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Orland assistance programs.

General assistance helps with rent and other bills

Almost $400,000 is being added to the general assistance fund, which is a township program that offers state-mandated help to those who are struggling in the current economic environment and also offers support to the poor and seniors. In addition, general assistance from Orland can also provide emergency bill paying relief to qualified residents.

This year, the type and amount of assistance being offered has increased. For example, there are many newly added categories of aid that are being offered to the low income and struggling, such as job training, eviction prevention and mortgage assistance. These additional programs should help the township get assistance to more people than in previous years.

A number of emergency and low income programs are included as part of General assistance. Orland township provides shelter, free food, emergency relief, LIHEAP and other help for people in need until they are able to support themselves. Food banks also operate in the town and can provide canned goods, holiday meals and other aid to children and those who need a meal.

The Orland Township Government provides other vital services to the working poor, seniors, and low income people as well. This may include, but is not limited to, senior citizens programs, health services, youth programs, assistance to the disabled, cemetery maintenance, section 8 housing vouchers, and much more.

Health Care and Wellness Services at offered from the Orland Township office. Children and uninsured residents, as well as those with a critical need, can select a physician for sports, school, camp, or newborn physicals. Dentists work with the town and can offer a screening examination, cleaning or x-rays to the uninsured. Or use the services of an ophthalmologist or optometrist for a vision examination. A podiatrist is also usually available for an examination and debridement, and a chiropractor for a back examination. The Township also offers free immunization clinics monthly ranging from infants as young as 1 month of age, and this can include the senior population as well. Flu shots are coordinated during the winter. In general, Orland Township Health Services promotes and provides medical assistance and related services to residents. They will focus on offering wellness, preventive health care and health education to the less fortunate. Many doctors, nurses, and medical professionals work with the town.





Seniors can get help as well. Some of the assistance includes the federal government and state of Illinois Senior Health Insurance Program. This provides assistance to seniors and the elderly in need of help with Medicare claims, bills and statements. The program can also assist with Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage.

Home repairs may be offered too. Many seniors struggle with finding a trusty handyman to do repairs. It can often be a challenge to find someone reliable to return calls, complete the job properly, show up on time, and bill fairly. Seniors in Orland Illinois want someone reliable who will do the job correctly and complete the project in a timely manner. So a handyman program has been initiated which will include qualified and professional handymen to handle minor home safety and repair needs.

Income tax services can be offered. Volunteers, working closely with Orland Township, offer assistance with completing state of Illinois and federal government income tax forms. The VITA program is offered to the very low income as well as area seniors in need of help. The tax preparers are volunteers who have been trained through PLOWS Council on Aging as well as the AARP. All returns are completed and filed for free.

To learn more on these Orland programs, including general assistance, call the town at 1 708-403-4222.




By Jon McNamara

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