Senior Services


Seniors, You Must Reapply for Free Garbage Removal Services

Franklin Park senior citizens and disabled and low-income residents must reapply annually to receive free garbage removal services. Qualified senior citizens and disabled low-income homeowners must reapply each year to avoid receiving a bill for garbage removal service. To read details... (the rest can go on the next page)

  • Senior citizens aged 65 years or older who own a single residence or two-family property must provide a copy of their most recent Cook County Property Tax Bill which indicates they are receiving the Senior Citizen Property Tax Exemption to receive free garbage removal services. A copy of the bill can be mailed, emailed, or brought to Village Hall by December 30.


  • Disabled and low-income property owners must provide proof of qualifications for the low-income home energy assistance program (LIHEAP) to be eligible to receive a reduced garbage collection fee of 50 percent. Qualified applicants can bring their paperwork to Village Hall or put in the Drop Box in the parking lot by December 30.

To guarantee you will receive free garbage removal for 2022, email your information to or mail to Village of Franklin Park, 9500 Belmont Avenue, Franklin Park, IL 6013. For more information, call (847) 671-8240.


Cellphones for Seniors

The Village has a cell phone program for senior citizens. This program provides used cell phones to senior citizens who meet the current eligibility requirements. The phones are only able to dial 911, and are to be used only in an emergency. We also collect old cell phones for the program.

If you have any questions about the program, or have an old cell phone to donate please contact the Health Department at (847) 671-8240, in person at 9500 Belmont or by email: Email the Health Department

Meals on Wheels

Senior citizens, 60 years old and older, who are unable to get out to shop for themselves due to physical limitations or who are simply unable to drive, can receive a hot lunch delivered to their home. The Program not only provides a hot meal, but it also provides a well being check of the senior every weekday.

The Meals on Wheels Program provides a hot lunch five days a week, delivered between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. A spouse or caretaker living in the household can also qualify even if they are not 60. In addition, frozen meals that can be easily prepared on the weekend, are available.

The Meals on Wheels Program works in partnership with West Suburban Senior Services (WSSS) and conducts a background check on their drivers, many of whom are Village of Franklin Park employees.

The cost of a daily meal is a suggested donation of $3.25-$3.50, but anyone in need of the program should apply.

To learn more about the program, please call WSSS at (708) 547-5600 or contact Meals on Wheels at (847) 678-8777 to sign up.

North Park Café Daily Lunch for Seniors

The Cafe at the Centre at North Park Hosts Daily Lunch for Seniors. The Franklin Park Community Cafe is open to all seniors, age 60 and over, and serves a daily hot meal at 11:30 AM, Monday through Friday, at an affordable price.

The Cafe is located at the Centre at North Park, located in the Park District facility at 10040 West Addison, and most days it also includes an optional Soup / Sandwich / Salad Bar.

The Cafe opens at 9 AM and closes at 2 PM and features daily Bingo! In addition, the Cafe schedules movies, guest speakers, Health Fairs, Day Trips, parties. It’s a great place to get together with friends and neighbors over a cup of coffee.

For more information, call (847) 678-8777, or stop by to pick up a menu for the month. The suggested donation is $2.75 - $3.00. Your first lunch is always free! This program is part of Cook County’s Community Nutrition Network.

Tax Assistance For Seniors

New forms for the current tax year are available for the Senior Freeze Exemption and the Senior Homeowner Exemption from the Cook County Assessor's Office.

More information is available at or by calling (312) 443-7550.


Senior Property Tax Exemption News

A new law passed by state legislators allows for the automatic renewal of the Senior Exemption. This means that a senior homeowner only has to apply once, instead of applying each year to prove they are 65 or older.

Prior recipients of the Senior Exemption should have received a postcard in the mail informing them that they no longer need to reapply. New applicants for the Senior Exemption must apply this year and thereafter it will automatically renew. Please note, the Homeowner and Senior Exemptions are the only two exemptions that renew automatically each year. 

Prior recipients of the Senior Freeze Exemption received renewal forms in the mail in January with a application due date of February 13. The Senior Freeze Exemption still needs to be applied for each year. 

Renewal applications for the Disabled Persons, Disabled Veterans and Long Time Occupant Exemptions will be mailed in early February and can be downloaded from at that time. Taxpayers may also call the County Assessor’s office at 312-443-7550 and request applications or visit to learn more about these exemptions..



Senior Tax Deferral Program Offered by the Cook County Treasurer’s Office

Senior citizens who are hard-pressed to pay their property taxes should contact the Cook County Treasurer’s Office to learn more about the Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Deferral Program. The program offers loans to cover property tax payments to Senior citizens whose annual household income is $55,000 or less. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020. For more information, go to or call 312-443-5100.



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