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GENERAL ASSISTANCE – OAK PARK TOWNSHIP
Access to Care
Health care for limited income residents
2225 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2507
Westchester, IL 60154
Cook County Health & Hospitals System – CountyCare
CountyCare is a Medicaid program for uninsured adults in Cook County through the Affordable Care Act (Healthcare Reform). Residency and income guidelines apply to be eligible for the program. Enrolled individuals will receive medical care from providers in the Cook County Health & Hospital System (CCHHS) and select community providers.
Call 312-864-8200 for more information.
Forest Park Vet Center
The Vet Center provides counseling, outreach and referral services for veterans and their families. Open M-F 8:00-4:30p; evenings and weekend appointments available upon request.
1515 S Harlem Ave
Forest Park, IL 60130
708-383-3225 or 877-927-8387
Illinois Department of Employment Security
Link to Illinois workforce services: job placement and referrals, unemployment insurance, employment and training programs, career and labor market information.
35 So. 19th Avenue
Maywood, IL 60153
Illinois Department of Human Services
Cash, SNAP and Medical Assistance
West Suburban Office
2701 W. Lake St.
Melrose Park, IL 60160-3041
Legal Aid Foundation
The Legal Aid Foundatoin provides free legal services to low income individuals and families. They assist with foreclosure, bankruptcy, divorce, custody, and many other legal issues except criminal, personal, injury, probate, or traffic cases. The phone lines open at 8 a.m.
120 S. LaSalle St. Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60603
Prevail (formerly known as Oak Park-River Forest Area Walk-In Ministry)
Prevail helps clients by providing referrals and modest emergency financial assistance for food, housing, utilities and transportation to individuals and families at urgent risk. Their goal is to address the immediate crisis so the individual or family can work on additional steps on the path toward stability.
Entrance and parking lot at the rear of the building
848 Lake Street Oak Park, IL 60301
Emergency Assistance and Referrals
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to Noon
1st Wednesdays 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Every other Wednesday 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Additional hours by appointment
Salvation Army and Nicor Gas Sharing Program*
Provides emergency assistance to residents in over 200 suburban communities in the Chicago metropolitan area. Supports people during crisis situations and identifies other community resources. Thrift stores are located throughout Cook County.
5040 N. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, IL 60630
* Gas Sharing applications may be processed through Prevail, 848 Lake Street, (708) 386-1946.
Social Security Administration
230 N Mannheim Road
Hillside, IL 60162
Thrive Counseling Center
Thrive is a nonprofit mental health center. It provides counseling for individuals, couples, and families. It also offers psychiatric services, 24/7 crisis services, youth services, in-home counseling for seniors, and other specialized programs. Thrive accepts most major insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. Sliding scale fee available for residents without insurance.
120 S. Marion St
Oak Park, IL 60302
Village of Oak Park Public Health Department
123 Madison St.
Oak Park, IL 60302
Catholic Charities of Chicago Northwestern Suburbs
Suburban Cook County Homeless Prevention Center
721 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60610
1400 S. Austin Blvd.
Cicero, IL 60804
1717 Rand Rd.
DesPlaines, IL 60016
Chicago Emergency Fund
Financial aid can be provided for rental, utility assistance, as well as security/utility deposits, moving assistance and motel/hotel vouchers. Documentation is required. Due to anticipated demand, call wait time can be lengthy.
208 S. LaSalle, Suite 1356
Chicago, IL 60604
Featherfist Homeless Shelter – Chicago
2255 E. 75th St.
Chicago, IL 60649
Housing Forward (formerly West Suburban PADS – Public Action to Deliver Shelter)
1851 S. 9th Ave.
Maywood, IL 60153
Lawyer's Committee for Better Housing
Any tenant in a building that is being foreclosed has rights. The Lawyer's Committee for Better Housing will be able to assist. Please call the free Tenants in Foreclosure Help Line listed below or visit the LCBH website for more information.
33 N. LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60602
OTHER SOCIAL SERVICES
Assists people with criminal backgrounds. Need referral from Oak Park Township.
237 S. DesPlaines
Chicago, IL 60661
Community and Economic Development Assoc. of Cook County
Child and family development, health and nutrition services, senior citizen programs, economic development, employment and job training, housing services, education services and community development.
6141 West Roosevelt Road
Cicero, IL 60804
Cook County GED
Provides locations of preparation classes and registration for the GED Test
Cook County GED Testing Program
Illinois Community College Board – GED
P.O. Box 88725
Chicago, IL 60680
Executive Clemency and Expungement
Governor Pat Quinn – Springfield
Illinois Prisoner Review Board
319 East Madison St., Suite A
Springfield, IL 62701
Assists people with drug and alcohol abuse through detox programs, housing, counseling, employment opportunities, etc.
932 W. Washington
Chicago, IL 60607
Way Back Inn / Grateful House
Provides housing and counseling as well as other resources to help promote a healthy lifestyle for those with a history of chemical abuse. Must have the ability and willingness to maintain full-time employment and must not have a history of chronic violent behavior.
1915 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Broadview, IL 60155