GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Benefit Access Program

The benefits available through this program are:

  • Seniors Free Transit Ride
  • Persons with Disabilities Free Transit Ride
  • Secretary of State License Plate Discount

Annual Gross Household Income Limit for License Plate Discounts and Free Rides:

  • Household of 1 – $27,610
  • Household of 2 – $36,635
  • Household of 3 – $45,657

No paper applications are available. Please call General Assistance at 847-297-2510 x236 to schedule your appointment and obtain a list of documents needed.

Special Discounts

Special discounts are available for vehicle license plates and renewal stickers. To see if you qualify, please call 847-297-2510.

Energy Assistance

Beginning in the fall of each year, our Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can help low-income persons with a one-time credit toward their winter utility bills. Seniors and disabled individuals apply in October. Seniors, disabled individuals, and families with children under the age of 6 apply in November. Any resident can apply in December.

Monthly (30 days) Gross Household Income Limit:

  • Household of 1 – $1,485
  • Household of 2 – $2,003
  • Household of 3 – $2,520
  • Household of 4 – $3,038
  • Household of 5 – $3,555
  • Household of 6 – $4,073
  • Household of 7 – $4,591
  • Household of 8 – $5,111

Please call General Assistance at 847-297-2510 x236 to schedule your appointment.

Public Aid Advocacy For Medicaid And Food Stamps

If you want help filling out forms to apply for Public Aid or Medicaid, one of our experienced staffers will be happy to assist you! Please call 847-297-2510 to schedule an appointment.

Health Insurance

Maine Township provides free assistance to persons who have problems or questions about their health insurance. Trained Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) representatives can answer questions on health insurance benefits and coverage, particularly Medicare, Medicare Supplements, and Long Term Care Insurance. To make an appointment with our SHIP representative call 847-297-2510.

Prescription Discount Program

Do you have Rx insurance? Stop by Maine Township and pick up your FREE Coast2CoastRx Discount Prescription Card and receive a discount on your prescriptions. Anyone can use the card. It covers drugs not covered in health plans along with many pet prescriptions! Save money on health expenses that are not covered by insurance. Please call 847-297-2510 for more information.

Pharmaceutical Assistance Advocacy Program

This program is for persons using prescription medications for specific ailments. Please call 847-297-2510 for more information.

Senior and Disabled Services

Senior and disabled citizens are an integral and vital part of the Maine Township community. We recognize that some members of our disabled and senior community may occasionally need assistance, and we are here to help. Maine Township has a Senior Disabled Advocate who acts as a clearing house for programs sponsored not only by the township, but also by the state, county, and local government.

Any Maine Township resident who finds himself or herself in a difficult financial, medical or personal situation should visit our offices and speak to one of our trained staff to find out what kind of services may be available to accommodate their needs.

Some programs to inquire about:

Telephone Assistance

This federal program provides discounted phone installation and monthly phone service. Please call 847-297-2510 for more information.

Transportation

Maine Township sponsors a subsidized taxicab program entitled MaineLines. It helps low-income people who are disabled pay for transportation in and around Maine Township. To see if you qualify for this program contact 847-297-2510.

Veterans Benefits Advocacy

Maine Township recognizes that some members of our veterans community may occasionally need assistance, and we are here to help. General Assistance has trained staff that act as a clearinghouse for programs sponsored by the Veterans Administration and are knowledgeable about other agencies and programs that may benefit the veteran.

We will try to assist any veteran who finds themselves in a difficult financial, medical, or personal situation, or any veteran who is frustrated with the forms and “red tape.” Contact our office and speak to one of our staff to find out what kind of services may be available.