The following programs and agencies work in partnership with the Health & Human Services Department and the Mental Health Board to deliver services to Evanston residents. For more information on these programs or how to access services, please visit their individual websites or call (847) 448-4311.
Erie Family Health Centers
Evanston/Skokie Health Center Website:
1285 Hartrey Ave (at Dempster)
- Adult and Senior Health Services
- Behavioral Health/Counseling
- Children’s Health Services
- Health and Wellness
- Oral Health
- Prenatal Services
- Teen Services
- Women’s Health
Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County
The Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County coordinates the Cook County Continuum of Care (IL-511), which encompasses homeless assistance efforts throughout all of Cook County except for the city of Chicago. Coordinated Entry is a community-wide system that standardizes and expedites the process by which people experiencing homelessness or who are at imminent risk of homelessness access shelter, housing and homeless resources. To access services, please call 877-426-6515. The hours of the hotline are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All Kids Program is a complete healthcare program for every uninsured child in Illinois. Illinois is the first state in the nation to ensure that every child, regardless of medical conditions or income, has access to healthcare. All Kids covers children age 18 or younger who live with their families in Illinois and who need health insurance. All Kids covers all the healthcare a child may need. All Kids pays for doctor / hospital visits, dental / vision care, prescription drugs, medical equipment, mental health services and much more. With All Kids, there are no limits to the income a family can have. All Kids will cost most families a lot less than private insurance.
All Kids Hotline: 1-866-All-KIDs (1-866-255-5437)
Child Care Center of Evanston
The Child Care Center of Evanston (CNE) and Family Child Care Connections, are community-based programs whose mission is to strengthen families by providing high quality affordable childcare for their children. Its highest priority is to help children from all socio-economic backgrounds gain the skills they need to succeed in school while fostering the shared community values of cooperation and respect.
Phone: (847) 869-2680
Childcare Network of Evanston
Childcare Network of Evanston (CNE), is committed to cultivating a community where all children, from birth to age five, have access to early education and high quality care in order to succeed in school and life. The Learning Together program presents a unique opportunity for children and families to receive therapeutic intervention on-site. Working parents can easily access the program through dinner meetings and benefit from programs to teach childcare strategies and techniques. The City Wide Scholarships program fills an essential need for Evanston’s working parents whose income slightly exceeds the cut-off for receiving subsidized child care, but who are still not able to afford the full fee for high quality childcare.
Phone: (847) 475-2661
Fax: (847) 475-2699
Connections for the Homeless
The mission of Connections for the Homeless is to provide housing, employment and services to move individuals and families out of the shadow of homelessness. Its goal is to prevent people from losing their housing in the first place and to assist those who have lost it, to regain and maintain it. They do this by developing housing options for individuals and families and providing programming that will improve personal, financial and housing stability.
Phone: (847) 475-7070 Ext. 100
Fax: (847) 864-6558
CountyCare is a Medicaid program for uninsured adults in Cook County. Search for CountyCare providers by location, specialty, language and more here.
Evanston/Skokie Valley Senior Services and the North Shore Senior Center
The mission of Evanston/Skokie Valley Senior Services (E/SVSS) and the North Shore Senior Center (NSSC) is to support the independence and wellbeing of older adults, enhance their dignity and self-respect and promote their participation in all aspects of community life. The goal is to give all clients the means and confidence to be able to remain independent at home in the community.
Arthur C. Nielsen, Jr. Campus/Main Number: 847.784.6000
Evanston Social Services Office: 847.864.3721
Morton Grove Location: 847.470.5223
Nielsen Campus Support Services for Seniors: 847.784.6040
Lifelong Learning: 847.784.6030
House of Welcome Adult Day Services: 847.242.6250
Volunteer Services: 847.784.6052
Fitness Center: 847.784.6003
Finance & Administration: 847.784.6000
Development and Marketing: 847.784.6057
Human Resources: 847.446.6016
E/SVSS Fax: (847) 864-3733
Family Care covers parents living with their children age 18 or younger. Family Care also covers grandparents or other relatives who are raising children in place of their parents. Some families who pay for private health insurance may qualify for help to pay their premiums.
Family Care Hotline 1-866-All-KIDs (1-866-255-5437)
The mission of Family Focus is to promote the wellbeing of children from birth by supporting and strengthening their families in and with their communities. Family Focus offers developmentally appropriate, community-based programs to help parents gain confidence and competence as the primary caregivers and educators of their children. The Pregnant and Parenting Teen program strives to deter subsequent pregnancies, minimize incidents of STD/STI transmission and provides parents with education regarding healthy lifestyles for the parents and children. The Primary Prevention program seeks to reduce risky behaviors by providing a safe environment for elementary and middle school children to interact and receive support.
Phone: (312) 421-5200
Fax: (312) 421-8185
The mission of Housing Options is to develop housing opportunities for adults recovering from chronic mental illnesses, provide a network of support services so that each individual can live as independently as possible and expand the understanding of mental illnesses and the importance of supportive housing.
Phone: (847) 866-6144
Fax: (847) 866-6233
Infant Welfare Society
The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston is committed to the care and early education of infants and toddlers and to supporting their families’ efforts to be self-sufficient and effective parents. The Infant Welfare Society provides high quality early care and education and family support services to the community’s most at-risk expectant mothers and families with children under the age of five.
Phone: (773) 782-2800
James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
The “Moran Center”, formerly the Evanston Community Defender Office, Inc., provides low-income Evanston youth and their families with integrated legal and social work services to improve their quality of life at home, school and within the Evanston community. The vision for their clients is to become law-abiding citizens with bright futures and their goal is to provide Evanston youth and their families with the tools to refrain from engaging in potentially delinquent behavior, the support to successfully emerge from a challenging legal situation and the ability to reintegrate into the Evanston community as productive citizens.
Phone: (847) 492-1410
Fax: (847) 859-5836
LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation)
LAF (formerly The Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago) has a mission to provide high-quality civil legal services to low-income and disadvantaged people and communities. The LAF specializes in areas of poverty law including housing, employment, domestic violence, immigration, public aid, consumer affairs, family law, health and the elderly. The LAF also engages in community legal education presentations and coordinates advocacy efforts with other community groups and agencies.
New! People can apply for free legal help online by visiting the LAF website any time. Just visit www.lafchicago.org and click on "Get Help." The online system is available for people who need legal help with one or more of the following: mortgage foreclosure; unemployment benefits; SNAP benefits; TANF benefits; Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). People who need help with other civil legal issues can call our intake line 312-341-1070 starting at 8:00 a.m.
Phone: (312) 341-1070
Fax: (312) 341-1041
Metropolitan Family Services
The mission of Metropolitan Family Services (MFS) is to provide and mobilize the services needed to strengthen families and communities. MFS has a local board that represents the Evanston/Skokie Valley community and operates two programs. Family Support and Prevention is an intensive home and community-based program that works with families who are at risk of entry into the child welfare system due to abuse or neglect of their children. Clients with the program receive individual and family counseling, advocacy and case management services to learn more effective parenting skills and to access needed resources. The goal of the General Counseling Program is to support and strengthen families and individuals through counseling services that are offered in the agency’s community-based centers, clients' homes and school settings. MFS counseling services are available to low and moderate income clients. Each client‘s fee is determined by the agency’s sliding fee scale and goes through financial registration at the time of intake.
Phone: (847) 425-7500
Fax: (847) 676-8135
Moms & Babies
Moms & Babies covers healthcare for women while they are pregnant and for 60 days after the baby is born. Moms & Babies covers both outpatient healthcare and inpatient hospital care, including delivery. It also pays for services to babies for the first year of the baby's life if the mother is covered by Moms & Babies when the baby is born. There are no co-payments or premiums in Moms & Babies.
Peer Services' mission is to alleviate and prevent, to the greatest degree possible, the problems related to substance abuse in the community. Their goal is to improve the quality of life for everyone in Evanston by working to eliminate substance abuse in the community. The Adolescent Treatment program assists young people in developing and maintaining a drug-free lifestyle with a dependable support system. The Adult Treatment program is designed to address the impact that the use of alcohol and other drugs has on the physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual and vocational growth and development of individuals. The Adult Treatment program’s goal is to assist their clients in developing and maintaining a drug-free lifestyle with a dependable support system. The Dimensions program provides a supportive, nurturing environment aimed at helping dually-diagnosed individuals face life’s challenges with the help of a caring staff. The Youth Early Intervention program is designed to arrest the progression in youth substance abuse from experimentation to addiction.
Phone: (847) 492-1778
Fax: (847) 492-0320
SHORE – Community Services
Shore’s mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with developmental disabilities through educational, residential, vocational and related programs, provided with community-integrated supports and services. Their goals include providing a range of residential services, providing vocational experience training and employment and assisting young children, birth to age 3, overcome their developmental delays, provide families with Respite Care in their own homes, learn appropriate use of leisure time, adjust to community life through the use of community, public and commercial resources and in general, become as independent as possible based on the individual's abilities and needs.
Phone: (847) 982-2030
Suicide Prevention Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255). For resources and information, visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The AFSP is an advocacy organization that funds research to find better ways to prevent suicide and supports those who have been affected by suicide. Each year AFSP holds the Chicagoland Out of the Darkness Walk, and offers other opportunities to volunteer. Find out more at https://afsp.org/.
Thresholds’ foremost goal is to ensure that their members receive the necessary skills and support to live independent and fulfilling lives. Thresholds assists and inspires people with severe mental illnesses to reclaim their lives by providing the supports, skills, and the respectful encouragement they need to achieve hopeful and successful futures.
Phone: (773) 572-5500
Youth Organization Umbrella (Y.O.U.)
Y.O.U. is a youth development agency that provides services and leadership to meet the emerging needs of young people and their families in the community. Their vision is that all young people acquire the skills, self-confidence and opportunity to participate fully, freely and responsibly in the life of the community. Y.O.U.’s services are easily accessible through their daily presence at seven school-based sites and two neighborhood-based centers. Their out-of-school-time programs are scheduled in conformity with the academic calendars of Districts 65 and 202 so that programming is provided on half-days and on many school holidays. Their after-school programming begins immediately at the end of each school day. They offer summer programming for five hours Monday – Friday at three sites. All of their services are provided at no cost to their clients. Six of Y.O.U.’s seven sites (1430 South Boulevard, ETHS, Chute, Nichols, Oakton and Washington schools), are accessible to people with mobility impairments.
Phone: (847) 866-1200
Fax: (847) 866-9143
YWCA Evanston/North Shore
The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA Activity Building is completely handicapped accessible. Currently, the Shelter’s front porch is equipped with a chair lift that allows women with disabilities to access the Shelter’s front door without using the stairs. The YWCA maintains a strong presence in the community and comes together with a wide array of community agencies and service providers on a regular and frequent basis to share information about their services and programs, discuss community service issues and develop ways of working together to better meet the needs of their clients. Complementing the YWCA Evanston/North Shore Domestic Violence Services is a Legal Services component positioned at the Cook County Second Municipal District Courthouse in Skokie, Illinois.
Phone: (847) 864-8445
After Hours Communication
For after hours communicable disease or bioterrorism emergencies, please call 847-448-4311 and stay on the line to be connected to someone immediately.