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The Evanston Commission on Aging has advocated on behalf of older Evanstonians since 1976. The Commission on Aging consists of 15 individuals who are appointed by the Mayor, and whose mission is to identify the needs of older residents and to develop programs to meet those needs.
The Evanston Commission on Aging has established housing and transportation programs that enhance the ability of seniors to remain in their own homes and advocacy programs that protect the rights of long-term care residents. The Commission sponsors educational forums and provides information about the array of senior services available in Evanston.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Provides advocacy on behalf of long-term care facility residents to resolve complaints. Program staff and volunteers provide information about resident rights, long-term care options, and information about community resources.
Basic home maintenance repairs offered to qualifying Evanston seniors living in their own homes.
Subsidized Taxicab Program
Low-cost transportation is available to qualifying seniors and mobility-impaired residents. Coupons cost $2.50 per trip ($3.00 per trip effective March 1, 2009) and can be purchased through the City Collector's Office, and the Levy Senior Center.
Senior Citizen Discount Card
Seniors ages 65 and older and fulfilling income requirements are eligible to get a Senior Citizen Discount Card. The card currently can be used to receive a 50% discount on Evanston vehicle stickers. Seniors can apply for the card at the Civic Center.
These seniors must have filed their 2006 income taxes returns either singly with an income of $30,000 or under, or jointly with an income of $50,000 or under. Seniors applying for the Discount Card must bring their 2006 tax returns on these dates for income verification. Questions regarding this discount should be directed to the Evanston Commission on Aging at 847-866-2919.
Senior Farmers' Market Coupons
Limited supplies of coupons for income-eligible seniors to use at two Farmers' Markets in Evanston are available through the Commission on Aging during normal business hours, Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room G600 of the Evanston Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.
The coupons come in books of seven $3 checks that seniors can use with vendors designated with an "FMNP" sign on their booths. These vendors can be found at the Evanston Farmers' Market in Downtown Evanston or at the West End Market at the corner of Church and Dodge. Only one check booklet will be issued per participant.
The checks are only valid for fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables and cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or misplaced. Farmers cannot give change. Participants should make their selections as close to the amount as possible as they will have to pay the difference if they go over their benefits level. Farmers are not allowed to charge sales tax on any items purchased with the check.
Coupons expire on October 31, 2008. For further information on senior coupons for the Farmers' Market, call the Commission on Aging, (847) 866-2919.
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