Services

Below are services available to our Homer Township seniors.

Com Ed Bill Assistance

Com Ed Bill Pay Assistance

The Com Ed Bill Pay Assistance program is designed to assist residential customers who are past due on their accounts. ComEd will provide additional bill assistance for eligible, limited-income households earning up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. To verify if you meet the income criteria click the link below.

Crisis Line

Crisis Line of Will/Grundy County

Crisis Line of Will/Grundy County is a 24 hour, 7 day a week comprehensive suicide hotline.  Services provided include but are not limited to Information and Referral, Telephone Counseling, Suicide Prevention and Intervention, Reassurance Calls to Elderly, Homebound and Mentally Ill individuals and a Latchkey Children’s Program which is a call to students to check on them before and after school, when parents are at work. Crisis Line is dedicated to providing help to people in need.

Crisis Line’s numbers:

  • Bolingbrook    630-759-4555
  • Frankfort        (815)469-6166
  • Grundy Co.    (815)942-6611
  • Joliet              (815)722-3344
  • Mokena         708-479-1399
  • New Lenox    (815)485-7366
  • Peotone         708-258-3333
  • Wilmington     (815)476-6969

Handicap Placard

Homer Township’s
-TEMPORARY-
Handicap Placard

Homer Township Temporary Placards may be issued to persons with a temporary disability and are valid for the length of time indicated by the certifying physician, not to exceed six months if issued by the Secretary of State and 90 days if issued by a local municipality. This placard DOES NOT exempt the authorized holder from parking meter fees and time limitations at parking meters.

Illinois Dept of Aging

Benefit Access Programs
Seniors 65 years of age and older may qualify for a license plate sticker discount, ‘Seniors Ride Free’ transit benefit, and/or Persons with Disabilities Free Transit Ride programs. Click the link below to be directed to the Illinois Department on Aging link for more information.

Medicare

Medicare

Medicare is a federal system of health insurance for people over 65 years of age and for certain younger people with disabilities. Create a Medicare account, find plans, what’s covered, need a procedure- compare costs, claims, appeals and manage your account.

Library Delivery Service

The Homer Township Public Library offers V.I.P. Homebound Delivery Service
For more info, call Maryellen Reed at 708-301-7908 x234
This service is for Homer Township Public Library District Residents who are temporarily or permanently confined to their homes. Citizens can request specific categories and/or titles of books, magazines and videos. The library staff will be happy to gather your selections.  Even library memberships can be obtained through the V.I.P. service.

Medical Lending Equipment


Homer Township has a limited selection of gently used medical equipment (walker, cane, shower seat, etc…) for temporary, no-cost loan to Homer Township residents.
Please call the office at 708-301-0522
to see if any items are available to assist your recovery.

Real Estate Tax Deferral

The Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Deferral Program

The Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Deferral Program, facilitated by the Will County Treasurer, provides tax relief for qualified senior citizens. Click the Will County Treasurer link above for requirements and application procedures.

Senior Services Will County

Useful Community links

Since its 1966 incorporation, Senior Services has kept its mission to assist seniors to live safe, healthy and independent lives through its programs and services.

Social Security

In the United States, Social Security is the commonly used term for the federal Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program and is administered by the Social Security Administration. The original Social Security Act was signed into law by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935, and the current version of the Act, as amended, encompasses several social welfare and social insurance programs. Check out your Social Security Statement, change your address and manage your benefits today by clicking the link below.

Sunshine Program

Reassurance Calls- Sunshine Program

Everyday, Crisis Line calls elderly, disabled and homebound individuals with a friendly chat to check on their well-being.

If needed Crisis Line volunteer operators will remind an individual to take their medication, increasing an individuals independence and self sufficiency.  The program provides an individual and/or their family the security of knowing that someone is checking on them. 

Crisis Line prefers an individual has a responder, ensuring the Crisis Line can contact someone in case of an emergency.  If no responder is available or an individual doesn’t have one, when necessary the police are then contacted to do a wellness check.

Since Crisis Line is 24/7 we can call an individual several times a day and at any time of the day or night.

If interested in the “Sunshine Program” or for more information please call the administrative line at (815)744-5280.

Transportation

Pace Dial-A-Ride Program


Dial-A-Ride is coordinated by Senior Services of Will County and PACE.
This service is sponsored by various entities, including Homer Township.
Qualified Homer Township residents can apply for a
Dial-A-Ride card at

Senior Services of Will County
251 N. Center Street, Joliet, IL
(815) 723-9713

Program Requirement

  • You must be 60 or older and/or have a disability, present proof of age with your birth date listed (drivers license, I.D. card, or birth certificate)
  • Fill out the application form
  • Pay $5.00 Processing Fee

Information You Should Know

  • The Dial-A-Ride program is not a free ride program, one-way fare is $2.00. Companions are allowed and also required to pay the fare.
  • The Dial-A-Ride program is a curb to curb program
  • Reservations should be made three days in advance
  • The Dial-A-Ride program has boundary limits
  • The bus will only take you to points within Homer Township, the City of Joliet, Joliet Township, Plainfield Township, Lockport Township, and Troy Township
  • Closure days: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgivings Day and Christmas Day.

Paratransit

* Public Transit for people with disabilities. Mirrors the fixed bus route system, operating during the same days as the bus routes. Does not operate outside the fixed bus route’s operating hours and operates with 3/4 mile of the routes.
*Qualification required.
*$3.00 each way, no discounts.
*Advanced reservations required, one day in advance.
*Not always able to get desired time.
*May have to transfer, just as if you were taking fixed bus routes.
*Not a direct trip, vehicles stop for pick-ups and drop-offs at different points and times. Overall time is comparable to the fixed-bus route system including transfers and wait times.
*ADA accessible.
*Same day cancellations 2 hours or more prior to trip.
*Origin to destination service, not door to door.

Fixed Bus Routes

* Public Transit for anyone. Operates on a designated route or schedule.
*No qualification required
*With Paratransit card, either half off the fare or a free ride. Free ride is based on eligibility.
*No reservations needed.
*Confirmed times on schedules.
*Read schedules and maps to see if transfer is needed.
*Bus schedules have a map and list departure/pick-up times and locations.
*ADA accessible, with priority seating.
*No notice required to take another bus.
*Designated stop locations.

Dial-A-Ride

*Services sponsored by various entities. Funding partners set the parameters of the service. Pace operates the service. Specific details at www.pacebus.com
*Qualifications vary for each individual Dial-A-Ride program.
*Price varies per Dial-A-Ride program. Price is set by sponsors.
*Advanced reservations required. See specific Dial-A-Ride service for details.
*Not always able to get desired times. Not an unlimited amount of rides available.
*See specific Dial-A-Ride for service area.
*Not a direct trip, vehicles stop for pick-ups and drop-offs at different points and times.

For more transportation information, click the links below