Evanston and Skokie Community Services and Resources
District 65 schools are dedicated to providing any necessary services that will guarantee access to a free and appropriate public education. These services include the following:
- Transportation to and from the school of origin
- Fee waivers (Note: These waivers do not include traditional school supplies. The child's school may be able to connect families with other resources should assistance be needed in getting these items.)
- Enrollment assistance
- Connections to community services and resources
Organizations throughout the Evanston and Skokie communities can help students succeed in school by providing services to meet needs that affect the well-being of children and youth both in and out of the classroom. These organizations include the following:
Evanston Shelters and Soup Kitchens
Several organizations throughout Evanston offer meals and shelters during the day. Clothing and nonperishable food items are also distributed throughout the week. Information about overnight shelters and drop-in services for employment assistance can also be found here.
The mission of the Evanston Local Area Network (LAN) is to assure an effective, well-coordinated system of services for the children, youth, and families of Evanston. The members of the network seek to improve and coordinate service provision to the Evanston community. The network strives to support community-based services that build on a family’s strengths and focus on helping youth remain at home in their communities and local schools. They are highly committed to advocate for children, youth, and their families.
The Evanston Community Development Corporation (ECDC) is committed to reaching out to the community to learn of specific needs and determine how to best address those needs. Currently, their focus is on connecting Evanston community members to affordable housing and providing workforce development opportunities. ECDC does not provide direct services. They refer community members to local service providers.
The Village of Skokie provides a list of social and government agencies that provide assistance to community members looking for low-income or transitional housing.
Connections for the Homeless provides housing, employment, and outreach and supportive services for individuals currently experiencing homelessness. They also work to help families prevent homelessness by working with them to avoid eviction or foreclosure. Their services include re-housing programs, an overnight shelter, job readiness training and counseling, and health services.
Interfaith Action of Evanston works with diverse communities and individuals to promote social justice by addressing issues of poverty, unemployment, homelessness, and hunger. Interfaith Action is made up of several organizations that provide services like soup kitchens and food distribution, warming centers, and hospitality centers.
Caring Outreach by Parents in Evanston (C.O.P.E.) provides assistance for Evanston families who are in temporary transition, including those transitions related to economic hardships. C.O.P.E. is a network of volunteers who are housed at Evanston schools. They work to connect Evanston residents to one another and help direct families to community organizations and resources.
The Homeless Prevention Program is provided by the Family and Community Services Division of the Illinois Department of Human Services. The program can provide eligible individuals and families rental assistance, utility assitance, and supportive services such as job preparation and counseling. Eligible families are those who are in danger of eviction, foreclosure, or homelessness or are already homeless.