Benefit Card Program

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In order to streamline how senior social service programs are administered, the “Evanston Benefit Card” was introduced in 2011.

Programs are now more accessible to seniors and cardholders are eligible for discounts at participating Evanston businesses. In one step, residents qualify for certain benefits in the community, such as Subsidized Taxicab Program, a Wheel Tax Discount (formerly Vehicle Sticker), Recreation Program Fee Assistance, Yard Waste Stickers & Cart Discount, and the Handyman Program

View a summary of programs and services (document updated December 2013).

You may apply for an Evanston Benefit Card at the Levy Senior Center from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the week. Please bring proof of age*, income and Evanston residency. (i.e. drivers license, state ID, last year income tax return, social security award letter)

*If you are age 80 or older, you must only provide proof of age and Evanston residency.*

MERCHANT DISCOUNTS

Show your Evanston Benefit Card at the following locations and receive the discount listed.

Sports Clips of Evanston, $4 off the price of a haircut 822 Clark St. 847.328.8800

Tru Fit Personal Training Studio, 10% off any service, any day                                          
610 Davis St. 847.833-3643

Stepping Out On Faith Consignment Store, 10% off on Wednesdays 1632 Orrington Ave. 847.733.0980

Einstein Bros Bagels, 10% off every Wednesday 1745 Sherman Ave. 847.328.9888

Eric Parker Attorney at Law for Stotis & Baird Chartered Law Firm, 10% off Attorneys fees, any day 200 W. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago, IL (will meet senior in Evanston) 312.733.0980

Asha Salon and Spa, 10% off every Wednesday 1604 Sherman Ave. 847.475.9300

Visiting Angels, 10% off any service, any day 518 Davis St. Ste. 208 847.424.9300

 

Evanston Benefit Card Programs
Age
Gross Annual Income
Comments
Disabled
Subsidized Taxicab Program

65+ (see comments box)

$30,000 or less for one individual
$50,000 or less for two individuals
If under 65 years old, the individual must be income eligible and disabled. Previous age requirements for 60-64 year olds is grandfathered Qualifying disabilities include vision loss, mobility limitations and memory/cognitive loss
Wheel Tax Discount (formerly Vehicle Sticker) and Yard Waste Discount

65+

$30,000 or less for one individual
$50,000 or less for two individuals
If under 65 years old, the individual must be income eligible and disabled. Disabled as defined by receiving disability benefits from one of the following:
Social Security
Vets Admin
Civil Services
Railroad Retirement
 Recreation Program Fee Assistance

65+

$30,000 or less for one individual
$50,000 or less for two individuals
Some programs are not eligible for fee assistance, such as trips. N/A

Under 65

$20,665 or less for one individual
$27,991 or less for two individuals
$35,317 or less for three individuals
$42,643 or less for four individuals

Handyman Program

62+

$41,250 or less for one individual
$47,150 or less for two individuals
$53,050 or less for three individuals
$58,900 or less for four individuals

If a senior has other individuals who are 18 or older (family or not), living in their home, the income of those individuals is considered in the gross household income. N/A

 

*Please note: regardless of income, any residents 80 years or older are qualified for subsidized taxicab program, wheel tax discount (formerly vehicle sticker), yard waste sticker/cart discount and Recreation Division programs.  To qualify for the Handyman program, all residents 65 years of age and older must provide proof of income.

Those who are age-eligible, but not income-eligible, will receive the benefit card that specifies they qualify only for the discount at participating Evanston businesses.

The Evanston Benefit Card must be used to purchase reduced fare taxi cab coupons effective May 1, 2011.

For more information, please call the Levy Senior Center at 847-448-8250 or levycenter@cityofevanston.org.