Programs and services available to Darien Senior Citizens
Dec 23, 2016 09:10AM
By Neighbors Magazines
There are many services and programs available to Darien
Senior Citizens. The following are some services available thru the City of
Darien, Downers Grove Township, DuPage County, and the State of Illinois:
Dial-A-Ride is a curb-to-curb paratransit service for senior citizens and disabled persons provided by the Township of Downers Grove through a contract with PACE. Rides can be scheduled to any location within the Township, Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm. The fare is $5. Registration is necessary before starting to use the service. To get more information call 630-719-6685.
DuPage Senior Citizen Council Home Maintenance Program is available for senior citizens in DuPage County. This program provides affordable repair services so seniors can maintain the safety and value of their homes. For more information please call: 630-620-0804.
Meals on Wheels
Call DuPage County Meals on Wheels at 630-620-0804 for home delivered hot/cold meals for seniors in need.
Para-Transit is a DuPage County program that provides rides to doctor, Social Security office or Public Aid office appointments. Nominal fees each way. You must call first for appointment time. Call 630-682-7000 and ask for Para-Transit Services.
Subsidized Taxi Service
City of Darien Pilot II Subsidized Taxi Service provides transportation needs using coupons that reduce the cost of taxi fares. This program serves Darien residents who are senior citizens (65+) and persons with disabilities (must be documented). Participants must first register at the Darien City Hall by completing a program registration form. Ride coupons have face value of $5 each and cost $2.50 each (City of Darien subsidizes half of the cost). Please contact Darien City Hall for further details and information at 630-852-5000.
DuPage Homeownership Center
The DuPage Homeownership Center (DHOC) is a nonprofit organization that provides a full range of services to promote responsible sustainable home ownership, with an emphasis on serving first-time home buyers, low- and moderate-income households and homeowners in crisis. The center was created in 1991 as a result of a DuPage County Affordable Housing Task Force Report. For information regarding their services please contact them at 630-260-2500.
Senior Home Sharing
Senior Home Sharing is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping meet the need for affordable senior housing by providing a shared housing option. Homes are located in Lombard, Downers Grove, Elmhurst and Naperville. Senior Home Sharing’s mission is to provide seniors with an opportunity to live independently in an affordable family style home. For information regarding their services please contact them at 630-407-0440.
DuPage Housing Authority
Safe, decent and affordable housing are key elements of the mission of the DuPage Housing Authority. At the DuPage Housing Authority individuals and families are provided with rental assistance vouchers through a program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. For information regarding their services please contact them at 630-690-3555
State of Illinois Benefit Access Program
The Secretary of State’s office provides a discount for license plate purchase or renewal.
Seniors must first fill out a form from the Illinois Department on Aging which is available online at illinois.gov/aging/BenefitAccess.
Eligible seniors usually receive a mailing from the Secretary of State’s office notifying them that they are eligible for reduced license plate fees.
Discount applies to one set of the following plates per household per year: standard passenger car, B-truck, persons with disabilities, recreational vehicles weighing up to 8,000 pounds, or all military license.
To receive your plate discount:
The Secretary of State’s office sends eligible seniors a notification after they are accepted into the Illinois Department on Aging’s program. When you buy license plates or renew your license plate sticker, you must submit the notification to verify that you are qualified for the discount. If you have already renewed your license plate sticker and paid full price, and are now part of the program, you may be eligible for a refund. Call the Secretary of State’s office at 800-252-8980 for more information.
Real Estate Tax Relief
Darien senior citizens should contact the Downers Grove Township Assessor’s Office to see if they qualify for any real estate tax relief through several programs.
Senior Homestead Exemption—Senior citizens may be eligible for a $3,000 reduction from the equalized assessed valuation.
Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption—Senior citizens may be eligible for protection against real estate tax increases.
Real Estate Tax Deferral—Senior Citizens may be eligible to defer payment of real estate taxes and any special assessments.
Minimally, these programs require that you be 65 years of age, meet income guidelines, own and occupy your home, and are liable for the payment of your real estate taxes. Call the Downers Grove Township Office to see if you qualify and for an application 630-968-2100.
Sheriff Zaruba encourages every senior citizen in DuPage County to register with the Guardian System, a free service designed to ensure the well being of seniors as well as the physically and mentally disabled in the county.
Guardian is a computerized phone system that calls registered members on prearranged days and times to verify that they are okay. If the member does not respond to the telephone call by entering a four digit code on their telephone an alarm sounds and a police dispatcher will attempt to reach the member via telephone.
If still unsuccessful, a previously designated neighbor or family member will be contacted. If the emergency contact cannot be reached, a deputy will be sent to the member’s home to make sure everything is okay.
Guardian is available to DuPage County residents who are over the age of 62 or physically or mentally disabled and live alone. To register for the Guardian program you may call the sheriff’s office at 630-407-2400 to have an application mailed to you. Applications may also be picked up at the sheriff’s office, 501 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, or at any township office.