Sewer Charge Annual Refund for Seniors

The City of Chicago Department of Finance offers senior citizens a savings on their water bills. If you meet the certain criteria, you can qualify for an exemption of the sewer charge on all future bills.


 What you need to be eligible for the Sewer Charge Annual Refund:

  • You must be 65 years of age, or older, as of January 1 for the year you are applying.
  • You must be the sole owner, or owner in joint tenancy, or tenancy in common of the property.
  • You must occupy the property as your principal place of residence.
  • You must own a townhouse, condominium unit, or cooperative apartment that shares a common water bill.


Details and Application 


Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors (SARFS)
The Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors (SARFS) program provides safety, security and accessibility improvements that help senior citizens to remain in their homes. Repair types are limited to minor repairs that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Grab bars
  • Lever faucets
  • Door repairs
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Smoke detectors
  • Wheelchair ramps


SARFS is for Chicago seniors who earn no more than 80 percent of the area's medium income and are at least 60 years of age. Qualified recipients may be owners or renters residing in a one- to four-unit building (a renter must have permission from the landlord and the landlord needs to certify that he or she will not increase the rent as a direct result of SARFS improvements).


To apply, contact:
Near West Side Community Development Corporation
216 S. Hoyne Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 738-2280 
Fax: (312) 738-2308


RTA Reduced Fare Card
Sign up for the Seniors Reduced Fare program at the RTA’s Customer Service Center at 165 N. Jefferson in Chicago, or at any one of over 200 sites in the region. To find a site near you, click here for a list or call 836-7000 from any local area code. Give your zip code to the operator, and they will let you know which location is nearest to you.

When applying, you will need a government-issued picture I.D. that verifies your age and a photo of yourself that is 1 ½“ square. Some centers may charge up to $5 for taking your photo. The RTA’s Customer Service Center does not charge for this service.You should receive your new Senior Ride Free SmartCard in 3–4 weeks.


Details and Downloadable Application


​City Vehicle Sticker Senior Discount
Per City Ordinance, residents that meet the requirements below are eligible to purchase one discounted City Sticker at $30.34/year.

Requirements and Restrictions for the Senior Discount:

  • Unexpired Illinois Driver's License;
  • Name on Driver’s License matches name on vehicle registration;
  • 65 years old or older by Sticker Term Start;*
  • One discount on Passenger (P) or Large Passenger (LP) vehicle (pickup trucks and large vans categorized as Small Truck [ST] do not qualify; check Courtesy Renewal Reminder for Vehicle Type); AND,
  • No existing senior-discounted Sticker on a different vehicle


If you believe you are eligible based on the requirements above, please email a copy of your unexpired Illinois Driver’s License and a copy of your vehicle registration to ezbuy@cityofchicago.org, or present your Illinois Driver’s License and vehicle documentation at a sales location.

If you received a Courtesy Renewal Reminder that did not include the senior-discounted price, but you qualify per the eligibility requirements outlined above, and wish to purchase by mail, please send the following items to our office: your Chicago City Vehicle Sticker Courtesy Reminder, a $30.34 check (or $55.34 if also purchasing Residential Zone Parking), and a copy of the front and back of your Illinois driver’s license.

Residential Zone Parking may be added for an additional price ($25/year; prorated for varying durations) if you reside in a Residential Parking Zone.


Download the Chicago City Clerk Senior Guide


Benefit Access Program
Formerly Known as the Circuit Breaker Program
Parts of the Department on Aging’s Benefit Access Program, formerly known as the Circuit Breaker Program, allows for the Secretary of State’s office to provide for a reduced-fee license plates aimed toward senior citizens and persons with disabilities with specific qualifications.

Applying

  • Seniors must first file a Benefit Access Program application on-line at the Illinois Department of Aging.
  • Eligible seniors usually receive a mailing from the Secretary of State's office notifying them that they are eligible for reduced license plate fees.
  • Discount applies to one set of the following plates per household per year: standard passenger car, B-truck, persons with disabilities, recreational vehicles weighing up to 8,000 pounds, and military license.​
  • Eligibility Requirements


Receiving Your Plate Discount
The Secretary of State's office sends eligible seniors a notification after they are accepted into the Illinois Department on Aging's program. When you buy license plates or renew your license plate sticker, you must submit the notification to verify that you are qualified for the discount. If you have already renewed your license plate sticker and paid full price, and are now part of the Benefit Access Program, you may be eligible for a refund. Call the Secretary of State's Office at 800-252-8980 for more information.


Senior Life Enrichment Quarterly Brochure

Every three months, the Senior Services Area Agency on Aging publishes it's Senior Life Enrichment Quarterly Brochure. Inside this guide, seniors will find information about health and wellness, educational, recreational and many other types of events, trips, classes and lectures, along with schedules and registration details. Most of these are free or at a nominal cost.

Click Here to View the Senior Life Enrichment Quarterly Brochure

Benefits CheckUp
Benefits CheckUp is free service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit service and advocacy organization in Washington, DC.

Many adults over 55 need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other basic needs. There are over 2,000 federal, state and private benefits programs available to help. But many people don’t know these programs exist or how they can apply.

Benefits CheckUp asks a series of questions to help identify benefits that could save you money and cover the costs of everyday expenses.

After answering the questions, you will get a report created just for you that describes the programs you may get help from.


​To receive a Benefits CheckUp application via post mail or if you have questions about the program, call 312.744.4016, or e-mail BenefitsCheckUp@cityofchicago.org

Get started at BenefitsCheckUp.org


Additional Resources For Seniors:​


City of Chicago Senior Services Area Agency on Aging


Illinois Department of Aging


Caregiving Assistance

SENIORS