Oak Park Township Updates - Effective April 17, 2020

Appeals Deadline is May 1st
Oak Park residents have until Friday, May 1st, to file a property tax appeal.  “Although the Oak Park Township Assessor’s office has already helped over two thousand local property owners file appeals, those who want to file an appeal but have not yet done so can call 708-383-8005 for an appointment during the extended appeal period.  These appointments will be conducted over the phone,” as stated by Oak Park Township Assessor Ali ElSaffar.

COVID-19 Community Resource Guide
The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township has created a resource guide available at this link:  bit.ly/oprfguide.  It lists social service agencies and organizations throughout the area accessible or via phone and text.  The organizations listed are accepting clients and providing resources to all residents during this time.  This guide is intended to be used for informational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement to any particular group or service.  This guide does not constitute legal or health advice and is subject to change without notice.

Home Delivered Meals and “Take Out” Meal Distribution
Older adults who have requested meals are receiving them every other week in the form of shelf stable and frozen nutritionally balanced meals.  We are also providing “take out” lunches to older adults who are able to pick them up at our Senior Services building.  With the help of staff and pre-screened volunteers, we are limiting face-to-face contact with others out of health concerns for everyone.

Feeding Seniors Safely During COVID-19
The Wednesday Journal recently published an article about our Senior Services Programs – please click here or above for the complete article.  We have seen a steady increase in inquiries for home-delivered meals, and older adult residents of Oak Park and River Forest may call (708) 383-8060 to make arrangements.  For schedules and updates, please see our Senior Services webpage at https://oakparktownship.org/senior-services/.

Thank you to Volunteers
We are grateful to the many volunteers who have applied to help our staff deliver meals, pick up groceries, or run errands for older adult residents in Oak Park or River Forest.  Many of the residents have expressed their gratitude.  Thank you also to the Park District of Oak Park for their partnership in coordinating the volunteer sign-up portal.

Other Township Services
Administrative staff, the Assessor’s Office, and General Assistance staff are providing information, assistance and referrals over the phone. Youth Services and Senior Services are in contact with the individuals and families with which they work, and are offering assistance to our community partners.  Currently, a limited amount of Medical Equipment is available, however we are not accepting donations at this time.  Please call 708-383-8005 for more information.

If you or someone you know is in need of Township services, please call 708-383-8005 for Administrative Services, General Assistance or the Assessor’s Office, 708-383-8060 for Senior Services, 708-383-4806 for Transportation, or 708-445-2727 for Youth Services. Phones will be answered from 9am to 5pm weekdays. You may leave a message at other times and staff will get back to you the next business day.