteer advisor who can help seniors understand their Medicare supplemental and/or long-term care insurance policies. The volunteer can help with billing problems and also help to file an appeal on Medicare claims. To make an appointment call the Human Services Division at 847/933-8208.
Simple Wills, Powers of Attorney and Living Wills are provided for a small charge with the attorneys. The individual must be over age 60, reside in suburban Cook County and have an annual income of LESS THAN $15,000 ($20,000 for a couple) and assets, excluding home and car, of $30,000 or less. We require that six individual appointments be scheduled at our office before an attorney will come to the Smith Center. Please call 847/933-8208 if you would like to be included on our waiting list to schedule a future appointment with an attorney.
Social Work Services
The Social Work staff provides information and referrals for such needs as:
- Community Resources
- Employment Resources
- Help in Home Providers
- Housing Resources
- Financial Assistance Providers and Availability
- Legal Assistance Resources
- Retirement/Nursing Home Resources
The social workers provide advocacy and short-term counseling for personal difficulties, family problems and other life issues. Long-term counseling needs are referred to outside agencies. The social workers will make a home visit if requested.
Please call 847/933-8208 for further information.